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Barnshaws curves Santa’s staircase for North Pole workshop expansion project

18/12/2018 15:33:28
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With millions of presents, inquisitive reindeer and thousands of elves buzzing around his North Pole workshop – Santa recently realised he needed to add another floor to stop any future logistical problems from snowballing. But who could deliver a festive staircase in time for the White Friday rush? Barnshaws Sections Benders of course!

Ste Airs, Project Manager for the workshop expansion, explains: “We tried a lift at first, but because of the cold temperatures, it froze solid on the first test. We eventually had to cut the elves out of it with an angel grinder. Plus, the lift was about as festive as a February curry. Santa takes Elf & Safety at the North Pole very seriously, so in the end, we decided a simple staircase was the best way to go.

“From prior experience, we knew the staircase would have to be curved. You can’t have corners in a workshop full of hyper elves fed exclusively on sugar and mulled wine, so it had to be a curved staircase. We’ve worked with Barnshaws before to deliver curved steel elements, so we gave them a jingle bell.”

Barnshaws, while renowned for its structural fabrications, is equally adept at providing smaller-scale curved sections for aesthetic purposes. The business recently delivered laser cut, curved steel profiles to support a new staircase at Stockport Grammar School. The finished staircase was good enough for children, so something similar would definitely suit the elves.

Utilising three wise men (engineers), Barnshaws was able to deliver 25 curved 12 mm thick profiles totalling 20.18 metres in length. Thanks to a short delivery time, the staircase was ready well before White Friday.

“One of the great things about the new staircase, is that it gives Santa a chance to work off all those mince pies!” enthused Trey Ning, Chief Fitness Elf.

A Merry Christmas to all from Barnshaws Section Benders!

Photo Caption: Barnshaws, while renowned for its structural fabrications, is equally adept at providing smaller-scale curved sections for aesthetic purposes.

About Barnshaws

Established in 1969, Barnshaws has grown to become the world’s premier specialist profile bending company; supplying market sectors such as construction, power generation, mining, transport and general manufacturing with shaped beams, tubes, plate and other profile section materials. More recent developments have seen the company’s engineering expertise expand from mostly steel to non-ferrous materials including copper and aluminium as well as specialist materials such as Hardox.

Barnshaws has ISO 9001:2015 approval and was Europe’s first bending company to achieve CE Marking of curved sections to Execution class 4, the highest standard available.

With facilities in the West Midlands, Manchester, Hamilton and Poland, Barnshaws can provide precision metal bending and profile cutting services, locally, nationally and internationally.

Equipped with the largest capacity bending machines in the world, Barnshaws can deliver curved sections up to 35 meters in length with the capacity to bend tubes and pipes up to 1,524mm outside diameter. In addition, the largest range of press brakes in the UK can accommodate materials up to 12 metres in length and form sections from materials up to 80mm in thickness, this together with a vast range of rolling machines enables Barnshaws to offer rolled cylinders from 350 to 4200mm diameter with wall thicknesses upto 100 mm, all of which can be supplied in the welded condition singly or in multiple belt lengths.

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DMA Europa : Lucy Powell
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