Ansell Jones, a leader in the manufacture of lifting, mooring and access equipment
for use in the offshore and marine markets, has a vast product range and a history spanning more than 150 years. In all, the ISO-9001-certified company's range includes: spark proof cranes and hoists; blocks, sheaves and swivels; shackles, hooks and forgings; deck fittings and hardware; watertight doors, hatches and scuttles; steadfast anchors; and chasers and grapnels.
A factor that sets the manufacturer apart from other product makers, according to Steve Williams
, sales and marketing manager, is the fact that the company is a specialized manufacturing and engineering company, meaning that custom orders and truly unique engineered solutions are the norm rather than the exception.
With three factories in the U.K. — each certified to ISO standards — the company can forge pieces up to four tons. The company, at the time of SMM in Hamburg, Germany in early October, was very close to finalize the opening of its U.S. office in Houston.
"Everywhere we go, we try to sell all products into all markets," said Williams. "But we don't seek only distributors, we seek and find technically competent people."
Proof that the company, which employs approximately 120 worldwide, extends far beyond simple component manufacturer is the fact that entire project management, from initial concept through manufacture and final commissioning, is an increasingly important part of its business.
Proof of the company's prowess in providing sound solutions to marine's inherent challenges is seen in the products it has produced. For instance, to overcome the problem of corrosion, Ansell Jones
produced the first set of stainless steel hoists. In another case, an innovative product, the Supasheave, employs the principle of cold metal flow and deformation to produce a sheave which is designed to be exceptionally strong, light and long-lasting, as well as cost-competitive.
Specialist Steel Forgings
Ansell Jones is one of the world's leading forgers in the areas of lifting equipment and mooring applications, and renowned for its range of hooks and shackles up to one thousand tons SWL, which are manufactured to the various international standards requested by its customers. The mooring range of products includes a complete range of forged anchor chasing equipment, with either open or closed facility. The range of forgings can be supplied with fully traceable material certificates, and witness of test is carried out by the customer's classification society of choice.