Astute move for city cylinder manufacturer

Sales success: Chesterfield Cylinders has won contracts totalling �12 million to supply cylinders to Astute Class submarines like the one above.
Sales success: Chesterfield Cylinders has won contracts totalling �12 million to supply cylinders to Astute Class submarines like the one above.
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Chesterfield Special Cylinders has won a £2 million contract to supply high pressure gas cylinders for the Royal Navy’s sixth Astute Class nuclear submarine, HMS Agamemnon.

The latest order takes the total value of contracts which the Sheffield firm has won to supply Astute Class submarines to more than £12 million.

Meadowhall-based CSC, which is part of the Pressure Technologies group, previously supplied gas and oxygen systems for the first two submarines – Astute and Ambush – which are already in the water and the next three – Artful, Audacious and Anson – which are being built by BAE Systems in Barrow.

A seventh and final Astute class submarine, Ajax, is due to enter service in 2024.

The cylinders that CSC is supplying play a critical part in a number of vital operations, including breathing gas storage, hydraulic and valve actuation back-up, ballast operation and missile launch systems.

CSC sales manager Lee Lawrence said: “This contract is testament to the strong, well-established relationship forged over many years between ourselves, BAE Systems and the Royal Navy. It underpins the confidence that BAE Systems and the Royal Navy have in the safety critical products CSC has supplied for the previous five Astute submarines.”

CSC is a world-leading designer and manufacturer of engineering products for global high pressure gas containment markets.

The company is a leading supplier to BAE Systems and has been supplying the Royal Navy with high pressure gas storage cylinders for ships and submarines since the 1930s.

It has expanded its customer base to include other countries’ navies in recent years, including the navies of France, India, Brazil and Canada.

CSC also supplies the global oil and gas sectors and provides system design, cylinder manufacture, re-testing and refurbishment services for a range of high pressure, seamless steel gas cylinders for global energy and defence markets.

Mr Lawrence said: “Our philosophy is to find the best engineering solution for the customer’s particular requirement, which results in long-standing commercial relationships built on mutual trust and understanding.

“We have the strongest service team in our industry and serve the more complex requirements of customers who are outsourcing non-core functions.”

Pressure Technologies reported record sales of £30.4 million last year, while profits trebled from £0.6 million to £1.8 million.