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Lavender International's joint managing director, Ian Lavender, flies the export flag for Barnsley
Lavender International's joint managing director, Ian Lavender, flies the export flag for Barnsley
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A SOUTH Yorkshire firm that is helping to ensure the safety of rollercoasters to railway bridges and nuclear power stations to North Sea oil rigs is planning a move into hi-tech composites.

Lavender International started out 35 years ago, providing non-destructive testing services for metals manufacturers and moved into training others to carry out the tests.

Clients include major aerospace companies, nuclear, oil and gas suppliers, firms involved in service inspection and the leisure industry. The Penistone company has trained people from across the world, including Brazil, Spain, Nigeria, Mexico, South Africa, Russia and India.

Lavender International has associates in South Africa, Dubai, Canada, France and Greece, an office in Houston, Texas and has just opened another in Perth, Australia.

Every time a delegate from a different nation visits the company flies their flag at their training centre at Penistone Station.

Now, with the help of Enterprising Barnsley, the company is developing the skills to train people to test composites, made from materials like carbon fibre, impregnated with resins.

Joint managing director Stephen Lavender, who is also president of the British Institute of Non-Destructive Testing, said: “We have to keep pace with the changing demands of these industries and we also have to keep pace with more day-to-day tasks like IT and marketing. And that is where Enterprising Barnsley’s help has been invaluable.”

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