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Granada help meet UK content targets for offshore wind farms

PMS MIB Vertical logo stacked - Bottom – North West copyThe UK is the global leader in offshore wind farm development and Granada Material Handling are leading the way in the sector, working with both wind farm developers and UK supply chain manufacturers, to the benefit of the UK economy.

The level of UK content in wind farm projects has been an issue throughout the development of the sector and, responding to this question, the Offshore Wind Industry Council approved the introduction of a UK Content Reporting Framework. Since January 2015, owners of all UK offshore wind farms achieving final investment decision report their UK content to RenewableUK – measuring progress towards the commitment to achieve 50% UK content in offshore wind farms.

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Granada awarded davit crane contract with Bladt Industries for the Beatrice Offshore Windfarm Limited


Bladt Industries A/S has awarded a major contract to Manchester company Granada Material Handling Ltd to design, manufacture, deliver and commission 30 davit crane units for the Beatrice Offshore Windfarm Ltd (BOWL) project, one of the largest private investments ever made in Scottish infrastructure.

Each of the Granada Python crane units has been specifically designed for Beatrice and the challenging marine environment in which it will operate. One Python crane unit will be fitted to each of the 30 platforms being supplied by Bladt Industries.

Mark Sidwell, director of Granada Material Handling Ltd, commented:
“We are extremely pleased to have been awarded another prestigious UK wind farm project. Securing this contract has been a real team effort by the Granada Renewable product and service division. The BOWL contract is not only great news for Granada but also for our UK based supply chain. Granada has ambitious plans for this market sector and, having supplied over 600 offshore davits, is one of Europe’s leading offshore wind farm davit crane suppliers.

We are currently working with designers, wind farm developers and turbine manufacturers to further enhance the product range to ensure the very latest developments in lifting technology are made available to the rapidly expanding and ever developing offshore renewable market.”

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Health and Safety accolades for Granada

In the month after Granada Material Handling received their Gold Achievement Award from RoSPA, we bring a round-up of Granada’s health and safety initiatives, led by Alison Hodgson – Health, Safety and Compliance Manager at GMH.


Alison Hodgson receiving Granada’s Gold Achievement Award at RoSPA Ceremony in July

Based at Granada’s Airbus site in Broughton, Alison has been instrumental in creating a range of health and safety initiatives, both at Airbus and at Granada’s Rochdale headquarters. At Broughton, where around 6,000 people are employed on-site, GMH were one of the companies taking a lead to set up a Contractors Health & Safety committee. This committee encourages and facilitates contractors’ input into health-related issues across the site which is home to Airbus wing design, engineering and production in the UK, an initiative that has won praise from both Airbus and from the Health and Safety Executive.

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Granada welcomes new aerospace sales manager

jon-attfield-smallGranada Material Handling announces the appointment of Jon Attfield, who joins the company at their Airbus site this month as European Aerospace Sales Manager.

Jon joins Granada with a wealth of expertise in aviation and aerospace engineering, contract negotiation and sales, having gained 14 years’ experience with his previous company, Latchways plc, where he was responsible for sales of fall protection equipment to aerospace customers throughout the UK and Europe. While there, he initiated and managed contracts for a range of high-profile clients, including major military and defence partnerships with organisations such as NATO, the RAF and Airbus Military, supporting aircraft maintenance and manufacturing customers from contracting through to supply and ongoing maintenance support. His newly-created role at Granada will focus on expanding GMH’s aerospace offering and developing new areas of the business, across the UK and Europe.

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Supporting skills in crane engineering – with Apprentice of the Year

Granada have employed apprentices for over seven years within their 12-year residency as the Cranes and Lifting Service provider at Airbus. Justifiably very proud of their scheme, Granada are particularly pleased with the latest success for one apprentice, Jake Jones, who has recently been selected as Electrical Engineering Apprentice of the Year for Coleg Cambria which covers a large area of North Wales.

Achieving Distinctions * across every subject on his Engineering BTEC L3, Jake has now progressed on to his HNC in Engineering. In applying for the award, Jake’s tutors noted his proactive, mature approach; his all-round subject knowledge, and his outstanding effort and commitment to all aspects of the apprenticeship. His focused approach to career progression at Granada was highlighted, noting that he will doubtless go on to be an asset to his employer. Jake’s fellow Granada apprentice, Sam Moore has also excelled in his training, being on target to complete his apprenticeship qualifications ahead of schedule, by the end of June.

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Join Granada at Farnborough International Airshow


Granada Material Handling are delighted to be exhibiting at the world-leading aerospace trade show, Farnborough International Airshow, 11th- 17th July 2016.

We look forward to welcoming clients old and new, from across the global aerospace community, to FIA 2016 – please contact us for more information, or see the show link, here


Granada awarded major contract for Hywind, the world’s first commercial floating wind farm

Aibel AS have awarded Granada the contract to design, manufacture, third party certify, deliver and commission 10 davit cranes for the Hywind Offshore Wind Farm. Each of the Granada Python crane units has been specifically designed for Hywind and the challenging marine environment in which it will operate. Two Python crane units will be fitted to each of the five floating platforms.

Each Python crane unit measures approximately 4 metres in height, 5.3 metres in radius, and weighs 3,000kgs. Due to the floating nature of the Hywind foundations, the cranes have also been engineered to cope with the larger than normal foundation motions. A maximum lifting capacity of 2,000kgs is needed to hoist the heavier serviceable components from the supply vessel to the laydown area on the platforms of the transition piece platform. The crane units have been designed with a particular emphasis on health and safety and the crane operator’s needs, and are a design unique to Granada Material Handling Ltd.

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Granada Material Handling is a winner in the RoSPA Awards 2016

Granada Material Handling have been successful in the 60th year of the RoSPA Occupational Health and Safety Awards 2016, in recognition of their work with Airbus.

Gold Award 02Granada have been awarded the Gold achievement award in this prestigious annual scheme run by the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA). They will be presented with the award during a ceremony at the Hilton Birmingham Metropole hotel, at the RoSPA Diamond Anniversary celebration this July.

The RoSPA Awards is celebrating 60 years of presenting highly-regarded and sought after accolades to businesses and organisations which have shown commitment to accident and ill-health prevention. Through the scheme, which is open to businesses and organisations of all types and sizes from across the UK and overseas, judges consider entrants’ overarching occupational health and safety management systems, including practices such as leadership and workforce involvement.

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Granada supply huge 33m span 5te cranes

GMH has supplied and installed 2 x 33m span 5te cranes to Cosentino Group, a long-standing customer who required a bespoke and innovative lifting solution.


Cosentino Group is a global, Spanish, family-owned company that produces and distributes high value innovative surfaces for the world of design and architecture. For this project, they needed a large, uninterrupted storage area below the cranes to maximize product layout.

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Manchester crane firm Granada Material Handling Ltd awarded Davit Crane contract with GeoSea for the Galloper Offshore Wind Farm

GeoSea, DEME’s specialist company in complex offshore marine engineering projects, has awarded a major contract to Manchester company Granada Material Handling Ltd to design, manufacture, deliver and commission 56 davit crane units for the Galloper Offshore Wind Farm, located 27 km off the Suffolk coast. Each of the Granada ‘Python’ crane units has been specifically designed for the Galloper offshore wind farm and the challenging marine environment in which it will operate. One ‘Python’ crane unit will be fitted to each of the 56 transition piece platforms.


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