Barton Fabrications, the UK’s largest manufacturer of aluminium silos, has celebrated 35 years of manufacturing, installing and refurbishing silos for the food and plastics industries. Formed in 1982 by John Barton, the company has gone from strength to strength: alongside its UK market, vessels are exported globally to countries including Scandinavia, Korea and Australia.
Looking to the future, Barton Fabrications is well placed for continued growth. Particular areas for development reported by the company include the increased use of recycled materials, which opens up additional opportunities for applications for Barton’s innovative static blender unit.
Commenting on the strength of the company’s position for ongoing development, Mark Barton, MD of Barton Fabrications said:
“Although at first sight, silos are just simple metal storage vessels, we have been able to make a number of design innovations over our three and a half decades of trading. Early enhancements included insulation fitted to foodstuff silos to reduce condensation problems and latterly a ‘penthouse’ design which improves safety and convenience for operators working at height. Additionally, the introduction of load cells and telemetry has simplified supply logistics and our static in-silo blender for recycled plastics is a true innovation recognised by sales around the globe.
“We are in an extremely strong position to develop both our products and their applications and, with the support of a dedicated team of employees, we are set for continued product development.”
Regarding the next generation’s workforce, increased emphasis on apprenticeships is identified by the company as a real solution to meeting the needs of the resource pool of skilled engineers and fabricators.
Barton Fabrication designs, manufactures and installs aluminium and stainless steel silos and hoppers both direct to customers and working with leading European materials handling contractors.