What's going on at Fabdec

Ellesmere-based stainless steel heat transfer product manufacturer Fabdec is celebrating a year of growth, following the announcement of a 12% increase in turnover on the back of a 17% increase the previous year.

2018 has seen growth across Fabdec’s water heating, brewery, and dairy divisions, with strong performance in both the UK and export markets. To support increasing demand, Fabdec has taken on 17 new employees in 2018, with plans to employ a further 4 new apprentices as part of its commitment to developing talented young people across the Shropshire region.

It has also been a year of innovation at the company, with four new products introduced to their respective markets including new high cube container tanks and footwash technology in the dairy division, and the WXI Hi-Flo and pre-plumb system in the water heating division. Chris Powell, managing director of Fabdec said: “Our strong performance is testament to all of the hard work that has been put in right across the business, and it’s something that the entire company can be proud of. We’re delighted with the sustained growth we’ve seen in every division, and the opportunities this has created to develop unique and innovative products. Demonstrated by our Hi-Flo technology winning Heating, Ventilating & Plumbing magazine’s Innovation Showcase and being named as a finalist at the Heating & Ventilating News Awards.”

“Being recognised as the Best Manufacturer at the Shropshire Business Awards for these achievements was a real highlight for us this year. The success of the business allows us to invest in the next generation of industry talent and support the local economy. Being able to do this is incredibly important to us and our commitment to a strong apprenticeship programme remains a key priority as we look towards the year ahead. We also have a number of major capital investment plans for our manufacturing plant this year. We’re proud to represent British manufacturing and with a robust pipeline of innovative new products set to enter the water heating, dairy and brewery sectors in the coming months there is a cause for real optimism.”

Fabdec has been at the forefront of stainless steel production since 1960, manufacturing a range of products across the water heating, dairy and brewery sectors. The company has been based in Ellesmere for nearly 60 years, where all research, design and manufacturing are undertaken to create bespoke systems for customers.

Ellesmere-based stainless steel heat transfer product manufacturer Fabdec is celebrating a year of growth, following the announcement of a 12% increase in turnover on the back of a 17% increase the previous year.

2018 has seen growth across Fabdec’s water heating, brewery, and dairy divisions, with strong

Stainless steel heat transfer manufacturer Fabdec has launched an innovative new automatic footbath system tailored for animal hygiene in the dairy sector. The FOOT-WASH Plus builds on Fabdec’s commitment to innovation by introducing a range of new features, these include automatic counting systems, quick refill, and full-width pneumatic drainage that ensure usability and practicality.

Following a successful showing at the World Dairy Expo 2018, held in Madison Wisconsin, the FOOT-WASH Plus is now available, lengths include 2.5 metres, 3.6 metres and 4.0 metres, providing a range of options for different configurations. p>

Chris Powell, managing director at Fabdec, said: “The FOOT-WASH Plus system marks another step in the development of our animal-hygiene line - and one that brings a range of unique benefits to the market. Animal hygiene is a key consideration for anyone working in the dairy sector, and we’re passionate about developing products that ensure our customers maintain best-in-class standards. The FOOT-WASH Plus implements industry-leading innovations that provide both the high performance and quality standards we’re known for at Fabdec.

“It also forms a part of a strong fourth quarter of 2018 for the company, and we look forward to continuing this momentum throughout 2019.”

Stainless steel heat transfer manufacturer Fabdec has launched an innovative new automatic footbath system tailored for animal hygiene in the dairy sector. The FOOT-WASH Plus builds on Fabdec’s commitment to innovation by introducing a range of new features, these include automatic counting systems, quick refill, and
Ellesmere-based manufacturer Fabdec has rewarded 10 employees for their long service with the company at a presentation held on 20th December. The awards were split between those with 25 years’ service and those with 30 and included a diverse range of disciplines within the business.

The recipients were presented with a voucher as well as a certificate for their hard work over the years by managing director Chris Powell following a short ceremony. They will all also receive a loyalty bonus in time for Christmas.

Chris Powell, managing director at Fabdec, said: “This award is testament to the hard work they have put in over the past three decades to build Fabdec into what it is today, and it’s richly deserved by all. The team at Fabdec is like a family, and this attitude is absolutely key to retaining the best talent in the industry. It’s a proud moment for us as an organisation to be able to show that the approach is paying dividends and that staff are happy to remain with us for the long term.”

“All those that are receiving this award are assets to our organisation and have played a major role in getting us to where we are today. From a personal perspective, being able to give out these awards is an absolute pleasure and I look forward to presenting more in the future as we continue to grow and invest further in the business and our staff.”

Ellesmere-based manufacturer Fabdec has rewarded 10 employees for their long service with the company at a presentation held on 20th December. The awards were split between those with 25 years’ service and those with 30 and included a diverse range of disciplines within the business.

The recipients were

Shropshire business breaking new ground
Stainless steel heat transfer product manufacturer Fabdec is introducing a pre-plumb version of its pioneering WXI range of unvented water heaters.

The pre-plumb version is aimed primarily at the residential sector, allowing for a simple and fast installation, even in enclosed spaces.

The launch marks a further step in Fabdec’s commitment to simplifying the installation process and follows a partnership with the Chartered Institute of Plumbing & Heating Engineers to utilise virtual reality models of the inner workings of Fabdec products to streamline installer training.

Fabdec launched the WXI in 2015 as the world’s first self-sustaining unvented heater, using its patented 3S Technology to circumvent the need for an external vessel or floating baffle. Fabdec unveiled the new 3S Pre-Plumb range at the PHEX Manchester show in October and it is now available to purchase.

Stuart Doggrell, Fabdec general manager for water heating, said: “The WXI range offers a wealth of benefits to installers, developers and specifiers, and the pre-plumb version takes it an extra step further in terms of ease of installation. Since launching the WXI sales have been strong across a range of sectors, with water heaters installed at developments including refurbished apartments, social housing estates, leisure centres and offices. Using 3S Technology, the vessel requires absolutely minimal maintenance, and this is proving particularly popular with social and private landlords. Add in the negligible heat loss and ease of operation, and the WXI is an efficient and cost-friendly hot water solution.”

Fabdec has been a leader in stainless steel vessels for more than 50 years, producing and distributing high-quality water heaters from its design and manufacturing HQ in Ellesmere, Shropshire. Its patented 3S Technology is a unique self-sustaining internal expansion system that adopts a simple natural phenomenon based on the Venturi effect, a system in which atmospheric air is drawn into the system as water is demanded upstream. Because this occurs as per the hot water demand it does not deteriorate in performance over time.

Stainless steel heat transfer product manufacturer Fabdec is introducing a pre-plumb version of its pioneering WXI range of unvented water heaters.

The pre-plumb version is aimed primarily at the residential sector, allowing for a simple and fast installation, even in enclosed spaces.

The launch marks a

Shropshire Business - Best Manufacturer Award
Fabdec are proud to have won the 2018 award for Best Manufacturer despite some very stiff competition at the prestigious Shropshire Business Awards, held at Telford International Centre.

This award is for a manufacturing company or plant that best demonstrates a continuous improvement to achieve world-class manufacturing standards.

Entries were assessed on:

  • Evidence of an engaged workforce that is developing through training and diversity and evidences a culture of continuous improvement from apprentices to management level.
  • Adopting processes or investing in new technologies to achieve efficiencies within the business, increased competitiveness and to comply with environmental regulations.
  • Achieving growth for example in new markets, product development, export or sales and marketing etc
  • Evidence that the company clearly understands providing value to the customer and customer service
Fabdec are proud to have won the 2018 award for Best Manufacturer despite some very stiff competition at the prestigious Shropshire Business Awards, held at Telford International Centre.

This award is for a manufacturing company or plant that best demonstrates a continuous improvement to achieve world-class

Fabdec’s 3S pre-plumb has been installed at a residential development in Newport, Shropshire – providing reliable hot water alongside streamlined and disruption free installation.

The 3S Excelsior pre-plumb is an unvented heater, with unique patented system developed by Fabdec, combining self-sustaining water heating with a simple and intuitive installation process.

Using the Venturi Effect the heater automatically replenishes the expansion space, negating the need for an expansion vessel, and saving time and money in future maintenance costs.

The unit was installed at the detached home on Queen’s Drive, Newport, by Mark Hall of local plumbing firm MPH Gas Ltd – and since beginning operation has reliably provided hot water across the property without pressure drops at times of high demand.

Speaking about the installation process, Mark Hall said: “The pre-plumb feature of the 3S has been invaluable to me as an installer. It ensures that the unit can be installed quickly in developments in which space is at a premium. This combined with the speed of installation means that disruption to the customer and time on site is kept to an absolute minimum.”

Customer Andy Hughes praised the pre-plumb unit’s ability to reduce temperature variances when two showers are in use at the same time: “We had the 3S pre-plumb unit installed in the garage next to the mains water inlet and its performance has been exemplary. In addition to the product’s reliability and impressive levels of performance, my mind is also put at ease due to the reputation it holds for minimising repair work.

“It has also been an ideal solution to increasing the space in the area it’s located too – the design of the unit really promotes a smart use of space unique in its market.”

For more information on this project or the Excelsior i 3S water heater please call Fabdec on 01691 627 200 or email sales@fabdec.com
Fabdec’s 3S pre-plumb has been installed at a residential development in Newport, Shropshire – providing reliable hot water alongside streamlined and disruption free installation.

The 3S Excelsior pre-plumb is an unvented heater, with unique patented system developed by Fabdec, combining self-sustaining