The Group supplies the naval and military aerospace markets both in the UK and internationally.
The largest market within defence is high pressure cylinder systems for naval applications. Chesterfield Special Cylinders has a world class reputation in this sector of the market, delivering design, development and retesting services to a number of the world’s navies and has a contract to maintain the Royal Navy’s stock of ultra large cylinders for submarines and surface vessels. It also supplies small steel cylinders to the military aerospace sector in both the UK and the US for breathing apparatus, emergency system operations and fuel tank explosion prevention systems.
Although defence budgets around the world are under pressure, submarine build programmes have continued. The market is less sensitive to competition due to the complexity of products, quality requirements and the bureaucratic overhead. However, countries, such as the USA, have regulations which protect indigenous suppliers and during the period we have introduced a US sales team to strengthen our position in this important market.
CSC is the major supplier in the naval market to NATO and NATO friendly nations with the exception of the USA. There are significant medium term opportunities, the largest being the Successor Programme, which replaces the Vanguard class of submarines.
Integrity Management services are widely used in the UK naval sector and are now being offered on overseas naval contracts.
For the Engineered Products division, Hydratron supplies a range of high pressure test equipment into this market.