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Leading UK engineering group Motherwell Bridge has landed a major £15 million overseas contract to design and consturct high-tech storage tanks in India

The order was won against stiff competition from other contractors in America and Japan and represents a significant success for Motherwell Bridge in the current tough economic conditions for UK exporters.

Motherwell Bridge will design, construct and install two propane/propylene refrigerated storage tanks for the Gugarat Chemical Port Terminal Co. Ltd. in Gugarat State.

The tanks, which measure 50,000 cubic metres and 30,000 cubic metres respectively, will be the largest storage tanks of their type ever constructed in India and will be built over a 20-month period.

The niche skills of Motherwell Bridge’s Engineering Division in handling low-temperature speciality steels were a major factor in securing the contract.

Motherwell Bridge group chief executive John Lumsden said: “This is a significant orders success for our Engineering Division and demonstrates that UK manufacturing can compete and win when we combine high-technology engineering, a quality product and keen pricing.”

Engineering Division managing director Archie Bethel added: “The knowledge and skills of our engineers allied with our ability to project manage the installation on site were key factors in securing this contract.”

Over the last year Motherwell Bridge’s Engineering Division has boosted its competitiveness by a programme of cost reductions and improved productivity through investment in new plant. As a result it is now seeing strong demand and growth opportunities in a number of sectors.