Spencer coats UK's highest aquaduct

Pigment & Resin Technology

ISSN: 0369-9420

Article publication date: 1 August 2004



(2004), "Spencer coats UK's highest aquaduct", Pigment & Resin Technology, Vol. 33 No. 4. https://doi.org/10.1108/prt.2004.12933dab.023



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Spencer coats UK's highest aquaduct

Spencer coats UK's highest aquaduct

The re-furbishment of the UK's highest aquaduct is being completed and Aberdeen-based Spencer Coatings Ltd. was on-site to see 5,000l of one of its industrial coatings applied to the iron work.

British Waterways, who are responsible for the maintenance of the Pontcysyllte aquaduct in North Wales, contracted Spencer to provide their bitumen-based produced, Intex, to coat the drained aquaduct, protecting it against corrosion. The aquaduct was last painted with the same product in 1965.

Spencer managing director, Phil Buck, says: “We are delighted to have been involved in this high-profile contract. The fact that the aquaduct has not required re-furbishment in the last 40 years is testament to the durability of Intex. Many of our products are used for this type of work all over the country and also internationally. For example Acothane, a high-performance coating renowned for its longevity in harsh environments has been used to coat bridges and offshore installations and Bitumastic, a unique enamel product, has been applied to ships, pipelines and even the lock gates on the Panama Canal”.

Formerly known for its high quality decorative paints, Spencer Coatings increased its interests in industrial coatings, which currently account for 80 per cent of the business, and saw its turnover rise from £3.5 million in 1995 to in excess of £6 million in 2003.

In the last 3 years Spencer has also acquired Newton Industrial Paints and the Acothane brand which is a unique, high-performance, durable coating renowned for its longevity in harsh environments. They have also set-up a joint venture in Shangdong, China to manufacture high technology coatings where they have seen sales double every year.

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