AN export packing company in Huddersfield has completed its biggest-ever assignment.
Meltham-based Neal Brothers was given the task of crating up massive pumps destined for a power station in Russia.
The first of two consignments – each weighing 66 tonnes and measuring more than 10 metres in length (over 32ft) by almost five metres in height and five metres in width – left Neal Brothers’ premises at Bent Ley Road under police escort.
The heavy load made its way through Netherton and Lockwood to the ring road and out to the M1 for its 175-mile two-day journey to Felixstowe on the north Suffolk coast.
Once at the docks, a team from Neal Brothers re-packaged the equipment yesterday after further assembly work before the consignment is shipped out to Korea.
The second consignment will take the same route within the next two weeks.
When it gets to Korea, the pumps made by Sultzer Pumps (UK) Ltd in Leeds will be joined by other components being shipped from Neal Brothers sites in Houston, Texas, and Charleston, North Carolina.
All the parts will be re-packaged by Neal personnel in Korea before taking the final leg of their journey to Russia.
The work is being done for customer Exxon Mobile in the USA.
Neal’s team at Meltham, led by managing director David Neal, has worked with colleagues from the USA and Neal’s Belgian offices, based in Brussels, to complete the major order.
Mr Neal said: “It is the biggest piece of machinery we have ever packaged at Meltham and it has been an exciting project.
“These are parts manufactured in Yorkshire and we are very proud to have been chosen to co-ordinate and carry out this assignment. It’s really a case of Yorkshire industry going places!”