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Efinor bring unique approach to Hinkley

April 23, 2018

Efinor, a company with a history of innovation in both specialties metalwork and the way they do business, has brought its unique approach to the UK for Hinkley Point C.

They are working in partnership with international organisations whist also seeking out local Somerset businesses. Throughout its 30-year development – from a single employee to a global group with over 600 people – Efinor has stayed true to its founder’s vision of family-sized operations providing expertise in close proximity to its customers. That vision saw Efinor launch the British arm of its business in 2015 and establish an office in Bristol in 2017, having won the contract to deliver the main control room for the two reactors and on-site simulator.

Whilst busy setting up in the South West, including recruiting an expert team from both the UK and France, Efinor joined forces with Chinese steel design, manufacture and installation company, Huaxing to bid for a second contract at Hinkley Point C.

The joint venture is now preferred bidder for everything from design to installation for 10 large tanks within the nuclear island. Efinor’s unique ability to connect with big corporates and small businesses is particularly valuable to this work. Whilst the large volume production will be a global project, it will be down to local suppliers with specific technical expertise to react quickly on-site and ensure exact specifications are met.

Efinor is working closely with Somerset Chamber and our Supply Chain team to build relationships in the South West. They are in discussion with local suppliers who might not usually have the scale or experience to bid for nuclear contracts to support creation of local alliances for the delivery of the on-site work.

Anthony Prod’homme, Efinor UK Managing Director said, “Innovation is the DNA of the company, both technically and in the way we do business. Bringing our experience and family culture to big projects, creating the right team mix and building strong partnerships at all levels, is essential to the way we work”.

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