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Hy-Tech Enamellers’ artwork revealed as part of £1.3m revamp of Redcar’s largest train station

 21 Faces of Redcar      21 Faces of Redcar

Trains arriving into Redcar Central Station will now be greeted by 23 well-known faces…

The Redcar Faces Project was officially unveiled on November 18th to reveal striking black and white photos of local individuals who have made a positive impact on the town, as nominated by local residents.

The subjects of the portraits, taken by photographer Asia Werbel, range from 100-year-old Vera Robinson MBE - a fundraiser for the RNLI for more than 80 years - to George Pacitto, whose ice cream parlours sell one of Redcar’s best known items, the Lemon Top.

The ‘Faces’ Project is part of a £1.3m revamp of the station by Redcar and Cleveland Council who have been working in conjunction with Network Rail and Northern Rail to improve passenger facilities, shelter, signage and lighting at the station.

Brian Lodge, Hy-Tech’s Managing Director said “this was a great project for Hy-Tech to be involved in. The benefits of vitreous enamel are well established in the formal signage industry but Redcar shows the exciting  potential  it has as a medium for artistic expression, the finished product looks absolutely superb now it is up and in situ at Redcar Central Station”.

5th December 2014

Hy-Tech MD peaks at 5,500 metres for the charity

Hy-Tech Enamellers managing director Brian Lodge has returned from climbing 5,500 metres to one of the peaks of the Annapura range in the Himalayas to raise more than £3,000 for charity.

Mr Lodge and his team, which included his wife Nina, was due to climb to Mount Everest’s south base camp but had to change their plans at the last minute.

Mr Lodge said “We came to climb to Everest base camp along with hundreds of other like-minded souls and we would have flown half way up to Lukla at 2,800m and then joined the queue to get to base camp another 2,600m up the mountain to tick a box and walk back down. However, due to poor weather and a tragic airline accident we all did something very different.

“We climbed the whole way up the mountains from under 800m covering around 4700m in height to a point even higher than Everest base camp. We did not walk back but actually crossed the Himalayas via the Thorung La Pass and came out on the other side.”

The team, which also included Sarah Flowers, sales director from Hy-Tech’s affiliated company South West Communications Group, embarked on a far less travelled trek that took 17 days in total. They suffered various injuries and extreme fatigue along the way and stayed in very basic accommodation in often freezing conditions.

On the day they reached the peak, the team left in the dark at 5am with the temperature at -10 degrees climbing steeply for five hours before beginning the 1,400m tough descent to find their next accommodation.

Mr Lodge added: “We met people with absolutely nothing who were happier than anyone we have ever known. Our team became the closest of friends as we experienced cold, hunger, pain and complete elation together.

“While the aches and pains may last a day or two more, the memories of Nepal and the Himalayas will, I am sure, last us all a lifetime.”

Mr Lodge returned to work this week. There is still a chance to sponsor the team for their endeavours by visiting their Virgin Money Giving page at TEAM SWCOMMS EVEREST TREK which is raising money for the Exeter Founation.

October 25, 2012

Hy-Tech points Olympics visitors in the right direction

Hy-Tech Enamellers has won two orders to produce signage for a number of London Underground stations that will be swamped with visitors during the Olympics this summer.

The signs bearing tube maps for Paddington, Highbury and Islington stations will be coated in vitreous enamel which is not only extremely durable, but is also completely non-flammable.

Hy-Tech Enamellers’ managing director Brian Lodge said: “London Underground station signs and maps are instantly recognisable uses of vitreous enamel. Hy-Tech's work can already been seen at Bond Street, Brixton and Heathrow’s underground stations and many more in both signage and paneling. We are proud to be involved in the effort to help guide visitors around London during the Olympics.

28 June 2012

Hy-Tech wins export order to enamel French wood burning stoves

Hy-Tech Enamellers has won an order to enamel high end cast iron wood burning stoves for a prestigious company in France.

The order was completed in record time after tight deadlines had to be met to secure the work.

Hy-Tech's managing director Brian Lodge said: “While quality was paramount, we had almost 1,000 new parts to complete in four colours; one of which was unique to this client.

“We had to fit this job into our work schedule during a very busy time of year but fortunately our capacity is such that we have multiple production lines. This allows us to flex sufficiently to accommodate orders of this magnitude and complete them in exceptionally short time periods.”

Hy-Tech, based in Highbridge, Somerset, is pushing to expand their market in to Europe to continue its tradition of exporting traditional British quality abroad. Hy-Tech Enamellers is the trading name of Hy-Tech Enamelling Ltd.

15 November 2011

New MD for Hy-Tech

Hy-Tech Enamellers has a new managing director to improve its influence in its very niche market.

Brian Lodge has taken charge of the Somerset-based company which manufactures the electric range cooker conversion, the Eco-Cuisinère, and specialises in the production of vitreous enamel.

Mr Lodge will oversee the plant at Highbridge where range cookers , wood burning stoves and cast irons baths are coated in long-lasting vitreous enamel to restore them to their former glory and where industrial and signage enamelling is also facilitated.

Mr Lodge said: “The creation and application of vitreous enamelling is a traditional process but its use is breaking new ground all the time. This is a niche market but is one we confidently serve with the largest vitreous enamelling plant in the UK. I am excited by the challenge this role presents in alerting people to our existence and using our expertise to fulfil our customers’ varying needs.”

Mr Lodge has committed to lift the bar in quality by involving all the staff in a scheme that promotes complete customer satisfaction.
He added: “This new focus on quality has already enabled us to achieve standards that others just cannot match. Our capacity and efficient production techniques mean we can deliver exceptional quality at a competitive price”

Hy-Tech Enamellers specialises in coloured vitreous enamel that is used on both new and restored range cookers and wood burning stoves. The heat-resistant, hard-wearing properties of vitreous enamel makes it perfect not only for range cookers, but also industrial flues, pipes and panels, as well as signage; mostly notably in fire hazardous setting such as underground railway stations.

Mr Lodge will be ably assisted by technical sales manager Chow Bhupendra, who has a wealth of experience in this area, and vitreous enamel expert John White, Hy-Tech’s production director. As a founding director of the company, John has more than 40 years experience in vitreous enamelling. His unequalled knowledge and expertise in this field has ensured that Hy-Tech retains its status as the leading vitreous enameller in the UK.

Hy-Tech Enamellers is the trading name of Hy-Tech Enamelling Ltd.

18 July 2011
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