Scottish Galvanizers has been working with M&D’s, owner of Scotland’s Theme Park in Motherwell, for more than 15 years, providing its specialist hot-dip galvanizing to protect steelwork used to make some of the firm’s thrill-seeker rides.
In the partnership’s latest project, M&D’s called upon Scottish Galvanizers to regalvanize 15 tonnes of steel on its fairground ride called The Log Flume, which has recently been installed at Ocean Terminal shopping centre in Leith, Edinburgh, attracting many visitors.
Paul Tait, Commercial Manager of Scottish Wedge Galvanizers, said: “The steel had originally been galvanized many years ago, but due to normal wear and tear it needed reprocessing. This saw our team remove the original zinc coating and chemically clean the steel, before regalvanizing it again to ensure it is protected against the elements.”
Galvanizing as a process is becoming increasingly popular due to its energy-efficient qualities throughout its entire production and lifecycle. In addition to dramatically lengthening the lifespan of steel, Zinc’s non-ferrous properties enable it to be easily recycled with scrap metal, or re-galvanized, removed and reused elsewhere. And, in the actual process itself, where clean steel is dipped into molten zinc at temperatures up to 450°C, any zinc that doesn’t instantly form a coating on the metal, remains in the galvanizing bath and is subsequently reused.
Douglas Taylor, Owner of M&D’S, explained: “We have a great working relationship with Scottish Galvanizers, the galvanizing not only protects our attractions against corrosion, but also gives them a superb finish. We look forward to working with Scottish Galvanizers on many more occasions.