Quality guaranteed – from Teesside to Qatar

Cleveland Cable Company is celebrating a double quality success after completing a custom-built testing centre at its Teesside headquarters whilst gaining a prestigious BSI Kitemark accreditation.

Headquartered on Middlesbrough’s Riverside Park but with bases in Dublin and Dubai as well as other areas of England, around half of Cleveland Cable’s 600 worldwide staff are employed on Teesside.

And the firm’s achievement in gaining the BSI Kitemark for their Middlesbrough testing facility was a key element in the successful supply of cable for a major oil and gas project in Qatar.

The firm has achieved the Kitemark for its internal testing of electrical and other cables, further underlining its established commitment to quality assurance excellence.

As a result, Cleveland Cable was able to ship out an entire batch of cable to the Middle East after detailed and extensive testing by external auditors.

The firm was awarded the Qatar contract following a lengthy tender process stretching over more than six months with almost daily clarifications required by the client. However, the hard work had only just begun.

Every stage of the process – from receipt of purchase order, clarifications, cable design and manufacture, confirmation of delivery schedule, packing and shipping list – was tightly controlled by a complex document management procedure recording all information needed to provide final build operations and maintenance (O&M) manuals.

Michael Powell, the firm’s global business manager, said the final part of this extensive process “hinged upon the successful testing and final packaging for shipping to Qatar”.

Both the prime contractor and the end client invited to Cleveland Cable’s Teesside headquarters individual members of Bureau Veritas and Intertek, world leaders in providing independent audit, testing and certification services.

“Our testing facilities were thoroughly scrutinised,” said Michael. “All cable was checked and tested in their presence and the entire batch was certified for shipping to the end client.

“Cleveland Cable can only guarantee the quality of our products as a result of our hands-on approach at every step. From design to delivery, our QA team are heavily involved to ensure the cable requested is the cable that arrives on site, fully tested with all appropriate certification.”


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