NES awards approved supplier status

Nuclear Engineering Services Limited (NES), are pleased to announce Fort Vale Engineering Limited and Helander Precision Engineering Ltd as their first two preferred machining suppliers, under the company’s new Preferred Supplier Framework agreements.

NES’ preferred Supplier Framework agreements are mutually beneficial agreements for the supply of specialist services in support of NES’ core capabilities. Fort Vale and Helander have both been selected by NES for the supply of machined components.

Fort Vale of Burnley, Lancashire, was awarded the status in February and Helander of Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire, in March, following a series of audits and site visits from NES Supply Chain Development team. The agreement will benefit both companies working within a framework that will develop as the relationship matures, delivering best value machined components to NES, at competitive rates for both companies.

Commenting on the agreements, Richard Evans, Supply Chain Development Manager for NES said “Fort Vale and Helander are perfect examples of how the Preferred Supplier agreements should work. Their machining capabilities are truly market leading and perfectly complement NES’ in house capabilities. More importantly, both companies share NES’ attitude to quality, and ensuring right first time delivery. Both companies were able to demonstrate through their delivery and during the audit process that they are able to meet and exceed the stringent quality requirements of the nuclear market”.

Richard went on to say “We have been developing our supplier base for the past 2 years ensuring we get the best value solutions available. We believe the best way to do this is to work collaboratively with our suppliers, sharing pains and gains. Fort Vale and Helander have demonstrated their commitment to NES and the agreement, working on a number of challenging projects with us. The feedback we have received from both suppliers has been of great value to NES and will help us with future contracts, particularly when designing complex components for manufacture.”

Throughout 2013 NES will be making a series of presentations to other specialist suppliers who have been through the Preferred Supplier assessment process with NES, covering areas such as Control, Electrics & Instrumentation and Materials.

Fort Vale specialise in the design and manufacture of valves and fitting on tank containers and tanker vehicles for the safe transportation of liquids, powders and gases. Operating worldwide, with 550 employees, the company has recently opened a new facility for nuclear product manufacturing, regularly investing in state of the art machining technology to maintain their 80% market share of the valve markets they service.


Upon the signing of the Preferred Supplier agreement, Peter Staveley, Head of Nuclear for Fort Vale commented “Fort Vale has been working with NES for the past three years and during this time, we have forged a strong working partnership. Being awarded the preferred supplier status from NES is a positive recognition of the partnership that all involved have created between the two businesses.”

“We’d like to thank the NES team for their help and guidance in developing our systems to ensure that they meet the demanding nuclear safety culture requirements. Going forward we look forward to strengthening this partnership, growing on our status as a preferred supplier and supporting NES on future projects, including the nuclear new build projects.”

Helander specialise in mission critical engineering and are part of the larger Calder Group. Located across 4 sites, Helander have been supplying into the nuclear market for over 12 years and recently went through the Fit 4 Nuclear Programme.

Malcolm Humphries, Business Development Director for Helander said, “Helander is delighted to have been awarded Preferred Supplier status from NES, in recognition of the close working relationship and levels of service achievement that exists between the two businesses. Having now worked with NES for around 3 years, the many prestigious projects we have undertaken have helped us to considerably expand our knowledge and expertise in this sector and have brought us to a level of nuclear manufacturing competency that is highly sought after in the industry. We look forward to fully supporting NES in the success of their on-going decommissioning and life-extension type projects, as well as the exciting nuclear new-build program in which they will undoubtedly become a significant player. I’d like to thank all NES’ team for their valued support and business development guidance given to Helander, and we look forward to a long and mutually rewarding business partnership.”

Development of the NES Supply Chain is the latest in a series of investments made by the Wolverhampton based company. In-house manufacturing capabilities have recently been increased by the purchase of 4 new state of the art machining centres for the Wolverhampton manufacturing facility. NES also received full Corporate Accreditation to the Association for Project Management (APM) in January, and are only 1 of 34 companies to receive this prestigious accolade. The accreditation gives our customers complete confidence that all of our skilled project managers and engineers adhere to the very highest standards of best practice and professionalism in specialist engineering.

NES are always looking for talented individuals to join their team, across their Wolverhampton, Risley and Beckermet sites. If you’re looking for a new career challenging then visit to view our current vacancies.

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