Portsmouth metal parts factory Excell Metal Spinning sees boost to orders as it makes ventilator components in coronavirus pandemic

A PORTSMOUTH manufacturing firm has seen business pick up by making components for ventilators.

By Kimberley Barber
Thursday, 21st May 2020, 7:00 am
Updated Thursday, 21st May 2020, 5:24 pm
CAPTION: Parts made by Portsmouth firm Excell Metal Spinning for use in public health spraying
CAPTION: Parts made by Portsmouth firm Excell Metal Spinning for use in public health spraying

Excell Metal Spinning, in Limberline Road, Hilsea, has been able to bring staff members back from furlough as orders have started to come in.

The manufacturer, which cuts metal components for a range of industries from its 12,500sq ft factory, has also completed and shipped 1,200 units to be used in public health spraying.

Max Underhay, from the firm, said: ‘With the setup of emergency overflow hospitals in the UK by the government continuing, most notably the conversion of the London ExCell Centre, ICU units within these hospitals require additional ventilation.

CAPTION: Parts made by Portsmouth firm Excell Metal Spinning for use in attenuators

‘Excell Metal Spinning has been working closely with its customers in the industrial fan sector to provide the spun metal components for attenuators. Hidden away in roofing spaces the components are rarely seen but enable large extraction units to operate within a safe decibel range.’

He said the firm has also been making other key components such as high-efficiency particulate air systems, which filter air through a fine mesh and used for contamination control, and parts for medical gas pipe systems in hospitals.

Max said one of the largest recent orders has been for parts used in public health spraying.

He said: ‘We work with customers from a variety of different sectors. While the process of public health spraying may seem strange within our culture, this is the norm within several countries around the world, even before the current pandemic. The services have been adapted to aid in containing the spread of the virus in public spaces. We have supplied 1,200 units to be exported in aid of these efforts.’

CAPTION: Workers at Excell Metal Spinning in Portsmouth

The Portsmouth factory has also had to bring in measures to protect its staff and customers.

Max said: ‘We understand that as businesses we must come together to find sustainable solutions that ensure service continues and production of parts are not halted.’

Excell Metal Spinning was set up by directors Lee Bligh and Neil Hunt in 2000.

Metal spinning is a process used in manufacturing to achieve cylindrical metal components

CAPTION: Workers at Excell Metal Spinning in Portsmouth