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Project Case Study / Cummins, Izmir, Turkey

Having provided the ironmongery for Cummins Engines Systems in Darlington, we were invited by the UK based architect James Cubitt & Partners to become involved with Cummins new $70m Filtration manufacturing facility in Izmir, Turkey.

This was a very time sensitive project and from first being engaged in June 2011 to draw up ironmongery schedules we completed supply in November that same year.

With time being of the essence we collected floor plans and door schedules from Cubitts London office and set to work creating our usual high quality UK manufactured specification. Over the following weeks and ensuing international conference calls it became apparent that a very robust American specification was preferred by both the client and US consultant Trusys. We therefore amended our schedules accordingly whilst visiting our American distributors in the South of England to update our product knowledge and ensure compatibility.

This produced a working document that enabled Scott to travel to Istanbul and meet with the local architect to run through our proposals. As it turned out this was a very straight forward process with most of the hard work having already been done in our North East office prior to travelling.

With the full American specification coming in over budget we were asked to value engineer if possible. We were able to do this quite successfully and to Cummins satisfaction by blending both American and UK products, reducing the value but keeping the quality high. This did produce some technical challenges, most notably with the master keyed cylinders where we provided both American style mortise and European profile cylinders which we were able to manufacture using purpose-made cams.

Working with the local contractor MSB Construction we were also able to provide one weeks assistance on site to help with the installation of some of the more technically challenging products.

Receiving the order in Mid-September and having all ironmongery manufacturer and air-freighted from the US then couriered by road to Turkey by mid-November was certainly challenging but again demonstrated our versatility to adapt to every situation and provide an excellent ironmongery service with an end product to match.