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Riley assists Irish sheet metal company with its expansion into paint and powder coating.


McAree Engineering is one of Ireland’s leading outsource sheet metal fabrication companies based near the picturesque village of Ballinode in North Monaghan.

Founded in 1946, the company has built a solid reputation for quality service backed up by state of the art production facilities. Services include laser cutting, folding, punching and fabrication and the company has achieved ISO 9001 quality accreditation.

McAree Engineering has recently introduced spray painting and powder coating to its production processes. This is in order to expand the business into production of finished or part-finished components as well as sheet metal production.

Investment in spray paint facilities

Having achieved ICOR accreditation for paint finishing, the company decided to invest in a state-of-the-art shot blasting, spray painting and spray baking facility from Riley Surface World. The equipment selected had all been declared surplus to requirements by a UK- based utility vehicle manufacturer.

After taking advice from the Riley Surface World technical support team, McAree purchased a 7 x 7 x 4 metre Hodge Clemco shot blast room with large, fixed shot blast machine, media recovery system, Nederman reverse pulse dust collection and all modern safety devices built-in. The system will be used for priming and pre-finishing of the metals prior to painting or powder coating.

For paint application and curing, the company selected a purpose built, Spraybake 4 x 7 x 5 metres spray/bake room with thermostatically controlled gas heating, fan-assisted air handling, floor-mounted extraction system and ample fluorescent lighting for a high quality paint finish combined with minimum wastage and maximum operator safety.

Finally, McAree acquired a large paint storage and mixing room with all necessary ventilation, product security and fire prevention facilities built-in.

Dedicated new paint and powder building

The equipment is to be commissioned in McAree’s new purpose-designed paint and powder coating building alongside their existing factory in Ballinode. Once fully operational, the new facility will provide extra services to existing sheet metal customers, as well as attracting new sub-contract projects from Ireland, the UK and the rest of Europe.

According to project manager, Vincent McAree, the company enjoyed excellent value for money by purchasing such high quality, pre-owned equipment from Riley Surface World. He was also impressed by the first-class customer service shown by the Riley support team in enabling the purchase and transfer of the items from the UK to Ireland and is confident that the investment made will pay dividends in potential new business to be won in the near future.


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