Pressure Vessel Manufacturers' forum goes back in time

London - 26 July 2013

The Pressure Vessel Manufacturer’s forum (PVMF) held the latest meeting at the former Magna steelworks in Sheffield recently.

Key speakers at this event were David Street and Dr. Paul Bates (Sheffield International Forgemasters Ltd) who jointly provided an insight into the difficulties that Sheffield PVMF Group Shot Forgemasters have with ensuring that their supply chain fully understands the implication of ASME III code compliance. This was followed by David Fye (Sellafield Ltd) who discussed the development and evolution of material and design standards required by Sellafield Ltd for pressure vessels from its inception in the 1950s to current requirements.

After lunch, a lively discussion was held on design related and quality issues of pressure vessels which are imported into the UK.

The huge Magna building; in its day one of the largest steelworks in the world has been preserved in its entirety with additional facilities to attract visitors including an adventure and PVMF Magna science park. The building still contains some of the magnificent industrial pieces which have been turned into exhibits and include hulking hooks, cupolas and cranes. Delegates were treated to an unusual entrance to the meeting room as they were escorted through the ‘Face of Steel’ exhibit.

Companies attending the Magna event were; Abbott & Co. (Newark) Ltd, AMEC Group, Barton Firtop Engineering Company Ltd, Bendalls Engineering Ltd, Chesterfield Special Cylinders Ltd, CPE Pressure Vessels Ltd, Edwin Snowden & Co. Ltd, EEF, Graham Hart (Process Technology) Ltd, GWF Engineering Ltd, Lloyd's Register EMEA, Pfaudler-Balfour, Portobello-RMF Engineering Ltd, and Sheffield Forgemasters International Ltd.

The forum, which is facilitated by Lloyd’s Register, represents pressure vessel manufacturers in the UK bringing like-minded manufacturers together with the common goal to support and help each other in relation to issues such as legal and regulatory matters.

For further information on the PVMF please contact Samantha Lee on 02476 518631 or email

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