Annesley group visits Turbine Surface Technologies on fact-finding trip

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ANNESLEY folk paid a visit to one of the key firms at Sherwood Business Park to find out more about its work.

The party, which included residents and members of community group ACCESS (Annesley Community Committed to Ensuring Sustainable Settlements), went to Turbine Surface Technologies, where they heard a presentation and were given a tour of the factory.

The visit was organised after ACCESS chairman Peter Olko and vice-chairman Bob Collier contacted bosses at the firm to find out how the two organisations could address villagers’ concerns - as well as give folk the chance to find out more about the company.

During the visit, guests discovered more about the history of Turbine Surface Technologies and learned about the technology it uses to coat turbine blades before they are sent to Rolls Royce to be assembled for its Trent engine range.

These engines power planes such as the Boeing Dreamliner, 777, Airbus A330 and superjumbo, the A380.

Mr Olko said: “It was very reassuring to learn of the recent environmental improvements introduced, which had included noise suppression equipment and an emergency shut-off valve in case of pollution to the surface water pond supply. “Graphics were displayed which showed the reduction in noise output from the factory since the installation of these measures in December, which obviously has a beneficial impact for local residents and to the wildlife inhabiting both Little Oak Plantation and Ashfield District Council’s Forest Road Nature Area which border the company.”

After the presentation, the party broke off into small groups to tour the factory and see the technological processes in action.

The visit ended with a question and answer session and Mr Olko thanked staff for the presentation.