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Our 3M Scotch-Weld 77 spray was the missing piece of the jigsaw in this manhole manufacturing puzzle

Viking supply products to a whole range of different sectors from aerospace to automotive for a huge range of uses. Whether it’s our Acrylic Foam Tape being used in window manufacturing or our extra strength 3M adhesives being used in securing the Olympic Rings! The variety is vast and we like to think there’s no problem too sticky for our team of experts.

Finding solutions to manufacturing problems is something that we love to do, and our MD Colin takes a number of calls each and every day advising on the best products to use in all sorts of weird and wonderful ways. So when a leading player in the manufacturing of manhole covers got in touch, we jumped at the challenge to get involved.

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London 2012

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Viking steals the show

We like to think of our products as the unsung heroes fixing many a sticky situation and one customer call we’ll never forget was from one of our key customers, Stage One. “We need to stick some large plastic rings together and suspend them from Tower Bridge, what adhesive should we use?” “Oh, and by the way it’s quite important they don’t fall down”. The penny dropped and we realised they were talking about the Olympic Rings! We recommended one of our extra strength 3M adhesives which passed the test with flying colours and Stage One could sleep easy knowing that the famous rings were secure in place for the duration of the games.

We still get the odd call that makes us smile and most recently it was to request one of our products for use on a film set, for a new British production being filmed in Harrogate, and whilst we won’t make the credits it’s nice to know that in some way our Yorkshire born and bred company is providing sticky solutions on a global scale!

On The Line

The injury rate in the food and drink manufacturing sector is double the manufacturing sector average and the HSE estimate that 25% of these injuries are musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs). However, despite these figures, HSE’s enforcement relating to MSDs remains low.

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The Invisible Risks

Health risks do not seem to receive enough attention when it comes to managing the risk. This may be due to the fact that the consequences of exposure to some harmful agents are not often visible.

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