Cactus Industrial has won a contract to supply its unique Bristle Blaster technology to the Ministry of Defence for use in maintaining Royal Navy assets across the UK.
Cactus has deployed members of staff to deliver training to Royal Navy personnel and contractors in the effective use of Bristle Blaster technology in preparing surfaces affected by the marine environment, both on Royal Navy surface vessels and the submarine fleet.
Cactus Industrial has since received an order from the MoD for a number of machines using Bristle Blaster technology and expects more orders in months to come. The purchase order was placed after the Bristle Blaster, a hand-held surface preparation tool that blasts without grit, went through extensive trials at Her Majesty’s Naval Base (HMNB) Portsmouth.
Cactus Industrial deploys Bristle Blaster technology and coatings in a range of sectors, particularly in the upstream oil and gas industry. The deal with the MoD marks a significant move into military use of the Bristle Blaster. The value of the contract was undisclosed.
Jamie Gallagher, Chief Executive of Cactus Industrial, said: “Bristle Blaster technology is uniquely suited to maintaining valuable Royal Navy assets including ships and submarines. We have now trained and educated Royal Navy personnel in how to use the Cactus Bristle Blaster for optimal surface preparation for maintaining the UK’s sea-going fleet. Blasting without grit technology is one of the most effective ways of ensuring that Royal Navy ships and submarines are prepared to face the harsh marine environment with as little downtime as possible.”
Paul Waugh, Warrant Officer 1, Royal Navy, said: “A classroom introduction with hands-on training showed how correct surface conditions are achievable so preservation efforts become more effective – thus improving the material state of the platforms. Cactus Industrial’s Bristle Blaster technology will considerably reduce time and improve preservation efforts during a base maintenance period (BMP).”