GN Rope Fittings expands manufacturing capacity by 40%

GN Rope Fittings, a leading manufacturer of ROV, mooring, heavy lifting and rigging connections to the global oil and gas and offshore wind industries, has its sights set on further growth as it enters its 101st year in 2024.

The company rounded off its 100th anniversary in style by producing an industry-changing trunnion shackle – and is entering its second century by increasing manufacturing capacity by almost 40%.

Now under the leadership of the fourth generation of the Vossenberg family, work to increase the footprint of its factory in Nieuwkoop in the Netherlands is ongoing, with construction expected to be completed by May 2024.

The facility is expanding by 40% in order to deliver for clients’ increasing requirements as they address multiple challenges across the energy industry. Solar panels will generate power, with heat from the forge used to provide warmth throughout the building, particularly during winter months.

GN Rope Fittings Director Bart Vossenberg JR said: “We have consistently adapted to changing technologies and requirements of our customers over the last 100 years. The collaboration, insights, and enthusiasm from our partners have fuelled our growth, and we are excited to carry this momentum into the coming decades.

The trunnion shackle, which at 12 tons weighs around the same as two elephants, was produced for ​​​​CSBC-DEME Wind Engineering Co. Ltd. (CDWE), a joint venture between CSBC Corporation, Taiwan and global solutions provider DEME Offshore.

The development of the new shackle and extended facilities follows the announcement last year that GN Rope Fittings had constructed a bespoke wide-body shackle, which boasted the world’s heaviest load-bearing capacity at 3000 tons (WLL3000T) – equivalent to lifting 13 Statues of Liberty.



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