Riverside Automation expanded their activity in the Steel Industry, providing the PLC Control and Computer Supervisory System for a new Electric Arc Furnace for Thamesteel in Kent.
Riverside Electrical Control Services Ltd, joined Riverside Automation to provide integrated control system solutions, including design, manufacture, installation and commissioning.
The main office buildings at Wostenholm Rd, were extended, providing an integrated complex with more than 5,000 square-feet of floor area.
The Company also achieved recognition for their quality management systems by registration with UKAS to ISO9001:2000.
Investors in People status was achieved in February 2000.
The adjacent office at 59 Wostenholm Road was purchased in 1999; the ground floor of this is now occupied by Riverside. The company staff expanded to 25 people, the majority being graduate engineers.
The company relocated to its current office at 61 Wostenholm Road in February 1996. Initially the building was only partially occupied; by 2000 it was occupied entirely. The largest project that the company was involved with during this period was the refurbishment of the 8 Strand Billet Caster at British Steel Scunthorpe. The ‘first cast’ on the new machine was on Christmas Eve 1998. The contract value to Riverside was well in excess of £1M.
Increases in orders led to growth of the engineering team to six permanent staff and also to the appointment of an administrative assistant. The company moved within the Science Park complex, to two adjoining units with a total floor area of 865 square feet.
This was a period of consolidation during which the company developed relationships with a number of potential clients and completed two projects in different industries (coal and quarrying). Towards the end of this period a major project in power generation was won, which led to a period of expansion.
Following the company’s formation in August 1992, and initial preparatory work without premises, the company located to Sheffield Science Park in February 1993, taking a single unit of floor area of 515 square feet, (Unit 14). Project work included two steel industry projects for Concast UK, totalling over £300,000 in total contract value, but including a large proportion of sub-contract work and bought-in materials. Later in this year the company took on a project in the power generation industry - automating the coal feed to Rugeley Power Station.