COVID-19 pressure leads to major defence contract win for Welsh engineering firm

Cintec International, an engineering company in Newport, South Wales has built a worldwide reputation in engineering research and development.

Cintec has been demonstrating and providing prototype Waterwall designs for a number of years with the Kampfmittelraumdienst through its Agent in Germany.  This technology uses both water and air, to mitigate the effects of improvised explosive devices in particular dirty bombs, provides anti-ram barriers, air-inflated Decontamination units, Chemical Operating theatres and air-inflated water storage tanks for the Fire and Rescue Service.

When COVID-19 struck, large numbers of German bomb technicians who are biologically trained were taken out of the front line to assist in the fight against the pandemic.

Cintec were contacted as a matter of urgency to provide a bespoke solution. Peter James, Managing Director of Cintec, said:

“We’re delighted that the German Ministry of Defence (MOD) has recognised the value of our proposition after full-scale demonstrations.

“The project has been the most exacting and difficult of all the blast mitigation Waterwall products that we have made. These unique products have been supplied to a number of military and defence clients around the world to provide countermeasures for improvised explosive devices.”

“These devices are not improvised but extremely large unexploded Allied Second World War bombs dropped in large numbers in Germany and Italy. Many of them are the more dangerous delayed action bombs which are still being found throughout Germany, particularly in industrial and areas of high population.”

The explosive quantity of the unexploded bombs has been estimated to exceed 300,000 tonnes and ordinance is located almost on a weekly basis.

He added: “It really is extremely dangerous, there is a significant risk to life, property and a great deal of disruption causing evacuating of large numbers of people when devices are isolated and have to be rendered safe.

We look forward to developing our long-term relationship with the German Ministry of Defence and capitalising on the skills and resources of both businesses to ensure we maximise our technological developments.”

Cintec is currently awaiting decisions on further projects including The Bent Pyramid, Temples at Dendra, Habu, The White Monastery and projects throughout the UK, Europe and the rest of the world. Orders have recently been received and supplied to China for masonry bridges and City Walls.

Current Research and Development of a device that fits into the Cintec anchoring system are currently on hold at Cardiff Civil Engineering laboratories pending the end of the Lockdown and completion of tests that were scheduled to take place in March this year together with engineers from University College London. The device known as a dissipative anchor allow the structure to move in an earthquake and mitigate the ground acceleration during a seismic advent. Projects in China, India and the Middle east are likely benefit from this research.

The company has maintained structures including Buckingham Palace, Windsor Castle, and countless castles, cathedrals, churches in the UK in addition to Landmark structures in Washington, USA and the Canadian Parliament Building. But most famously the work undertaken in Egypt on the Step Pyramid and a whole number of historic structures in Cairo, Luxor, Karnak and structures on the West Bank of the Nile.

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