Industrial

Farrat New Starter – Paul Mellish: Head of Engineering and Operations

In 2019 Farrat were pleased to welcome Paul Mellish as our new Head of Engineering and Operations. A few months in, we’d like to tell you a little more about one of our new additions to the team.

What led you to Farrat?

I completed a degree in Manufacturing Engineering & Management at Loughborough University. I then spent almost 11 years at Rolls-Royce (aero engines) in a variety of Manufacturing Engineering roles. Following that, I moved into the automotive industry as a Technical Manager at Bentley Motors.

I was drawn back to aerospace for a couple more years in a consultant role, assisting a number of domestic SME’s to become more globally competitive. Following a short stint in Additive Manufacturing as an Operations Manager, I became the Operations Director for an aerospace surface treatments business, before moving to Farrat.

Paul Mellish

What are you most looking forward to getting involved in/doing at Farrat?

Assisting an already successful company to achieve the next big step and become world-leaders in our industry sector! I am also looking forward to enabling each area of the business to achieve its objectives and develop a high-performing community that is sustainable for the long-term future.

What drives you on a day to day basis?

Knowing that I have made a tangible contribution to the performance and success of the business. On a personal level, my main drive is to make my family proud and to provide them with a comfortable way of life.

Paul is just one of many new team members in a range of areas of the team including engineering, HR, accounts and operations. We’re looking forward to introducing you to more team members throughout 2020.

2019 at Farrat – a year of success

2019 has been a busy year for Farrat and full of achievements and projects to be proud of.  There are too many to go into in one post, but here are a few of the highlights of 2019.

Longevity is an ultimate aim for most businesses, and for Farrat to celebrate it’s 60th year this year was a fantastic achievement. A family business now into it’s third generation, Farrat continues to grow with a well-established team, many of whom plan to be here to celebrate 70 years no doubt.

Farrat celebrating 60 years of engineering and manufacturing in the UK

The growth of our non-structural vibration isolation department – new expanding markets has meant the size of this department has nearly doubled in size, with the launch of several new products in our Cine range. The number of projects in the middle east has grown with a number of high-profile openings this year including the largest mall in Egypt, which we were a significant part of.

Growth of cinema in the MENA region is huge with 500 new cinema screens planned between 2018 and 2023, and following attendance of the second MENA cinema forum, Farrat are looking to continue to be a big part of that.

The MENA cinema forum this year introduced a new way to display the power of Farrat’s Cine Range. Affectionately dubbed ‘the cube of silence,’ this demonstration enabled our Commercial Director Ryan Arbabi to show just how much noise and vibration we can isolate!

Farrat has continued a truly global reach in 2019, with more countries than we could go into in much detail. From canning factories in France, Brazil and the UK, shock isolation in Taiwan, vibration control at The Hague in the Netherlands and in Slovakia, in addition to the work in MENA with the growth of cinema in Saudi Arabia on the horizon – it’s been a globe trotting year!

Farrat TBF was a brand-new product launched this year, following numerous requests for a fire safe thermal break product. Fire safe thermal break material is not yet a legal requirement but to be able to launch a product as ahead of the curve, and one we truly believe will be in high demand in the future, was an exciting achievement.

Farrat TBF

The team has expanded this year to accommodate growth, but in addition to that, Farrat truly believes in developing team members internally. A large number of people within Farrat have progressed to new positions in house.

2020 sees a new level of growth with more exciting plans that we look forward to updating you on from as close as Manchester to the other side of the world.

Brazilian brewing company builds new $700million canning factory using Farrat Anti Vibration solutions.

Ambev are a Brazilian brewing company with an annual revenue of over $13 Billion USD.  They are building a new factory with an area of 45,000 square meters. The new factory will house two can production lines (bodymakers) and one lid production line (cuppers) and will run on 100% renewable energy.

It will be their first can factory in Brazil and will come at a cost of $700 Million USD. Ambev have employed Ribeiro Caram as the main contractor to carry out these works.  Staying on schedule is vital to the success of this project but health and safety is also a strong focus for them.

Farrat Anti-Vibration

This October 2019, Farrat have been working in person with engineering and construction teams in Brazil, to ensure that their production line machinery will be sufficiently isolated to work safely. The project is still ongoing but a recent on-site visit has meant we have been able to see the efficient future implementation of Farrat industrial vibration control solutions.

From our manufacturing facilities in the UK, we have supplied Farrat Vidam and Farrat Isomat Pads to configure bespoke designed Farrat Isolated Foundations.

On site Project Delivery Manager Neil Wilson says: ‘It’s very satisfying to see the Farrat logo on a building site on the other side of the world, knowing how hard everyone works in the UK to make it all happen from enquiry stage through to dispatch.’

Neil in foundations

Can making machines operate at high speeds and impact loads, which pass noise and vibrations in the surrounding area.  This can seriously affect the health and safety of both the people working there, and people living in the surrounding area.

canning diagram

By installing Farrat Isolated Foundations, these vibrations will be isolated, ensuring a better working environment and securing the safety of people in the area at large.

International projects such as these are a key part of Farrat’s mission in engineering; to provide both direct access to the best technical experts as well as the best solutions.

Farrat Anti-Vibration Materials used to enhance high-speed Hyperloop pod

Our Industrial Team recently supplied undergraduate engineers from Colorado School of Mines, with high-performance Anti-Vibration Materials to dampen vibrations affecting their prototype for the 2019 SpaceX Hyperloop IV Competition.

The competition intends to revolutionize the worlds transportation systems, challenging student teams to design and build a high-speed pod that can be propelled through a low-pressure tube at theoretical speeds of up to 760mph!

Farrat Anti-Vibration Materials will help to stabalise the prototype pod wheels when travelling at high speeds, damping vibrations ranging from 0 to 30 Hz.

We do not want to give too many details of the vibration damping system away ahead of the competition entry submission, so in the meantime, take a look at the competition trailer below or  learn more about Farrat Anti-Vibration Materials for Industrial Applications here.


Designing a resilient support or connection and selecting the correct vibration isolating or damping material for it can be complex, but Farrat’s Industrial Team are here to help. We can guide you in your selection, so that you are confident that the material supplied is the optimum solution.

Please contact us with your specific requirements and we will work with you to develop a solution that considers: performance, longevity, environmental conditions, installation and budget.

Farrat Supply Isolation Materials for 11x Stolle Bodymakers and Minster Cupper in Poland

Farrat Isolation Materials supplied for 11x Stolle Bodymaker Isolated Foundations

Farrat recently supplied independent Can Manufacturer, Bagpak Polskawith anti-vibration materials to isolate the foundations of 11x Stolle Bodymakers and a Minster Cupper Press at their large metal packaging production site in Poland. Bagpak approached Farrat to assist with the installation of their new high-speed can making line because of our experience and reputation within the Canning Industry; having developed several Isolated Foundation systems for Stolle Bodymakers and Cupper Presses in the past. Farrat have over 25 years experience designing and supplying multiple production lines globally, using our high quality, UK manufactured materials for projects across Europe, China, Middle East and India. Typical materials used to isolate Cupping Presses or Bodymakers are;


To read more about how Farrat Isolated Foundations provide effective, low frequency isolation of machinery and equipment click here. Alternately, take a look at some of our recent Industrial Case Studies.

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