Please provide a company background including when it was established, where it is located, how many staff you employ etc.
The company was founded in Mansfield in 1976, originally manufacturing hydraulic rams for the mining industry, but soon thereafter diversifying into the manufacture of squeeze off equipment and then but fusion machinery for the water and gas markets.
Hyram employs nearly fifty personnel, designing and manufacturing a wide variety of products for the utilities markets. Furthermore with its depots in North London & Greater Manchester, as well as its headquarters and manufacturing site in Mansfield, it offers repair, maintenance and hire of its equipment.
The company prides itself on being able to take a customer’s problem, design and then manufacture a solution with the work performed and controlled in house in accordance with ISO 9001.Hyram does not produce the pipeline but it does produce the tools to build, repair and maintain it!
Please provide an overview of the products and services offered and areas of specialisation.
Our products fall into the following broad categories:
Butt fusion Machines for the jointing of PE pipelines
Squeeze off and re rounding equipment, again for PE pipes
Electro fusion machines & associated clamps, so alignment clamps
Mechanical scrapers from hand scrapers to large diameter
Drilling Machines, but both for metal & plastic pipelines
Valve Keys & Spindles
General gas tooling
How did you find out about emita and what benefits do you find the most valuable?
Hyram’s contact with EMITA has been through the long standing relationship with UKTi. EMITA offers Hyram specific international insights and contacts through its structured and informative events, held locally, hence negating the need for over extended & expensive trips to the markets.
How long has your company been active in the export / import market and which countries do you currently trade with?
Hyram has been trading internationally for nearly 20 years and currently exports to over 30 countries across the world.
What made you decide to expand your business overseas?
The growing need for products, solutions and services provided by Hyram and the limited long term growth potential in the UK has provided Hyram with the motivation to seek out new markets.
What has been your biggest exporting / importing challenge?
The biggest challenge for Hyram has been to find partners in export markets that are truly focussed on the need for the specialised products that Hyram offers.
What’s the most helpful piece of international trade advice you have received?
International trade advice differs dependent upon the market in question, but the one consistent and most useful piece of advice is probably the most obvious one and that is to visit the market and learn from first hand experience.
What does the future hold? Any particular markets you are looking to target next?
For Hyram the future is bright and holds much hope of developing new markets particularly in Asia & Africa.