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Forbes Technologies Ltd

"Tall oaks from little acorns grow" is an apt quotation to describe the steady growth of the Forbes Group from its modest beginnings in the distribution of plastics, through to the quality manufacturing company as seen today.

Not only is Forbes now the largest manufacturer in the UK of custom designed and built tanks and vessels in plastics materials, the group has also developed a significant expertise in environmental technologies, particularly in the areas of odour control and fume scrubbing.

Forbes tanks and fabrications are now used in one form or another in practically every type of industrial application.

The head office at Denver continues to handle sales, design and general administration and continuing improvements in communications have helped to facilitate the larger than usual separation between offices and production.

The main production facility located in Kelso in the Borders of Scotland has grown to encompass an area in excess of 18500 M2 and is the home to four purpose built factories each dedicated to the manufacture of high quality tanks and fabrications.

We are a company dedicated to providing our customers with high quality products at competitive prices and we aspire to do this without jeopardising the well-being of our staff, the public at large and the environment. We strive towards continual company improvement and to provide the standards of excellence, efficiency and service that have always made Forbes a comfortable organisation to deal with.


Products

Effluent Sludge Storage Tanks

Effluent Sludge Storage Tanks

We manufacture tanks for effluent & sludge storage using a variety of different construction materials (including Polypropylene or High Density Polyet...

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Effluent Storage Tanks

Effluent Storage Tanks

We make tanks for effluent & sludge storage using a range of different construction materials (including Polypropylene or High Density Polyethylene & ...

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Electrowinning Cells

Electrowinning Cells

Electrowinning CellsIn polypropylene for the recovery of gold and other precious metals from "tailings" waste material from gold mining sites.Pictured...

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Environmental Technologies

Environmental Technologies

Environmental TechnologiesWith over 40 years experience, coupled with up to the minute technologies>>• Whether large or small• In a variety of materia...

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Environmental Technologies in Norfolk

Environmental Technologies in Norfolk

Environmental Technologies in Norfolk Please follow the link from FTN to our website. Please contact us for more information on the product/service th...

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Exceptional chemical resistant Tanks

Exceptional chemical resistant Tanks

Exceptional chemical resistant Tanks are available from our extensive product catalogue, please contact us for more information.

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Exceptional corrosion resistance Tanks

Exceptional corrosion resistance Tanks

Exceptional corrosion resistance Tanks Please follow the link from FTN to our website, where you will find further information on this product, and li...

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Final Effluent Storage Tanks

Final Effluent Storage Tanks

APPLICATIONS: Raw Effluent Treated Effluent Final Effluent Raw Sewage Sewage Sludge

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Fire Fighting Water Tanks

Fire Fighting Water Tanks

No joints, linings, coatings, membranes or sealants to leak or corrode long term No metals present which can be susceptible to corrosion long term T...

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Firefighting Water Tanks

Firefighting Water Tanks

Firefighting Water Tanks are available from us, please visit the website for more information.

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Flat Bottomed Dual Laminate Tanks

Flat Bottomed Dual Laminate Tanks

Our economic range of flat bottomed dual laminate tanks offers superb value for money.

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Fluidised Bed Scrubber

Fluidised Bed Scrubber

Fluidised Bed Scrubber are available from our extensive product catalogue, please contact us if you require more information.

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Fluidised Bed Scrubbing

Fluidised Bed Scrubbing

Fluidised Bed ScrubbingIn a fluidised bed scrubber the typical single bed of a packed tower structure is replaced by two or more shallow beds, and the...

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FW Range

FW Range

•Capacities from 50m³ to 200m³•Internal diameter: 3.5m and 4.1m•Only requires drain down inspection every 10 years•Loss Prevention Standard LPS 1276 &...

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Granular Product Silos

Granular Product Silos

Forbes build bulk tanks and silos for many different granular products using GRP materials manufactured on standard sized mandrels where possible to s...

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Granular Storage Tanks

Granular Storage Tanks

We manufacture bulk tanks and silos for many different granular products using GRP materials made on standard sized mandrels where possible to save co...

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GRP (Deep Conical Base) Silos

GRP (Deep Conical Base) Silos

GRP (Deep Conical Base) Silos can be purchased from our extensive range. Please contact us for more information on this and our other products/service...

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GRP (Glass Fibre Reinforced Plastics)

GRP (Glass Fibre Reinforced Plastics)

GRP (Glass Fibre Reinforced Plastics) storage tanks are generally accepted as best practice for installation throughout most industries.

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GRP (Glass Fibre Reinforced Plastics) storage tanks

GRP (Glass Fibre Reinforced Plastics) storage tanks

GRP (Glass Fibre Reinforced Plastics) storage tanks are just one of many products in this range that we can source for you. Please contact us for more...

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GRP dual laminated Tank

GRP dual laminated Tank

GRP dual laminated Tank. Please contact us for more information on this and other products.

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GRP Storage Tanks

GRP Storage Tanks

Forbes makes tanks for effluent & sludge storage using a range of different construction materials (including Polypropylene or High Density Polyethyle...

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GRP Tanks, Vessels & Silos

GRP Tanks, Vessels & Silos

GRP Tanks, Vessels & SilosGRP tank technology is now accepted as standard in virtually every industry from chemicals to food and water, microelectroni...

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Helix Spirally Wound Thermoplastic Tanks

Helix Spirally Wound Thermoplastic Tanks

Helix Spirally Wound Thermoplastic Tanks are just one of many products in this range that we can source for you. Please contact us for more informatio...

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High Density Polyethylene Storage Tanks

High Density Polyethylene Storage Tanks

Forbes manufacture tanks for effluent & sludge storage using a series of different construction materials (including Polypropylene or High Density Pol...

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High Performance GRP Silos

High Performance GRP Silos

The one piece body with a smooth interior assures complete emptying. A smooth knuckle with no internal crevices.

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HVT Bottomed tanks

HVT Bottomed tanks

HVT Bottomed tanks is available from us, please feel free to contact us to discuss this or any other product or services you may be interested in.

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HVT Range

HVT Range

•Manufactured using the latest thermoplastic extrusion techniques on state of the art ‘KRAH’ machinery•Free from welded seams giving a very strong and...

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Industrial oil storage tanks

Industrial oil storage tanks

Industrial oil storage tanks are available from us, please visit the website for more information.

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Innatank Systems Range

Innatank Systems Range

Innatank Systems Range are all able to be purchased from us. Please feel free to contact us on the numbers provided, or visit our website and enquire ...

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Innatank® Systems Range

Innatank® Systems Range

Innatank® Systems Range are just one of many products in this range that we can source for you. Please contact us for more information.

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News

Major Investment at CPL Carbon Reactivation Facilities

Major Investment at CPL Carbon Reactivation Facilities

Forbes Plastic Tanks Used to Expand Capabilities of Lincolnshire Carbon Reactivation Plant Over the past 10 months Forbes have worked with CPL Activa...

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Forbes 3 Peaks Charity Fund Raiser

Forbes 3 Peaks Charity Fund Raiser

Back in July a team of Forbes employee’s from both our Crimplesham head office and our Kelso manufacturing facility, took on the national 3 Peaks Chal...

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BSI ISO 9001 Transition

BSI ISO 9001 Transition

Forbes Technologies Limited are proud to announce the successful transition to the new BSI standard: ISO 9001:2015, Forbes operate a Quality Managemen...

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Something New for Forbes

Something New for Forbes

Forbes are delighted to have been chosen to assist in the fabrication of a unique patented hydropower technology; the Venturi-Enhanced Turbine Technol...

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Kelso Team Also Take On 3 Peaks Challenge

Kelso Team Also Take On 3 Peaks Challenge

A team from our manufacturing facility in Kelso will also being joining the team from our Crimplesham offices, in attempting to complete the 3 Peaks C...

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Forbes take on 3 Peaks Challenge

Forbes take on 3 Peaks Challenge

In memory of a good friend and colleague a team of Forbes employees will be taking on the national 3 Peaks challenge at the end of July. Yes, this is ...

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Apprentice Awards 2018

Apprentice Awards 2018

At the beginning of March, Forbes were invited to Cambridge Regional College for the 2018 Apprenticeship Awards evening to celebrate the achievements ...

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Scottish Apprenticeship Week 2018

Scottish Apprenticeship Week 2018

Forbes were very pleased to host local MSP Rachael Hamilton at their Kelso factory on Tuesday 9th March for Scottish Apprenticeship Week, where she me...

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UltraAnalytix™ : Tank Inspections

UltraAnalytix™ : Tank Inspections

Tank Inspections Ltd is a spin off company from Forbes Technologies Ltd, they are highly experienced in the inspection of tanks in plastics & composit...

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Forbes Commission Expansion of Automated Thermoplastic Tank Production Facility

Forbes Commission Expansion of Automated Thermoplastic Tank Production Facility

Four years ago Forbes Technologies Ltd invested £1.5 million in a brand new facility for the manufacture of large helically wound thermoplastic tanks ...

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Good Progress On Manufacturing Expansion

Good Progress On Manufacturing Expansion

Following the announcement last year of Forbes plans to expand their large thermoplastic tanks facility, work is progressing well and is scheduled to ...

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Top Safety Accreditation Acheived

Top Safety Accreditation Acheived

Forbes are proud to announce their recently awarded accreditation from Alcumus SafeContractor for achieving excellence in health and safety in the wor...

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Forbes sign up to Operation Clean Sweep

Forbes sign up to Operation Clean Sweep

Forbes have recently signed up to Operation Clean Sweep and have committed to ensuring that there are zero plastic pellets, flakes and powders lost fr...

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There’s a New Big Cat in Town

There’s a New Big Cat in Town

The Forbes Group is pleased to introduce the ‘Jaguar Range’;  extra-large capacity tanks approved for use within the public water supply. In 2013, Fo...

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Further Investment In Spiral Wound Tank Facility

Further Investment In Spiral Wound Tank Facility

Being one of the largest producers of custom designed & built tanks in a variety of plastic & composite materials, Forbes have announced a further maj...

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Enjoying the Benefits of 3D Design

Enjoying the Benefits of 3D Design

As Forbes continues to invest strongly in improved 3D design, both in terms of technology and staff expertise, it is timely to reflect on the advantag...

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Bright times at Forbes

Bright times at Forbes

In 2014 a large 205kW solar installation was completed at our Crimplesham site. The installation consists of 820 ground mounted solar panels generati...

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Introducing the Forbes Chemical Filling Station

Introducing the Forbes Chemical Filling Station

In direct response to customer requests, The Forbes Group is pleased to launch its new Chemical Filling Station. Our customers want to make tanker of...

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Forbes Welcomes Further Apprentices to the Team

Forbes Welcomes Further Apprentices to the Team

Reflecting its on-going commitment to the development and training of its people, The Forbes Group is pleased to announce the recruitment of two new...

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Forbes Increase Helically Wound Mandrel Range

Forbes Increase Helically Wound Mandrel Range

Further to Forbes £1.7 million investment in 2013 for the latest, state of the art machinery for producing helically wound tanks in HDPE PE-100, we ar...

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Further Investments Made In Helically Wound Production Factory

Further Investments Made In Helically Wound Production Factory

Following our major investments over the past three years in the latest automated thermoplastic helix winding process, further diameters have now been...

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Case Study – Forbes in China

Case Study – Forbes in China

Forbes Technologies Ltd, UK’s largest manufacturer of custom built tank and scrubbers in dual laminate composites and thermoplastics, manufactured and...

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The Pall Ring Company Increases Output

The Pall Ring Company Increases Output

Due to increasing demand, Forbes sister company, The Pall Ring Company, has invested in the latest moulding machine technology, to increase the output...

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Stripping ammonia from process water cuts manufacturing costs

Stripping ammonia from process water cuts manufacturing costs

A UK based food processing plant, which generates a waste water stream contaminated with ammonia can now recycle the process water, rather than dumpin...

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Forbes hellically wound polyethylene tanks now part of Thames Water framework for chemical storage tanks

Forbes hellically wound polyethylene tanks now part of Thames Water framework for chemical storage tanks

Forbes’ range of helically wound high density polyethylene (HDPE – PE 100) tanks with capacities in excess of 100 cubic metres have now been added to ...

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Forbes increase their ‘green’ credentials

Forbes increase their ‘green’ credentials

Forbes have commissioned Active Renewables of Evesham, Worcestershire to install 205kW output PV panels at their Crimplesham site. The new installati...

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Forbes manufacture something a little unusual..

Forbes manufacture something a little unusual..

Forbes have recently completed a project a little out of the ordinary, in the form of a windmill roof. The unusual request came from a customer on th...

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Forbes Complete Solar Panel Installation

Forbes Complete Solar Panel Installation

Forbes solar installation is now complete at their Crimplesham site, and has this week been switched live. The installation has taken around four week...

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Forbes take to Twitter

Forbes take to Twitter

Forbes Technologies have recently taken Twitter, in order to keep up to date with customers, suppliers and surrounding industries. Follow Forbes now @...

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New Butt Fusion Welding Machine Investment For Forbes

New Butt Fusion Welding Machine Investment For Forbes

Forbes are in the process of installing their fourth CNC automated sheet butt fusion welding machine. This is required for use with the company’s rece...

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Case Studies

Simpsons Malt protecting the environment with Forbes scrubber system

Simpsons Malt protecting the environment with Forbes scrubber system

For over 150 years Simpsons Malt has been manufacturing specialist high quality malted barley.

The company supplies to a large number of whisky distilleries throughout Scotland, as well as to the brewing and food industries at large.

The company’s largest site, Tweed Valley Maltings in Berwick on Tweed, produces an impressive 236,000 tonnes of malted barley annually.

THE PROBLEM

Chitted malt (barley) is transferred into giant stainless steel Germinating and Kilning Vessels (GKVs). Humidified air is passed through the bed of malting barley to create the perfect conditions for the barley to germinate.

After 4-6 days, the wet air is replaced with heated air. The malt is dried (White Malt) and cured to required specifications, both in terms of moisture levels and colour, where it is used to produce some of the finest single malt whisky in the world.

Some of the white malt receives a second treatment process; peat is burnt in large burners and the hot, peat-infused smoky air is drawn through the white malt to give it a distinctive peaty characteristic. This malt is then used in the production of those peat flavoured malts synonymous with the western isles of Scotland.

Previously the peaty / malty scented air, together with fine particulate, was vented straight to atmosphere. Needing to increase production Simpsons recognised their responsibility concerning discharges of odours and dust laden air generated from their process, and that cleaning before discharge to the environment was required before extra processing commenced.

THE SOLUTION

Forbes supplied a complete wet Venturi scrubber system. The scrubber fans now draw the heated air from the kiln, through the malting chamber and into the scrubber.

Inside the scrubbing vessel, the scrubbing liquor and peaty gas stream are brought together in turbulent contact, within the venturi throat, where the odour-causing particulates are forced into the atomised liquor.

The result; no more unacceptable odours discharged from the GKV and a more pleasant environment for employees and neighbours alike.

THE SYSTEM

The scrubber vessel was manufactured in polypropylene and reinforced with GRP.

With a throughput air flow rate of 23000 m3/h, the Simpsons Malt scrubber system’s duty is 97% particulate removal at 5 micron.

Along with the scrubber system itself, Forbes supplied all vents, ducting and fans, access ladders and handrails which were manufactured at our own Kelso steelworks.

Documents

Forbes Innatank Brochure

Forbes Innatank Brochure

Catalogue

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Odour Control Systems

Odour Control Systems

Catalogue

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Dual Laminate Tanks Brochure

Dual Laminate Tanks Brochure

Catalogue

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GRP Storage Tanks Brochure

GRP Storage Tanks Brochure

Catalogue

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HVT Brochure

HVT Brochure

Catalogue

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VT Thermoplastic Tank Brochure

VT Thermoplastic Tank Brochure

Catalogue

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Minibulk Product Brochure

Minibulk Product Brochure

Catalogue

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Salt Saturator Brochure

Salt Saturator Brochure

Catalogue

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Scrubber Brochure

Scrubber Brochure

Catalogue

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Stripping Towers Brochure

Stripping Towers Brochure

Catalogue

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TUF Pumpset

TUF Pumpset

Catalogue

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Turnkey

Turnkey

Catalogue

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Handling Instructions

Handling Instructions

Catalogue

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CO2 Degassers Brochure

CO2 Degassers Brochure

Catalogue

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