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Recapping on a great Flood Expo event

Following the successful Flood Expo that took place 11th – 12th September at the NEC, Birmingham we wanted to spend some time recalling our takeaways from the show as we head into a busy October and November of events.

The Flood Expo was a perfect opportunity for us to showcase our involvement with the Boston flood defence barrier project.

The project has seen us apply our expertise to develop a hydraulic solution to power two 57 tonne cylinders – which we believe are the largest cylinders to be manufactured in Europe – that are able to lift a 300+ tonne horizontal sector gate into position in just 20 minutes.

Attendees to the show were invited to our seminar on the technical engineering challenges of developing a tidal control system in Boston, which was presented by our founder, Paul Griffiths MBE and Commercial Director, Ian Duffew. In the presentation we highlighted the challenges faced by the residents and businesses of Boston who were often under threat of tidal flooding.

We then introduced our response to the project, which was to design, manufacture and install a total of three hydraulic power units. To power the units, 800 metres of stainless-steel pipework was required which we have fabricated at a dedicated facility near our base in Middlesbrough.

If you would like to know more about our hydraulic solutions or involvement on the Boston Barrier project you can contact us on +44 (0)1642 802 700 or at

Now, looking back at the two days on the stand our team were kept busy with great discussions with exhibitors and attendees about our expertise which can be applied to any project where there is a hydraulic need – great or small. We would like to say thank you to everyone we met at the event – and hope you’re enjoying your IMH coffee mugs and bags that we handed out on the stand.

This October IMH will be attending Offshore Energy and Offshore Technology Days. If you’d like to meet up at either event and have a coffee with our Business Development Manager, Ken Stephens, you can contact him at

To learn more about our hydraulic engineering solutions and see examples of the projects we’ve been involved in take a look at our case studies.