Bubble technology bursts onto radiator market

MASCu300A former shipbuilder turned inventor could be set to revolutionise domestic central heating systems with a product innovation that uses high-pressure water forced between two sheets of polished stainless steel to create the water channels for a radiator.

With support from the Manufacturing Advisory Service (MAS), former Newcastle-upon-Tyne coppersmith Stephen Newby, who used to work as a ship builder for VSEL, is now commercializing the potential of his ‘metal blowing’ technology via his small compay,  ‘Full Blown’.

Newby, who graduated in 3D Design said: “We’ve come up with the patented technology and revolutionary proto-typing, Impress Group will be taking over production and Aestus Radiators are helping with the route to market.

“The product is as effective as its traditional counterparts with the added bonus of having a funky design that will appeal to people wanting to achieve that ‘different’ look.

Full Blown employs two people full-time and offers a number of part-time contracting positions depending on the projects underway.

The firm’s latest project is to create the Halo artwork for Trinity Square in Gateshead, which utilises a unique method of shaping stainless steel by inflating and blowing metal as if it was glass.

The gravity defying sculpture is a truly local effort and comprises 500 different sections.When complete, will link seamlessly with the area’s other architectural icons including Sage, Millennium Bridge and the Angel of the North.

MAS Specialist Advisor Cameron Ross said he believed that the new metal process could take the UK by storm.

This material is protected by copyright Ken Hurst 2013.


About Ken Hurst

Ken Hurst began his career as a journalist in London over 30 years ago, working on a range of publications before moving on to weekly newspaper production in the newly-independent Zambia of the 1970s. He returned to the UK where his work included spells on newspapers and magazines, before moving to head up Norwich Union’s corporate affairs division. In the 1990s he moved on to freelance, co-own and publish the B2B audio magazine Sound and front the BBC radio Yesterday’s Papers programme. There followed six years as Business Editor at Britain’s biggest selling regional daily newspaper, The Eastern Daily Press, where he led an award-winning team and for whom he still writes a weekly socio/political comment column. Subsequently, he was Group Editorial Director at CBM, responsible for its UK and US magazine output – including The Manufacturer magazine – research-driven industry reports and live events content. Currently he is Contributing Editor at Works Management magazine publisher Findlay Media and Chairman of the consumer publishing house TNT Multimedia Ltd. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and of the British Association of Communicators in Business.
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