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Great Harwood firm's ski-slope innovation
12:00pm Saturday 10th August 2013 in News
A GREAT Harwood company has produced a ‘special, one-off’ machine that makes a ‘safer and better’ ski slope.
The machine produces a ‘Perma-snow’ mat, which has a loop-pile construction with no voids. Underneath the surface is a fixing, cushion and drainage layer that is pinned to the ground.
A £60,000 ‘Perma-snow’ beginners’ slope was installed at Pendle Ski Club in Sabden over a period of four days last week.
Danley Engineering, which employs 12 people at its Heys Lane site, has manufacturered synthetic grass and carpet tufting machines since it was founded in 1980 and provided the ‘unique’ £100,000 machine to Techmat 2000, which installed the surface.
Danley Engineering managing director, Graham Woosenholme, said: “The machine was a special one-off that we developed with the company that makes the product, Techmat 2000.
“It was a job that spread over a number of months and we developed a machine to make a product that had never been made before. It took a lot of work and effort.”
Ski instructor and Pendle Ski Club member Helen Ashworth said the soft surface and shorter bristles made it ideal for ‘total beginners’.
She said: “It’s very good and we’re happy with it. When skiiers and snowboarders get to the stage where they are more advanced they need the main slope. This is very soft so it’s a beginners’ slope.
“One of our members, David Ryding, is at the next winter Olympic games but we are good at taking Joe Public and teaching them to ski.”
Eddie Pearson, business development manager at Techmat 2000, praised Danley Engineering for its efforts.
He said: “We are very happy with the machine. The material produced is harder to make. It’s like a carpet material with felt backing and it’s better than the diamond matting because it’s safer for beginners and the drainage is better.
“We now have it on six sites in the UK and we are selling it globally.”
The Perma-snow surface was installed over a period of four days at a cost of £60,000.
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