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May 2018 – Rope Assemblies returns to ABTT to launch new Anchor Strop

Rope Assemblies Ltd is set to debut its brand new Anchor Strop on stand A22 at this year’s ABTT show. The Anchor strop is a 6mm stainless steel wire rope with thimble eyes on both ends, copper ferrules, and has been designed for general PPE requirements. It has an EN362 hook on either end and joins the company’s existing range of Anchor Strops and is perfect for use in a wide range of industries – wherever a person works at height, near unprotected edges or in confined spaces.

The Anchor Strop will be joined on the stand by Rope Assemblies’ lighting and climbing ladders. Ann McCorkell, technical manager explained: “The Lighting Ladder was created in conjunction with one of our customers who needed a solution for hanging lights vertically without the space consuming aluminium ladders.”

Consisting of two lengths of wire rope with spacing of end stops, karabiners at the end and removable rungs for easy transportation and storage, the Lighting Ladder can be manufactured to whatever length the customer requires and this can be increased by purchasing additional length. What’s more, several ladders can be joined together widthways to create a lighting ‘curtain’. Rungs are available in widths of 500mm and 1m and spare rungs are available.

Rope Assemblies’ Climbing Ladders are also manufactured on-site at the company’s Retford factory and are fully compliant with the US Standard ANS1-E1-1 as there is no EN Standard for wire rope ladders. All ladders are manufactured with knurled rungs, karabiner end fittings and EN795 anchor straps. They are made to order by length and come in widths of 130mm or 250mm. All ladders are certified and come with full use instructions.

Linda Martin, managing director of Rope Assemblies commented: “We’re really excited to be back at ABTT this year after somewhat of a hiatus. A lot has changed since we were last at the show in 2016. We’ve developed our product range and, since becoming part of the Unusual group of companies in 2017, we have made lots of internal changes that have improved our business processes.”

She continued: “We understand that during any period of change, customers can become concerned about what this could potentially mean for them. But we can guarantee that the changes we have implemented to date have only had a positive effect on the way we operate and our customers are already benefitting from the way the company is moving forward. We look forward to welcoming lots of familiar faces and potential new customers to our stand so that we can show off our fantastic products share our plans for the future.”


May 2018 – Fibre & Cords Stocks Ready To Go For Your Summer Projects

Dyneema Cord, Hemp Fibre, Jute Fibre, Manilla Fibre, Nylon Braided Cord, Polyester Cord, Polyprop Cord and Sisal Fibre all in stock ready for your order. A wide range of fibre and cord material options with differing diameters and lengths sold in weighted bundles or in measured reels. We offer a professional service, quality products and quick delivery. We are able to dispatch 85% of orders placed before mid-day on a next day delivery service.

Fibre ropes are usually manufactured from one of four materials: Natural Hemp, Synthetic Hemp (aka Hempex), Manila, Sisal. It is sold as a length or with a thimble splice and/or whipped. Natural Hemp is a traditional, natural fibre rope. This is a soft rope that has uses in a variety of industries including sailing and theatres. This is available in full coils of 220mtrs or in cut lengths with a thimble splice / whipped termination if required.

Synthetic Hemp (Hempex) is a man-made fibre rope used as an alternative to natural hemp. This has higher breaking loads compared with the natural hemp and is more resistant to weathering. This is available in full coils of 220mtrs or in cut lengths with a thimble splice / whipped termination if required.


April 2018 – Kong Product Brochures Updated For 2018

We have eight Kong brochures ready to download on our website with four being recently updated with 2018 versions. The latest brochures to be made available are the KONG Tactical 2018, KONG Work 2018, KONG Connectors 2018 and the Kong Adventure Parks 2018. Please visit the Kong PPE Downloads page from the main menu system to browse all eight brochures.

KONG, since the beginning, has always followed strict rules to ensure that each product withstands expected loads, controlling and testing piece by piece. This means that when they design a new item, they also build a prototype and have it tested by a notified body that verifies compliance with the standards. It is placed into production with the absolute guarantee that the millionth piece is identical to the first piece produced. This also applies to the production of carry over products. As a further guarantee to the end user, most of the KONG products are certified according to UIAA – International Climbing and Mountaineering Federation standards and to CE norms.

Many of their items are also certified according to special standards: NFPA – ANSI – RINA – ASTM or to military specifications. Kong also followed its natural evolution towards a quality management system and has been certified for more than 20 years, today according to ISO 9001, which is applied to all our business processes.


March 2018 – Rope Assemblies Participate In World Down Syndrome Day

The team at Rope Assemblies recently celebrated World Down Syndrome Day by joining in the #lotsofsocks campaign where we all wore brightly coloured socks, long socks, printed socks and unusual socks. World Down Syndrome Day (WDSD), is a global awareness day held on March 21st of each year which has been officially observed by the United Nations since 2012.

Down Syndrome International (DSi) encourages our friends all over the world to choose their own activities and events on WDSD to help raise awareness of what Down syndrome is, what it means to have Down syndrome, and how people with Down syndrome play a vital role in our lives and communities.

For this purpose DSi created this event as a way where the global community can share their experiences and advertise their activities (see WDSD World Events) and participate in DSi’s WDSD initiatives, including their WDSD Call To Action, the WDSD Global Video Event, the WDSD Conference at UN Headquarters, New York, the WDSD event at UN Geneva, the LOTS OF SOCKS campaign and the WDSD Awards.


March 2018 – Stainless Steel Product Guide Download Now Available

We are pleased to make available our latest PDF download offering the information on all of our Stainless Steel products which are held in stock ready to go. The Stainless Steel PDF download is packed with product information and contains nineteen pages of data including technical and schematic presentations.

At Rope Assemblies we offer a wide range of stainless steel products and expertise including Jaw & Jaw Rigging Screws, Jaw Terminals, DIN580 Eyebolts, DIN582 Eyebolts, DIN582 Eyebolts, Rope Grips, Shackles, Thimbles, Threaded Terminals and Threaded Terminals. The PDF is the third in our range of product guides which also covers two other PDF downloads presenting Theatre and Marquee products.


February 2018 – Stainless Steel Products Now Available On The Website

As part of our expanding product portfolio we have now added Stainless Steel products to the website allowing them to be added to your enquiry basket. Our stainless steel range includes Jaw & Jaw Rigging Screws, Jaw Terminals, Stainless Steel DIN580 Eyebolts, Stainless Steel DIN582 Eyebolts, Stainless Steel Rope Grips, Stainless Steel Shackles, Stainless Steel Thimbles, Stainless Steel Threaded Terminals, Stainless Steel Wire Ropes and Swage Eye Terminals.

We will also be creating a PDF for the complete range which will also be available shortly from the website to download and keep as a product reference document. We will be adding more products to the range during the year.


January 2018 – Office Refurbishment At Rope Assemblies

The year has started with a complete overall of our offices, conference room, training centre and staff canteen. The development has seen all our offices modernised as a complete work zone environment with new carpets, blinds, furniture and a full paint makeover in all areas. A complete office layout has also been implemented allowing for sales orders to flow through the company. We are really pleased with the results and this development represents the first in a complete overhaul of the complete site including the manufacturing zones.

2018 will see investments across the company across the whole facility including our large warehousing and stocking facility. We also have new products planned throughout the year and will be updating you via our website and social media channels.

Office Refurbishment at Rope Assemblies

December 2017 – Season’s Greetings From Rope Assemblies

We would like to take this opportunity to say a thank you to everyone involved with our company including customers, staff, suppliers and partners for your support during the year. We are looking forward to 2018 and working with all of you again next year. Season’s greetings from all of us and we wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

We have had an excellent year over the last 12 months and are pleased to be moving into the next year with a strong order book. We have significant expansion plans and projects planned for 2018 and more news will be made available in this area over the first months of the year.


November 2017 – LiftEx 2017 Sees Rope Assemblies Exhibiting At Stand D7 In Telford

As the UK’s leading dedicated lifting exhibition for the lifting industry, LiftEx 2017 offers you a chance to catch up with your existing and new potential suppliers, discover new products and solutions, view demonstrations and explore the latest solutions from over 80 of the industry’s top vendors. No matter what you are looking for, if it’s lifting related, you are sure to find it at LiftEx 2017! Come and visit Rope Assemblies at Stand D7 on 29-30 November 2017 at The International Centre Telford.

Register now and book your place alongside over 1000 industry peers from construction, rail, renewable energy, shipping and road transport, oil & gas, civil engineering, entertainment and manufacturing. LiftEx is the unmissable show for anyone who works within the lifting industry. Hosted by LEEA (the Lifting Equipment Engineers Association) the event, now in its thirteenth year, features a packed exhibition floor, engaging and valuable conference content, as well as a dinner dance and plenty of opportunities to network with your peers.

End users of Lifting Equipment in the following industries: Oil & Gas Exploration, Producer, Refiner, Ports/Maritime/Shipping, Shipbuilding, Power Generation, Offshore, Metal Production, Civil & Heavy Engineering, Construction, Automotive, Rail Maintenance and Utilities, Manufacturing, Logistics, Material Handling as well as all industries that use heavy lifting equipment or accessories. We look forward to seeing you.

LiftEx 2017 Sees Rope Assemblies Exhibiting

October 2017 – Rope Assemblies Welcome Linda Martin As Managing Director

We are pleased to announce the appointment of Linda Martin as the new Managing Director of Rope Assemblies. Linda previously worked as Operations Director at the company for a number of years and has been at Rope Assemblies for 11 years. The appointment follows the recent acquisition of the company by the Unusual group of companies following the decision by the previous owners to take early retirement.

Linda is looking forward to the role and developing Rope Assemblies into a valued part of the new group structure, including its supply chain and its customer base. Linda stated, “Having worked at Rope Assemblies over many years I have seen all of the changes in the industry and can see opportunities for our business model which focuses on shared values, product quality and the best duty of care in our sector. When you make a purchase from Rope Assemblies we know you can be assured of the best in the business for marquees, theatres, constriction, engineering and personal protection equipment. I look forward to working with you all in the coming years”.

Rope Assemblies Welcome Linda Martin As Managing Director

September 2017 – Rope Assemblies Joins the Unusual Family

Retford based Rope Assemblies has been bought by the Unusual group of companies following the decision by its owners to take early retirement. Rope Assemblies has been supplying bespoke wire and fibrerope assemblies, plus a wide range of lifting equipment, to its customer base worldwide since 1986 and this will continue to be the case.

Alan Jacobi, managing director at Unusual, explained: “We recognise Rope Assemblies as a good fit to our business, it is managed well and served by an experienced and long standing workforce.  Our intention is to allow Rope Assemblies to continue doing what it has been doing extremely well for the last 30 years. We will bring the brand under the Unusual umbrella but everything else will remain the same. We intend using the acquisition as a way of improving our market offer to existing clients and to cultivate the wider industrial sector. Rope Assemblies has been a family business for over three decades – it is now joining the Unusual family and will continue to flourish.”

Siobhan Hitchen, managing director of Rope Assemblies added: “After working for the last 20 years with a fabulous team at Rope Assemblies Ltd I have decided to take the opportunity for an early retirement. The company, started by my parents Mary and Terry Hitchen in 1986, has grown from strength to strength and now, following the purchase by Alan Jacobi and his team at Unusual, has the opportunity to grow even further.”

Alan and Peta Jacobi will become directors of Rope Assemblies along with Unusual’s finance director, Brian Rose.  They will sit alongside existing directors Linda Martin and Gillian Sales. Brian commented: “This is an exciting time for both Alan and myself. In all our decades working together, this is the first time we have amalgamated a truly complimentary business with our own. It adds a new dimension to our working relationship and provides us with more challenges, which we relish.”

Brian continued: “One of the first issues we addressed was to reassure Rope Assemblies’ staff that their jobs were secure and we met with every employee to tell them face to face that their job was protected.”

Siobhan concluded: “Terry and I could not think of anyone better to take on the mantle and we would like to thank all the staff, customers and suppliers who have helped in the advancements made by Rope Assemblies and we wish all the very best to both companies in this new venture.”


September 2017 – Charity Fishing Match On 16th September 2017 At Hallcroft Fishery Retford

Rope Assemblies will be holding a charity fishing match on Saturday 16th September 2017 starting at 09:00. We suggest that you get there earlier to be in time for the fishing draw. We will have prizes for first, second and third place charity fishing event which is being held at Hallcroft Fishery & Caravan Park, Hallcroft Road, Retford, Notts, DN22 7RA. The fishing draw is at 09:00 and the raffle will be held at the end of the event. For more information please contact Linda or Sharron at Rope Assemblies on 01777 700714.

On site there is the Kingfisher Cafe & Bar which is licenced to serve alcoholic drinks. The Kingfisher serves full range of English cooked breakfasts, Tea, Coffee and Toast in the mornings before you start fishing. Hot snacks are available some lunch times and evening meals also for after fishing. The bar is licenced to serve alcoholic beverages during standard pub hours, and there is a Pool Table and Dart Board for entertainment.