I refer to your article published in NCE of 30 September.
The roller bearings supplied by FIP to the Thelwall Viaduct complied fully with the requirements of the purchase order and the contract specifications, as evidenced by the comprehensive testing and inspection routine carried out by ourselves in conjunction with the main contractor and the engineer.
No subsequent independent inspections have proved or revealed any deficiency in the manufacture of the roller bearings or in the production of the hardened stainless materials incorporated therein.
Any failures have been due to other reasons beyond FIP's control.
Neither the main contractor or the engineer of the original contract in 1996 or indeed any other parties involved since July 2002 with the ongoing remedial works have made any statement that put the cause of the bearings failure down to FIP's design or workmanship or materials used for the manufacture of the bearings.
Ottavio Casuscelli, director, FIP Industriale, Italy, casuscelli. fip@fip-group. it