Company History

30 Years of Amazing Service

The Directors and Staff at ASAMS in Great Yarmouth are proud to celebrate the 30th anniversary of their independent metal testing business in 2019.

A look back at some key events

Andrew Page, then test technician, with a large metal test plate in the early 1990’s.

1989 – Moving into the premises at the Marine Building in Great Yarmouth

ASAMS lab in 2000

ASAMS lab today

ASAMS modern offices

Thomas Whiskin and Andrew Page shaking hands in 2017

The ASAMS team today

ASAMS continuing investment in equipment

Over the years the company has continued a programme of investment and updating, both in terms of equipment and people, to raise standards and improve efficiency. “The 100 hour weeks are no more”, says Andrew, now Director. This has resulted in the bright, modern lab and offices that the team and their clients experience today.

ASAMS lab in 1989
ASAMS lab in 1989
ASAMS lab today
ASAMS lab today
Highs and lows

An early highlight was in the late 80’s being one of the first labs in the country to introduce a fully electronic reporting system. In 1990 ASAMS installed one of the first glow discharge spectrometers in the country for chemical analysis of bulk samples.

Another highlight was in 2013 when the lab was doubled in size allowing a greater volume of work to be handled and increasing turnaround. One of the highlights from recent times was in 2017 when, having worked in the business for 8 years, Thomas Whiskin BSc MSc CEng MIMMM MWeldI, became a Director and Shareholder in the business.

Thomas said at the time “I am excited to help grow the company, deliver excellent customer service and create opportunities for more high skilled jobs”.

A low point for the company was in 2005 when a member of the machine shop staff used the forklift truck to accidentally lift a section of roof off of the machine shop. Another was in early 2018 when strong winds blew the roof off Marine Building in Great Yarmouth. However taking a typically calm approach, part of the business was relocated into a temporary building in the car park whilst repairs were completed and in true ASAMS style they managed this with no visible disruption to client service. ASAMS appears to have a problem keeping the roof in place!

The future

Whilst celebrating 30 years with a series of events during 2019, the Directors are confident that the business is well positioned for continued success in the future. This includes having a clear vision to be the first choice for quality, personal service, speed and accuracy in metals testing with a focused business plan which includes further expansion into the Aberdeen area, a people plan and a strong set of values:

• Focus on excellence, quality and teamwork in all that we do

• Passionate about delivering professional customer service

• We strive for accuracy, accountability and confidentiality

• A friendly, transparent, honest approach that builds trust and long term relationships

Indeed the Directors and Staff are pleased to promote that they can achieve in 2 days what it takes competitors two weeks to achieve – that’s Amazing Customer Service!

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