Welcome to HIE Services Ltd, Specialist in Metal Fabrication in Ayrshire

Leading steel manufacturer in the United Kingdom

HIE Ltd is one of the leading commercial steel manufacturers serving customers across the United Kingdom.

Steel fabrication specialists

At HIE Ltd, we undertake commercial fabrication projects. Whether you need a metal tank, vessels or pipes, we can produce it to your exact specifications. You can also contact us for the production of bespoke ventilation ducts for your building projects. Based in Ayrshire, we serve commercial customers across the UK. For more details on our services or to get expert advice, feel free to contact our team. Take a look at our recent projects below.

Spirit AeroSystems

Spirit AeroSystems had a requirement for a storage/transport unit for composite Airbus A350 leading edge panels. The original method of storage/transport was to use the cardboard boxes that the supplier used to ship them from the Far East to Prestwick. While the panels were going through the production cycle, a large amount of empty boxes had to be stored so that they could be re-used to ship the panels to Airbus. The empty boxes would get damaged plus they tied up up a massive amount of storage space as can be seen in the photograph. A truck could only carry one complete shipset - sixteen cardboard boxes - and then the boxes became a problem for Airbus.

HIE were asked to design and build a unit that could hold eight panels and be easy to move, load and unload. The compact solution shown was welcomed by Spirit as it eliminated the need to store empty boxes - which are now recycled after emptying. The panels are initially loaded into smaller units that HIE designed and built so that they can be taken to the relevant production area. Once the work has been completed, they are gathered together in the new unit ready for shipping to Airbus.

The customer has saved storage space, reduced manhours for packaging/handling reduced transport costs and fuel burn. One truck can now take one and a half shipsets or one shipset plus additional components.

In addition, the units save Airbus time and the units will become part of their production process.

UTC Aerospace Systems

In 2016 HIE were involved in a huge multi-million pound contract by UTC Aerospace Systems (Prestwick, Scotland, UK). UTC purchased a large-diameter autoclave to enhance its ability to serve its worldwide airline customers. The new vessel weighing 15 tons arrived in 2 halves and once welded back together and put in position HIE install all the necessary pipework to complete the project (first of its size in UK).

As part of the installation of a new Autoclave at UTC Aerospace Systems, HIE Services carried out works for the fabrication & installation of all cooling system pipework.

The installation consisted of a cooling loop incorporating Cooling Tanks, Cooling Skids, Autoclave and Air Blast Coolers, where a wide range of piping sizes were required, from small bore tubing to large bore spiral wound ventilation ductwork and large bore / heavy walled pipe.

Various piping materials were also required including stainless steel & mild steel pipe, and galvanised ductwork.

Suitable pipework supports were also included in the installation. All pipework was supplied in accordance with client requirements and to all applicable technical specs to successfully meet the client’s scope.

Forsyth Engineering

The Project

In 2016, HIE was part of an exciting revival of Bladnoch Distillery in Galloway. Due to a substantial new investment by a new company, the distillery was restored to its former glory, giving a boost to the local economy.

HIE’s Remit

As part of the overhaul, HIE focused on the fabrication and installation of all the steelwork for the Stillhouse, Mashhouse, Boilerhouse and Pipebridge. Work was carried out over a 10-month period and included several access stairways, perimeter handrailing, mezzanine deck steelwork, main door access platform and other required steelwork fabrications. All the steelwork processes were done in accordance with BS EN 10025 and hot dipped galvanised.

Our extensive experience working in distilleries all over Scotland enabled us to produce work which exceeded our client’s expectations. Other clients in this sector include Diageo and William Grant & Sons.

If you're looking for a steel manufacturer, contact HIE Ltd in Ayrshire on

01292 475720