Ministry of Defence chooses the Bristle Blaster and Cactus Industrial

Ministry of Defence chooses the Bristle Blaster and Cactus Industrial

We are delighted to announce Cactus Industrial has won a contract to supply its unique Bristle Blaster technology to the United Kingdom Ministry of Defence.

They will use our innovative surface preparation technology to maintain Royal Navy assets across the UK, from Portsmouth to Faslane.


Cactus also delivered training to Royal Navy personnel and contractors in the effective use of Monti Bristle Blaster technology to prepare surfaces affected by the marine environment. These skills will be used across Royal Navy surface vessels and the submarine fleet.

Royal Navy personnel trained in effective use of the Bristle Blaster high performance surface preparation toolCactus Industrial received an order from the MoD for a number of machines using Bristle Blaster technology and expects more orders in months to come. The purchase order was placed after the Bristle Blaster, a hand-held surface preparation tool that blasts without grit, went through extensive trials at Her Majesty’s Naval Base (HMNB) Portsmouth.

Cactus Industrial deploys Bristle Blaster technology and Composites and Coatings in a range of sectors, particularly in the upstream oil and gas industry as well as Power, Wind Energy and more. The deal with the MoD marks a significant move into military use of the Bristle Blaster.

Bristle Blaster surface preparation technology covers hands on and classroom training

Jamie Gallagher, Chief Executive of Cactus Industrial, said: “Bristle Blaster technology is uniquely suited to maintaining valuable Royal Navy assets including ships and submarines. We have now trained and educated Royal Navy personnel in how to use the Cactus Bristle Blaster for optimal surface preparation for maintaining the UK’s sea-going fleet. Blasting without grit technology is one of the most effective ways of ensuring that Royal Navy ships and submarines are prepared to face the harsh marine environment with as little downtime as possible.”

royal navy personnel being trained in effective use of Bristle Blaster surface preparation technology

A Royal Navy spokesperson said: “A classroom introduction with hands-on training showed how correct surface conditions are achievable so preservation efforts become more effective – thus improving the material state of the platforms. Cactus Industrial’s Bristle Blaster technology will considerably reduce time and improve preservation efforts during a base maintenance period (BMP).”

The deal has generated plenty of interest. You can read more coverage about the story by clicking the links below:

The Herald’s coverage of Cactus’ MOD deal click here

The Scotsman coverage of Cactus’ MOD dealclick here

Insider coverage of Cactus’ MOD dealclick here

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