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Controlled bolting specialist HTL Group opens its doors to impressive new facility

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HTL Group Scotland opens its doors to showcase their full suite of capabilities with an open day on Thursday 2nd February 2017 at Raith’s Industrial Estate, Dyce, Aberdeen.

The event will run from 10am – 3pm and is set to highlight HTL Group Scotland as the hub to deliver the Group’s comprehensive capabilities in Scotland. An exclusive tour of the new facility, demonstrations of HTL’s core OEM product range and Joint Integrity Software in addition to a sneak peak of the all new HTL Expo Vehicle all form part of the busy agenda for the day along with Q & A sessions with the HTL Team.

Marc Gerrard, Business Manager, HTL Group Scotland comments:

The open day is the ideal opportunity for us to demonstrate the Group’s full suite of premium quality solutions including: OEM Controlled Bolting and Ancillary Products, Approved Training, Hydraulic Pressure Testing, Flushing and Control Systems, Asset Management, Site Based Solutions and Engineered to Order Bespoke Design Solutions.

At HTL, we continuously strive for excellence and enjoy working closely with our clients to understand the industries they serve, we consequently operate an open door policy at all HTL facilities and would like to welcome anyone to visit at their convenience during 2017.”

The open day is now open for registration and is planned to be one in a series of open door facility visits over 2017. If you would like to register for the official open day on 2nd February or arrange a visit for an alternative time, please contact or call +44 (0) 1224 728 820.

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Annual North Sea Safety Awards presented

Members of the International Association of Drilling Contractors (IADC), North Sea Chapter (IADC) gathered for its Annual Safety Awards Ceremony at the AECC, Aberdeen.

Ivor McBean, Diamond Offshore, and Gary Holman, Awilco Drilling, Co-chairs of the IADC North Sea Chapter welcomed a large turnout to the event. Guest speakers on the evening were IADC President Jason McFarland and Steve Rae, Vice President QHSE, Archer.

“Everyone is aware of the extremely difficult times the industry is facing and despite the challenges and uncertain future in terms of oil price and activity levels, the industry will continue to focus on the most important aspect of our business – the safety of our personnel,” said Ivor McBean.

Gary Holman commented: “It is heartening to see the continued collaboration by our members in safety matters in workgroup meetings and with external bodies. This year has seen the Chapter issue a number of publications which relate to safety in our industry.”

A number of awards were presented to companies and installations for their safety record over the last year with the awards for best safety performance in 2015 going to Noble Drilling and Ensco in the Jack-ups category; Stena Drilling in the Floating Rigs category and Odjfell Drilling in Platform drilling.

Chairman’s Awards, which recognised individual rigs and their crews which had the best safety performance in 2015, went to Maersk Innovator, Maersk Drilling (Jack-up); Deepsea Atlantic, Odjfell Drilling (Floating Rig); and Dunbar, KCA Deutag (Platform).

The Associate Member Award was presented to Blaze Manufacturing Solutions.

The event was hosted by broadcaster and Deacon Blue drummer Dougie Vipond with entertainment from comedian and presenter Des Clarke. Funds raised on the evening will be donated to Macmillan Cancer Support and the UK Oil & Gas Chaplaincy Trust.

A special donation will be made to VSA by The Val Hood Award, which was established in honour of a former colleague.

The full list of winners was as follows:

IADC NSC Safety Award Ceremony – 22 April 2016



Blaze Manufacturing Solutions




  • Jack-ups

Winner- Under 1 million manhours    Noble Drilling

Winner- Over 1 million manhours      Ensco


  • Floating Rigs  

Winner            Stena Drilling

Runner up                    Odfjell Drilling

  • Platforms

Winner            Odfjell Drilling




Best Safety Performance 2015 Jack-up          Winner: Maersk Innovator, Maersk Drilling

Runner up: Ensco 71, Ensco

Best Safety Performance 2015 Floating Rig   Winner: Deepsea Atlantic, Odfjell Drilling

Runner up: WilHunter, Awilco Drilling

Best Safety Performance 2015 Platform         Winner: Dunbar, KCA Deutag

Runner up: Forties Charlie, Archer


Media contact

Edith McLeod, IADC North Sea Chapter,

T: 077 988 75475


CAPTION: L-R, back row:  Ivor McBean, Diamond Offshore Drilling;  Alistair McDonald, Odfjell Drilling; Ole Maier, Odfjell Drilling; Henrik Hundebol, Maersk Drilling; Ann Johnson, Blaze Manufacturing Services; Ally Malcolm, Awilco Drilling; Julian Hall, Ensco; Jools Coghill, Ensco and Gary Holman, Awilco Drilling

L-R, front row:  Matt Brodie, Noble Drilling; Stuart Sutherland, KCA Deutag; Geoff Polson, Stena Drilling; Iain Mitchell, Stena Drilling and Ray Taylor, Archer


IADC Winners and finalists



Since 1940, the International Association of Drilling Contractors (IADC) has exclusively represented the worldwide oil and gas drilling industry.

IADC’s mission is to catalyse improved performance for the drilling industry by enhancing operational integrity and championing better regulation to facilitate safer, cleaner and more efficient drilling operations worldwide. For more information, visit the IADC website at

An Aberdeen based Human Resource Service Company has been acquired by a team of seasoned HR Professionals.

Bon Accord Employment Services, a provider of HR and payroll solutions has been acquired and re-branded to ACCORD Business Partnerships. Following its presence in Aberdeen, the acquisition allows the company to expand and offer its suite of HR services to all sectors of industry globally. ACCORD Business Partnerships are strategically positioned, providing clients with solutions across the entire employment spectrum have also obtained new west end premises due to an increased demand for its services and the company’s increasing growth.

Neil Carrington, Non-Executive Director and Chairman, ACCORD Business Partnerships said “We are a people-centric business which is strategically positioned to provide clients with solutions across the entire employment cycle and I like the very entrepreneurial mindset of our Directors, Audrey Batten and Donald MacKenzie, which perfectly fits ACCORD’s culture. Our new office facility at 1 Albyn Terrace will allow us to establish ourselves in line with our growth strategy.
Audrey Batten and Donald MacKenzie, Executive Directors, ACCORD Business Partnerships commented; “While the name, tagline and logo have changed to better represent what the company is today, ACCORD’s value proposition remains the same – our combination of knowledge, collaboration and openness with excellent client engagement and deeper industry expertise remains unique, and enables us to develop long-lasting and rewarding client relationships. The new ACCORD Business Partnerships logo evokes the clarity, value and durability of the traditional Bon-Accord Employment Services identity, evolving to a Lion’s Head with spokes emanating, which represents the broader offering of; HR Strategy & Planning, HR Support & Advice, Transactional HR, Value Added Approach, Resources, Crew Management & Logistics, Payroll and Specialist Consultancy Services”.
Audrey Batten continued “ACCORD’s new tagline is, ‘protecting your business and employees’. This tagline invites clients to engage with ACCORD Business Partnerships to open up greater opportunities for success with our broader knowledge and solutions portfolio”.

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Eztek is now a registered FPAL supplier

Eztek Limited is delighted to announce that it is now a registered supplier with Achilles First Point Assessment Ltd (FPAL). FPAL is an industry –run community of operators, contractors and suppliers working in collaboration to promote a fair and transparent supply chain.
Eztek, which has over 22 years experience in the design and manufacture of harsh environment and hazardous area electronics, can now use the FPAL platform to share its capabilities and strengths with a wide range of prominent companies in the UK and European oil & gas industry.
FPAL is used by over 100 buyers from oil and gas companies, including those involved in decommissioning projects. Achilles works to ensure that suppliers’ information is accurate, via data validation and desktop and physical audits. With such a rigorous checking process FPAL provides a trusted ‘shop window’, where buyers can easily access pertinent information about potential suppliers, including performance feedback reviews.
Eztek’s General Manager, Robin Hunter, explains why this was the next logical step for the company: “In 2013 we gained ISO 9001:2008 certification, demonstrating our commitment to quality and constant improvement. Now, because we are registered with FPAL, prospective buyers can see how existing clients rate us and how they have benefited from our technology.”

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New Alliance formed between Energy Industry Recruitment Specialists RedWave and Omega Subsea

RedWave (Aberdeen) Ltd and Omega Subsea UK Ltd have joined forces to offer a comprehensive service to its clients providing competent and highly experienced personnel. The focus of the alliance is creating a ‘Preferred Partner’ relationship to serve the energy industry within the; Drilling and Subsea and Subsurface Engineering, Decommissioning and Offshore/Onshore Renewables’ markets.  Diversification of Oil and Gas experience and talents to transferable sectors including Construction & Maintenance as well as heavy industry such as Rail and Civil Engineering will also be a focus for the alliance.
Jacqueline van den Akker, Director for Redwave (Aberdeen) Ltd commented; “Taking what we do well and our workforce whom we know and trust into other sectors we ensure continued growth not only for the alliance but opportunities for our personnel and competent support for our clients”.
The alliance between RedWave and Omega Subsea UK offers ‘Complete Project Management Services’ providing total project management and project support services in-house or at client’s premises.  Principally the alliance offers project teams for small and mid-sized projects for both E&P and contracting companies.  Services such as: project management/nomination and set up of management teams, commercial and contractual support, identification and nomination project support services and HSEQ support.  The alliance will complement its management services to include manpower planning and placement of resources to support projects.
Alistair McKee, Managing Director for Omega Subsea UK Ltd added; “We are delighted to announce this strategic alliance, which will see our two companies expand relationships to encompass a global service offering.  In these challenging times within the offshore Oil and Gas industry, we continue to see our services as pivotal to business success and an important component in the employment services supply chain.  Companies are greatly benefited by enhancing their resources and utilizing the expertise that we as consultants bring to business with our strong understanding of the market standards, industry patterns and a repository of updated talent pool to augment faster growth of the companies”.
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Petrotechnics drives rail sector growth with strategic hire

Petrotechnics, the leading provider of enterprise operations excellence management solutions, has appointed Michael Brown as rail subject matter expert to support its expansion in the sector.

Brown has 18 years’ experience in the rail industry. Having worked on major infrastructure projects including London Thameslink and Crossrail, Brown was most recently seconded from Balfour Beatty Rail into Network Rail on their ‘planning and delivering safe work’ programme.

Operating in Europe, Brown will be responsible for the optimal configuration of Petrotechnics’ flagship solution Proscient for rail clients. His role will also be to act as a conduit between the rail industry and Petrotechnics, including developing HSEQ best practices.

“I’ve seen the UK rail industry go through many changes since privatisation,” comments Brown. “Joining Petrotechnics has given me a fresh perspective on the sector. The company has a wealth of experience in optimising operations and managing risk for hazardous industries. I’m delighted to take up this new post and to be driving Petrotechnics’ expansion in the rail space.”

In 2015 Petrotechnics diversified from oil and gas into the rail sector and was awarded its first rail contract with a major UK rail infrastructure operator to reduce complexity and bring more focus to managing operational risk. The company has ambitious plans to expand its global footprint of rail clients.

“Petrotechnics’ solutions allow operators to get more of the right work done safely. We are thrilled to be expanding our rail team and are confident that this hire will support the growth of our client base in the sector,” adds Iain Mackay, Executive Vice President of Petrotechnics. “Michael’s expertise, unique insight and understanding of rail operations from an HSEQ perspective will make him an invaluable member of the team.”

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IRM Systems opens first office in Aberdeen

IRM Systems (IRMS), the independent authority in emergency pipeline repairs, announced that it has opened its first office in Aberdeen. The new office is home to “IRMS UKWA,” a new division dedicated to serving clients in the UK and West Africa.

“Our clients in the UK and West Africa now have a much more effective frontline interaction with IRM Systems,” said David Obatolu, General Manager of IRMS UKWA. “With personnel based in the UK and West Africa who are familiar with the specific regulations, processes and policies in these regions, we are in a much better position to provide clients with the same – or higher – quality of service that they’re used to.”

In addition to the UK, the company is focusing on Ghana, Nigeria and Angola, where projects will kick off this year.  All basic services, including pipeline inspection, repair, maintenance and risk management are available. Plans are in place to introduce specialist services to clients in West Africa, which will provide them with a break-through solution to critical integrity and maintenance issues that are particularly serious in the region. This will be announced in Q2 2016. 

Key managers appointed

To support clients in the region, IRMS appointed three new key management positions.  David Obatolu, General Manager of IRMS UKWA, has managed many pipeline projects for a number of major operators in the UK. He is a Chartered Engineer with more than eight years of experience. He has special expertise in defect investigation, repair and inline inspection, particularly difficult-to-pig pipelines. Obatolu holds a BEng (Hons) Degree in Mechanical Engineering from City University, London.

With 19 years in the pipeline industry, Lee Dudbridge is the Engineering Manager.  He has experience in pipeline pre-commissioning, decommissioning, deep water pigging and flooding, and project management. Dudbridge specializes in pipeline assurance, technical evaluation, inline inspection (ILI) vendor selection, pipeline risk management, and failure investigation.

Ismail Lawal is a Senior Pipeline Engineer with 12 years of experience in subsea and onshore pipelines, risers, subsea manifolds and umbilicals.   His areas of expertise include pipeline design, design verification, certification, third party design review, pipeline consultancy services, pipeline integrity and Fitness for Service (FFS) assessment.  A Chartered Engineer, Lawal holds a Master’s Degree in Pipeline Engineering from University of Newcastle upon Tyne, England.

Global expansion plans proceeding on schedule

The opening of the office in Aberdeen marks an important milestone in the company’s plans to further expand globally. In 2015, IRM Systems opened a base in Houston to complement its corporate headquarters in Delft, The Netherlands.

Located in Riverside House overlooking the River Dee, the new office in central Aberdeen is easy to access.

IRMS UKWA may be reached at:

Riverside House

Riverside Drive

Aberdeen, Scotland, AB11 7LH.

UK Tel:  +44 1224 224 416

WA Tel: +23 4909 117 7738

Aspectus opens Aberdeen Office

Global communications agency expands oil and gas offering

Aspectus, the global communications agency serving the energy, engineering, financial services and technology sectors, has opened an office in Aberdeen to support its growing oil and gas client base.

Aspectus has been active in the oil and gas industry for a number years, successfully operating from its bases in London, Houston and Singapore. Despite the recent precipitous drop in oil prices driven by a global glut in supply, the company has decided that the timing is right to strengthen its foothold in the market.

Aspectus offers a unique approach, which combines content, media and search with the latest analytics to measure the precise levels of engagement its campaigns create. Clients are given a transparent view of how their communications has increased audience engagement, which can be benchmarked against competitors and the wider market.

Alastair Turner, CEO of Aspectus, says: “We understand that in today’s challenging environment, justifying spend on communications is incredibly tough. That’s why at Aspectus we don’t bill for time, we sell business outcomes and charge for the results achieved. Furthermore, we take the risk out of investment in PR by offering performance-related campaigns. We believe we can make a measurable difference to our clients’ businesses; so much so that we’re willing to put our money where our mouth is.”

Megain Buchan has been appointed as account manager to lead the company’s Aberdeen operation. Previously a client of Aspectus, Megain joins the company from ProSep, the oil, gas and produced water specialist. Megain brings over five years’ global marketing and communications experience to the role, having worked for oilfield service companies in Aberdeen, Houston and Kuala Lumpur.

Megain adds: “I’m delighted to be joining the Aspectus team. I have first-hand experience of the impact Aspectus’ innovative campaigns create. The challenge for our clients now is maintaining their relevance in a changing market and protecting the value of their brands. We can help clients use the most effective digital and mainstream communications channels available to reach their audience and motivate them to engage commercially.”

Laura Iley, head of oil and gas at Aspectus, comments: “We’re thrilled to be taking our unique approach to a wider market. We’re committed to the future of the sector and immersed in its challenges, which is why we’ve recruited our team of sector specialists from within the industry. This experience, combined with our creative approach to communications is what enables us to deliver measureable business outcomes.”

Aspectus’ Aberdeen office is located at Leadside House, 62 Leadside Road, Aberdeen AB25 1TW.

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Photo: Laura Iley (left), and Megain Buchan (right)

Aberdeen launch

Marex at Mariners Dinner Dance, 12th March, 2016

Marex sponsor a table at The Nautical Institute, North of Scotland Branch – Mariners Dinner Dance, 12th March, 2016


National Hyperbaric Centre offers a range of innovative medical solutions, including DanMedical’s D-MAS HyperSat medical monitoring system for offshore workers and divers.

The D-MAS system will be available for demonstration on NHC’s stand 126 at SubSea Expo 2016 in Aberdeen.

DanMedical’s solution enables real-time medical monitoring of patients offshore, including divers in saturation. So specialist doctors based onshore can now provide real-time, expert medical diagnosis and advice to support a patient who is working offshore. The D-MAS device enables compliance with the requirements of OGP 411 and DMAC 28 by measuring the patient’s heart rhythm and ECG, blood pressure, blood oxygen content and core temperature, as well as medical images in still or video format. D-MAS is now deployed by many leading offshore energy contractors and medical advisors, worldwide. The equipment is also installed at the NHC’s hyperbaric facility, to enable diagnosis and medical support of any injured diver brought in to the NHC’s chambers.

Laura Stuart, General Manager of NHC said: “NHC is committed to improving the safety of subsea operations through promoting world class equipment and training. We share this commitment to safety with DanMedical, and we look forward to demonstrating the D-MAS system at SubSea Expo 2016.”

Peter Couldery, CEO of DanMedical added: “In these tough times, implementing innovative medical practice can both save lives and deliver business benefits. I’m looking forward to SubSea Expo to meet the leading offshore operators to talk through these issues.”.


ProSep appoints Sales Manager to strengthen Norwegian foothold

Stavanger, Norway, 27 January, 2016: Houston-headquartered ProSep, the oil, gas and water process separations technology company, has appointed Jacek Kacperski as Norway Sales Manager. Based in Stavanger, Kacperski joins the company with over a decade’s experience in oilfield services, including sales roles with TDW Offshore and Siemens AS.

ProSep recently renewed its focus on its suite of proprietary technologies – including mixers – which offer operators a cost-effective and reliable solution for reducing chemical consumption, maximising hydrocarbon recovery and process optimisation. Norwegian companies continue to champion best-in-class technology and in this new commodity price environment Kacperski will work hand-in-hand with local operators to drive the development of new and existing opportunities.

Patrick McCarthy, CEO of ProSep, says: “We are excited to welcome Jacek to the team. His knowledge of the local market coupled with his impressive track record make him the ideal person to lead our Norwegian operations. The development and early deployment of ProSep’s mixing technologies trace their roots to Norway and we believe that in the current environment, technologies like ours can play a significant role in enabling operators to optimise their offshore operations.”

Kacperski adds: “ProSep’s portfolio of patented technology is really impressive and I am very proud to become a part of this enthusiastic, innovative and results-driven team. I look forward to strengthening the company’s position as a trusted technology partner in the Norwegian market by offering solutions that can genuinely improve operational efficiencies.”

Jacek Kacperski

Dräger and GasSecure experts announced as keynote speakers at Topsides UK conference and exhibition

Dräger’s Oil and Gas Regional Segment Manager and the Regional Sales Director of GasSecure AS have been announced as keynote speakers at the Topsides UK conference and exhibition.

Dräger is headline partner of Topsides UK, Europe’s first and only annual oil and gas event focusing solely on extending the life of ageing topsides installations in the UK’s offshore sector.

The two-day event being held on the 16/17th March at the Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre will enable the North Sea’s leading operators of existing assets, contractors, equipment manufacturers and service companies to learn how to work together more effectively and to understand ways of safely improving production, whilst lowering the cost of capital and operations spend.

Michail Tzouvelekis, Oil and Gas Regional Segment Manager,said: “Dräger is delighted to headline the first ever Topsides UK and I am delighted to be among the first keynote speakers. It’s a great initiative for the oil and gas industry and we’re proud to be involved from the very beginning in what we hope will become a successful annual event.“

During his keynote speech, Michail will look at the oil and gas market and how cost efficiency has to be balanced with safety.

He added: “The show will give us the opportunity to talk to operators and contractors to better understand their needs and work with them on innovative total safety solutions for the future.

“Dräger provides products and services that protect, support and save lives, we have multiple sales and service centres across the UK, Norway, the Netherlands and Denmark and a dedicated oil and gas team of over 100 to assist our customers fulfil their requirements.”

Ian Mackay, Regional Sales Director of GasSecure AS, will talk about offshore project cost reduction through the use of fixed wireless gas detection systems. “The GS01 is a wireless device which offers unique features that can help to dramatically reduce project costs, something that is very attractive in this current low oil price climate.”

In the current market, few are looking at new projects except perhaps for decommissioning, and everyone is cutting back on costs. Despite this, safety never stops and exisiting oil and gas facilities need to operate safely. Equipment upgrades, expansions and additions often expose gaps in gas detection that must be filled.

Ian added: “Safety is of prime concern offshore and when it comes to detecting the presence of gas which may cause a hazard, that can never be taken away. Past events such as the Piper Alpha explosion are forever on people’s minds, so we must always keep the process safe.”

“With a wireless device, you can strip out infrastructure components such as cabling, junction boxes and cable trays. When it comes to project design, you can reduce the design hours because there are less elements to draw up, design or manage in the project, so we can demonstrate offshore cost reductions compared to a wired equivalent.”

“For the last year few years there has been talk of efficiencies in the North Sea, but now we need to see hard evidence of the deployment of the way to actually achieve those efficiencies. We really must now go ahead and deploy these methodologies and squeeze out every penny from every barrel.”

More than 60 exhibitors from across the North Sea have also been confirmed.

During the conference, headline speakers will cover topsides news, including late life extension projects, recycling of topsides facilities, TAR/turnaround, skills and new careers, cost and production efficiency and new technology.

There will be supply chain presentations provided by topsides-related contractors, service companies and equipment suppliers and installers – all focused on creating value.

Clients, suppliers and colleagues will also be able to network on a 1-2-1 basis, creating new opportunities and following up strong leads.

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North Sea industry needs a cultural shift to maximise UKCS potential

Companies operating in the North Sea require a cultural shift to make the most of the its potential, according to a new report from Deloitte, the business advisory firm.

The report, which gauges the oil and gas industry’s reaction to Sir Ian Wood’s Maximising Recovery Review, calls on the new regulator – the Oil and Gas Authority (OGA), the Government and companies operating in the North Sea to adapt to a new reality in the basin. Read more…

SPDC completes 8th Nigerian oil mining lease sale

THE HAGUE, The Netherlands, November 9, 2012 /PRNewswire/ –The Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria Limited (SPDC), a subsidiary of Royal Dutch Shell plc (Shell) (NYSE: RDS.A) (NYSE: RDS.B), has completed the assignment of its 30% interest in Oil Mining Lease 30 (OML30) in the Niger Delta to Shoreline Natural Resources Limited (Shoreline).  Total cash proceeds for Shell amount to some US$567 million. Read more…

Nigeria oil and gas report Q4 2012

Research and Markets ( has announced the addition of the “Nigeria Oil and Gas Report Q4 2012″ report to their offering. Read more…

Your Oil and Gas News to Exhibit at Granite Expo 2011

Your Oil and Gas News will be exhibiting this Thursday, October 27th at the Granite Expo 2011, Hilton Treetops Hotel. Read more…

North-east business leader James Milne CBE, Balmoral Group to open Granite Expo 2011

A major new event designed to showcase the very best of North-east business is to be opened by one of the area’s leading entrepreneurs. Read more…

Ace Winches Selects Spartan Solutions as a Strategic Technology Provider

ACE Winches has announced the selection of Spartan Solutions as the key provider of mobile logistics and equipment management solutions to support ACE’s rapidly expanding winch and deck machinery business.

Unveiling the key contract at Offshore Europe 2011, Chief Executive Officer Alfie Cheyne said: “We are a world-class business, extending our reach across the globe. As our activities continue to intensify within both the Manufacturing and Hire divisions, and as we enlarge our international customer base, it is critical that we continually review and improve our operational processes to efficiently manage our people and equipment. We chose Phalanx from Spartan because it is proven in the oil and gas market. Working with Spartan will ensure that ACE Winches maintains the highest levels of project performance, efficiency and service excellence.”

Managing Director of Spartan, Jim Green, said: “This is a valuable contract for Spartan and its award reflects the close fit of Phalanx to ACE Winches’ equipment management needs. It took Alfie only a few minutes to recognise the potential business benefits to his organisation.”

Source: ACE Winches

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