Talk as part of Local History Month 2016.
Business is flowing nicely for international pipe specialists Pipetech following the launch of their UK base on Teesside.
The company has found its feet in the North East with support from Middlesbrough Council’s Economic Development team and looks set for further expansion.
Pipetech specialises in the removal and unplugging of scale in pipes, heat exchangers and processing equipment.
The Norway-based company began market research last Spring, and undertook at successful trial in September at Ineos Nitriles at Seal Sands.
Other companies showed considerable interest, leading Stavanger-base parent company Pipetech International AS to launch a UK business.
The company recently set up its UK HQ in Dinsdale House on the North Sea Supply Base in Middlesbrough and will also have a 160m2 workshop ready in a few weeks.
Middlesbrough Council’s Economic Development team provided extensive support to Pipetech throughout, helping the company to secure its Riverside Park premises. Help has also included business advice and support and assistance with recruitment.
UK Sales Manager John Connor said: “Our main target initially is the chemical industry in the Teesside area but we will be also covering all of the UK and looking at other industries such as petrochemicals and pharmaceuticals, oil and gas, power, the food and beverage industry – in short anyone who has issues with scaled or blocked process pipe work.
“I’m currently the sole UK employee but we’ll soon have a team of three technicians and, depending on contracts, it’s possible we’ll have two further teams and admin staff by the end of the year and are currently looking for suitable candidates with the appropriate experience.
“The support from Middlesbrough Council’s Economic Development team has been invaluable – we wouldn’t have been able to achieve what we have, in such a short space of time, without them.”
Councillor Charlie Rooney, Middlesbrough Council’s Executive Member for Regeneration and Economic Development, said: “Middlesbrough’s on-going regeneration is all about attracting new and world class businesses to the area.
“We’ll offer all the help and support we can to ensure companies like Pipetech can establish themselves quickly and become key players in the local business community.
“This is just the latest in a series of success stories, and I will follow their progress with interest.”
Telephone: 01642 243243, email John Connor at email@example.com, or visit the Pipetech website at http://www.pipetech.no