EnerMech in £3 Million Asia Pacific Expansion

Mechanical services company, EnerMech Ltd, has announced major expansion plans and senior appointments in the Asia-Pacific region.

The Aberdeen-based company is to invest a total £3 million ($4.8M) opening new bases in Perth, Australia, and Singapore and in the latest crane simulator technology and allied equipment.

Ben Finlay has been appointed Regional Director for EnerMech’s Asia-Pacific division and will be based in Singapore, while in Australia Iain McKenzie has been appointed General Manager (Cranes) and Grant Paterson takes up the role of Cranes and Lifting Superintendent.

The company will shortly move in to a new 8000 sq ft facility in Perth which includes workshops, storage yard and offices and it is expected staff numbers will exceed 20 by the end of the year.

A new mobile £500,000 ($800,000) crane simulator will based in the Asia Pacific region and initially operate between Singapore and Perth, depending on client demand. This will strengthen EnerMech’s credentials as a major provider of training, assessment and competency services to the crane, lifting and construction industries.

The company has got off to a flying start by winning a number of workscopes in Australia, Singapore, Malaysia and Brunei and are looking to make inroads to other important markets including India, Thailand, Indonesia, Vietnam, and New Zealand.

Ben Finlay joins from Icon Engineering where he was Group Business Development Manager based in Singapore. He was also a regional manager with Toll Energy in Australia and over a seven year period set up and established Sparrows Offshore’s operations in Australia and Asia.

With more than 16 years experience working in the Middle East and Asia Pacific, Mr Finlay has a wide ranging knowledge of the mechanical services sector and will roll out EnerMech’s ambitious expansion plans for the region.

Iain McKenzie was previously Project Manager for Icon Engineering and worked for Sparrows Offshore as Engineering Manager in Australia. He has an extensive track record of working on major North Sea crane and lifting projects and spent 11 years with SMS, which is now part of EnerMech.

Grant Paterson has worked on major international crane and lifting equipment projects and is expert in training and assessment provision and safe working practices. He also has considerable experience in the manufacture, inspection, repair and refurbishment of construction and offshore cranes.

EnerMech managing director, Doug Duguid, said: “The investment in new facilities in Australia and in the latest equipment, combined with the appointment of three very experienced and well respected crane specialists, underlines the importance we place on the Asia Pacific market to our business.

“I am delighted to welcome on board Ben, Iain and Grant who will form the backbone of our Asia Pacific team and whose joint experience and complementary skills will give us a competitive advantage.

“The feedback from major industry players on the range of services we will provide has been very encouraging and we believe there is enormous potential to grow EnerMech in to the leading provider of mechanical services in the Asia Pacific region.”


Note to Editors

EnerMech Ltd was formed in April 2008 and offers a safer, more customer-focused, responsive service with lower costs in the mechanical services sector within the energy industry, while delivering a much greater level of engineering and technical support than competitors can offer.

The company specialises in the supply, maintenance and engineering of cranes, lifting and hydraulic equipment, rental of hand tools and zoned equipment and provision of training and specialist personnel to the energy industry.

With the acquisition of Specialist Maintenance Services Ltd and A1 Safety Training Consultants Ltd, EnerMech is now one of the UK’s leading providers of offshore crane and lifting operations, crane personnel and safety training. EnerMech also has a significant presence in Norway following the acquisition of Bjørge ASA’s crane division in October 2008.

EnerMech employs 300 staff at its Aberdeen headquarters and bases in Great Yarmouth, Stavanger, Dubai and Ras al-Khaimah, and has plans to expand its geographic footprint across the eastern hemisphere.

EnerMech’s five director-owners are backed by private equity firm Lime Rock Partners and together have in place a £30 million plus funding package to facilitate organic growth and further acquisitions.

Website: www.enermech.com

Issued on behalf of EnerMech Ltd by Sure Public Relations. For further information please contact Stephen Rafferty on +44(0)7980 598764 or email stephen@surepr.co.uk