Lifting engineering firm Lloyds British has expanded into new facilities on Tyneside following regional demand for its inspection and testing services.
The national business operated a North East office in Wallsend for almost a century prior to its move into upgraded facilities on the North Shields site.
Lloyds British say the investment is intended to increase its support for local companies, particularly in the oil & gas, and renewables sectors.
The West Midlands-headquartered firm operates from 24 locations worldwide, including India, Ghana and Iraq, servicing a broad range of sectors from petrochemicals, to coal mining and defence.
The Newcastle office, which employs 14 full-time staff, will be offering its full range of inspection and testing services from the new site, including materials inspection, testing, design and supply, along with health and safety and materials handling training.
Lloyds British operations director James Bright said: “This is a major leap forward for us and will mean we can capitalise on our decades of skill and experience in a modernised and convenient location, directly on the A19 by the Tyne Tunnel.
“We have also invested in key equipment, including a 250 tonne test machine – to my knowledge the only one in the local area – which will give an unrivalled boost to the services we can provide for our customers.”
Recent projects carried out by the branch include a programme of inspection and certification of offshore wind farms.
Nationally, Lloyds British’s annual turnover is now in excess of £24m and the organisation, which is over 200 years old, employs 300 people within its 12 UK outlets, as well as operating overseas.