Northumberland company's designs on increasing workforce

Ten new jobs have created at a Northumberland engineering company that designs and manufactures equipment for the offshore industries

IHC Engineering Business

Ten new jobs have created at a Northumberland engineering company that designs and manufactures equipment for the offshore industries.

As demand for its services continues to grow, IHC Engineering Business is approaching a permanent workforce of 200, split between its design and management offices in Stocksfield and its customer support facility at Riverside Quay, Port of Tyne.

Positions have been created in engineering, finance, construction, projects and operations – and managing director John Dale believes more opportunities are in the pipeline.

“Despite concerns over the pace of developments in the offshore renewables sector, the offshore industry remains fairly buoyant and we are confident that we will continue to experience growth in the coming months,” he said.

“It is always pleasing to expand our permanent workforce and approaching the 200 employee mark is a demonstration of the important position the company has created for itself in the market.”

Part of the Dutch shipbuilding group IHC Merwede, the business specialises in the design and build of equipment for the offshore oil and gas, submarine telecoms and renewables industries.

Founded in 1997 as The Engineering Business, it designs and manufactures bespoke tailor-made equipment to customers’ requirements in addition to an established subsea vehicle product range.

The business’ core expertise includes laying pipes and cables, subsea trenching and offshore handling systems, while aiming to provide a full customer journey from concept development through to product delivery and life-cycle support.

Its growth has come on the back of a number of significant project wins, including the production of a 2,000-tonne Reel-Lay System for French multinational, Technip.

Designed and manufactured in the North East, the system has been installed on the vessel ‘Deep Energy’, situated in Norway, and is expected to enter service this summer.

Further projects are in the pipeline from the offshore energy industry, which has meant the need for additional engineers and technicians.

Dale added: “The North East has a core of skilled engineers who we are keen to attract, but we are also looking for engineers from outside the region who would enjoy living and working in the North East as part of a globally-respected company operating at the forefront of a vibrant industry.”

IHC Merwede employs more than 3,000 people throughout the Netherlands, China, Croatia, France, India, the Middle East, Nigeria, Russia, Serbia, Singapore, Slovakia, UK and USA.

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