Dr. Collins, aged 40, joined the Sondex board in May 2003 from PII Limited, a leading provider of oil and gas pipeline inspection, where he was group Technical Director. He will remain as Executive Operations Director responsible for the Sondex group's production, health and safety and human resources activities.
At the same time it is announced that Roy Martin has been appointed International Sales Manager. Mr Martin, aged 47, has joined Sondex from Al Mansoori Specialized Engineering LLC where he was North Africa Manager. He has 23 years of international oilfield experience with Schlumberger and other service companies.
Anika Ephraim, aged 33, has been appointed Marketing Engineer for the group. Miss Ephraim was previously a Field Services Manager with Schlumberger. Jonathan Hawkins, aged 45, has been appointed as Quality Manager for the group. Mr Hawkins was previously Quality Manager with Blease Medical.
The appointments coincide with a period of significant expansion for the Hampshire based group, floated on the London Stock Exchange in June 2003. Sondex recently completed the £31.5 million acquisition of Geolink International, the Scotland-based specialist designer, manufacturer and supplier of Measurement While Drilling (MWD) and Logging While Drilling (LWD) downhole technology. In December, Sondex acquired Computer Sonics Systems Inc ("CSS"), a designer and manufacturer of wireline logging equipment based in Calgary, Canada.
Sondex now has operations in the USA, Canada, South America, China, the Middle East and Australia. In addition to the "at bit" drilling sensors, its suite of sophisticated tools includes specialist logging equipment, casing inspection systems for economically extending the life of wells, data-acquisition systems, electric cutters, and electric tractors for the deployment of downhole logging tools in highly deviated and horizontal wells. The electro-mechanical equipment is generally used by international and regional oilfield service companies on behalf of virtually every major oil and gas company.
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