Leading composite pipe repair solutions provider WTR is moving into its next stage of global growth by appointing Professor Simon Frost as Technical Director and exporting to new markets around the world.
Graham Birnie, WTR managing director, said, "Simon is one of the world’s leading experts in composite repairs and is consulted regularly by all of the international and national oil companies. His technical expertise will aid WTR's plans for global expansion and open doors to new markets. He will retain his 'chair' at Newcastle University, while taking up the role of Technical Director at WTR."
Having spent 16 years at Shell as Principal Mechanical/Materials and Corrosion Engineer and a total of 23 years in the oil and gas industry, Prof Frost is the Chairman of the UK Composite Working Group, founder member of the ASME Technical Committee on Composite Repairs and author of the ISO and ASME standards. As an expert on composite materials and adhesives, Prof Frost will continue to be a specialist consultant for projects globally.
WTR has also appointed Jacco Huipen, formerly Proposals Manager and Project Manager for Halliburton Pipeline and Process Services and who also previously held the position of Global Marketing Manger at Subsea 7, as WTR's new Head of Marketing and Sales. These key appointments come as part of a restructuring of WTR’s board, the company recognizing the need for a younger, more dynamic team to move the company on to the next level of growth.
"Before the end of this year we aim to set up service distribution offices in Bahrain, Abu Dhabi, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, and Brazil, continuing growth plans and re-emphasise our commitment to making WTR the international leader in composite repair of pipe work and pipe lines globally," added Birnie.
Diversification into new geographic locations and new market segments is a key aim for 2008/09 and projected turnover is expected to be £5million by 2009. Currently WTR export their innovative ‘Technowrap’ composite pipeline repair systems to Norway, Canada, Egypt, Oman, Nigeria, Brunei, Malaysia, Qatar and Libya.