MB Inspection Welcomes New Direction in Aberdeen

Highly experienced engineer Derek Pattle has been appointed to head-up MB Inspection's expanding oil and gas-centred business in Aberdeen.

The industrialist, who has worked in the energy, construction and aerospace industries in a career spanning more than 30 years, has high hopes for the firm's base at Dyce.

Mr. Pattle leads a team of more than 150 at MB Inspection, a subsidiary of Motherwell Bridge Ltd which benefited from major investment during 2005.

Some £400,000 was spent on the development of 6,000-square-feet of modern offices, a new laboratory and radiographic exposure bays for specialist non-destructive testing.

"Motherwell Bridge's Aberdeen operation consists of two component parts which have their own identities - Hi-Rope and MB Inspection - and my aim is to forge a team spirit there," said Mr. Pattle.

"We are driving the concept of integrity management both in Aberdeen and on an international basis. There is the potential to create a centre of excellence here in Aberdeen.

"Already we have secured some significant engineering contracts and continuing that success throughout 2006 is obviously our aim."

In addition to his wide-ranging industry experience, Mr. Pattle was in 2000 appointed visiting Professor at Heriot Watt University School of Management and has also been chairman of the Social Enterprise Institute Scotland.

MB Inspection employs more than 450 staff and is a major provider of engineering, inspections management, specialist techniques and non-destructive testing services to the oil and gas, petrochemical, utility and power generation industries.

Frank Ross, managing director of MB Inspection, said: "Derek's appointment will considerably strengthen MB Inspection's ability to deliver our services to both on- and offshore clients.

"His arrival underpins our recent investment in the Aberdeen area and further supports our core strategy for business growth."