AnTech Expands to Keep Up with Demand

AnTech Ltd has made several key personnel appointments in order to keep up with demand.

Rachel Heal has been appointed Electronics Engineer with the Special Engineering Projects Department. In her new role, Heal will be responsible for designing and developing new systems, verifying software and overall engineering projects. She will provide electronic engineering support for the company's extensive range of downhole products, and custom oilfield software.

Heal, 34, has 13 years experience in electrical and electronics engineering management. She brings with her in-depth knowledge of electronics, particularly in project management. Before joining AnTech, she worked for Western Power Distribution (WPD), formerly SWEB, in a variety of roles since 1993. During that time, she served as Exeter Construction Team Manager for two years before being promoted to the post of Operations and Control Engineer. For the past eight years she was based at the WPD Control Centre in Exeter where she was responsible for ensuring the efficient operation and security of the southwest's electricity distribution network.

Heal earned a Bachelor's Degree in Electrical and Electronic Engineering (BEng) from Bath University in Bath, England in 1993. She is a Chartered Engineer, and has been affiliated with the IEE in the UK since she was a university student, progressing to associate membership before becoming a full member in 1999. Based at the company's headquarters in Exeter. Originally from Kent, England, Heal lives in Rockbeare Hill, Devon.

Also joining the design team is James Kelsall. As Design Engineer, he will contribute to the development of AnTech's growing range of wireless data acquisition systems. He will also draw upon his design and engineering abilities to ensure that the new Gun Dog, a tool that strips encapsulation from downhole cable without causing damage, will be ready to enter the market in early 2007.

Before joining AnTech, James worked in the engineering field while studying at university. He worked for Ministry of Defence contractor Supacat Ltd as a junior engineer in Honiton, and as a Production Operative for Studio Screen Print in Newton Abbot. James, 23, earned a BSc (Hons) Degree in Product Design in 2006 from Bournemouth University in Bournemouth, England. He is originally from Plymouth, and lives in nearby East Ogwell, Devon, England.

Both Heal and Kelsall report to Aziz Rashid, Engineering Manager for AnTech.

In addition, Angela Bryant has been appointed to the position of Sales and Marketing Administrator. She will be responsible for providing administrative support across a broad range of functions, including marketing, contract administration and customer service. Previously Bryant, 22, worked for five years in a variety of roles for UK bookseller Ottakar's Plc. She holds a 2.1 Honours Degree in Business Administration from the University of Plymouth in Devon, England. She reports to David James, Technical Sales Manager for AnTech, and lives in Tiverton.

Finally, Joe Heaton, 18, has recently come to work for AnTech as a Student Engineer as part of the company's commitment to the Year in Industry placement scheme. During the academic year 2006-07, Heaton will be paid a salary, and given the opportunity to work on a variety of projects. Participants are assigned to projects in keeping with their interests, and rotated through a range of disciplines and business activities. Given his plan to study aeronautical engineering at Loughborough University following completion of his placement at AnTech, he will be working in the manufacturing department where he will be assisting with assembly, testing and control of components for AnTech's range of downhole tools. Heaton reports to Jennifer Bentley, Production Manager for AnTech. He lives in his hometown, Brixham.

All new employees are based at the company's headquarters in Exeter.

"With the demand for our design and development services escalating, it was important to expand our design, engineering and support teams. With the addition of Rachel Heal and James Kelman, the pace at which we are able to progress projects will increase," said Toni Miszewski, Managing Director of AnTech. "The additional support of Joe Heaton and Angela Bryant will also be extremely important to maintaining high levels of customer satisfaction. Service and development will improve, which are central to our aim of supplying systems that perform their intended purpose in a timely and economical manner," he added.

AnTech Ltd specializes in the design and manufacture of innovative products for the international upstream oil and gas industries. Founded in 1992 in Exeter, England, AnTech Ltd is known throughout the world for its range of award-winning coiled tubing tools, and related permanent completion products.

In addition to its pioneering work within the design and manufacture of completion products, AnTech Oilfield Software offers StringView, the cutting-edge well visualization software package. The highly regarded software program integrates legacy data systems, making it possible to maintain consistent, professionally presented well diagrams. AnTech received a Special Meritorious Award for Engineering Innovation from Hart's E & P magazine. AnTech won the award in the Drilling – Downhole Category in recognition of the COLT, its new gas well drilling system.

As one of the leading design engineering companies in the UK, most major oil services companies have retained AnTech Ltd to develop coiled tubing, downhole and completion tools on their behalf. As a result, operators and service companies actively use AnTech's pioneering products and technology to maximize oil production performance in a safe, and cost-effective manner.