3M Announces Specialist UK Oil and Gas Team

Diversified technology company 3M has created a core team for its Oil and Gas business in the UK.

For more than 50 years, 3M has been meeting the evolving needs of the global Oil and Gas industry and today supplies some 10,000 products that are used in virtually every aspect of the industry, from exploration, production and refining to transportation and retail.

To better serve customers' needs, a 'company within the company' has been created, designed to bring the wide range of 3M products for the Oil and Gas industry together under one roof.

Announcing the new team, Doug Mitchell, Managing Director of 3M United Kingdom plc said: "Every day, a wide range of 3M products and solutions are being used by the Oil and Gas industry but, until now, customers had to deal with several different departments and business units within 3M, from specialty materials to health and safety.

"The purpose of the new team is to make it easier for our customers to do business with 3M by providing a single point of contact. We will have a local team on the ground here in the UK, but they will have access to 3M's expertise, product portfolio and R&D and technical resources worldwide," said Mitchell.

The new team is headed by Dawn Ricketts, Business Development Manager, UK and Ireland. Dawn is supported by a team of highly experienced specialists, based in both Aberdeen and at 3M's UK head office in Bracknell, Berkshire.

Said Dawn: "3M wants to better understand the issues faced by the Oil and Gas industry. We already offer a range of extremely innovative products that address many of the challenges facing the industry today. For example, we have specialty materials and chemicals that enable the industry to go further into deep-sea, not only improving drilling and down-hole performance, but also addressing some of environmental issues facing the industry. The more we understand, the more able we are to focus on designing solutions rather than just selling standard 'off the shelf' products."

The core team:

Dawn Ricketts, Business Development Manager

Based in Aberdeen, Dawn is responsible for leading the Oil and Gas business.
Dawn has been with 3M for 15 years, encompassing a broad range of products and markets. Prior to forming the UK and Ireland Oil and Gas business, Dawn was in charge of business development for the company's highly successful electrical business. Dawn has also held a number of roles within 3M's aerospace, automotive, mining, and tapes and adhesives businesses.

Billy Brady, Technical Manager

Billy has particular responsibility for specialty chemicals. Having been with 3M for 18 years, Billy has worked in many business areas, including manufacturing, R&D, technical services and as a Six Sigma coach. Billy has the benefit of experience in a number of markets which have given him a sound knowledge of what 3M is able to provide. Billy is an electronic engineer by training.

Doug Florance, Filtration Consultant

A veteran of the oil and gas industry, both as a customer and a supplier, Doug recently joined the 3M team as a consultant to share his considerable expertise, particularly in filtration. During his extensive career, Doug has focused on several areas, including drilling fluids, down-hole completion and waste management, as well as filtration. Prior to joining 3M, Doug ran his own consultancy, including a spell spent in Kazakhstan. Doug has also worked for Halliburton and BW Mud.

Darren Hall, Technical Sales

Darren Hall is the technical specialist responsible for 3M Glass Bubbles, which are used for an increasing range of oil and gas applications, including buoyancy, insulation, down-hole fluids, drilling and cementing.

Since 1997, Darren has worked for 3M, with roles held in technical and sales and across different areas, including the company's extensive range of tapes and adhesives. Darren holds a degree in chemistry.

Andy Wolfe, Technical Support – Projects

Based in Aberdeen, Andy is the first point of contact for key projects on 3M Glass Bubbles for cementing and drilling applications. He is also champion for the 'Track & Trace' (high value asset tracking) opportunities for HighJump software from 3M Supply Chain Solutions. Andy's extensive experience includes working for Halliburton Aberdeen and for Nepesco Petroleum Services - a service company for the Greater Nile Petroleum Company.

John Ross, Sales Representative

Based in Aberdeen, John will provide a local point of contact for customers of 3M's Maintenance, Repair and Operations (MRO) products and solutions, as well as coordinating customers' requests for product samples and demonstrations. John brings with him 19 years' experience in the Oil and Gas industry, with specialist knowledge of selling personal safety and protection products.