New Managing Director Heads Up Senior Management at Applus

Inspection and non-destructive testing (NDT) specialist Applus RTD UK Ltd has appointed Dave Andrews as its new managing director, heading-up a restructured senior management team geared toward further global growth.

Andrews (60) arrives with a wealth of experience in business management across the energy sector and will focus on spearheading greater growth and improved efficiency across Applus' operations in the North Sea, UKCS and beyond.

He heads up Applus RTD UK Ltd, leading operations in Aberdeen, Falkirk, Teesside and Great Yarmouth, and will be supported by the firm's existing senior staff and new arrival Graham Bisset, who joins as marine projects manager.

Andrews, a former manufacturing industry business manager who spent 17 years in the oil and gas sector with engineering specialist Hydratight and has also worked in automotive manufacturing, is a committed practitioner of the kaizen method of continuous improvement.

"My primary aim is to help make Applus RTD UK Ltd even more successful, working with the experts we have in every area of the business to strengthen it even further and put greater efficiency at the heart of everything we do," said Dave Andrews.

"Conditions in the international business marketplace are tough and I am delighted to be heading up a team which is geared towards positive results in spite of the challenges which are facing the global energy sector.

"We are now working towards improving the processes which are central to our operations and by doing that, making sure our clients get the absolute best and most cost effective NDT solutions in the business, bar-none."

In line with the company's strategic growth plans, Applus RTD UK is increasing its entire work force and the management team will be further strengthened by the appointment of a new business line manager David Ward. Ward will be based in Teesside and focus on the firm's onshore business.

Applus RTD UK works across the offshore oil and gas and marine sectors, as well as land-based projects. It has some 350 staff in the UK, delivering comprehensive inspection and integrity management services, specialist training in areas such as rigging and lifting, roof-top safety and manual handling awareness as well as emergency first aid.

CEO of the Applus RTD Group, Rob van Doorn said, "Dave Andrews has a very important role to play in leading and consolidating all of our UK operations to further strengthen our reputation as the global leader in inspection and NDT.

"Graham Bisset brings many years experience in the field and is a valuable asset to our work in marine projects, bringing extensive expertise and commitment to developing our offering in that area."

Applus RTD UK Ltd is the first inspection specialist to achieve ISO 9001 quality management, ISO 18001 occupational health and safety, and ISO 14001 certification in recognition of its environmental management standards.

Industry leaders in NDT techniques, Applus RTD UK Ltd was recognized by the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) in 2008, having achieved 10 consecutive RoSPA gold awards, with the Presidents Award in recognition of its sustained commitment to health and safety.

A market leader in inspection and testing services for the oil, gas and petrochemical industries, Applus RTD UK Ltd, formerly MB Inspection was acquired by Dutch based inspection firm Applus RTD at the beginning of 2008.

Recognized for its innovation and design technology, the company also has a dedicated research and development facility in Rotterdam where the firm continues to invest in R&D.