Stockton drone specialists launch Caribbean office

Chris Young, Rectrix

Stockton drone specialists launch Caribbean office

A Stockton-based drone company has opened its first international office in Trinidad and Tobago.

Rectrix Drone Services Limited, which launched in 2014, provides inspection, surveying, and cinematography services to companies in sectors including oil and gas, utilities, emergency response and construction.

The team, led by founder Alex Westwood and business development director Chris Young, has launched a satellite arm on the Caribbean islands to service the region’s thriving oil and gas industry, among other sectors.

The Rectrix team flew in three staff from the islands to train at its Stockton base in the digital technology hub, Fusion Hive.

Chris said: “Our services are designed to reduce the need for people to work at height, in confined spaces or otherwise hazardous locations. With added benefits of cost reduction and efficiency savings.

“The Trinidad and Tobago office is just the first part of our international expansion, and now we’re looking to expand through partnerships in other countries.

“Bringing the staff over to our Stockton office was great. Fusion Hive is the perfect base for us to grow from with a wealth of digital expertise on the doorstep, the support of Teesside University and great transport links.

“We’re proud to take the Stockton name with us around the world as we offer this technology and expertise.”

Rectrix has also worked with numerous ‘blue chip’ international companies where it has used drones to provide actionable data to enhance the safety and efficiency of their client’s operations

Chris added: “What we do varies from client to client because we use drone technology to meet challenges, and therefore each piece of work is unique.Typically we help companies with land and building surveying, volumetric analysis, and inspection of difficult to reach assets.”

Trinidad and Tobago is the Caribbean’s largest producer of oil and natural gas, being located near substantial crude oil reserves.

Rectrix has already tapped into that market and is now looking for other applications for its technology, possibly in emergency response situations for blue light organisations and for private clients.