L-R - Ian Latimer, Technical Director, FES and Rob Anderson, Managing Director, FES
Engineering firm FES has invested in a 25,000 sq ft manufacturing facility in Northumberland, initially creating around 20 new jobs in the process.
The Ashington-based company, which supplies fluid transfer systems to oil and gas clients across the globe, has opened a new facility in Cramlington.
The plant will enable FES to bring several processes which were previously outsourced, such as fabrication and manufacturing, in-house.
The expansive site also provides the firm with the additional height needed to develop new products for oil and gas fields in increasingly challenging environments.
It will also serve as a base for apprenticeship schemes and other training programmes aimed at nurturing skills which are being lost to the sector as members of its ageing workforce retire.
FES, which celebrates its 20th anniversary this year, currently employs 50 people in Ashington, with 90% of its business coming from clients outside the UK.
Its entire supply chain sits within a 25-mile radius of Ashington and some processes will continue to be outsourced once the Cramlington facility is fully operational.
Managing director Rob Anderson said: “This investment demonstrates our commitment to the North East. There is the common assumption that manufacturing in Asia-Pacific is much cheaper than in the UK - but this overlooks the potentially expensive issues that come with quality and control problems.
“We now have a manufacturing facility on our doorstep, making it much easier for us to ensure we continue delivering high quality products to the market. Despite the current climate, in which many businesses in our industry are closing or downsizing, we have taken the bold move to invest heavily in our long-term future.”
FES supplies a range of products designed to improve efficiency, cost effectiveness and safety on offshore oil and gas and renewable energy projects.