Marine equipment specialist Motive Offshore has expanded its fabrication division at its main site at Boyndie in North-east Aberdeenshire with a £250k investment to offer a more enhanced service to clients whilst secured a key appointment to manage the division.
The expansion will allow the company, which specialises in the manufacture, rental and servicing of high quality marine equipment and associated services, to supply a more robust fabrication service.
A large amount of Motive’s fabrication work is set to be based out of UK ports, including Peterhead, Aberdeen, Montrose and Blyth in Northumberland.
Motive currently employs 85 staff across the group, having created more than 20 local jobs in the past year and Colin Forsyth has been appointed as general manager to oversee the fabrication division expansion.
The team at Boyndie is already highly experienced in marine fabrication and the expansion is set to bring an increase in staff at the headquarters near Banff to accommodate incoming fabrication work.
Mr Forsyth brings 35 years of engineering and fabrication experience in the oil & gas and marine industries.
He said: “The team at Motive has fantastic experience already in building deck machinery to a high standard of workmanship, personally having worked alongside some of the Motive workforce previously, I know we have the skills set to enhance our service provision profile to our clients. Offering turnkey fabrication packages and sea-fastening services will simplify logistical movements of hire equipment and provide potential cost savings to our clients.
“Motive has a very skilled workforce which adapts easily to challenges. Concentrating fabrication services at the Boyndie base will open up new opportunities for Motive, and my experience in dealing with fast reaction vessel work scopes and close working relationships with clients will be beneficial as we grow the fabrication side of the business.”
Motive, which is known in the industry for its expertise in manufacturing winches, will now be able to design and build grillage to support equipment on vessels which complements its current offering and gives clients a more rounded fabrication service.
Sales and operations director of Motive Offshore, James Gregg, said: “Delivering fabrication from Boyndie improves efficiency and offers our client base a more cost-effective solution to their fabrication needs, ensuring that we can enhance the service we are offering them. We already have marine engineering and fabrication skills in-house and Colin’s input and expertise will be a huge benefit to both our team and our clients.”
With its highest turnover to date in 2017 of £10million, Motive is on track for an additional 20% growth in 2018. The company has also recently launched in Houston and ongoing major contract wins in the UAE for Motive FZC has resulted in a significant growth of its workforce.