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Tekmar Group plc, a market-leading technology provider of subsea protection systems is pleased to announce that it has signed a sale and purchase agreement for the acquisition of Pipeshield® International ltd ("Pipeshield® ") from its founder Steven Howlett.
This is the third acquisition of the group since its admission to AIM in June 2018 and is continuing the strategy to acquire offshore energy businesses with synergies that have a clear subsea technology focus, have a complementary customer base and can leverage group support while growing under the similar market demands.
The acquisition further strengthens Tekmar Group’s technology offering enabling them to offer more subsea protection in addition to current suite of products including; concrete mattresses, scour protection, pipeline crossings. Further this extends within the group the track record within offshore wind and a longer standing heritage from oil and gas.
Pipeshield is a world leading technology provider of subsea concrete mattresses. These mattresses are used in the protection of subsea equipment such as pipelines and power cables within all marine environments, including offshore wind, marine renewables, oil and gas and marine civil engineering.
Concrete mattresses and associated products are used for the stabilisation and impact protection of subsea equipment in areas where they cannot be buried. They are also used to limit the development of localised scour (seabed erosion) on foundations, pipelines or in marine ports. The technology is highly complementary to Tekmar’s and has frequently been used in conjunction on past projects.
The business, which is headquartered in Lowestoft, has manufacturing operations local to its primary markets, including Aberdeen, UAE, Saudi Arabia and Singapore. The majority of Pipeshield’s production activity is undertaken at its new leased facility at Blyth in Northumberland, a major hub for offshore renewables activity in the UK.
Pipeshield currently employs 25 full time staff, most of whom are technically focused, plus circa 15 contractors supporting the manufacturing process at any one time. The business has four patents, protecting its core technology, and is fully accredited and independently certified including:
• Full ISO 14001, 19001 and 18001 for Health, Safety, Quality and Environmental (HSQE);
• Dual Queens awards for International Trade and Enterprise Innovation; and
• Investor in People Gold standard.
The business has a strong history in the provision of equipment to the major operators within the marine sector including, most recently, Technip, Van Oord, DeepOcean, NPCC, Saipem and Allseas.
Pipeshield provided its patented mattress protection technology to the first commercial wind farms, including E.on’s Scroby Sands in 2004. Most recently the business was awarded the prestigious East Anglia scope for Scottish Power’s project, which is currently under construction. Further, Pipeshield has a significant track record in the oil and gas and marine civil engineering markets, in which it has most recently supplied multiple contracts in the Middle East, including a multi-million-pound scope for the Dubai Marina Masterplan project in the UAE.
James Ritchie, Chief Executive Officer of Tekmar, said:
“Pipeshield is a perfect fit for Tekmar. Its products are complementary, allowing us to upsell and expand our offering to clients, realising our Group vision. The business has many similarities with Tekmar from both end customers to markets but also most importantly it fits culturally. The business focuses on technology, as its key differentiator, and Pipeshield has outstanding credentials, which demonstrate its commitment to safety, quality and, above all, its people; these are key values which we embrace across all Group companies. I am truly excited by the prospect of adding the Pipeshield offering to Tekmar’s portfolio and I welcome Steve and his team to the family.”
Steven Howlett, Founder and Managing Director of Pipeshield, said:
“Tekmar and Pipeshield have many similarities. We are industry-leading technology providers within subsea protection and share a similar history and culture. I am keen to see the business progress and believe that being part of Tekmar will accelerate the achievement of our long-held growth aspirations. I want to thank the Pipeshield team for all its hard work, getting us to this point, and highlight, to my staff and customers, that this change in ownership will only increase the opportunities for the business and our passion for delivering outstanding technical solutions. Other than that, it’s very much business as usual.”