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industrials sectors. Exova’s CEO, Ian El-Mokadem, commented on the appointment by saying; “Mike brings a strong customer focus combined with excellent operational management experience gained in international markets. His appointment further signals our commitment to offering our customers the best possible service through our global network of facilities”. Exova’s European operations

support leading customers including Airbus, United Utilities, Subsea7 and Saipem.

so it’s an unbelievably exciting time for us.” Ecco worked closely with all

major material manufacturers to develop a system that, unlike so many other systems within the industry, is user-friendly and not over-complicated. The ES430 system is designed for the application of high volumes of PFP materials in the largest of fabrication facilities, offshore oil and gas facilities, refineries and petrochemical sites. The skid- mounted systems, which are most commonly used in fixed installations on high-volume application projects, would typically be housed in heated workshop containers combining equipment and material storage facilities. Key benefits to the system

are low wastage with mixed materials, low operating pressure with large delivery rates, long service intervals and improved mixing and application quality. The only fully certified ATEX (Zone 2 rated) approved unit in the industry, flame-proof and hazardous area versions of the ES430 are available.

TRICKY MILITARY CONTRACT Custom Coatings, a division of AIC group, has secured a £90K contract with Keysworth Engineering Services Limited to apply specialised coatings to various pieces of military equipment. The contract, which started in January 2013, is to wet- spray antennae and related


products urgently required for armoured vehicles. The coating is a speciality

chemical providing specific protective properties including: • Infrared reflective • Chemical resistant • Withstands extremes of heat, cold and damp.

It is expected that hundreds

of parts will be completed each day and the contract will run to July 2013. Stuart Forsyth, Operations Manager of Custom Coatings, said: “Some of these parts are tricky products to coat. We experimented with a number of different ways to handle them and tried several different paints before choosing a Trimite product; it is relatively easy to apply and provides the best possible finish.”

NEW EUROPEAN MD Exova, the leading testing and advisory group, has appointed Mike Pooley as its new European managing director to lead its continued market growth. He joins Exova from CHEP,

the world’s leading provider of pallet and container pooling services, where he was senior vice president for sales and customer operations and responsible for managing $1.2 billion of annual revenue. At Exova, Pooley will have

responsibility for 36 testing facilities and over 1,000 experts across Europe supporting customers in the aerospace, oil & gas, pharmaceutical, food and

NEW SALES ENGINEER Weld overlay cladding and fabrication specialist Arc Energy Resources has appointed Cliff Hall (pictured below) as Sales Engineer. Hall, who has more than ten years’ engineering experience in the machine tool and laser profiling industries, will initially focus on developing Arc Energy’s close relationships with existing customers in the oil & gas, nuclear, marine and process industries. He is also tasked with

building new associations in growing sectors such as wind and wave energy, where the benefits of corrosion resistant alloy cladding has the potential to extend the life of plant and equipment, and reduce maintenance downtime. Commenting on the appointment, managing director Alan Robinson says: “We are delighted to welcome Cliff to the team where his experience will be invaluable in ensuring that Arc Energy remains the partner of choice for the supply of weld overlay cladding and complex weld fabrications.”

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