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COMPANY PROFILE


A COMPANY WHO KNOWS WHERE THEY ARE GOING


AND WANT TO GET THERE FAST!


Third Queen’s Award for Enterprise for International Trade


ENERGETIC DRIVE


Lowestoft-based Pipeshield International’s energetic drive to win business around the world has earned it a remarkable third Queen’s Award for Enterprise for International Trade.


PRESENTATION


The latest award - an engraved crystal bowl - was presented to Managing Director Steve Howlett by Lord Tollemache, the Lord Lieutenant of Suffolk, who praised the company’s ambition and success in establishing itself as a world leader in its field. Pipeshield, founded in 1999, manufactures subsea protection and stablisation systems for oil and gas platforms and wind turbines.


INTERNATIONAL


It operates around the world in countries like Malaysia, Singapore, Albania and Canada. And in the past year Pipeshield has won major new contracts in South Africa and Azerbaijan, where it has established production facilities to manufacture concrete mattresses and other subsea structures to protect platforms and pipelines. “It has been another positive year for us and we are delighted to have won a third Queen’s Award,” said Mr Howlett. “Very few companies have achieved this and we are extraordinarily proud to be recognised in this way.”


HIGHEST ACCOLADE


The Queen’s Award is the highest accolade in UK industry and recognises companies that have made significant achievements in the fields of innovation, sustainable development and international trade. It championed 152 businesses across the UK this year.


Pipeshield won two Queen’s Awards in 2005 - in the Innovation and International Trade categories.


GLOBAL REACH Mr Howlett said, “We’ve invested a great deal of time and effort to give our business a global reach and this has resulted in us winning some really exciting contracts, including one for a twin-release mattress that practically halves installation time.


“Our services now include project design, engineering and manufacturing, elements that can be brought together in any combination to provide an integrated solution.”


Since our inception some 4 years ago we have been following the work of Pipeshield International.


Originally, a largely Oil & Gas industry company, they have always kept their eyes open in getting involved within emerging markets and have never been fearful of taking advantage of opportunities which may exist in other areas.


The wind energy industry is one such market and Pipeshield have been quick to move forward and expand in a very short space of time.


MOVING ONWARDS AND UPWARDS The next stage of the company’s ambitious plans involve the doubling of their business in as short a time as possible.


We travelled to Pipeshield’s Lowestoft Headquarters to speak to Steve Howlett, Managing Director to find out more…


NAME


Steve Howlett POSITION


Managing Director, Pipeshield International COMPANY HISTORY


Pipeshield International incorporated in 1999 and like many successful businesses began from humble beginnings - Steve’s front room!


After working for various companies within the offshore construction industry, he decided to be in control of his own destiny. A man who has always been driven with a good work ethic, always given 100%, Steve always looks to the future.


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