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A growing Hexham-based engineering firm has announced new appointments as it gears up for further growth after completing more than 300 projects in 10 years.

RED Engineering, which provides specialist engineering consultancy and design expertise, has appointed Will Hopps as lead engineer, while Magnus Campbell re-joins as principal engineer, bringing more than 20 years of design and equipment operation experience to the role.

Barry James is appointed as a senior engineer, bringing extensive experience in equipment engineering in extreme environments to the role, and Adam Lockett, with a track record in defence, oil and gas and renewables, starts as a design engineer.

Also joining on a student placement is Anthony Forster, who will be working with the engineering team to gain project experience alongside his studies at Newcastle University.

The new starters join Brian Valentine, who was recently appointed as business developer to oversee the expansion of RED Engineering’s test services and develop new business opportunities.

Since it was stabled in 2008, RED Engineering, which currently employs 25 people at its Burn Lane site and has annual revenues of circa £3.5m, has completed hundreds of contracts for global clients.

This includes the development of new monitoring technology to improve the installation of turbines for an offshore wind farm project in the Scotland, and the testing of a new subsea clamp used for subsea well intervention operations in the offshore energy sector.

The company has also completed projects for TechnipFMC, Baker Hughes GE, AVID Technology and Subsea 7 among other major operators in the offshore oil and gas, renewables and nuclear decommissioning sectors.

Now, as the firm marks its 10-year anniversary, its forecasting strong growth for the next 12 months on the back of strong demand and further new orders.

This includes working with new clients from the nuclear decommissioning sector to develop game changing approaches to specific decommissioning challenges.

Brian Valentine said the new starters join as RED Engineering looks to open-up new opportunities as part of plans to grow its core services and further boost its test capabilities.

He added: “We have seen a very strong start to 2018, reflected by the need to recruit additional engineering expertise for our busy head office.

“We are committed to investing in the best people as we widen our customer base, so I’m delighted Will and Magnus have committed their future to us. They’re set to become an integral part of the team, supporting growth and securing success as we continue to invest to meet customer demand.

“We also welcome Anthony, who will not only gain significant experience from his time with us, but will also actively contribute to the projects that he will be involved with in the months ahead.”

RED Engineering delivers solutions for challenging installation, maintenance and decommissioning projects. Core expertise and experience spans the design and development of clamps, specialist handling equipment, remote tooling, subsea hardware and test rigs. More at www.redengineers.co.uk

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