One of the UK’s leading product manufacturer and global supplier of fire, blast and heat hazard solutions has further strengthened its already extensive team with a series of additional appointments and internal promotions.

Based in Darlington, Mech-Tool Engineering (MTE) has appointed a Group Planning Manager and an Operations and Engineering Director with internal promotions also taking place. Valued team members take on the roles of Director of Projects and Mech Tool Korea, Production Manager, Senior Project Manager and Head of Finance.

New appointment Steve Thomas – Group Planning Manager – joined the team in early November with over 20 years’ experience in the planning of many offshore Oil and Gas projects. His role is to support the planning team whilst developing the departmental function to ensure that project teams, and the wider business, are fully supported in all planning matters.

David Bursnoll joins MTE as the new Operations and Engineering Director, encompassing overall responsibility for Design, Engineering, Project Management, Planning, Document Control, Production and all Construction activities.

Speaking about the additional appointments, Anthony Jones, Managing Director at MTE said: “We are delighted to further expand our team of industry professionals and welcome our latest team members. We are firmly committed to driving the business forward as we strive to use our expertise and experience to provide renowned services to many ongoing and new projects, and I am confident that our latest appointments will bolster our already progressive team.”

Craig Bussey is a former Manufacturing Superintendent having joined MTE in January 2005 and is now taking on the role of Production Manager responsible for ensuring all existing and potential client production-based requirements and expectations are fulfilled in terms of delivery, timeliness, efficiency and quality.

Carl Roberts has been a valued senior member of the company for over ten years and has recently been appointed to the position of Director of Projects and Mech Tool Korea.  Carl will have overall responsibility for ensuring all major projects with MTE UK and Korea are completed on specification, to time and on budget.

Speaking about his new appointment, Carl said: “I feel privileged to be a senior team member of such a renowned, successful team. I am extremely passionate about the MTE company with every single member of the senior, design and engineering teams working together to not only create breakthrough innovations but also solve some of the industries toughest safety challenges.

“Over the next 12 months, there are many exciting opportunities across the globe for the oil and gas, process and in particular, offshore wind farm industries which we are absolutely certain MTE can support from its facilities both in the UK and Korea.”  

Also, internally promoted, Craig Swainston takes on the role of Senior Project Manager having worked for the company since November 2016. Craig will be providing day to day oversight and direction to the multi-disciplined Internal production team reporting to the Business Unit Director and ensuring that MTE discharge their contractual obligation, to manage & control the execution of specific projects from order acceptance through to final account submittal.

Kerry Shotton held the position of   Financial Controller at MTE for over three years and has recently been appointed to the Head of Finance role, leading both the MTE and MTK finance functions.

Established in 1969, MTE has UK offices and manufacturing facilities in Darlington and Middlesbrough, Aberdeen and global offices in, Houston, UAE, Malaysia and India with fabrication facilities (MTK) in South Korea. The company has four distinct business units; Design Consultancy, Fire and Blast, Modular Solutions and HVAC solutions – working from initial design and consultation right through to manufacture of turnkey solutions and assistance with on-site installation. The company boasts an impressive client portfolio working globally with the leading oil and gas, process and renewable energy operators, engineering houses and construction yards.