A NORTHUMBERLAND engineering firm is shaping up for continued growth and expansion with an investment in specialist test equipment and a new brand identity.

Red Marine, the Hexham-based firm that employs 20 people, is set to become Red Engineering this week in a move that reflects growing demand for its expertise beyond the offshore oil and gas marine sector.

The firm, which has gone from strength-to-strength since being established in 2008 with annual sales in excess of £3m, is seeing strong demand as it continues to develop its presence in renewables and nuclear decommissioning alongside other new sectors.

The Burn Lane-based company undertakes specialist engineering consultancy and design work, which sees the delivery of bespoke handling, remote tooling, test rigs and subsea equipment among other high performance technologies.

While Red Engineering remains committed to meeting the needs of customers in the offshore oil and gas sector, it will continue to extend the scope of its operations in other industrial and manufacturing markets where its expertise can add value.

This is already reaping success with the provision of engineering consultancy to the nuclear decommissioning sector and qualification testing of sensors which are used in the agricultural market amongst other new sector work.

A new automated test rig is also part of the latest investment programme, allowing the qualification testing of offshore hardware in temperatures ranging from -10 to 60 Degrees Centigrade, further boosting the firms testing capabilities.

The new-look Red Engineering will continue to operate from its existing head office in Tynedale House as well as its testing facility at Haugh Lane industrial Estate, which opened in 2015.

The company was originally founded in 2008 and has completed more than 250 projects over the last nine years.

The latest is as a key engineering partner in a £3.6m contract to develop and demonstrate a waste heat recovery system that could not only reduce emissions on ships, but also generate 8% fuel efficiency savings.

Red Engineering’s expertise will ensure that equipment complies with appropriate marine regulations and assist in installing a demonstration unit on to a vessel in 2018.

Joe Orrell said while the new name, logo and website will provide a new look, the commitment to engineering excellence and customer service will remain core.

He added: “It is clear that there are new opportunities opening up beyond traditional marine and offshore industries for added value solutions that save customers time and money.

“Our testing services are also expanding with investment in new equipment that will provide enhanced capabilities.

“I’m very much looking forward to taking the new brand forward, building on our successful track record and seeing the company grow and flourish.”

Red Engineering has a global reputation for developing and delivering high impact solutions that deliver efficiency savings for FMC Technologies, GE Oil & Gas, Technip and Subsea 7 among other clients. Services include consultancy, supply of bespoke equipment and qualification testing with current clients. More atwww.redengineers.co.uk