Engineering firm continues to expand

Pipeline International's John Tiratsoo, left, with general manager Roland Palmer-Jones.
Pipeline International's John Tiratsoo, left, with general manager Roland Palmer-Jones.

A North Tyneside engineering firm is celebrating its 19th year in business by expanding its office space and opening a custom-made training suite.

Macaw (Materials and Corrosion and Welding) Engineering, part of the Rosen Group worldwide technology company, started off with just four staff but now employs a workforce of more than 90 at Longbenton’s Quorum Business Park and has an annual turnover of £7million.

General manager Roland Palmer-Jones said: “Our new facilities will help us in maintaining our global reputation for competence, quality and professionalism.

“We are a progressive company that believes in getting things right first time, and good training is at the root of our quality services.”

“We have experienced strong sustainable growth from the original group of just four engineers in 1996 to 91 staff this year, and we will continue to expand based on our ability to tackle challenging problems and provide cost-effective solutions to our clients across the energy sector.”

John Tiratsoo, editor-in-chief of Pipelines International magazine, cut a ribbon to officially open the new extension.

“Macaw Engineering is a shining example of how, with the right commitment to staff and developing expertise and knowledge, you can quickly become a major player in the oil and gas sector.

“These new facilities are an indication of the way that the firm has grown, and I’m sure that it won’t be long before it will need to expand again.”

MACAW is a specialist in pipeline integrity, corrosion management, welding and materials technology and bespoke studies and testing.

Since 2009, its turnover has increased from £2.9million to £7million.

It moved to its current location in 2011.

The firm’s additional floorspace contains a training suite, reception area, meeting rooms and changing room with showers.