A Wallsend firm has created a new company to support its work in the offshore and marine industries.
Barrier Group has launched Barrier Syntech in their existing Wallsend facility to manufacture thermal jackets and fire protection jackets, used to thermally insulate and fireproof pipework in the oil and gas and petrochemical markets.
The move has created 15 new jobs while Barrier Syntech will also produce insulation products including pre-formed pipe insulation, subsea insulation, pre-formed fire protection for structural steel and blast walls, whilst the architectural products include modular accommodation and steel furniture.
The company has been launched, with an initial investment of £150,000 in new manufacturing technology, to enable Barrier to deliver in-house production of key products used by the group on projects in a variety of industrial sectors.
Barrier Syntech will be led by new managing director Craig Rose.
Robert Bowles, chairman of Barrier Group, said: “The introduction of Barrier Syntech will increase the capabilities within the group by improving quality and production timescales while providing customers with a more cost-effective solution.
“We have continued to enjoy a period of strong growth in the last couple of years, which is enabling us to make this investment.
“It will support the evolving landscape in the offshore industry, which is being driven by cost-control and improved efficiencies.”
He added: “Being able to appoint someone as experienced and respected as Craig to lead the business is a real coup for Barrier.
“He has built a fantastic reputation in the offshore and marine contracting industry, which will be integral to the development of Barrier Syntech.”
Craig said: “This new company will strengthen Barrier’s position in the offshore sector and I am delighted to be part of this venture.
“Bringing this area of our operations in-house will give us greater control and make us more agile, which is essential for companies that want to be part of the offshore industry’s future supply chain.”