ACE Winches, the global deck machinery specialist, has announced a series of strategic investments increasing the company’s reach and operating capacity worldwide as they exhibit at OTC Houston this week.
Following the launch of ACE Winches Norge AS in 2010, a subsidiary company offering all ACE products and services across the Scandinavian market, the company has secured quayside premises at Karmsund Service Base in addition to their current base in Dusavik, Stavanger. The Karmsund base is due to be operational by June 2014 and will double the current workforce over a six-month period.
The Karmsund facilities include workshop, storage and office space as well as 750m of deep water quayside vessel berthing allowing ACE Norge to service their existing and expanding customer base of marine contractors. The quayside facilities will enable ACE Norge to mobilise, de-mobilise and conduct spooling operations directly to clients and sits centrally in the sheltered straits of Karmsundet located conveniently for vessel pass by between Bergen and Stavanger.
The Karmsund base will allow ACE Norge to offer enhanced services to Norwegian clients including ACE’s most recent technological development, Reel Drive Systems.
Kevin McLardy, Chief Financial Officer of ACE Winches, said: “Technology is at the forefront of what we do and ACE is committed to maintaining the levels of investment required to ensure we continue to provide our customers with equipment that is fit for purpose and best in class.”
The expansion of ACE’s global footprint and product range coincides with ACE bolstering its world class Winch Academy with the arrival of Vivien MacKinlay, Training Director, who joins after eight years at Senergy in a similar role. ACE Winches continues investing heavily in the personal and professional development of their own workforce and developing the diverse range of specialist disciplines they can offer their global clients.
Chief Executive Officer of ACE Winches, Alfie Cheyne, said: “Year on year, ACE Winches continues to invest in both our product range and our people, strengthening our position as a leading global deck machinery specialist. The development of the RDS and Linear Winch product ranges along with the expansion in Norway enable us to meet the growing needs of our clients.”
ACE Winches currently has equipment and supporting personnel operating internationally in Canada, Norway, Singapore, Denmark and Australia.