ACE Winches, a deck machinery specialists and equipment provider for subsea industry, welcomed Peter Chapman, MSP and 10 local councillors to its global headquarters in Turriff, Aberdeenshire
Ahead of the local elections next month, the company opened its doors to local councillors and had the opportunity to showcase the specialised deck machinery which is designed and manufactured in North-east Scotland.
Peter Chapman MSP was accompanied by Jayne James Duff, Chairman East Aberdeenshire Scottish Conservative & Unionist, Mike Roy – Banff and District, Mark Findlater – Troup, Andy Kille – Fraserburgh and District, Dianne Beagrie – Peterhead North, Marion Buchan – Central Buchan, Iain Taylor – Turriff and District, Gillian Owen – Ellon and District, Jim Gifford – Mid Formartine and Colin Clark – Inverurie and District.
The group were welcomed by Alfie Cheyne, CEO and Valerie Cheyne, chief compliance officer and during the morning had the opportunity to meet with Richard Wilson, chief operations officer, senior management and other members of staff. The group toured the facilities, which included R&D, Engineering, Manufacturing, Testing and support services, and gained an insight into ACE Winches international profile across the globe.
Alfie Cheyne explained: “At ACE Winches we are proud to export manufacturing excellence to customers on a global basis. And being able to deliver innovative solutions is a credit to the skills and expertise of the workforce we have at our global headquarters in Turriff, Aberdeenshire. International expansion forms a core element of the company’s strategy and something that we are focused on developing even further.”
International trade is said to be a key focus for ACE Winches, and its full range of specialised deck machinery is mobilised to over 50 plus countries spanning 7 continents. Over 75 percent of the company’s business is from overseas projects from oil & gas, marine, ports, marine, civil engineering, decommissioning and offshore renewable sectors.
He continued, “We were delighted to welcome MSP, Peter Chapman and the local councillors to showcase our global business that is operated from Aberdeenshire and share our successes with them.”
Peter Chapman, MSP said after the tour: “I thoroughly enjoyed my visit to ACE Winches and was most impressed by the high quality of the office building and the production facilities. This is a World renowned and highly respected northeast business which is family owned and managed.”
“It is the kind of dynamic local business which must be given every opportunity to grow and thrive. It therefore deserves and needs competitive tax regimes and sensible fiscal policies to be able to do that.”