Celebrating 40 Years as the Energy Industry's Partner
October 09, 2013
They say life begins at 40, and it certainly seems as though this is the case for industrial services provider Bilfinger Salamis UK.
“Considering that when we set up in 1973, oil production hadn’t actually started in Aberdeen, with platforms still being engineered, it’s wonderful to see how our company has grown and matured alongside the energy industry in the north-east, and I’d like to think we’ve been a key player over the last four decades,” said Murray Strachan, Strategic Development Director.
“At the heart of our success is our staff. We are lucky to have talented, enthusiastic and personable staff who are fantastic ambassadors for the company, and who will ensure that the next 40 years are just as prosperous for Bilfinger Salamis UK.
“At the heart of our success is our staff. We are lucky to have talented, enthusiastic and personable staff who are fantastic ambassadors for the company, and who will ensure that the next 40 years are just as prosperous for Bilfinger Salamis UK," Murray Strachan, Strategic Development Director.
The firm began trading as a painting and blasting company on October 10, 1973 as Salamis (Marine and Industrial) Limited, at a site on Balnagask Road, Torry. The company then moved to Greenhole Place in the Bridge of Don, where it is still headquartered, with just seven office staff, three yard staff, and around 30 offshore employees.
In 1982 the company set up scaffolding and engineering divisions, with offshore work coming from clients including Shell, BP, Chevron and Wood Group. Two years later, Salamis was acquired by Maersk, after which it was grown organically, by acquisition and joint ventures.
Following rapid growth, the company extended its facilities in 1992, including its current main office and stores on Greenhole Place.
In 2006 the company, now a multi-service contracting company, active offshore, onshore and internationally, was acquired by Munich-based Bilfinger Industrial Services subgroup of Bilfinger SE.
In March 2013, as part of a group rebrand, the company renamed, becoming Bilfinger Salamis UK.
With over 350 staff onshore at its bases in Aberdeen, and Lowestoft, and more than 2,000 staff offshore, the company’s service range now includes: painting; blasting; scaffolding; fire proofing; supply of multi-disciplined deck crews; specialist cleaning; architectural outfitting; decommissioning, and extended inspection services.
The company also set up its own training and competency Skills Centre in 2007, offering industry accredited courses in several offshore disciplines, including working at height, confined space access, and OPITO-certified painting and blasting. Originally for the use of Salamis staff, however, the centre has grown from having one external client when it opened, to having more than 70% of business coming from external clients.
Mr Strachan, who initially worked for the company from 1989 to 1998, latterly as general manager before returning at the start of the year, said it’s important to take a step back to recognise the company’s achievements over the past 40 years.
“Certainly for myself, having been here in the early days when we were expanding our service range to meet industry requirements, and returning to join the board earlier this year, at a time when we have some really exciting things in the pipeline as part of Bilfinger, one of Europe’s largest engineering and services groups, has been very rewarding.”
As Bilfinger Salamis UK celebrates its anniversary year, the company has also been nominated for two OCA Awards for its focus on developing new talent, and its contribution to innovations, as well as an Oil and Gas UK Award for its mentoring efforts.
As part of the worldwide Industrial Services network of the Bilfinger group, the company has access to a diverse range of complementary services which they hope to capitalise on. As part of its strategic development, Bilfinger Salamis UK is also introducing a number of new services and facilities, which will enable the company to continue to respond to future industry requirements.
“We’re entering a new, and very positive era with the company,” said Mr Strachan.
“We have some exciting new service developments, and plans to strengthen our market position over the next 12 months, and well into the future. Our company motto is “we create, we care, we can”, and I think that in our ruby anniversary year, we definitely embody these claims.”