Category: General News

CRC Evans strengthens commitment to Americas with key appointment

September 19th, 2023 by

CRC Evans has strengthened its commitment to the Americas region with the appointment of Kyle Barnard as Commercial Development Manager, based in our Houston office. Kyle joins CRC Evans at a pivotal time, as the company, as it expands the delivery of its market-leading welding and coating solutions across four key sectors: oil and gas; renewables; nuclear and infrastructure.

Kyle’s appointment supports CRC Evans’ drive to strengthen its market position in North and South America, whilst continuing to support the global delivery of vital energy infrastructure. Kyle has been instrumental to the successful execution of various major pipeline and renewable energy projects across North America, and brings a wealth of experience and knowledge from more than 11 years in the energy industry,

Roger Spee, President for CRC Evans’ Americas Onshore business said: “CRC Evans is recognised as a market leader in the delivery of onshore pipelines across North and South America and has the experience and knowledge to support new markets such as renewables, where there are significant growth opportunities for our business.

“Kyle will work alongside a passionate and highly skilled team where he will play a key role in growing our presence in our core markets, whilst leveraging our strengths and capabilities across these new sectors. I look forward to working with Kyle as we enhance our delivery for customers in the region.”

Commenting on his appointment, Kyle, said: “This is a very exciting time to join the CRC Evans business. Renowned as a pioneer in the onshore pipelines industry, CRC Evans has the capability to offer innovative solutions within the emerging new energy sector.

“I’m delighted to be part of the company’s growth journey and look forward to building on CRC Evans’ strong reputation and track record by continuing to meet and exceed the needs of our customers.”

CRC Evans targets growth in Brazil with strategic appointment

September 7th, 2023 by

CRC Evans, a leading global welding and coating services provider, is pleased to announce that Ole Thomas Ustad has joined our team in Brazil as Vice President, Projects for our offshore Latin America business. Ole joins at a pivotal moment for the company, as it continues a period of accelerated growth and development across four key sectors: oil and gas; renewables; nuclear and infrastructure.

In his new role, Ole will lead the execution of projects, working closely with senior and regional management teams to ensure that the expected standards of excellence are met and exceeded. With a wealth of international industry experience, including more than twenty years’ direct experience in the coating sector, Ole’s leadership will to leverage CRC Evans existing position as a leading provider of coating solutions in the region, and expand delivery to include new custom coating and welding services opportunities.

Frank Grillo, Region Director in Brazil, said: “We are delighted that Ole is joining as our new Vice President for Projects. Ole will not only support the rapid growth of our business as we bring new products and services to the region, but his broad industry knowledge will help to drive innovative solutions that can meet the needs of our customers.

“I look forward to working closely with Ole to bring CRC Evans’ full suite of welding and coating services, technologies and integrated solutions to the Brazil market.”

Commenting on his appointment Ole said: “I am excited join the team during this dynamic phase for CRC Evans. The current business landscape offers clear opportunity for expansion, and a growing culture of excellence within the organisation will serve as a potent driving force to help the company realise its ambitious expansion goals.

“I look forward to working with Frank and the team to deliver on CRC Evans’ strategy for the region, ensuring that safety, quality and environmental responsibility remain key priorities at all times.”

CRC Evans appoints Duncan Holland as Corporate Development Director

June 12th, 2023 by

CRC Evans is pleased to announce the appointment of Duncan Holland as Corporate Development Director.

Reporting to CEO Frederic Castrec and supporting the Group’s Executive Committee, Mr Holland will play a key role in delivering CRC Evans’ ambitious growth strategy, working closely with senior leadership towards the achievement of several key objectives, including the group’s environmental, social and governance (ESG) goals.

Mr Holland’s appointment is a further strengthening of the CRC Evans team following the merger of four market-leading organisations earlier this year. The merger saw Pipeline Technique, CRC-Evans Pipeline International, Pipeline Induction Heat and Global Project Services unite under the CRC Evans banner.

Mr Holland said: “This is an exciting opportunity to help shape the future of the CRC Evans business. I’m delighted to join the team at such a pivotal moment and play a part in the next phase of growth for the company.

“CRC Evans has a formidable position in the welding and coating sector, and I look forward to helping streamline its operations, to build a sustainable and profitable business for the future.”

Frederic Castrec, CRC Evans CEO, said: “Duncan is an important addition to the CRC Evans team, accelerating our ambition to be the world’s leading provider of welding and coating services for the energy and wider infrastructure sectors as the global decarbonisation transition gathers pace.

“I look forward to working with Duncan as we expand our market-leading services and technologies across new markets and grow our business globally.”

Mr Holland previously held the position of Legal and Commercial Director for Capricorn Energy PLC (formerly Cairn Energy PLC), a FTSE 250 oil and gas company based in Edinburgh, where he managed various key functions for the Group’s worldwide operations.

CRC Evans appoints industry heavyweight Luis Araujo as Chairman

May 3rd, 2023 by

CRC Evans, the market leader in the provision of welding and coating services to the energy sector, has appointed industry heavyweight Luis Araujo as Chairman to help drive its next growth phase.

The appointment comes after a transformational year for the business, which has seen revenues grow to over a quarter of a billion pounds and strong growth across its core markets, including hydrogen, carbon capture, renewables, infrastructure and nuclear.

With its leadership in this space CRC Evans has real growth potential over the coming years, demonstrated by recent contract wins including with Subsea7 and Technip FMC.

The new CRC Evans was created after the acquisition by Pipeline Technique of CRC-Evans Pipeline International, Pipeline Induction Heat (PIH), and Stanley Inspection from Stanley Black & Decker with the new combined business taking the CRC Evans name.  The combined business has a strong heritage of onshore and offshore oil and gas pipeline construction, manufacturing and technology development and a reputation that has earned the trust of customers around the world.

By appointing Luis Araujo, CRC Evans has an experienced Chairman with a successful track record of growing businesses across the energy sector. During his term as CEO of Aker Solutions, he led the company through a significant transformation, expanding the company’s international presence and client base and implementing an energy transition strategy that culminated with the successful launch of new companies, Aker Carbon Capture and Aker Offshore Wind.

With over 38 years of experience in the energy and oil and gas industries, Luis has worked on a portfolio of advisory roles, with global experience in project management, engineering and sales, most recently as CEO of Aker Solutions from 2014 to 2020. Prior to his appointment as CEO, he held Regional President and Executive Vice-President roles in the company since 2011. Prior to his period with Aker Solutions, he was CEO of Wellstream Brazil, a pipeline products company with a wide range of pipe solutions, currently part of Baker Hughes GE.

In addition to his new role as a Chairman at CRC Evans, Araujo also holds the position of Chairman with several other businesses, aiming to create transformational change within the energy sector.

Welcoming Luis’s appointment as a Chairman, Frederic Castrec, CEO of CRC Evans, says, “We are incredibly pleased to welcome Luis as a Chairman at CRC Evans. He is part of a number of high-quality appointments we are making across the executive team to help take the business forward,. Luis has an adept knowledge of both the traditional and renewable energy sectors, and his proven successful track record will be a great asset to the company. It will help us to continue our growth story. The entire Board and I are eagerly anticipating Luis joining us on the Board, and working together as we pursue the company’s strategic goals.”

Luis Araujo, Chairman of CRC Evans, says, “I am honoured to take up the role of Chairman of CRC Evans – a company with huge potential that I believe I can really contribute to. Due to its leadership in welding and coating services for the energy sector, we will undoubtedly play a considerable part in the global energy transition, helping the world become more energy efficient and reduce emissions.”

CRC Evans is also appointing Carol Chesney to Chair its Audit Committee. Carol has over 35 years of experience in complex finance, audit and company secretary roles and has served on the boards of four listed companies, including Renishaw plc, Hunting plc, Biffa plc and IQE plc. Carol is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales and earned her Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics from Randolph-Macon Woman’s College.

CRC Evans is backed by Bluewater, the specialist energy-focused international private equity firm.

World-leading welding and coating services provider CRC Evans initiates transformational brand realignment

January 24th, 2023 by

CRC Evans today announced the creation of a world-leading welding and coating services provider following a merger between four market-leading organisations.

The merger sees Pipeline Technique, CRC-Evans Pipeline International, Pipeline Induction Heat and Global Project Services unite under the CRC Evans banner, accelerating the company’s ambition to be the world’s leading provider of welding and coating services for the energy and wider infrastructure sectors, including emerging energies, as the global transition gathers pace. The new CRC Evans (CRCE) business brings together more than 1000 employees across five continents.

Founded in 1933, CRC Evans has a strong heritage of onshore and offshore oil and gas pipeline construction, manufacturing and technology development and a name that has earned the trust of customers around the world. The CRCE acronym connects past and future into a dynamic and modern identity that will allow the group to expand its core delivery of welding and coating services across four key sectors: oil and gas, renewable energies, infrastructure and nuclear.

Fréderic Castrec, CEO of CRC Evans said “The increased scale and capability of our business will help us to grow across geographies and bring our expertise and technologies to markets such as the renewables sector where the application of our knowledge is helping to solve the infrastructure challenges facing floating wind, hydrogen, carbon capture and nuclear.

“The energy and infrastructure industries are evolving, and we are evolving with them. The creation of CRC Evans helps to position our growing suite of services more accurately, indicating our evolution within these sectors.

“We need to be agile and responsive to the challenges our customers face, and we are determined to help each of them keep moving forward in their respective markets.” Ben MacKay, COO of CRC Evans, said “Bringing our businesses together as one organisation reinforces our position at the head of the global welding and coating services markets across the global energy and wider infrastructure sectors.

“The knowledge, experience and shared specialisms that exist within our team will enable us to provide a robust service offering and our expanded footprint means that we can deliver more efficiently for our customers around the world.”

PTL completes transformational triple acquisition from Stanley Black & Decker

January 2nd, 2023 by

Pipeline Technique (PTL), a market leader in the onshore and offshore infrastructure welding, coating, and technological engineering sector, has today completed its transformational acquisition of a trio of industry-leading energy infrastructure businesses from Stanley Black & Decker. This marks the second acquisition of 2022 for PTL following the acquisition of Global Project Services in April.

PTL has acquired a group of three companies from Stanley Black & Decker, CRC-Evans, Pipeline Induction Heat (PIH), and Stanley Inspection including MicroAlloying. This acquisition creates a global leader in welding, coating, and technical engineering, significantly increasing the company’s headcount and immediately delivering a threefold increase in revenue for PTL, which is now expected to exceed $200 million.

PTL is now in a position to expand its essential welding, coating related projects and contracts across the world. Every aspect of the energy mix – including traditional gases, hydrogen, ammonia, and carbon capture – requires welding and coating to deliver safe, reliable, secure energy to meet the world’s growing energy demands.

PTL now has a broad range of industry-leading, cutting-edge technology including CRC-Evans’ world-renowned series of automatic and automated M-500 and P-625 welding machines, and PIH’s injection moulded polypropylene (IMPP) for thermally insulating welded joints using a low overall heat transfer coefficient that can perform at high operating temperatures. Stanley Inspection adds the latest technology to deliver complete non-destructive testing (NDT) solutions.

Frederic Castrec, CEO of PTL, said: “PTL delivers the essential building blocks of the energy supply chain. Low-carbon solutions like wind, hydrogen, and ammonia, at the forefront of new energy investment, still need the essential welding and technical engineering services we have provided for over 20 years.

“Investment in gas and renewables continues to grow to drive the energy transition and this acquisition places us at the forefront of a welding industry that is integral to meeting the world’s growing energy demands. As a result we will now be looking to take on essential work in more regions than ever before.

“We look forward to welcoming these three exceptional teams into our business and cannot wait to seize the opportunities this next chapter brings.”

Martin Somerville, Managing Director of Bluewater, which owns the business, said “This acquisition will help PTL continue its exceptional growth record. Frederic and his leadership team are better placed than ever to take on this critical work across the globe.

“In the last two months alone since the announcement of the acquisition, the company has signed significant new contracts to deliver services in new geographies. We strongly believe that these acquisitions have played a big part in winning these new projects.

Pipeline Technique acquires Global Project Services

November 28th, 2022 by

Pipeline Technique (PTL), a leading provider of  infrastructure welding, coating and fabrication services, has acquired Global Project Services (GPS), infrastructure, nuclear and decommissioning welding specialists, from Global Energy Group (GEG).

Headquartered in Invergordon and with a presence in Bergen, Norway, GPS is a leading welding subcontractor across the UK and Europe, providing pre-fabrication, field specialist welding and mechanical works for the infrastructure, nuclear, LNG, hook-up, and decommissioning sectors.

The acquisition sees PTL immediately entering the infrastructure, nuclear, and decommissioning markets in the UK and Norway, ans supports the company’s strategic growth goals through sector diversification and geographic expansion and providing a broader range of advanced field welding and coating solutions to clients in the UK and internationally.

PTL has had a successful 2021, delivered a 3-fold increase in revenue and is on track for a further 50% increase this year. The company has also won several significant contracts in the USA, Kazakhstan and Brazil and has invested in the new state-of-the-art facilities in Aberdeen and Houston.

Frederic Castrec, CEO of PTL, said “We are pleased to announce a strategic acquisition that immediately delivers on our diversification path and allows us to enter new markets straight away. GPS has a 25-year history of delivering key services on complex but essential projects and we look forward to working with the GPS management team.

“In addition, we have signed a memorandum of understanding to collaborate with Global Energy Group at the Port of Nigg, a strategically located cross-energy sector facility at the heart of supporting the fast-growing offshore wind industry.”

PTL is backed by specialist energy Private Equity firm Bluewater, who have supported the acquisition. Martin Somerville, of Bluewater said, “The PTL team, led by Frederic, has delivered a very strong performance in the last 12 months. We are delighted to support the acquisition of GPS, which further accelerates this momentum and expands the market reach of the PTL offering.”