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Laurencekirk-based Blaze Manufacturing Solutions has appointed Chris Hudson as area sales executive.

Chris joined the team in early February and will be working with the sales and estimating team, developing new business opportunities and liaising with new and existing clients. Chris will also be responsible for contributing to the Blaze overall business development strategy which will see the company moving into new market sectors. Chris will report to Business Development Manager Steve Cox.

Chris has a background in the oil and gas sector, having worked for engineering supply companies for the past ten years in sales and business development roles. He joins Blaze from Eriks UK Ltd where he held the position of sales engineer.

Commenting on the appointment of Chris, Steve Cox said, “We are delighted to welcome Chris to the Blaze family.

“The last quarter of 2017 and the first quarter of 2018 looks to be a busy one for Blaze with new business opportunities arising in the oil and gas sector as well as new markets such as offshore and onshore renewables.

“Chris will play a fundamental role in the team, ensuring that opportunities are maximised across all markets.”

Chris said, “Blaze is an excellent fit for me as they are exceptionally ambitious and driven to bring quality and innovation to the industry.

“I look forward to working with the team at Blaze to help expand the business.”

Laurencekirk-based Blaze Manufacturing Solutions has had a fantastic start to 2018 by winning the FSB Scotland’s Family Business of the Year award at today’s ceremony held in the Playfair Library, Edinburgh.

As was fitting for the category, the award was collected by brothers Jamie and Andrew Johnson, the sons of owners Howard and Ann Johnson.The FSB Scotland awards showcase the best small businesses throughout the UK and promote innovation and enterprise in small business.

Blaze was established in 2006, providing fire safety solutions to the oil and gas, renewables, mining, commercial and industrial sectors. This involves all aspects from front end definition of concepts, detailed design, supply, installation, commissioning and maintaining of active fire extinguishing systems and fire alarm systems both in the UK and internationally. Blaze employs 35 people across the North-East and has a contracting team of up to a further 30 people working across the globe.

Blaze Manufacturing Solutions Managing Director Howard Johnson said, “Winning the Family Business award means a huge amount to us.

“We count everyone at Blaze as part of our family. Running Blaze is very much a team-effort and so the recognition deserves to go to our staff and contracting teams who have helped us to grow over the past twelve years.

“Blaze will continue to believe in and develop our people and we will never stop innovating and challenging the norm in our industry.”

Laurencekirk-based Blaze Manufacturing Solutions has started 2018 with two prestigious business awards shortlistings.

Blaze will contend the SPE Aberdeen Offshore Achievement Awards in the Great Company (SME) category in March at a ceremony being held in the Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre. The awards recognise and celebrate innovation and collaboration in the oil, gas and renewables industry and are the biggest and longest established industry awards for the UK offshore energy sector.

Blaze has also been shortlisted for two awards in the FSB Small Business of the Year Awards in the Family Business of the Year and Triumph Over Adversity categories. The awards showcase the best small businesses throughout the UK and promote innovation and enterprise in small business. The ceremony will be held in the Playfair Library, Edinburgh on the 23 January.

Blaze was established in 2006, providing fire safety solutions to the oil and gas, renewables, mining, commercial and industrial sectors. This involves all aspects from front end definition of concepts, detailed design, supply, installation, commissioning and maintaining of active fire extinguishing systems and fire alarm systems both in the UK and internationally. Blaze employs 35 people across the North-East and has a contracting team of up to a further 30 people working across the globe.

Managing Director Howard Johnson said, “We are delighted to have been shortlisted for these prestigious awards.

“Blaze is team-effort and so the recognition deserves to go to our staff and contracting teams who have helped us to grow over the past twelve years.

“Blaze will continue to believe in, and develop our people and we will never stop innovating and challenging the norm in our industry.”

Blaze Manufacturing’s Andrew Johnson is flying high after picking up the ‘Rising Star’ award at the Aberdeen and Grampian Chamber of Commerce Northern Star Business Awards.

The Northern Star Business Awards are the Chamber’s annual awards evening which recognises companies around the North-east for exceptional accomplishments across a range of markets. The Rising Star award is given to an individual employee who has shown outstanding potential and has made a major impact within the company.

Andrew, who at the age of 24 holds the Head of Research and Development post at Laurencekirk-based Blaze, is involved in developing new technologies and services for introducing to multiple market sectors and has most recently been working on the Flex-Flo project for the oil and gas sector.

The youngest son of Blaze owners Howard and Ann Johnson, Andrew started working for the company straight from school aged 18 and has successfully worked his way up as a result of hard work and his determination to challenge established products and processes. This has resulted in Blaze becoming renowned for innovation, winning the Energy Industry Council Supply Chain Breakthrough Award in 2016 as a result.

Andrew, who recently became a father for the first time, said, “I am thrilled to win the Rising Star award.

“Being the son of the owners hasn’t meant I have had things handed to me on a plate. In fact, quite the opposite. I have had to work harder to prove myself and earn the trust and respect of my colleagues.

“Being part of Blaze as we move into new market sectors is an exciting time and I am proud to be a part of our success.”

The winner was announced last night (Thursday 5 October) at the awards ceremony held at the Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre.

 

Blaze Manufacturing’s Andrew Johnson is flying the flag for the family-owned company with a nomination in the Aberdeen and Grampian Chamber of Commerce Northern Star Business Awards ‘Rising Star’ category.

The Northern Star Business Awards are the Chamber’s annual awards evening which recognises companies around the North-east for exceptional accomplishments across a range of markets. The Rising Star award is given to an individual employee who has shown outstanding potential and has made a major impact within the company.

Andrew, who at the age of 24 holds the Head of Research and Development post at Laurencekirk-based Blaze, is involved in developing new technologies and services for introducing to multiple market sectors and has most recently been working on the Flex-Flo project for the oil and gas sector.

The youngest son of Blaze owners Howard and Ann Johnson, Andrew started working for the company straight from school aged 18 and has successfully worked his way up as a result of hard work and his determination to challenge established products and processes. This has resulted in Blaze becoming renowned for innovation, winning the Energy Industry Council Supply Chain Breakthrough Award in 2016 as a result.

Andrew, who recently became a father for the first time, said, “I am thrilled to receive this nomination for a Rising Star award.

“Being the son of the owners hasn’t meant I have had things handed to me on a plate. In fact, quite the opposite. I have had to work harder to prove myself and earn the trust and respect of my colleagues.

“Being part of Blaze as we move into new market sectors is an exciting time and I am proud to be a part of our success.”

The winner will be announced at an awards ceremony to be held at the Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre on Thursday 5 October.

 

Notes to editors:

Blaze Manufacturing Ltd was established in 2006, providing technical safety and loss prevention solutions predominantly to the brownfield oil and gas market. This involves all aspects from front end definition of concepts, detailed design, supply, installation, commissioning and maintaining of active fire extinguishing systems and fire alarm systems both in the UK and internationally.

Today Blaze provides safety critical solutions that facilitate early intervention and mitigation of a major accident hazard to ‘high asset value’ sites where the result would be catastrophic for both personnel and plant, in the oil and gas, renewable energy, mining and commercial/industrial market sectors.

In 2017, Blaze was named as one of the top 1000 UK Companies to Inspire by the London Stock Exchange.

 

 

 

 

 

 

8th June 2017

Lateral Thinking

Howard and Ann at No.10

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30th January 2017

Strategic Diversification

 

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That’s winter here with a vengeance and hopefully 2016 will be over before we can blink.
Why? Because it’s been a hard year in our oil & gas bubble and one we will not be sorry to put behind us.
We’ve all had to dig deep and put on our best game face, but there are very positive signs going forward for those who have thus far
survived the current upstream downturn.

The exchange rate is most positively in our favour and, whilst the North Sea home market struggles, our export sales are doing very well, allowing us to take our products and experiences into new markets.

For me personally, it’s amazing to learn that whilst the exchange rate is a key factor, we are also significantly cheaper and more efficient than some of our European counterparts at delivering services and products safely, on time and on budget.

For those of us in the know, that won’t come as a big surprise because the “inefficiencies and extreme costs” that have blighted oil & gas of late were never at the bottom end of the food chain.
What we have learned though over the years in our industry is to embrace change, challenge the norm, seek new innovative solutions, and deliver.

It is through possessing such abilities that we have found new customers and markets that keenly embrace our “intelligent” ways of working in collaboration to mutual benefit.

As we look towards 2017, we have become subject matter experts, delivering new technologies and offering smarter working methods to a wider audience.

However, oil & gas is now only a small part of the potential revenue stream for Blaze, with 75% coming from other energy markets, such as wind, waste to energy and wave energy; also other sectors such as mining.

Our innovations are winning Blaze global awards and being hailed as breakthrough technologies in the engineering world.

But, wow, we’ve never had to work harder.

That said, we’ve never had so many major opportunities coming together at the same time and so, as 2016 slips away, perhaps that’s testimony to all the hard work the team have put in during these times. Here’s a specific new opportunity that has come our way.

On July 1, the UK’s Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) agreed a new scheme with the oil & gas industry aimed at addressing deficiencies in the fire-fighting provisions on the 116 normally unattended installations (NUIs) operating on the UKCS.

We are assisting with the development of codes and standards and providing solutions to the industry, whilst exporting our technologies into Europe.

We have addressed these technology challenges and developed standardised products that not only fulfil such criteria, but will also become the backbone of our rental solutions market for decommissioning, as standalone fire-fighting packages become required as existing infrastructure is removed.

The new markets we find ourselves in all present similar challenges to those we have faced over many years; that is, designed and made for deployment in harsh, corrosive marine environments.

That means highly reliable, safety-critical technologies and systems honed for the job.

In the oil & gas context, especially where downward pricing pressures have been incredible, we’ve managed to delivery without compromising safety and reliability.

However, it has needed and continues to require the entire Blaze team to work in a totally cohesive manner, so enabling us not just to survive but to lay the foundations for sustained growth in the new markets we have found, as well as our recovering core market, namely upstream oil & gas.

Of course, there are other challenges on the horizon, not least Brexit and fast-changing global politics, but we always seem tofind a course to navigate safely through troubled times, all the while growing stronger too.

Howard Johnson is MD of Scottish control & safety systems specialist Blaze Manufacturing.

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A leading provider of fire control and safety solutions has been presented with a prestigious accolade by a major industry body in recognition of its innovative supply chain operations.

 

Blaze Manufacturing Solutions (Blaze), which was established in 2006 to serve the global oil and gas and renewables markets, was presented with the Energy Industries Council (EIC) Supply Chain Breakthrough 2016 Award at the ceremony held at the Natural History Museum in London on Thursday (13 October).

 

The accolade, which recognises member organisations that have demonstrated excellence within the energy supply chain, was presented to Blaze for its operations involving its Flameshield 300™ fire protection deluge pipework system solution.

Blaze, which is headquartered in Laurencekirk, offers fire safety protection, detection and loss prevention solutions for harsh and challenging environments including offshore production platforms, drill rigs, floating production units, onshore oil fields, terminals, refineries and petrochemical plants. For the past ten years, the firm has been at the forefront of fire control and safety systems technology.

Its signature fire safety protection system, Flameshield 300™, offers the delivery of a jet fire resistant, blast resistant, corrosion resilient fire protection system with a 20-year design life, eliminating corrosion problems for the client during its lifetime operation. The system has increased levels of reliable fire protection and safety, saved many millions of pounds in potential lost production, and extended the life of valuable offshore assets helping to play its part in OGA Maximise Economic Recovery (MER).

Ann Johnson, finance director at Blaze Manufacturing, said: “We work very hard to ensure that our supply chain operations are of the highest standard, alongside all of our fire control and safety systems. It is an honour to have been recognised by the EIC and we’re very proud of our dedicated team who are committed to striving for excellence in all aspects of the business.”

 

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14 October 2016