8th June 2017

Lateral Thinking

Howard and Ann at No.10

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30th January 2017

Strategic Diversification


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25th January 2017

Supporting Flex-Flo

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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.”


Issued by Frasermedia Ltd on behalf of Blaze Manufacturing Solutions 

14 October 2016 

7th November 2016

Jamie Brown Profile



10th October 2016

Helideck Safety Solutions


Blaze Manufacturing Solutions are a leading provider of helideck fire safety protection, detection and loss prevention solutions. Our engineers have a wealth of experience on over 70% of the UKCS assets having established an enviable reputation within the energy industry for the provision of helideck protection and detection.

In line with recent legislation changes our scope includes the provision of all systems recommended by CAP 437 and CAP 789.

We engineer our systems for helidecks located on every type of installation. Recent platforms include Tern, Brent C, Shearwater, Judy, Rough, Solan, Leman 23A & 27A and the Enquest Producer.

As part of the helideck safety campaign we would welcome the opportunity to talk you about our specialist helideck safety solutions. In the meantime please find attached brochure giving you background information on Blaze and detailing the services we can provide which I hope you will find of interest.

I would be happy to arrange a meeting for you with one of our specialist engineers and should you have any questions or require further information please do not hesitate to contact me.


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29th August 2016

Firm forms Nordic alliance

North-east firm Blaze Manufacturing Solutions has formed a Norwegian alliance it hopes will create a new supply channel and make its technology available to oil and gas clients across the North Sea.

The Laurencekirk company, which is among the exhibitors at this week’s Offshore Northern Seas 2016 event in Stavanger, Norway, is today announcing a tie- up with Kristiansand – based Vinje Inustri.

They will work together on funnelling Blaze’s technology, including its new Flex-Flo modular flexible piping system, into the Norwegian market.

Blaze managing director Howard Johnson, said: “Vinje’s in-depth experience in the hose and piping sector provides a perfect fit for Blaze.”

Flex-Flo is aimed at asset life extension and decommissioning projects, but also new build and existing oil and gas production, chemical processing, vessels, and drilling.

Blaze, which was launched in 2006 by Howard and Ann Johnson, specialises in fire safety protection, detection and loss prevention solutions for harsh and challenging environments.




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Blaze Manufacturing Solutions, which was established in 2006 to serve the global oil and gas and renewables markets, has appointed Gordon Cook as its new service manager.

Cook will support the growth of the business and help expand the firm’s service based revenue stream. As part of his new role, he will manage customer expectations and work with the engineering and design team to offer a complete service, from survey design, manufacturing and commissioning, to installation, service and on-going maintenance.

As part of the onshore commissioning service, Cook will help develop new markets, promote Blaze’s bespoke fire control and safety solutions and identify new business opportunities and partners for the firm to work alongside.

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. The company’s specialist capabilities include project evaluation, detailed design, implementation, commissioning and servicing of the whole fire and safety spectrum.

Cook brings a network of contacts and more than 30 years experience working within the oil and gas industry, and 16 years’ within the management of offshore operations specifically.

Cook says, “Although I have been working in the industry for more than 30 years now, this new role will be an exciting new challenge for me. It will heavily involve business development, managing customer expectations and ensuring service delivery, however my experience in the provision of multi-role project teams offshore and onshore with my background in offshore operations will be a significant asset to Blaze’s global growth plan.”

Managing director of Blaze Manufacturing Solutions, Howard Johnson, adds, “Our customers are very important to us so Blaze required someone who was able to hit the ground running, in terms of having the knowledge and experience to deal with clients in this area. I know that Gordon is highly experienced having worked in the industry for many years and I’m sure he will do a great job at assisting our customers with whatever requirements they may need.”


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