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Dräger Marine & Offshore cements North Sea commitment by investing millions in new facility

DrägerDräger Marine & Offshore, a subsidiary of Dräger, an international leader in medical and safety technology, has demonstrated its commitment to the North Sea energy industry with a multi-million pound investment in a new facility in Aberdeen.

Measuring almost 2,000m2 the new base at ABZ Business Park in Dyce, allows Dräger Marine & Offshore to not only respond to the customer needs of today, but to continue to grow its support to the industry and adapt to the ever-evolving requirements as the sector moves into its new phase. The facility allows Dräger Marine & Offshore to stock equipment which is available for hire and deployment straight away, alleviating concerns for customers when inevitable short notice requirements arise. It also helps ease concerns around supply chain delivery, with the organisation’s location and USD 717,000 investment in on-site stock availability meaning it is able to respond to the demands of its customers with no risk as many companies struggling to obtain safety critical equipment.
Matthew Bedford, Dräger Managing Director UK & Ireland, says, “This new facility gives us room to breathe, room to grow and the flexibility to adapt alongside the industry. After outgrowing our previous space, we are delighted to invest in the future of this industry. We plan to continue growing our offering to the North Sea and look forward to supporting our customers with expertise when and where they need it. We know the industry is changing, and that pace of change is something that can be difficult for some organisations to adapt to. However, with our expertise in training and provision of the right equipment, we help customers make sure they make that transition smoothly, and most importantly, safely. While there are concerns about our energy security given the global climate, one thing we know for sure is that North Sea oil and gas will be required for many years to come, and we are proud to play a part in ensuring that is done safely.”

The company has had a presence in the Granite City since 2010, and the new base in Dyce marks a new phase in its association with the North Sea. As well as housing sales and customer service staff, the new building also boasts training facilities including confined space entry and working at height facilities, training courses including Authorised Gas Tester (AGT), BA wearer and maintenance training and a service and maintenance centre. Euan McIntosh, Dräger Marine & Offshore Marketing Manager, states, “We are delighted to have opened the new centre as we cement our place as the only safety equipment manufacturer based in Aberdeen. No one else in the region can compete when it comes to a comparable offer, and the feedback from the 100 attendees at a recent open day was great. “We are excited at continuing to build our client base in the North-east and beyond, and are looking forward to creating new relationships as the industry enters another crucial phase.”
As part of its increased offering from the new base, Dräger experts will be on hand in the coming months providing lunch and learn sessions for existing and potential clients. Mr McIntosh adds, “The increased space we have in Dyce means that we are able to welcome more people to the site, and look forward to showing it off to current and prospective clients to demonstrate how they can benefit from our service as they come to terms with the next phase in the exciting journey for North Sea oil and gas.”