Monday, December 30, 2013
A rapidly growing offshore firm plans to create a significant number of jobs in Great Yarmouth next year as it further diversifies its activities.
The 3Sun Group, a specialist provider of products and services to the global energy industry, has opened up the possibility of lucrative new contracts in the lifting industry after being successful in its application for full membership of the Lifting Equipment Engineers Association (LEEA).
The LEEA’s 700 member companies worldwide work in every aspect of the industry, from design, manufacture, refurbishment and repair through to the hire, maintenance and use of lifting equipment.
Membership of the LEEA, following a stringent safety and standards audit, allows 3Sun to train technicians to a globally recognised standard.
Graham Hacon, managing director of the company which employs 90 people at its base in Boundary Road, Southtown, Yarmouth, said: “Working within the oil and gas and renewable energy industries it is essential that we have the required accreditation in place and, as a world-renowned industry body, LEEA was a key priority for us.
“With the recent acquisition of a sling press which allows in-house manufacturing of wire rope slings, this membership will continue the group’s developing presence in the lifting industry.”
In the near future, the group planned to buy a test bed and a test rig, allowing 3Sun to provide a more complete service for testing and servicing lifting equipment.
Mr Hacon said: “3Sun has grown steadily and significantly over its six years in operation and we are always looking for ways to up-skill and train our staff to ensure our clients receive the very highest standard of service.”
LEEA membership was a “great achievement” that would allow the group to add to its team of highly qualified and experienced technicians.
“We plan to increase the team in Yarmouth by 10pc in 2014 and increase our team of field technicians by 20pc, who will also work from the Yarmouth base,” he said.
The past year had been an exciting period of development for 3Sun which had seen it open a new base in Denmark; plans were in the pipeline for a further subsidiary in Germany.
Question marks surround the fate of several development projects in and around King’s Lynn after the developers behind the project went into administration.