December 10 2013 Latest news:
3sun Group, a specialist provider of products and services to the global energy industry, has announced the acquisition of RRC Controls Services Ltd. (L-R) Graham Hacon, managing director of 3sun Group, Neil Tawse, regional director for 3sun Group and Ray Connelly, director of RRC Controls Services , who will stay on in his role.
Ben Woods, Business writer
Wednesday, August 28, 2013
Great Yarmouth-based 3sun Group aims to create 40 new jobs across Norfolk and Scotland after swooping for an energy services company.
The firm has sealed a deal for a six-figure sum to buy RRC Controls Services, based in Gourdon, Aberdeenshire, as part of a plan to increase its presence in the region.
And the raft of new positions are set to tie in with the development of new products – while all the jobs will be retained at RRC Controls Services.
The acquisition of the subseas control systems manufacturer will allow 3sun to provide the global subsea market with full turnkey engineering solutions.
The move follows the group’s recent expansion into Denmark with the opening of an office in Esbjerg.
Graham Hacon, managing director of 3sun Group, said: “RRC Controls Services deliver high-quality products and services and we have been tracking its progress for some time now.
“We saw an opportunity to extend beyond our past working relationships through acquisition.
“Bringing RRC Controls Services into the 3sun Group combines our collective knowledge and resources to provide clients with full turnkey solutions, quickly and cost efficiently. This puts us in a unique market position to serve the global subsea sector while extending our oil and gas portfolio.
“It also strengthens our position in Aberdeen, which is a key market for us. We will retain RRC Controls Services’ base in Gourdon which represents 5,000 sq ft site comprising of office and warehouse space.
“RRC Controls Services has completed projects for many of the major oil and gas operators and we plan to draw upon this extensive experience to grow the business further, with plans to increase staff numbers significantly in the next three years.”
3sun Group’s turnover has increased from £2.4m in 2010 to £6.5m in 2011 to £12m in 2012, and the firm is on target to achieve £13.5m this year.
Ray Connelly, who will stay on in his role as director at RRC Control Services, said: “It is an exciting new era for the company which gives us the opportunity to increase capacity and benefit from being part of a larger group, while retaining our strong reputation for being customer focused.”
Neil Tawse, regional director for 3sun Group, said: “Preliminary feedback from the market and our key customers has been extremely positive and we look forward to further developing our existing strong relationships, as well as expanding our customer base in Aberdeen.”
Since the company was established six years ago, it has grown from an initial team of one to now employing 240 people across its headquarters in Great Yarmouth, England and bases in Oban, Aberdeen, Chester, Norway, Germany and Denmark.
3sun Group employs 240 staff and is working on projects throughout Europe.
Two hundred jobs are set to be created after one of west Norfolk’s largest businesses was granted permission to expand its King’s Lynn facilities.