Winch manufacturer Romica strengthens teamCompany News // May 17, 2016
UK winch manufacturer Romica has appointed three new senior managers to strengthen its services in the marine and offshore industry. Beverley, Yorkshire headquartered Romica is a designer, manufacturer and supplier of lifting equipment and winches. Its products are used in the offshore, marine, renewables, ports and terminals, oil and gas and oceanographic sectors. It provides a 24/7 build, repair and maintenance service worldwide with agents in South Korea, Taiwan, India and Spain.
Romica’s team has now been bolstered by the arrival of technical director, Sarah Turner, North East and Scotland business development manager Iain Fullerton and UK project manager Adam Springall.
Romica owner and Managing Director Bob Turner said the expansion signals the firm’s ambition to expand in the UK and overseas. “Sarah Turner is a Chartered Mechanical Engineer and past winner of the Armstrong Prize at Newcastle University. She has spent the last seven years with Deep Ocean and before that worked for DUCO and the engineering business, now part of the IHC group. We believe that she will provide the technical impetus for the company’s growth," he explained.
"Iain joins us with a wealth of experience having worked in Aberdeen’s oil and gas sector for more than 40 years for major offshore engineering, construction and survey companies. Adam Springall joins from Fugro to head up Romica’s project management delivery. These appointments bring considerable experience and skill to Romica.“
The three new starters will join Martin Barker-Platt in Romica’s Hull office, who has responsibility for developing client relationships and Claire Garbutt, Romica’s office manager. Mr Turner said Romica has maintained a strong market position by keeping manufacturing costs low and engineering quality high. “Like the majority of the big players in the sector we have moved our manufacturing operation overseas,” he said. “We established a manufacturing hub in Romania 13 years ago which draws on a large maritime engineering skills base enabling us to undertake a broad variety of work.
"The last 12 years have seen Romica develop as a leading manufacturer of marine lift equipment. This has been based around a strategy of developing relationships with survey operators and investing time helping them find optimum solutions for the handling of their survey systems. We believe that despite the downturn in oil and gas activity we can pursue a similar strategy in other sectors of the marine and lift equipment marketplace.”