Romica secures DNV GL accreditation - redoubles export driveCompany News // July 22, 2016
UK winch maker Romica says it is to redouble its exports drive after its Romania-based manufacturing partner acquired accreditation with DNV GL.
Yorkshire based Romica designs, manufactures and supplies lifting equipment and winches for use 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. The company is owned and run by Bob Turner and works in partnership with TIE Services International SRL in Satu Mare, Romania. TIE is a British-owned, Romanian-registered company run by Mr Turner’s son, Mike Turner. TIE has secured the accreditation with DNV GL for its repair and manufacturing operations which it operates from its 7,000m2 fabrication facility.
Mr Turner explained that TIE provides Romica with fabrication services and has been the backbone of the company’s activity for the last 13 years. He said TIE gaining DNV GL accreditation “sends a strong message” to the marine and offshore industry about the calibre of Romica’s winches. The Romanian facility already has certification for welding and fabrication including TUV ISO 9001, ISO 14001-2009, and TUV DIN EN ISO 3834-2.
“Romica and TIE work in partnership and our teams have worked tirelessly to win this approval from DNV GL,” he said. “A group of surveyors came to inspect the TIE repair and manufacturing processes. Securing this accreditation gives the marketplace confidence that Romica’s engineering meets the highest standards expected in the marine lift and offshore platform environment. I would point particularly to the calibre of TIE’s welding, which is now DNV GL certified.
“The Romica TIE teams work hand in hand and are always learning and always looking for ways to innovate and improve engineering processes. We hope TIE winning this accreditation will help Romica stand out even more for our quality. We especially want to market our fabrication services across the oil and gas and shipbuilding industries, which require a wide range of outsourced fabrications services from furniture manufacturing to watertight doors to hatch covers. With 80 per cent of our sales coming from exports we see real scope for future growth in China, India, America, Korea and Australia.”
Mr Turner has many years of experience engineering and designing winches, and said the company’s ethos is to work as a “trusted partner” with clients. “We want to deploy our engineering know-how to offer bespoke solutions – not easy off the shelf products. We work as part of our clients’ teams as a trusted supplier which is why we have so many long term customers. We will listen to what the client wants and together with TIE deliver a tailor made solution. That collaborative approach to problem solving gives Romica a real competitive advantage.”