ROV manufacturer SMD to open Houston facilityCompany News // May 28, 2010
SMD in the UK has announced that to better support customers in the Americas, the company has made the commitment to opening a facility in Houston, Texas.
Customers will be able to get help, spares, training and support for their existing equipment. Clients will have access to thrusters, power packs, control systems and other sub-assemblies, enabling them to upgrade or develop their own subsea equipment.
By using proven parts, clients can focus resources on their own unique talents without the need to ‘reinvent the wheel’. Complete SMD vehicle systems will be available, the first Atom ROV will be arriving towards the end of the year.
Ian Griffiths has been recruited as General Manager to set up SMD’s operation in Houston. He has had a long career in the offshore oil and gas industry spanning 18 years in operations and business development. Prior to joining SMD Ian was with Trelleborg Offshore and has been based in Houston since 2005.
SMD has also retained the services of the respected ROV industry specialist, Norm Robertson, to act as consultant in developing their strategy for their Americas operations.
SMD is headquartered in Newcastle upon Tyne in the UK.