LITRE METER SEES STRONG GROWTH IN OIL AND GAS SECTOR
UK flowmeter specialist Litre Meter (www.litremeter.com) is predicting continued growth in the oil and gas sector worldwide throughout 2014. Early signs in the first quarter are that the production and development of flowmeters for chemical injection applications in the oil and gas sector will be a significant driver of the business.
Litre Meter’s growth predictions are borne out by recent announcements in the sector.
Global liquid fuels consumption is forecast to increase by 1.2 million barrels per day (b/d) in 2014 and by another 1.4 million b/d in 2015, according to the US Energy Information Administration's Short-Term Energy Outlook. As stocks of oil products have fallen due to increased demand the International Energy Agency has estimated that OPEC will need to increase production by approximately 200,000 b/d to 29.3 million to satisfy that demand.
In its recent statement of fourth quarter 2013 results oil giant BP reported rising production volumes in the second half of the year and forecast volumes would be higher in 2014 than 2013.
Throughout the fourth quarter of 2013 the bulk of Litre Meter’s shipments have been positive displacement flowmeters for chemical injection and hydraulics applications in oil and gas. Shipments have been made to Azerbaijan, a number of fields in the Gulf of Mexico, the Persian Gulf off Dubai, the North Sea, Sakhalin Island, Russia, Brazil and offshore New Zealand.
In the first month of the first quarter of 2014 Litre Meter has already seen a record volume of shipments, almost half of which was to the oil and gas sector.
Litre Meter CEO Charles Wemyss said: “Strong shipments in our products in the oil and gas sector for 2013 and the start of this year indicate that, despite lower reported earnings from major oil companies, oil and gas production in key regions around the world is growing.
“The growth in offshore chemical injection fully demonstrates the variety of demanding applications that VFF flowmeters can be used for, from maintaining flow assurance to ensuring the supply of potable water on offshore platforms.
“Litre Meter’s VFF flowmeter is ideally suited for use in the oil and gas industry and in particular for low flow / high pressure applications.
“Years of experience in chemical injection applications onshore and offshore have confirmed the instrument’s capability to reliably measure fluids under extreme conditions of both temperature and pressure.”
PETERBOROUGH’S COLOPLAST CLIMBS INTO TOP 50 OF THE SUNDAY TIMES TOP 100 COMPANIES TO WORK FOR
Peterborough-based medical devices company Coloplast (www.coloplast.com) has stormed up The Sunday Times ‘top 100’ league table of best companies to work for, coming in at number 39 – a massive leap from last year’s placing of 68. It is the fourth year running that the company has been named as one of the best medium-sized companies to work for in the UK.
Nearly 900 companies took part in this year’s awards process, with employees giving their opinions on their employers and places of work. As part of the process, Coloplast staff were asked to give their views on eight key areas of their relationship with the company, including leadership, wellbeing and personal growth.
When asked if they feel the company makes a real difference to the world, staff rated the company so highly that, for the second year running, it ranked second in the UK.
Speaking after the glittering awards ceremony, Sam Sedwill, HR director at Coloplast, said: “What an amazing achievement! We had hoped to make it into the top 50 this year, so to be number 39 is fantastic, jumping 29 places up the table from last year.
“The award is given as a result of staff feedback so each year it has enabled us to see exactly what makes us great and what areas we need to focus on. Having taken the feedback on board over the last three years we have worked hard to make Coloplast an even greater place to work and the results are there in black and white.
“It isn’t just one thing that makes the difference. We have introduced leadership forums and training, plus we run sessions where employees can come and talk to us openly about any ideas they may have for the company. We support staff when undertaking charity events, like last year’s Snowdon Push which saw 15 of our employees push, pull and lift a colleague in a wheelchair up and down Mount Snowdon in a day.
“We work to support the Hampson Foundation and staff have been able to spend time with the founder, former English rugby union prop Matt Hampson.
“We invite customers in to talk to staff about the service we provide, we hold events like family fun days and have introduced annual wellbeing weeks. On top of all of this we offer great benefits, profit related pay, plus regular treats like vouchers at Christmas.”
Coloplast manufactures medical products ranging from dressings and gels to catheters and colostomy bags. Its ‘mission’ is to make life easier for people with very personal and private medical conditions.
The Sunday Times found that staff are excited about where the organisation is going (81 per cent) and have a great deal of faith in UK general manager Sue Kernahan (81 per cent). Staff feel that executives truly live the values of the organisation (80 per cent) and were impressed when Sue worked a shift in the firm’s warehouse, demonstrating her ability to pick, pack and despatch products.
Sue commented: “I believe in leading by example and it is an honour to see that highlighted by our staff and by the Sunday Times. I also believe in nurturing and developing our staff – after all it is their hard work and dedication that make the company the success that it is. To hear that staff find the training we provide of great benefit (73 per cent) and that they believe they can make a valuable contribution to Coloplast’s success (84 per cent) is fantastic.
“Knowing that staff enjoy working here and that they are proud to do so (85 per cent) makes me incredibly proud.”
Coloplast was presented with the prestigious Sunday Times Best Companies to Work For 2014 award at a ceremony in London where company representatives celebrated alongside other winners including multi-national companies and public sector organisations.
If you are interested in joining a company that is recognised in the top 50 of The Sunday Times Top 100 Best Companies to Work For, has won awards for people development, cares for its customers and genuinely recognises and rewards success, visit www.jobsatcoloplast.com.
NEW YEAR MEANS NEW ROLES FOR SEVERAL AT LARKFLEET GROUP
Several employees at Bourne-based house-builder and development organisation Larkfleet Group (www.larkfleetgroup.co.uk) have started 2014 in new roles within the company.
Paul Adams is now taking on the role of deputy managing director of Lark Energy, a successful Larkfleet Group company that is the UK’s leading developer of photovoltaic (PV) ‘solar farms’ that generate electricity from sunlight.
Nigel Parsons has worked for Larkfleet Homes, Larkfleet Group’s flagship company, for several years. He started as construction director before taking on the role of construction director of technical, commercial and design in 2011. He has now been promoted to managing director of construction, a role that will encompass control of Larkfleet Homes’ current and upcoming construction projects.
Dave Hummel joined Larkfleet Homes in 2009 as a senior surveyor and was quickly promoted to commercial manager in 2010. Due to the continued expansion of the business, Dave has now been promoted to director of commercial.
Ben Burge, who joined the company less than two years ago as sales manager, has been promoted to director of sales for Larkfleet Homes and will lead Larkfleet’s sales teams in the East of England and East Midlands.
Larkfleet CEO Karl Hick commented: “It is encouraging to see these employees – some of whom have been with us for years – progressing within the company and taking on added responsibility. Although these new roles will be challenging, I have no doubt that each of my colleagues will meet and exceed the expectations demanded of their new roles.”
Larkfleet Group comprises several companies that have a joint focus and established expertise in many areas of sustainability. The group provides high quality, energy-efficient housing, domestic and large scale energy saving technologies, and renewable energy generation projects, whilst investing in the future sustainability of the construction industry.