QA Weld Tech wins award for Block 31 Angolan Development Program

During the recent Open day held at QA Weld Tech’s new offices in Bowes Road a surprise visitor was Saskia Macfarlane, Purchasing Manager of Heerema Marine Contractors Nederland BV, who had been tasked with presenting the Company with an Award Plaque of Excellence to show appreciation for the commitment and work performed on the Block 31 PSVM Project.

Block 31 is BP’s ultra deep water development off the coast of Angola. QA Weld Tech’s part in the project involved the supply of WeldLinks, J-lay collars, interface spools and transition pieces to Heerema who were contracted to fabricate 44 sub-sea structures to enable extraction of oil in water depths of over 2000m.

QA Weld Tech wins Cameron Supplier Awards

QA Weld Tech is delighted to have been awarded Supplier of the Year for 2011 for Continuous Improvement in People, Processes and Facility, and Supplier of the Year for 2011 for most Proactive Company in HSE by Cameron Ltd.

The awards were presented by Chris Denton, Purchasing Manager of Cameron Leeds, and Martin Wright, Director of Procurement Sub-sea at an Open Day event held at our new offices in Bowes Road. Cameron present four of these awards to their suppliers Worldwide and this is the first time a supplier has won two of them in a single year.

QA Weld Tech wins Teesside Manufacturer of the Year

Fighting off strong competition, QA Weld Tech won the 2012 Manufacturer of the Year title for the Teesside region at the prestigious NE Business Awards, held at Teesside University in March.
Impressing the judges in areas of quality, innovation, investment in people and equipment, sales performance, and markets served, the award recognises the achievements of the 60 strong workforce over the last 12 months.

Charles Tighe, MD of QA Weld Tech said “The whole Company is tremendously proud to have won this Award. We have gone through a period of unprecedented growth in the last three years, investing in both personnel and equipment to make sure that we are ready to meet the challenges the engineering industry faces in the forthcoming years. We are delighted that these efforts have been recognised.”

The Company now goes into the Regional Final to compete against the best businesses from Tyneside, Durham and Wearside.

QA Weld Tech appoints new Financial Director

Welding & Engineering Technologies Company, QA Weld Tech Ltd of Middlesbrough, has announced the appointment of Paul Langley to the position of Financial Director, effective immediately. Paul joined the Company six months ago as part of an ongoing plan to strengthen the management team of the 30 year old business. Previously, Paul spent 11 years at Corus, in a variety of senior finance roles covering business turnaround, financial improvement and market development. He brings a wide level of commercial and strategic experience, not only from the steel industry but also from previous roles within the Automotive, Electronics and Heavy Engineering sectors.

Regarding Paul’s appointment Managing Director, Charles Tighe said:
“We believe people are our key asset, and by identifying the right person for a key role, or developing the considerable talents that exist within the Company with ongoing training programmes , our aim is to build strength in depth. Paul’s years of experience with blue chip manufacturing businesses will further enhance our management resources and ensure we are well placed to take advantage of new opportunities in the future.”

Race for Life 2011

On Friday 27th May QA Weld Tech employees, Margaret Brazier and Karrie Roberts, took part in the 2011 Race for Life, the UK’s biggest women-only charity fundraising event. Since Race for Life began an incredible 5.4 million participants across the UK have raised over £362 million to fund the work of over 4,000 researchers, doctors and nurses dedicated to helping more people beat cancer.

Finishing the 5km event in a record time (for them), Margaret and Karrie raised a fantastic £1500 between them and would like to thank all the people and organizations that sponsored them. They would also like to point out there is no truth in the rumour that they have been contacted by Hollywood to take part in a remake of the 1981 classic film Chariots of Fire.