Media Release: Blaze Manufacturing Solutions strengthens specialist services

Blaze-key appointment Stephen Pratt

A NORTH-east oil and gas industry fire safety protection company has made a key appointment to strengthen its portfolio of specialist services.

Award-winning firm, Blaze Manufacturing Solutions, which is headquartered in Laurencekirk, has appointed Stephen Pratt as the project manager for the company’s safety critical systems division.

The innovative firm, which established in 2006, works with major companies principally within the oil and Gas sector to design and supply fire protection systems and loss prevention services, and is currently in talks with a number of well-known oil and gas companies about its specialist engineering support services.

Mr Pratt, who has 26 years experience in the industry, has held a number of roles throughout his career specialising in fire and gas, and emergency shut-down systems, working latterly as a project manager for a major name in the sector.

Mr Pratt will be based at the company’s Kemnay office, where he will work closely with the general manager of safety critical systems, Bill Cunningham.  Blaze Service Offering is designed to support client’s legislated obligation to ensure effective operation of their life and asset protectionequipment and systems in the event of an incident.

Mr Cunningham said: “The safety critical system divisions at Blaze complements our fire protection and loss prevention solutions business. This expansion to our successful existing business enables us to provide clients with the complete package associated with the control and management of hazardous areas and module integrity. Steve has the skills and expertise needed to develop and manage the growth of the division.”

Mr Pratt said: “Blaze has enjoyed significant growth through the last few years and I am joining a strong and successful team in my position. This complimentary division will build on the established core business thereby contributing to the continued growth of the company, by building on the services of the engineering office and the specialist resources it offers.”

Blaze is fully resourced in-house to provide a complete engineering, procurement, installation, commissioning and maintenance package, managed by dedicated project managers who act as single points of contact for project lifecycle.

The company reported a turnover of £13.7million last year, and forecasts that this will rise to £22million in the financial year from 2014-15.

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