Posted on July 17th, 2007

Exports add fuel to PROjEN growth levels

PROjEN, the award winning Project Management Company based at Northwich, Cheshire, has seen sales growth expand to record levels and has taken its first steps into the export market.

Demand from existing UK clients has seen the company expand its UK activities to two prestigious projects in Holland and Italy.

The first significant contract is to supply experienced planning support for Saint-Gobain ISOVER which is the company that now owns British Gypsum. PROjEN’s Ian Talbot will head up the planning and co-ordination of the maintenance and upgrade activities for a major plant shutdown at the Saint-Gobain’s manufacturing plant in Etten-Leur in Holland. Ian will be able to draw on the full support services provided by PROjEN from the Northwich headquarters including process and mechanical engineering services, project management, 3D visualisation and capital expenditure planning. PROjEN were selected for this work following a similar assignment at Saint-Gobain’s plant at Runcorn where PROjEN successfully managed a planned plant improvement shutdown during 2006. This intensive shut down period was executed safely whilst delivering the project to budget and programme.

The second export project sees PROjEN working with world class organisation Desmet Ballestra based in Rome on the design and development of a state of the art bio-diesel plant which will be situated in Immingham, close to Grimsby in north east Lincolnshire. Initial project work includes the development of a sophisticated 3-D model and required PROjEN employees Chris Pemberton and Mike McNally spending an intensive two week period in Rome setting out the plant design and development strategy. It is expected the planning and modelling phase will take around 3 months and will be co-ordinated around the construction phase which will be completed in early 2008.

Since April 2005, the number of employees at PROjEN has doubled and now stands at 103 full time fee earning project managers and engineers.

John Taylor, Managing Director said “Traditionally all of our growth has come from UK based projects, and we have made this our core area of focus. However, as the market becomes more global, we are finding our existing UK clients with overseas operations are leading us towards providing more export services. Whilst it was never part of our business plan to target oversees work, as our reputation continues to rise we can only see more international work coming our way and it is something we will discuss closely with our major UK clients. Which ever way we look at it our UK growth, expanding service offering and export opportunities is providing an increasingly positive future for PROjEN and its employees”

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