In November 2013, HSP’s parent company, Edgen, was acquired by Sumitomo Corporation, an integrated trading company based in Tokyo, Japan. Since that time, Sumitomo have actively supported HSP’s growth plans as we expand our global presence and staff.
Here, HSP Managing Director Peter Everett explains more:
What’s happened since the Sumitomo acquisition?
Over the last year, being part of the Edgen and Sumitomo family has fast-tracked our presence around the world. Having access to the Sumitomo network has accelerated our ability to connect with customers in the Middle East and South East Asia.
In February, we opened an office in Kuala Lumpur to improve our focus in Malaysia. Together with our office in Singapore, we have a strong base within South East Asia. Additionally, we moved our Aberdeen operations to a new 13,000 sq. ft. integrated warehouse and test facility. The investment in this new premise enables HSP to provide a quick turnaround for upgrading and testing valves.
In the last few months, we have recruited five new project managers, a Metallurgist (Vince Duffy) and full time QA Manager (Susan Sanders), and made new appointments in Financial Management (Sean Doyle), HR (Isobel Davies) and Marketing (Marta Caverzasio). The recruitment of these new employees reflects our commitment to providing the resources required to meet and exceed our customers’ expectations.
What about the future?
Our immediate strategy includes opening new HSP offices in the Middle East and APAC during 2015, as well as building teams of staff at our key locations. Our global market expansion allows us to be closer to our customers and also affords greater leverage with our manufacturers around the world. We are focused on being the premier supplier of valves to the oil and gas industry for shutdowns, modules, projects and MRO with a continuous eye to quality and process improvement. The support we are getting from Sumitomo and Edgen is making a real difference in our continued success.