The base at the Enterprise Park Forres marks the company’s third phase of expansion in the area.
Minister for Energy, Enterprise and Tourism Fergus Ewing MSP, was given a tour of the new base today (Friday 7 March).
The visit comes as part of EFC Group’s fast paced growth in the area. Its first base was opened in Forres in summer 2012 to support the existing Aberdeen headquarters. This was followed by a new manufacturing facility for the company during its second phase of expansion in May last year.
This third phase includes an office and a manufacturing facility at EFC House in the Enterprise Park and the company has already recruited 22 people and is expected to grow this to 50 in the coming months.
EFC Group has worked alongside Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) to develop its ambitious plans for growth over the last two years.
David Oxley, Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) Area Manager in Moray, said: “HIE is delighted that EFC Group has again chosen to expand its operations in Moray. This expansion will enable them to meet rising demand in the subsea and control divisions. It is an excellent example of a company which is thriving thanks to investment in research and development, innovative recruitment and developing its people.
“EFC Group has been able to find the right employees and a location where the facilities and working environment match the ambitions of the business. They demonstrated that there was a real opportunity to build on their presence in Forres.
“As well as extending the range of its services, the company has made use of competent and enthusiastic personnel in the region which is crucial for providing the high level of client support that EFC Group is known for providing.”
Bob Will, chief executive officer of EFC Group, said: “We were delighted to welcome Mr. Ewing to visit our flagship manufacturing facility in Forres Enterprise Park. It is extremely positive that we are being recognised for the impact that we are making to the Highlands business community and we are seeing true value come from the local knowledge and skills we’ve been able to tap into.”
“With the support of HIE, we have been able to fast track our expansion plans. As part of this, we identified a pool of workers in the region with strong motivation and abilities which transfer well into the oil and gas sector.”
Mr Ewing was given a tour of the new facility by EFC Group CEO Bob Will. He heard about the company's industry leading drilling safety technology which includes managed pressure drilling and well control instrumentation, mechanical handling solutions and API accredited choke control and BOP systems.
Following his visit, Mr Ewing said: “I have been impressed today by EFC Group’s efforts to open up the oil and gas sector to those working outside of Aberdeen. A shortage of skills in this sector is a major issue which must be addressed now, to safeguard the future of the industry. The action that EFC Group is taking is a model that many other companies operating in the North Sea oil and gas sector can learn from.”
EFC Group employs 148 members of staff across its offices in Aberdeen, Leeds, Houston, Singapore and Abu Dhabi. The Group also has international representation in Norway, Mexico, India and Brazil, making it well placed to serve its global client network.