QA Weld Tech
- Sector: Manufacturing & Engineering
- Region: North East England
For more than 35 years, QA Weld Tech has been involved in the welding, fabrication and machining of high-performance steels and alloys for use in some of the world’s most challenging environments. The Middlesbrough-based engineering firm, which was founded in 1980, specialises in complex fabrications for the oil and gas, power generation, nuclear, and petrochemicals industries.
“The last two years have been about ensuring we become a leaner and more agile business”
As the search for energy resources has taken oil and gas companies into deeper and more hostile environments, QA Weld Tech has developed its capabilities to meet the requirements of its customers. This includes offering a turnkey service, from technical and design support, and project management through to fabrication, testing, coating and packaging.
The company has recently worked on projects at the pre-salt oil wells in the Santos Basin off the coast of Brazil, the Kaombo project in the ultra-deep offshore waters of Angola and the M’Boundi oil field in the Republic of Congo.
“Significant growth has been achieved through understanding our customers’ needs and adapting our strategy and investment decisions to maximise these opportunities,” says Managing Director Charles Tighe.
Tough physical environments are one thing, but in the past few years the company has also had to cope with a very challenging economic environment, in particular the oil price correction in late 2014. As a consequence of this, explains Charles, “the last two years have been about focusing on further developing our management systems and processes and ensuring we become a leaner and more agile business.”
- 1980 - The year that the Middlesbrough-based firm was founded
This tough environment has also prompted QA Weld Tech to look to develop its services for customers in other areas. “The strategy is to reduce the dependency on oil and gas – which is cyclical and dependent on the headline price of a barrel of oil – and expand into complementary market sectors where we are able to deploy our experience, capabilities and expertise,” continues Charles.