John Bell Pipeline Equipment Company Limited is celebrating 40 years of success.
And the Aberdeenshire firm is now looking to the future with ambitious plans for growth.
The oil and gas industry supplier wants to expand work sites and an increase its work force in the new year.
Part of the international Bianco Group, John Bell Pipeline operates from sites in Inverurie and Grangemouth.
It operates in the North Sea as well as Algeria, Azerbiajan and the Middle East.
In the midst of “the hardest industry recession ever” due to a prolonged low oil price, the company has won more than £6m of contracts since the start of the year.
These cover John Bell Pipeline’s full range of core products including valves, pipe and associated products, bringing in a turnover of over £12million.
John Bell Pipeline is also moving into new and emerging sectors as it celebrates its ruby year, with a recent UK defence contract worth over £3million.
The company has ambitions to further expand business activities with plans to expand its 100,000 square foot site in Inverurie and bolster the team in order to meet the increasing demands and requirements of its customers across the globe.
Mark Anderson, sales manager at John Bell Pipeline, who has worked for the company for over twenty five years said: “Although there has been a change in company ownership three times during its existence, the ethics and values of the company have remained intact – being flexible to meet individual customer needs and speed of response – supplying the correct products, when the customer needs them.
“This ethos has never changed and has really laid the foundations for the company and continues to be the cornerstone of the company’s success and longevity.”
To mark the special occasion JBP hosted a party at their site in Inverurie for employees, families, customers and the local suppliers that they have used over the 40 years.
The team also welcomed company founder, John Bell to the occasion. As part of the celebrations, a charity collection and raffle was also held for nominated charities Alzhiemers Scotland, Childrens Hospice Association Scotland and Daibetes Research, with guests raising a fantastic £2,400 to be shared between the charities.
Looking to the future, Rory Machray, general manager, said: “We are delighted to mark the anniversary and at the same time reward employees for all their hard work over the years.
“It was great to see faces from throughout our history at the special event, including the local customers and suppliers that we have engaged with over the years. The anniversary has come at an important point for us all, following what has been a very challenging period. We now look ahead to the next forty years with future developments and growth plans already set.”