Aberdeen-based Offshore Container Holdings (OCHL) is expanding into Asia with the establishment of a Singapore subsidiary.
OEG Asia Pacific will supply clients in the offshore oil and gas industry with specialist, pressurised engineering cabins and a range of containers and baskets.
More than £1million has been invested in a new rental-fleet construction programme for Singapore.
The opening of the base is the first phase of OCHL’s three-year plan to expand its presence in the Asia-Pacific region, to eventually cover Malaysia, Thailand, Australia, Vietnam, Brunei, Indonesia and China.
OCHL chief executive John Heiton said: “By setting up a subsidiary in Singapore, we are creating an international service and support hub for our customers in the Asia-Pacific region. The establishment of this base will enable us to provide a rapid response to local customers’ needs and support them technically on the ground during their own operations.
“Initially, there will be a small team working at the Singapore office, but we will be looking to expand staff numbers over the following months to meet the expected increasing level of enquiries and upcoming projects currently being pursued.”
OCHL has recruited John Aw, who has more than 10 years’ experience in sales and marketing, as regional director to launch and head up the Singapore base. He joins OCHL from HB Rentals where he spent two years as regional sales manager for the Asia-Pacific region.
Mr Heiton said: “This is a great appointment for OCHL and John’s experience and connections in the Asia-Pacific region will provide a real boost to our international business opportunities. We are confident he will play an influential role in establishing OCHL and its products in the Asia-Pacific region, where we hope to establish a more prominent presence over the next three years.”
The company was formed in 2008 by private-equity groups Lansdowne Capital and Claver Capital, as a vehicle to develop a leading worldwide rental business.