Kvaerner restructures in bid for greater efficiency

Kvaerner Group adopts a new structure next month in an attempt to improve efficiency. The former engineering and construction (E&C) businesses will be integrated into one business unit and the equipment manufacturing and fabrication activities into another. The shipbuilding and oil and gas business will be unchanged. John Fletcher, group business development director, will head […]

Kvaerner Group adopts a new structure next month in an attempt to improve efficiency. The former engineering and construction (E&C) businesses will be integrated into one business unit and the equipment manufacturing and fabrication activities into another. The shipbuilding and oil and gas business will be unchanged.

John Fletcher, group business development director, will head the E&C area. Keith Clarke, head of the construction business, and Mike Foster, head of the metals business, will report to Fletcher.

The industrial products group will be chaired by Jan Magne Heggelund, now chief financial officer. This group includes the pulp and paper businesses, equipment businesses and energy businesses of the former metals unit.

Rob Gough has been appointed group development manager at Birminghambased engineering group Serck Heat Transfer.

Gough has 15 years’ experience in the heat exchanger industry and has worked at Specialist Heat Exchangers of Lincoln. He also ran his own business for two years.

Andrew Barnes has been appointed as manager of Sour Services Testing at the Mancheter head office of corrosion and materials testing and consultancy group Capcis.

He will take over from Chris Fowler next month. Barnes returns to the company after a five-year period completing research and gaining his PhD at the Umist corrosion and protection centre.

Lifts, escalators and trav-o-lators company Otis has appointed Robbie Robinson as director, operations for Otis UK. He was previously managing director of the company’s South African operations.

Kestrel Injection Moulders, the Plymouth-based injection moulding firm, has made Richard Bromley technical director. He joined the firm nine years ago as technical sales engineer. He was formerly with lighting manufacturer Linolite.

Sheffield-based Cogsdill-Shefcut, a division of Cogsdill-Nuneaton, which makes precision reaming and fine boring tools, has appointed Bob Osbourne as its new technical manager.

David Seall has been appointed chief executive of Engineering Employers’ Federation South, the Hook-based organisation that represents engineering employers. He takes over from Colin Pope, who is retiring.

Seall joins from Hamble Group, where he was head of design and technology at the aircraft sub-assemblies manufacturer. He is also a visiting lecturer at the department of Aeronautics and Astronautics at the University of Southampton.

Alcan Smelting and Power has recruited four recent graduates to work at its Lynemouth, Northumberland site. They are Wayne Sparrow (chemistry) Alan Lucas (chemistry), Christopher Corbet (chemical engineering) and Xanthe Campbell (communications and electronics engineering).