iNPIPE PRODUCTS welcomed MP for Richmond (Yorks) and Prime Minister Rishi Sunak, last week.
The visit comes almost 10 years since the Prime Minister last visited the iNPIPE business – before becoming an MP. It also provided an opportunity to support one of the largest single employers in his Richmond (Yorks) constituency. The company’s growth has increased employment opportunities for apprentices in a successful, expanding engineering company with almost 12% of the workforce now being made up by their apprenticeship programme.
The visit comes on the back of one of the most successful periods to date for iNPIPE PRODUCTS, which has seen the company invest in a new service centre in Aberdeen, grow its global customer base.
As part of the visit, the Prime Minister met the six apprentices based at iNPIPE’s Brompton-on-Swale facility, near Richmond, North Yorkshire, spoke to all members of staff and received a full tour of the company’s six-acre site, including the foam shop, where the Prime Minister viewed some of the latest foam pig technology manufactured by the business and used for pipeline cleaning, de-watering and swabbing in sizes ranging from 12mm through to 3000mm in diameter.
The visit also provided the management team with the opportunity to talk through their continued strategy for growth which has seen the business export 70% of its turnover worldwide.
Speaking about the visit, Simon Bell, MD at iNPIPE PRODUCTS said: “We are very proud to have been visited by the Prime Minister and were hugely privileged to welcome him to our premises.”
“Everyone at iNPIPE PRODUCTS is extremely proud of the business and the success that we have all worked so hard to achieve during what will be our 40th year of trading next year. Our consistently strong performance is coupled with a strong internal culture with many of our team having been with us for 25 years or more.”
“Our success – recognised by the Prime Minister choosing iNPIPE as the company to reinforce government support for British industries exporting our products & services worldwide – is reflected in the continued commitment and loyalty of our team, all of whom have played an enormous part in making iNPIPE the successful business that it is today.”
Mr Sunak said: “I welcomed the opportunity to return to iNPIPE – a world-class manufacturing and design business in my constituency.
“It’s commitment to innovation and quality of manufacture has led to worldwide success anchored in the workforce here in North Yorkshire.
“I was particularly pleased to see the company’s commitment to growing its own team through its longstanding commitment to an apprenticeship programme which already has seen young people develop into senior roles in the company.”
iNPIPE PRODUCTS is a world leader in the design, manufacture, supply and hire of pipeline pigging, maintenance and testing products across the oil and gas, petrochem, powergen, mining, nuclear, water and food processing industries. Formed in 1984, the business will be celebrating 40 years of trading next year, employs 68 members of staff – including 8 apprentices – across its Brompton-on-Swale and Aberdeen sites and works with many of the world’s largest brands across Europe, the Middle East, North America, South America and Asia.