The offshore and onshore hydraulic system experts, SMS, has signed a Joint Venture agreement with Eastern, the Manuli and Trelleborg hose and fluid transfer specialists, to create a single supplier for all hose management, hose assembly and component requirements.
The new company – SMS-Eastern – will be based at SMS’ Great Yarmouth facility with a focus on supporting oil & gas, renewable, marine and industrial operations in the UK and North Sea.
“SMS has a long standing relationship with many operators across the UK and in the North Sea.
We are always looking for new ways to further support and add value for our customers.”
SMS and Eastern sign the Joint Venture agreement. Left to right: Matt Gissing (Owner of Eastern),
Dave Howlett (MD of SMS) and Mark Colebrook (CEO of Alderley Group)
“SMS has a long standing relationship with many operators across the UK and in the North Sea. We are always looking for new ways to further support and add value for our customers.” comments Dave Howlett, Managing Director of SMS. “Partnering with the hose experts at Eastern and using our asset integrity based application system, Inspection ManagerTM, gives our customers a fully integrated hose management offering, all from a single supplier: SMS-Eastern.”
Matt Gissing, owner of Eastern, has grown his family business into the region’s largest importer of fluid transfer solutions. “We continually strive to put the customer first, and SMS-Eastern is the next exciting step in this journey” describes Matt. “From assembly and installation to inspection and services, the new SMS-Eastern team is on hand to support our customers throughout the life of their operations”.
Both Dave and Matt will lead the joint venture, with Chris Lee moving from Eastern’s Oil & Gas division to head up the new SMS-Eastern sales team. Having worked with Chris for a number of years, Matt adds: “Chris has a wealth of experience in the oil & gas industry, and specialist knowledge of hose management and supply solutions. With the consolidated offering of both SMS and Eastern, combined with Chris’ expertise and the skills of our dedicated technical, inspection and services teams, SMS-Eastern will ensure the best value, the best quality and the best service for our customers”.
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