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Completed Engagement – Howco Group – Plant Director

Howco Group plc  is the global market leader in the manufacture, supply, and management of bespoke metal products for the oil and gas industry servicing the Downhole, Subsea, and Surface segments. The company processes and supplies steel, chrome moly, duplex, stainless, and nickel based alloys along with finished and semi-finished components. The group has dual headquarters in Houston, TX and Glasgow, UK and facilities in the US, Canada, UK, Norway, Dubai, Singapore, Malaysia, and China. Howco is a subsidiary of parent company Sumitomo Corporation, a diversified Japanese conglomerate employing 75,000 people with revenues of US$32bn and a net income of over US$2bn.

Iain Frater joins Howco as Plant Director for Irvine, effective June 2019, with a remit to manage all operational and commercial aspects of the site.  Howco’s plant in Irvine, Scotland is a multidisciplinary site which engineers, assembles, coats and treats metal components and is a major supplier to a global offshore engineering group.

Iain will lead a multi-skilled workforce of >100, align production capacity with demand, optimize supply chains, manage customers & develop sales opportunities. Iain has 26 years’ experience within the offshore engineering sector, having worked at Hunting Energy Services, Balmoral Group, and Belmar Engineering.

The search was managed and completed by Stephen Buchanan (Partner, London) and Ken Minter (Senior Partner, Houston) of Allen Austin.


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