IMH, which was founded in Teesside in 1983 by engineer Paul Griffiths MBE, has grown to operate in more than 50 countries and supports customers with hydraulic engineering expertise in a wide range of sectors including oil and gas, subsea, offshore and onshore renewables, nuclear, and automotive.
Companies on the port – which is situated on the coast of Northumberland, North East England – will be able to tap into hydraulic solutions, inspection and service capabilities provided by IMH, including flushing rigs and testing equipment.
IMH engineers will be joined at their new facility by MJR Controls, which provides E&I control systems that complement IMH’s hydraulic solutions as well as Ferschl, a specialist hose supplier who have worked closely with IMH for many years. Customers can also benefit from IMH’s capabilities in design, manufacture, installation, component supplies, consultancy and training, which are delivered through its head office in Middlesbrough, UK.
IMH has an internationally recognised track record in the marine sector: it has worked on projects such as the design and manufacture of an innovative Linkspan Restraint System, and has undertaken work for Allseas on Pioneering Spirit – the world’s largest pipelay and construction vessel – as well as for a number of other major marine operators. The company has extensive experience in providing a complete service and system development of jack up vessels, including repairs and modifications.
IMH manufactures applications in steering gear, thrusters, watertight doors, ship and port cranes, and ballast systems. Port of Blyth is now one of the UK’s leading offshore energy support bases with an impressive cluster of offshore energy related businesses operating from Blyth and often collaborating on projects with each other.
Martin Lawlor, Chief Executive of Port of Blyth, said: “We’re delighted to welcome IMH to their new facility at the port as we recognise their expertise and experience will enhance our own offering to the offshore energy sector.”
James Griffiths, Managing Director at IMH said: “Opening a facility at the Port of Blyth is an important step in our 35-year journey and we’re delighted to be bringing our specialist hydraulic engineering experience to the site. “Port of Blyth is rightly considered as one the UK’s leading offshore energy support bases and its development over the past few years means that it is playing an increasingly important role in the marine, subsea and offshore sectors.
“The port has attracted a number of high-profile companies and it’s very exciting for IMH that we can now serve the port’s users, and act as their on-site hydraulic engineering resource.
“Our new facility at the Port of Blyth will allow us to respond quickly and efficiently to customers’ inspection and service requests, as well as take on larger projects at the site which may require longer-term support.”
IMH has extensive experience of providing hydraulic engineering expertise and solutions to sectors including, infrastructure, marine, nuclear, renewables, oil and gas and subsea. Its work includes major flood defence barrier upgrades, refurbishment programmes for jetty loading arms and major equipment overhauls, including pipework and HPU renewals.