Loadtec Benbecula Press Release

Loadtec Engineered Systems Acquired by Benbecula Group

Loadtec Benbecula Press ReleaseLoadtec Engineered Systems is delighted to announce the sale of its group of companies comprising; Loadtec Engineered Systems, In Control Projects and Loadtec Service, to Benbecula Group, a privately funded group of companies based in Wallsend, Newcastle Upon Tyne. Benbecula Group is led by Ally MacDonald, former CEO of Wellstream International and MD of Technip Umbilicals, current Chairman of Tekmar Energy.

The move greatly strengthens The Loadtec Group portfolio via its new sister companies; Tyne Gangway, Lift-rite Engineering Services and DDS Metals which serve the offshore, marine and engineering sectors.

Loadtec, established in 1996, has an excellent global reputation for providing an inclusive design, supply, commissioning and service package for loading arms, tanker access and fall prevention systems.

Lift-Rite which was acquired by Benbecula Group in October 2017, designs, manufactures, inspects, repairs and hires out lifting equipment, whilst offering on-site rigging and mobilisation services.

Tyne Gangway, originally founded in 1934, was acquired by Benbecula Group in October 2017. The company manufactures and designs marine access systems including gangways and accommodation ladders, predominately for the marine industry, with 50 percent of its equipment produced for export.

A large proportion of Tyne Gangway’s materials are supplied by it’s third division, DDS Metals, also acquired in Oct 2017 by Benbecula Group.  DDS was founded in 2005 and supplies aluminium and stainless steel plates and extrusions to a UK customer base.

As a result of this latest acquisition by Benbecula, the Group is targeting further growth in existing and complementary markets.  The Loadtec management team will remain and will be utilising the greater group resources to further grow the business.

Alec Keeler, Managing Director of Loadtec said, “We reached a point where we needed to be part of a larger group to achieve the growth we were looking for. Without wider support and financial resource, we were vulnerable to market fluctuations. Benbecula presented a clear strategy to grow the Loadtec Group and develop the existing team towards greater achievements. Our businesses complement each other well, it's very much a win-win arrangement and we look forward to providing our old and new customers both nationally and internationally with an even better customer experience."

Loadtec Group will continue to provide their Zip-Load loading arm products and safe tanker access systems. Going forward, this will be enhanced with innovative and unique products that will anticipate the changing needs of the industries served. Keeler added "We now move into a very exciting phase of the Loadtec story with a professional and ambitious partner".


For more details about this press release, please contact:

Sue Keeler
Loadtec Engineered Systems Limited
The Stables, Coach House
Hythe Road, Smeeth
Kent TN25 6SP
United Kingdom

Tel: +44 (0) 01303 81 4040
Mobile: +44 (0) 7747 844240

Email: sue@loadtec.co.uk

Loadtec International Sales Director MENA Jean-Philippe Hudelot

Announcing the appointment of International Sales Director MEA Jean-Philippe Hudelot

For Immediate Release - Thursday, 6th July 2017

Loadtec International Sales Director MEA Jean-Philippe HudelotLoadtec Engineered Systems Ltd is pleased to announce that Jean-Philippe Hudelot has joined their team as International Sales Director MEA. Jean-Philippe has many years' experience of successfully leading and developing international sales teams in the loading arm business and is well known throughout Africa and the Middle East, where he will concentrate his activities.

"Loadtec continues to grow and in doing so, it must ensure that its team is the very best, both technically and commercially. The appointment of Jean-Philippe will allow us to develop our African business and strengthen the position we have in the Middle East," explains Alec Keeler, Managing Director of Loadtec.

Welcome to the team Jean-Philippe!

To contact Jean-Philippe, please email him at jph@loadtecinternational.com or contact our Global Communications Manager Angeline with any of your queries.

For other product and service enquiries, call us on +44 1303 813030 or email us now!

Tank Storage Award Winners 2017

Tank Storage Magazine highlights industry leaders at 2017 Global Tank Storage Awards

This press release was provided by Tank Storage Magazine.

The inaugural Global Tank Storage Awards ceremony was held last week during StocExpo Europe in Rotterdam.

The sold-out ceremony & gala dinner took place at the stunning Floating Pavilion on 29th March.

Organised by the marketing leading publication Tank Storage Magazine, the event was hosted by international comedian Bob Maclaren. The evening’s entertainment also included a magician, casino, photobooth and live band Blend-It.

Attended by 180 industry professionals the ceremony celebrated achievements made by terminal operators, ports, equipment suppliers and individuals.

Following is the list of 2017 Global Tank Storage Award winners:

  • Safety Excellence in Bulk Liquid Storage Award: Ventspils Nafta Terminals
  • Biggest Commitment to Environmental Protection Award: IL&FS Prime Terminals
  • Most Efficient Storage Terminal Award: LBC-Cepsa
  • Best Port Award: Port of Antwerp
  • Most Innovative Technology Award: Elios, Flyability
  • Most Invaluable Product Award: Overfill Prevention Controller EUS-2, Timm Elektronik
  • Best Technology Provider Award: Loadtec Engineered Systems
  • Best Newcomer Award: Frank Schreurs, Managing Director, In-Energy
  • Individual Achievement Award: Ellen Ruhotas, Managing Director, Ratio Group
  • Personality of the Year Award: Tony Quinn, CEO, TankBank International

‘We would like to thank the judges and the event sponsors Concrete Canvas, Loadtec Engineered Systems & TankBank International for making it a night to remember,’ said Margaret Dunn, Tank Storage Magazine’s publisher.

‘Moving forward Tank Storage Magazine will work closely with the industry to establish next year’s judges and categories.’

The 2018 event will be held on the 21st March 2018 in Rotterdam as part of StocExpo Europe, which will also be held in Rotterdam on 20-22nd March.

Tickets are available on a first come, first served basis and are available now. Please contact David Kelly for further information on david@tankstoragemag.com.

Full details will be made available at www.tankstoragemag.com/awards

Further details on next year’s StocExpo will be made available at www.stocexpo.com

Loadtec - Award Finalist - Back To Back TCEN4 Tanker Access System With Top Loading Arms

Loadtec Announced as a Two-time Finalist in Inaugural Tank Storage Awards

Loadtec Engineered Systems Ltd has been revealed as a finalist in two of the categories in the inaugural Tank Storage Awards – Best Technology Provider and Individual Achievement for its Managing Director, Alec Keeler.

The all new global Tank Storage Awards are designed to highlight those that excel in a range of different categories relating to terminal achievements, equipment innovations, ports and individual success. The award winners will be chosen by a panel of impartial judges from across the sector and will be announced during a lavish gala dinner & ceremony to be held at the Floating Pavilion in Rotterdam on 29 March.

"We’ve been really impressed with the quality of the entries submitted for this year’s Tank Storage Awards. The shortlist will be presented to the judging panel on Monday and they’re going to have a tough decision ahead of them! We can’t wait for the winners to be revealed on the 29th of March, preparations are well underway and the event is almost sold out – it’s going to be a great night!" said Margaret Dunn, the event coordinator of the awards.

Loadtec Engineered Systems recently celebrated 20 years in the business. It is timely that its Managing Director, Alec Keeler, has been nominated for the Individual Achievement Award after leading the company through a period of continual growth and expansion in the last few years which saw the formation of its service arm, Loadtec Service, and also in the acquisition of specialised skid manufacturer and service company In Control Projects. This has led to Loadtec having one of the widest portfolio of products and services for bulk fluid transfer systems and safety access equipment in the industry today.

"Being nominated for Best Technology Provider award is quite a humbling experience. Especially as this is a new and major event in the O&G terminal calendar." Mr Keeler responded when told about the nominations. "Loadtec has 259 years of niche engineering in-house and we have handled pretty much every transportable liquid there is in the last 20 years. We aim for excellence and that is a never-ending journey. Also we have fine and strong competitors keeping us sharp. Strong competition is healthy for the market and the people in it."

Loadtec will be exhibiting with Zipfluid on stand J8 (just outside the conference entrance) at StocExpo from 28-20 March 2017. The companies will be showcasing the Zip-Load range of road, rail and marine loading arms and safety access systems. We will also be offering Italian delicacies and drinks on our stand, please come and talk to our team about your fluid transfer and safety requirements.

The Loadtec and Incontrol teams

Loadtec Engineered Systems Ltd Completes Acquisition of In Control Projects

For Immediate Release – Monday, 15th August 2016

Loadtec Engineered Systems Ltd, a leading provider of bulk fluid handling and access systems, today announced it has successfully acquired majority shares in In Control Projects; a loading and access equipment service, maintenance and repair company based in Basildon, Essex.

Alec Keeler, Managing Director of Loadtec Engineered Systems Ltd was delighted to make the announcement. "In the successful purchase of the majority of In Control shares by Loadtec, Loadtec will develop the In Control brand and presence in the market while also being able to offer enhanced customer partnerships through an in-house and specialist installation and maintenance team.

“We have already worked together as far afield as Russia, Bangladesh and Saudi Arabia, with great success.  In Control have also built some amazing systems for us in the last few years so the natural development of that is to join forces. In Control will continue to run as an independent company, able to service and support all loading arm and meter systems as they have done successfully in the past.”

The combination of the expertise and portfolio of both companies will mean that collectively, both companies will be able to offer one of the biggest range of products and services offered by any company working in the area of fluid transfer and loading arms for the aviation, chemicals, pharmaceuticals, oil & gas, fertilisers and food/beverage industries today.

Together with their rail, road and marine loading arms and access equipment service company, Loadtec Service Ltd, which was launched in June this year, the Loadtec group of companies look set to grow even further with the acquisition of In Control Projects now completed. By combining resources, Loadtec Engineered Systems Ltd, Loadtec Service Ltd and In Control Projects will enable clients to better manage the entire lifecycle of their loading arms and access equipment at the most competitive rates in the market today.

The people featured in the main image above are: (L-R) Rob Williams (Loadtec), Sue Keeler (Loadtec), Julian Knapp (Incontrol), Alec Keeler (Loadtec), David Knapp (Incontrol), Nick Wood (Loadtec), Rodney Sutton (Loadtec).

For more on this story and/or high resolution images of pictures seen on this page, please contact Loadtec Global Communications Manager Angeline Radley on email or on +44 7584 229 578.

To contact Loadtec for general enquiries, please email info@loadtec.co.uk, telephone +44 1303 81 3030 or use our contact us page.

Loadtec Service - Servicing Truck Loading Arms

Announcing the launch of new service company – Loadtec Service Ltd

For Immediate Release - Friday, 27th May 2016

Loadtec Service LogoLoadtec Engineered Systems Ltd would like to announce the creation of Loadtec Service Ltd, a new servicing company aimed at providing quality lifetime servicing and support for your road, sea and marine loading and access equipment with an international team of engineers and competitive pricing.

Loadtec Service Ltd was started when Alec Keeler, Managing Director of Loadtec Engineered Systems Ltd, saw what he felt was a massive gap in the market for good, reasonable after-care service for loading and access equipment in the industry.

"We hear so many stories about service teams that do not meet customer expectations, overcharge the client for spares and fail to arrive when promised. Some are poorly prepared, have little or no knowledge of the equipment to be serviced or, through poor communication, have assumed plant availability that just isn’t there. This didn’t happen in the days of telex and fax, so why, in 2016, is it happening now?" He questioned.

"We were also very fortunate with our timing as we recently recruited two of the best experts in the world of marine technology and services, Martin Dicke-Künitz in February of this year, and Rob Williams, who recently became available to us. So we took the opportunity to plug this clear gap in the service industry by forming Loadtec Service Ltd," he explained.

Rob WilliamsRob Williams comes with 20 years of experience in assembling, installing and selling equipment into the oil, gas and chemical industries. "I am delighted to be joining Loadtec; a business that is very well respected and whose directors and staff are all highly regarded in the industry," Williams enthused when asked about his decision to join Loadtec.

Loadtec Servicing Ltd will be led by our Marine Loading Arms, Ports and Technology expert Martin Dicke-Künitz and Rob Williams.

Loadtec Announces Appointment of New Strategic Role in their Marine Loading Arm Business

Date of release: 1 February 2016

Press Release: Loadtec Announces Appointment of New Strategic Role in their Marine Loading Arm Business (PDF)

Loadtec Engineered Systems Ltd, the UK-based specialist in bulk fluids handling and fall prevention systems, is pleased to announce the appointment of Martin Dicke-Künitz in a strategic role in their Marine Loading Arms, Ports and Technology sector with immediate effect.

Martin will oversee Loadtec’s marketing, strategic business partnerships and sales strategy for the Zip-Load range of marine loading arms and will aim to increase those offerings to both existing and new clients.

Prior to working with Loadtec in 2016, Martin was the Director of Technology and Innovation at Emco Wheaton and as such responsible for a number of industry firsts in the marine loading arm industry.

Martin is a senior professional with 20+ years of experience in the oil and gas industry.

In the marine loading arm business he has worked in new market segments in an international and technically challenging environment. He is a technology driver with multi-cultural experience who has a first class ability to convert customers’ requirements into best practice solutions.

Commenting on the new appointment, Alec Keeler said: “I have been lucky to have known Martin for a great many years as a colleague at Emco Wheaton and am delighted that he will join us as we progress with an ambitious programme to develop Loadtec and our marine portfolio. Martin has a highly regarded reputation in this industry and we know that he will complement our talented team very well.”

Martin commented: "I have decided to work with Loadtec, a privately owned company, because over the years I have found that only such an organisation is fast and flexible enough to meet the customer’s requirements in a challenging and rapidly changing industry environment.

“I look forward to expanding Loadtec’s business globally and leveraging our current relationships with clients around the world to grow the business as well as building new ones. I am both excited and challenged by the opportunities I see in the marine arm business for Loadtec.”

Martin is a qualified engineer and holds a Diploma in Chemical Process Engineering.

Next event: Loadtec will be exhibiting at StocExpo from 15-17 March 2016 to be held at the Antwerp Expo in Antwerp, Belgium. Come and meet Martin and the rest of the Loadtec team at stand B26.

Loadtec MD Alec Keeler networking with guests at Eden Hall, Singapore

Loadtec hosts successful networking luncheon in Singapore

Date of release: 6 October 2015

Press Release: Loadtec hosts successful networking luncheon in Singapore (PDF)

Loadtec Engineered Systems Ltd, the UK-based specialist in bulk fluids handling and fall prevention systems, hosted their first networking luncheon in Singapore together with UK Trade and Investment (UKTI) to promote the company and its products and services in the Asia-Pacific region.

The event closely followed the Tank Storage Asia 2015 Conference held in Marina Bay Sands, Singapore, where Loadtec Managing Director Alec Keeler was chairing the second day of the conference. Spread over two days (29-30 September), this was billed as the leading event for the Asian tank storage industry and also marked the second year for Loadtec exhibiting at the event. Both the conference and exhibition were well attended, with visitor numbers up 40% from last year.

The networking luncheon, a first for Loadtec, was held in Eden Hall – this prestigious and beautiful venue has played host not only to visiting British royalty and statesmen, it is also known as one of the island nation’s most exclusive properties. Sitting on Nassim Road, now home to several embassies and private mansions, this event offers expatriates and locals a rare glimpse into the beautiful home of the current British High Commissioner in Singapore.

The event was organised with the help of the local UKTI in Singapore with the introduction to the Singapore team made by Loadtec’s International Trade Adviser (ITA) Michael Salmon who is based in the UK and working with the company on its export strategy.

“We have been working with UKTI since 2013 and in October that year, the UKTI organised an Oil and Gas Trade Mission to Vietnam, which we participated in,” said Sue Keeler, Director of Loadtec. “We went to a number of events which were hosted by the British Consulate and British Embassy in Vietnam and found their support invaluable.”

“Following the exhibition, we felt it would be good to network with our many contacts in the region, they certainly appreciated the setting of such a lovely, historic building. The team at the Consulate were fabulous and helped to make the event very special.”

On arrival, guests were treated to British tea and biscuits (as you would expect) in the garden room before moving on to the impressive ballroom. Loadtec and its MD were introduced to the audience by Judi Leon, Director of UKTI Singapore, who gave an interesting overview of the role of her department in Singapore.

Alec Keeler proceeded to make a short but interesting presentation on ‘Working on Tankers: Is your terminal safe for your employees?’ to the audience, which included guests from local engineering houses as well as regional representatives of big corporations such as WorleyParsons, BASF, Stepan and Amec Foster Wheeler, to name a few. The event was also attended by the local office of the Institute of Chemical Engineers (IChemE) and independent consulting groups.

Colin Alexander, Director of Operations and Business Development at the KB Associates Group of Companies, one of the attendees at the event described the presentation as “extremely interesting and thought provoking”. The presentation was followed by lunch where attendees proceeded to enjoy a buffet of local and international delights while taking the chance to network with other professionals working in the industry.

“We feel a customer-focused networking event like this is important to a company like Loadtec and the timing could not be more perfect as the company is moving up another level in our growth especially in export sales,” Alec Keeler commented. “We are honoured to have had the opportunity to host our event in a little piece of Britain here in Singapore and with the success of this event; we look forward to hosting other similar events around the world for our current and potential clients.”

Loadtec launched its new website www.loadtec.co.uk in mid-September, prior to the exhibition and event. Potential and current customers of Loadtec can now navigate the full range of the company’s products and services not just via product categories but also through the many industry sectors Loadtec operates in.

At the same time, the company brochure was given a brand new look, with the aim of providing customers with not just vital information about its products but with fresh, new images of the products installed and working on customers’ sites, demonstrating how Loadtec is able to bring much-needed depth of knowledge of the industry’s needs when it comes to transferring bulk liquids and tanker top access systems.

High resolution images of the images at the event are available for publication purposes.

Next event: The Loadtec team will be attending the Tank Storage Association (TSA) Conference & Exhibition on Thursday, 15th October 2015, at the E.On Lounge of the Ricoh Arena, Coventry. Come and meet the team at stand 36.


Loadtec Marine Loading Arms

New Product Launch: Loadtec Marine Loading Arms

Date of release: 28 April 2015

Press Release - New Product Launch: Loadtec Marine Loading Arms

In yet another bold move, Loadtec Engineered Systems Limited will be launching their own brand of marine loading arms. This is Loadtec’s first venture into the marine loading arms business and Alec Keeler, managing director of Loadtec explains why he is excited at this new venture.

"I started Loadtec in 1996 and I have been frustrated by what I saw as a real gap in the market for an inclusive service that would allow us to design, supply and commission packages for liquid handling solutions. In the almost two decades since, Loadtec has grown to become one of the most trusted suppliers in the industry for loading arms, tanker access and fall prevention systems amongst other services such as meter skid solutions and even terminal automation packages.

"We are very excited to be working exclusively with an innovative and reliable manufacturing partner to provide the best and most competitively priced marine loading arms in the market today. Given the distinguished histories of our companies, we can guarantee that we will be able to supply according to your budget and requirements, the safest and most efficient marine loadings arms for your terminal or depot needs."

Zip-Load Brand Launch

Date of release: 28 April 2015

Press Release - Zip-Load Brand Launch

Zip-Load is the resulting brand of a quality collaboration between Loadtec Engineered Systems Ltd and Zipfluid Srl.

For the past 18 years Loadtec has served the global oil, gas, chemicals and food industries with class leading solutions for bulk fluid transfer and tanker safety. Loadtec’s engineered systems for tanker filling and emptying have been adopted by virtually all of the major blue chip companies around the world. Clients have benefitted greatly from the Loadtec focus of putting the customer first and delivering excellence. This excellence takes the form of timely responses, clear and unambiguous information, as well as the delivery of quality goods designed to future proof the clients’ operations.

Loadtec has recognised increasingly that some of their suppliers have been driven by corporate targets, shareholder demands and short term monetary gain, at the expense of the customer. The same cannot be said of privately held companies, managed by like-minded individuals, who retain the ability and desire to make strategic decisions and develop better customer care initiatives quickly and effectively.

Loadtec and Zipfluid are a perfect collaboration. Loadtec has many years of experience in delivering quality solutions for customer problems. They are recognised as a global brand and are approved suppliers to most of the major Engineering Houses and global blue chip end users. Zipfluid has a state of the art manufacturing facility in the heart of industrial Europe. They are focussed on the development and manufacture of a wide range of fluid transfer systems to handle all liquids and have a team of engineers and production staff with long and successful histories in the loading arm business.

Zip-Load was born from a desire of both companies to provide excellence in design and manufacture to a wide audience who are tired of working with suppliers constrained by corporate handcuffs. Our customers want suppliers who will give them the time to listen and understand their issues, develop schemes and proposals that meet their technical and financial constraints, and deliver long lasting, innovative solutions.

This is what engineering should look like. This is what customer service should be.

Zip-Load delivers both.