Brazilian delegation in Aberdeen welcomed by Hydro Group

Published on 22nd September 2011

Brazilian delegation in Aberdeen welcomed by Hydro Group

Aberdeen-based Hydro Group, a global design and manufacturer of underwater cables and connectors for subsea, underwater, topside and onshore applications, has recently welcomed a number of visits by oversees delegations and politicians to its headquarters, as it sets about laying the foundations for expected growth of the company over the next 12 months.

Hydro Group has been actively looking for potential firms in Brazil to form a joint venture agreement with and, in early September, it welcomed a 30-strong delegation from Brazil to its engineering and manufacturing facility at Aberdeen Science and Energy Park, as part of what was said to be the largest business delegation from the country that Aberdeen has ever played host to.

Hydro Group managing director Doug Whyte said: “We were delighted to welcome so many delegates from Brazilian companies to Hydro Group recently. During their visit they were able to get to see first hand the high levels of experience, knowledge and innovative technology the company has to offer.

“Brazil is a high growth and emerging market, but also one that can be challenging to penetrate for SME’s such as ourselves. Therefore an event like this gives us an invaluable opportunity to meet with representatives from a number of companies in Brazil and convey directly to them what it is we do and what our plans are for the continued growth of the business.

“It also helps them form a clearer picture about what it is Hydro Group has to offer the Brazilian market.”

Hydro Group also recently opened its doors to a Scottish Enterprise Aberdeen City & Shire MP/MSP briefing, where a number of MPs and MSPs visited Hydro Group’s Aberdeen headquarters and were given a guided tour of its offices and workshop facilities.

During the visit, the politicians received presentations from Hydro Group, Scottish Enterprise and ACSEF (Aberdeen City and Shire Economic Future). Scottish Enterprise and ACSEF work together to help drive economic development in Aberdeen City and Shire and share a vision which includes focusing on the priorities of improving transport, developing, retaining and attracting skilled people, anchoring a global Oil and Gas industry, and attracting more corporate headquarters to the region.

The briefing was used to discuss updates to ACSEF’s priorities and Scottish Enterprise’s Oil and Gas strategy. Hydro Group was chosen as the ideal location for the briefing, such is the company’s expertise and focus in the manufacturing of innovative smart-technology products for the Oil and Gas sector.

Included in the group of politicians was Dame Anne Begg MP for Aberdeen South and Lewis McDonald MSP for Aberdeen Central, as well as representatives from Scottish Enterprise and ACSEF.

Doug Whyte continued: “It was very encouraging for us to meet the group of politicians and demonstrate to them that Hydro Group is an industry leading company which continues to make progress with plans for further growth.”

Hydro Group, an energy-service firm made up of Hydro Bond Engineering and HydroCable Systems Ltd, is a major national and international supplier of harsh environment engineered products to the offshore oil and gas, defence, oceanographic, renewable energies, diving and ROV/AUV markets.

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