Aberdeen-based Hydro Bond Engineering celebrates 25 years as a market leader in subsea connectivity and encapsulation.
Hydro Bond designs and manufactures underwater and harsh environment electrical and optical connectors, penetrators and cable assemblies to provide power and data into a wide range of applications. Customers are national and international, in industries such as defence, oil & gas, energy, marine research, geological survey and aerospace.
Doug Whyte, Managing Director, founded Hydro Bond in 1982 with a small team of engineers and initially work was concentrated in oil and gas sectors producing subsea mateable connectors. Quality was the priority for the company; in record time approval to what is today BSEN I.S.O. 9001/2000 was achieved and has remained in place for 23 successful years.
Throughout the 80’s, 90’s and into the new millennium Hydro Bond has continued to grow, developing both its products and its people. Each of the last two years has seen an increase in turnover of 23% and products have a much higher profile than ever before. Pressure hull glands with optical fibre, coaxial and electrical paths are now installed on all the MoD’s Swiftsure, Trafalgar and Vanguard-class submarines. On June 8th the first Astute Class submarine was launched at Barrow-in-Furness with Hydro Bond connectors and cable assemblies on board!
Staff numbers have grown over the years from just 5 in 1982 to 65 at the premises in the Bridge of Don with the addition of sister company Hydrocable Systems, manufacturing customer specified bespoke cables for the same industries. Hydro Group is proud to have achieved the Investors In People award, and the company continues to succeed by valuing its staff. The company also has Business Partners in a network of regional offices world-wide who are regarded as, and, treated like staff members. They have contributed to the increase in exports of 9% of turnover four years ago to 43 % last year.
Hydro Bond will be celebrating 25 years of excellence during the week of the Oceans 07 Exhibition in Aberdeen and with a BBQ at their premises on Thursday 21st June.
Doug Whyte would like to take this opportunity to thank all staff, customers, suppliers and associates for their invaluable support over the last 25 years and to look forward to continued success in the future.