Hydro Group appoints new French business partner

Published on 15th January 2010

Hydro Group appoints new French business partner

Aberdeen-based Hydro Group, a global solution provider of optical and electrical subsea products, has appointed Benoit d’Alancon of French company WENEX Equipements as business partner.

Mr d’Alancon will help drive Hydro Group forward in France, identified as major market in the subsea sector.

“Hydro Group is right to identify France as a strong potential growth area for subsea activities. With extensive growth in subsea defence – with its submarine shipyard, weapons, electronic and counter measures defense industries – French offshore subsea industry and renewable sea and subsea energy, there is large scope for Hydro Group to apply its expertise” said Mr d’Alancon.

With over 27 years business experience, Hydro Group operates on a global platform providing total solutions of subsea cables and connectors to a portfolio of prime contractors, major operators, OEM’s, defence agencies, defence organisations and the UK MOD.

Hydro Group managing director, Doug Whyte, said: “The application of Hydro Group’s innovative products is best illustrated through some high-profile contract awards.

“The company was recently awarded a £500,000 contract to work on the Wave Hub, a marine renewable infrastructure project being developed by the South West RDA (Regional Development Agency). Hydro Group was sub-contracted by JDR Cable Systems to provide a new high voltage connector for the marine renewable project which is being funded by the South West RDA, UK Government and the European Regional Development Fund.

“Marine renewables are a key focus for the company, not only in the UK, but also internationally, as other country’s governments commit considerable financial support to their own energy strategies. Wave Hub is the largest wave and tidal energy project in the UK and Hydro Group is delighted to be involved in this ambitious project.”

Hydro Group also recently collaborated with an Italian systems design company, to develop a ground-breaking intelligent underwater communication system. The project was sponsored by PSTL Science & Technology Park in Liguria, Italy, and saw Hydro Group working with Italian company SMID Technology to help develop The Underwater WEB, the first smart underwater network of its kind.

The Underwater WEB is capable of interfacing with underwater sub-systems (known as host units) such as sonar, hydrophone arrays and acquisition systems, using only one cable and one control unit – the first time this capability has been made available to the market.

Hydro Bond Engineering, produced the connectors for the system, and the cable was specifically designed by Hydrocable Systems – both Hydro Group companies.

Mr Whyte continued: “Hydro Group develops a range of products from prototype concept through to design, manufacture and project management, supplying the whole package.

“The team here is focused on continuing our successful international expansion and is well placed to move forward with our growth plans set out over the next 4 years. 40% of our business is export; our plan is to increase our manufacturing capacity and bring this nearer to 70%.”

Hydro Group is exhibiting at Oceanology International 9-11th March 2010, stand K720 where representatives will be on hand. The Oceanology conference features an extensive technical programme showcasing the latest technical developments and thinking in the marine science and ocean technology world.

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