Insituform Technologies Ltd (ITL) has announced the implementation of positive and progressive changes to both its management structure and the present head office and wet-out facility in Ossett, United Kingdom. These changes will enable the company to evolve and meet the challenging demands of its existing customer base and to promote further growth and expansion opportunities within its industry.
After many years of service Mark Neal, the former managing director of ITL has decided to pursue interests outside of the Insituform family. Mark Bates has been appointed U.K. managing director, with overall responsibility for Insituform’s presence in the United Kingdom. Operations under Bates’ control include the ITL contracting business, the Insituform Linings tube manufacturing business and in addition the company’s Corrpro operations in the United Kingdom. For the past nine years Bates has been the general manager of Insituform Linings Ltd., the U.K. manufacturing facility of its CIPP product. In association with the management team and workforce under Bates’ guidance this business has been transformed into a highly profitable effectively controlled company. Under his efficient leadership the company is confident the same results will be replicated within ITL, the press release said.
In addition to the change in management structure, ITL also announces the relocation of its existing facility in Ossett to modern, custom-designed facility in Wellingborough, Northants. ITL will be located next to the Insituform Linings Ltd. Facility to increase communication and collaboration between both manufacturing and contracting. It is anticipated this move will be fully completed by the end of March 2011, with no impact to the current service provided by ITL.
The new structure will allow the joint operations to move forward with vigor and confidence in the future, the release said. Insituform UK is pro-actively extending and diversifying its product portfolio, including products for rehabilitation operations in the clean water sector. For example, rehabilitation of pressure pipelines will be possible with products such as the InsituMain System, a newly designed cured-in-place pipe (CIPP) rehabilitation solution. The company is also in the process of developing a UV glass product, which will further assist it in its aim of becoming a complete solution provider. In addition the company is increasing its capital expenditure further demonstrating the confidence it has in the future of its business.
For the first time in its history, Insituform UK is offering clients and contractors the opportunity to purchase both dry (unimpregnated) and wet out (impregnated) tube for use on projects in Europe. This further broadens Insituform’s influence in the pipeline rehabilitation market and will enable non-Insituform companies to utilise M-Tube, a high quality CIPP tube. This will promote further growth in Insituform Linings Ltd., the U.K. manufacturing facility.
Commenting on the positive changes to the U.K. operations Bates said, “I am looking forward to steering all of the Insituform UK operations in the future and am dedicated to improve both the quality and efficiency of service we offer. The path ahead will not be easy – it never is in this industry. However, with a dedicated and pro-active management structure and the continued support of our workforce and clients we will succeed despite the troubles currently affecting world markets. In addition an enhanced product portfolio will reinforce our competitiveness across the pipeline installation, rehabilitation and civil construction sectors. I would like to take this opportunity to thank Mark Neal for all his efforts over the years and wish him well for whatever opportunities he may undertake in the future. Mark has a wealth of experience in this industry and I am sure he will be missed.”
In response, Neal said, “My time at ITL has been an amazing experience and I would like to thank all of my colleagues and our client base for their support and confidence over the past few years. It is an exciting time for ITL and I wish the company the very best in its future endeavors.”
It is anticipated that over the coming months the new ITL facility in Wellingborough will be fully operational and the company will introduce clients to the new Insituform management team and present the Insituform UK vision for the future, the release said.