Whale Tankers Opens Dedicated Operation In Scotland
Whale Tankers – one of Europe’s largest manufacturers of liquid waste vacuum tankers and jetting equipment – has confirmed its commitment to further strengthen its position in Scotland having invested in establishing a permanent base north of the border.
As Whale Tankers’ Managing Director, Mark Warmington states: “Having serviced a customer base in Scotland for more than 30 years, we believe the time is now right for Whale Tankers to invest in the ongoing growth opportunities that exist in what is a key geographic market.”
Situated in the Fife town of Inverkeithing, the new Whale Tankers location will become a service, repair and parts centre of excellence that will serve to meet the needs of both private and public sector customers not just within Scotland, but the north of England.
Located on Belleknowles Industrial Estate, with direct access to the M90, the new Whale facility features a three-bay workshop – equipped with the latest service equipment and technology – an extensive parts stock, offices and meeting rooms.
Responsibility for developing the Whale Tankers’ new Scottish home and the person tasked with overseeing its strategic development and day-to-day running is recently appointed General Manager, Charlie Backhouse. In addition to the current mobile vehicle technicians, he will be joined by a dedicated team, all of whom will be responsible for delivering a full range of aftersales services. These will be fully integrated into the suite of systems deployed by Whale Tankers at their main head office and manufacturing site in the West Midlands.
As Charlie comments: “Being given the opportunity to establish a Whale Tankers presence on the ground in Scotland is extremely exciting for all concerned. The new location is ideal for servicing the needs of customers the length and breadth of the country, and will enable us to better respond in a more efficient manner than ever before.
“Such a strategic move by Whale provides great scope to demonstrate to a diverse and varied customer base exactly why its products remain the preferred choice of operators when it comes to operational performance, product quality and technological systems integration. Whale Tankers is an extremely progressive and forward thinking organisation, and it is our intention to ensure that its Scottish presence reflects this,” he added.
With a career spanning some 30 years, Charlie Backhouse is a qualified mechanical engineer with a wealth of experience in the creation of bespoke products and services for the renewables, oil, petrochemical, nuclear and recycling industries. Having held a number of senior managerial and director level roles, Charlie joins Whale Tankers from Umbilicals International (UK) Limited, where he was responsible for the deployment of dynamic cables, hoses and umbilicals for the international energy sector. Prior to that he held service and operation positions with JDR Cable Systems and Heil Farid.
Commenting on Charlie’s appointment, Mark Warmington said: “These are exciting times for Whale Tankers in Scotland and the north of England, and we are delighted to have someone with Charlie’s credentials and engineering experience onboard to help deliver the strategic development of Whale Tankers in such a key market.”
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