New Portsmouth office for marine and subsea business IMES

IMES, the marine and subsea business, has moved to state-of-the-art premises in Portsmouth as the company targets further strategic growth.

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The company, which is headquartered in Aberdeen providing inspection, monitoring and engineering solutions to the global energy, defence and industrial markets.

The new 5,500 sq ft premises, based at Voyager Park on Portfield Road, Portsmouth, feature a load testing area for lifting equipment, a component assembly area and purpose-built painting area. It will enhance projects carried out for clients in the defence, marine and industrial sectors which includes lifting and inspection services.

IMES, which has six operations in the UK and one in the United States, has a team of 70 and currently employs a local team of six people in Portsmouth.

Jason Smith, chief operating officer at IMES, said: “We have taken this decision to move to new, modern premises with a view to increasing staff levels in order to meet an expected rise in demand for our innovative solutions the length of the south coast.

“This commitment clearly demonstrates the business’ continued confidence in the Portsmouth market, as well as the hard work and dedication put in by members of our team.”

Glenn Ward, service manager at the company’s Portsmouth operation, said: “It’s an exciting time for the business; the move to the new premises has created a much more efficient working environment for staff to complete key defence and inspection projects on time and on budget.”

IMES has been formally recognised for the high level of its crane and lifting services with ISO 17020:2012 as a Type C body from UKAS (the United Kingdom Accreditation Service), which relates to inspection bodies. The business also holds distributor agreements for Viper and NDT Technologies for high quality wire rope inspection and lubrication products.

The company is an independent specialist provider of lifting and inspection services, wire rope management, engineering and design consultancy and bespoke load measurement products, ensuring safe operation of cranes, lifting gear and other specialised structures.

IMES has operations in Aberdeen, Bristol, Plymouth, Portsmouth, Rosyth and Sheffield. The company’s Portsmouth operation was previously based at the city’s Portfield Industrial Estate. In addition, it has an office in the United States and agents in Singapore, Brazil, Egypt and Holland.

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