Exeter firm develops world leading solutions for the upstream oil and gas industry

Mary Youlden
Authored by Mary Youlden
Posted Wednesday, February 3, 2016 - 4:01pm

An Exeter based provider of specialist products and services for the exploration of oil and gas has doubled its engineering team as a result of growing demand for its world leading patented products and services.

Founded in 1992, AnTech is a family run business which identified a niche in the market to design and manufacture products that were otherwise unavailable to the oil and gas industry.  The company provides high quality, innovative and customised products which are sold across the globe to all of the major service companies.

In 2013, the firm launched its Directional Coiled Tubing Drilling (DCTD) service division backed by Saudi Aramco Energy Ventures and Calculus Capital. The firm now operates globally across two business divisions, supplying both products and services to the oil and gas industry, from the Middle East to the United States.

Based at Exeter Airport Business Park, the company has increased its specialist team by 50% over the past 18 months, leading to an expansion of its headquarters, to provide improved operations and manufacturing facilities.

The new facilities in Exeter accommodate AnTech’s rapidly increasing number of engineers and technicians for its production and engineering teams, sales and marketing staff and field teams. The 9,000 sq ft building allows extra space to manufacture and test products, many of which are used in extremely hazardous conditions. The engineering firm also has a new service base in Texas and has set up an operations base in Al-Khobar, Saudi Arabia.

Managing Director and Founder, Toni Miszewski, has seen the company through two financial crashes, but now has a 50 strong team of specialist staff working across the world. The company also announced record product sales up by 52% during the last financial year. 

Toni said: “We are continually striving to design and manufacture better, smarter and more innovative products and services that meet the industry’s needs. Our strong customer demand has resulted in the need to employ more people and expand our workshops, labs and office space to make room for a new wave of engineers, technicians and field teams to service our customers.

He continued: “We have recently appointed Jan Ward, new chairman for our board of directors, who will work with us to further strengthen our international presence and pursue our international growth strategy. We have a highly skilled workforce here at AnTech, a team that I am very proud of and grateful to for all of their hard work and commitment to this firm. Thanks to them, we are a key player in the oil and gas industry and have already made significant advancement in our products, designs and services.”

The Antech team actively promotes careers in engineering to students across the region and at the University of Exeter. As a result, the company is home to a large number of staff from the local area, and boasts a large percentage of female engineers.

Clare Miszewska, Business Development Manager said: “We recruit a high proportion of our staff locally. Some are graduates from the local universities, whilst others have been recruited from college via apprenticeships and the YINI scheme. Our products and services are unique, with only a few other organisations offering similar services across the world. We hope to continue expanding and will be looking to the local talent pool to grow our talented workforce as one of our key avenues of recruitment.”

Maureen Gori-de-Murden, Senior Economy & Tourism Officer at Exeter City Council said: “AnTech is an innovative business which is continually adapting and evolving to meet global market demands, all from its head office here in Exeter. The firm, which supports and invests in its employees, has a very high staff retention rate, with many members of staff having worked their way up within the company. We are proud to have such an exciting evolving family business in our city and pleased that the team support local events such as the Big Bang South West and TEDxExeter, and aim to recruit staff locally.”

AnTech specialises in product technologies that meet the industry’s stringent health and safety standards and are always looking at new technologies such as 3D printing and Fibre Optics in order to stay ahead of the game.

In addition, AnTech has developed a wide range of specialist analytical tools and software that it uses to optimise solutions. The company provides a “one-stop shop” for advice about Directional Coiled Tubing Drilling to the oil and gas industry. “We model conditions in a well and advise operators about what they need to do, and how to do it efficiently and cost-effectively,” said Miszewska. “Plus, we can help set up the complete package, working with the rig companies to formulate strategy, equipment, and on-the-job execution,” she added.

To find out more about AnTech visit www.antech.co.uk or to find out more about relocating your business to Exeter, visit www.investinexeter.co.uk

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