Cable firm to roll out expansion

One of the JDR sheds. (IRN
One of the JDR sheds. (IRN

A CABLE firm has revealed plans for further growth.

JDR Cables, based in Greenland Road in Hartlepool, is targeting expansion in the power cables market for offshore wind energy farms.

And to help it achieve that, it has taken on Brad Rabone as UK and Southern European sales manager.

Brad will develop and implement sales strategies, create new business opportunities and provide greater support for existing JDR clients in the UK and Europe.

Executive vice president of sales and marketing Paul Gahm said: “I’m delighted that Brad has joined JDR at such an important moment.

“Renewables, in particular offshore wind, are an increasingly important energy source as Governments seek to balance their energy mix and reduce dependence on hydrocarbons.

“Brad’s knowledge of medium and high voltage power cables will be invaluable as we drive the next generation of renewable energy cables and support oil and gas operators as they electrify the seabed.”

Brad said: “I am delighted to be joining JDR at a time of great promise for the offshore renewables sector.

“It is great to work for an industry leader, particularly one which is supporting British industry by manufacturing cables in the UK.

“I hope to be able to help grow the company’s markets both in the UK and abroad”

JDR has nearly 500 employees in six countries.

The Hartlepool Mail was first to reveal, in July 2009, that JDR was set to create up to 200 jobs by setting up a factory which would be the only one of its type in the UK. It currently has around 140 people on its town payroll.

The firm makes underwater cables for offshore wind turbines as well as the oil and gas markets.

JDR Cables was the 2010 winner of the Queen’s Award for export.

And in September this year, it continued its success by winning a deal to design and manufacture five subsea power and communication cables for the Satah Al Razboot (SARB) package 3 project located off the coast of Abu Dhabi.

The Petrofac deal is for more than 30 miles of cables and the longest single cable in the deal is around 13 miles.

JDR has already started work on the complex project at Hartlepool facility.

Earlier this year, JDR revealed its annual results which showed a 56 per cent increase in revenue. They also showed record levels of orders which stood at £112.5m which meant the firm had an annual growth rate of 20 per cent since 2008.

Twenty five per cent of the JDR business is now within the renewable market.

Just three months ago, JDR was name-checked by Government officials after the Greater Gabbard offshore wind farm, off the coast of Suffolk. was officially opened by the Business and Energy Minister Michael Fallon.

JDR provided the cables for the wind farm.