Foundations laid for more success

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

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A FLOURISHING Hartlepool firm is set for a double boost to continue its growth.

JDR, based in Greenland Road in Hartlepool, will be showcasing its products at an international exhibition in Aberdeen next week, but at the same event, bosses will also be hoping to bring home a title.

The firm, which makes cables for underwater use, has been nominated for the prestigious Exporter of the Year title as part of the Subsea UK Awards.

It will learn its fate on Thursday, February 7 - the second day of the two-day exhibition where it will be showing its range of products to industrial experts.

Paul Gahm, the vice president of sales and marketing at JDR, said visitors to the JDR booth at the exhibition would “experience our latest advances in custom engineered products for subsea installations and interventions at ever increasing water depths and distances”.

He said JDR was continuing to “develop technologies that maximise the efficient delivery of power, control and communications.”

JDR first set up its 100,000 sq ft Hartlepool plant in July 2009 with the hope of creating 200 jobs in the long term.

It was the only site in the UK designed specifically to make subsea power cables for the growing offshore renewable energy market and the increasingly complex oil and gas sector.

By last summer, it had already taken its workforce to more than 130 people and clinched deals to supply cables for offshore wind farms both in the UK and Germany.

Now it is hoping to secure more business by displaying its products at the Subsea UK exhibition which runs from next Wednesday to Thursday at the Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre.