Ashtead Names New Asia-Pacific Leader

Global subsea equipment solutions specialist,  Ashtead Technology has appointed a new regional director for Asia-Pacific.

James Christie joins the Aberdeen-based firm from Subsea 7 as Ashtead completes a six-figure investment to double the size of its Singapore facility.

Based in the city-state, James Christie will spearhead the company’s plans for further growth and development in the region where the business has become a well-established name over the last 25 years.

The extensive upgrade to the company’s Loyang offshore base facility has seen the operation double to 2,500m². Utilising neighbouring space on the same site, it has been expanded to accommodate a wider range of electronic and mechanical equipment and test facilities to support clients based in the region and internationally.

Since the business was acquired by Buckthorn Partners and APICORP in April 2016, Ashtead Technology has grown significantly completing four acquisitions across multiple geographies and has seen its global equipment fleet grow to 20,000 assets, creating the industry’s leading independent provider of subsea survey and ROV equipment rental and project services.

Mr Christie brings 20 years’ subsea industry experience to his new position following a career that has seen him accumulate extensive experience of both offshore and shore based ROV and life of field operations. Joining from i-Tech 7, Subsea 7’s Life of field business unit, he has been Regional Director for the Asia Pacific region for the last three years.

With responsibility for leadership of Ashtead Technology’s Asia Pacific business, Mr Christie will drive forward the company’s growth goals as well as build on the firm’s reputation for delivering high quality, cost efficient engineering solutions.

Ashtead Technology CEO Allan Pirie said: “Attracting someone of James’s calibre into the business is a great endorsement of our strategy and ambition. He has an excellent track record of working extensively offshore and with tier 1 contractors across the Asia Pacific region. As a result, he has an in-depth understanding of the operational challenges clients face and how best to support them."

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