Score Group plc celebrates its 30th anniversary

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Another milestone in Score’s history is being celebrated around the global company locations this year – Score Group’s 30th anniversary.

Score has, and always will b,e a company that continually looks forward to the future in terms of new innovation, service capability and continuous improvement in quality and safety.

However, in this landmark year, it is appropriate that we look back at how this success has been attained.

The story begins on 1st August 1982.

Charles Ritchie working initially on his own with assistance from family, the company operated from a 3,000 square foot unit on the outskirts of Peterhead. In a short while, however, business was booming and the company and workforce began to grow.

The initial service being provided was a valve repair and refurbishment service for the main operators in the offshore Oil and Gas Industry. This basic service was only the tip of the iceberg.

Score UK, Cowdenbeath, was opened in 1984 and initially fulfilled the geographical criteria with its proximity to the major valve populations at petrochemical processing plants in the area going on to provide enhanced valve testing facilities. A specialist coatings company, Hycrome, was acquired by Score in 1990. This service was critical to the company development as it allowed the organisation to enhance valve performance and minimise cost of ownership through the application of specialised coating technologies and the reclamation and refurbishment of worn components.

Originally in Colchester, but now in Ipswich, Score provided a centre for engineering excellence and to provide engineering support to the London-based engineering houses.

Back at head office in Peterhead the acquisition of the old Glenugie Distillery in 1984 allowed the building of a purpose-built facility. The first new build workshop to be completed was the crane warehouse accommodating a 100 ton crane completed in 1993 with the main 60,000 square metres of workshops and office accommodation built during 1994/5 and continuing to evolve during the 90’s.

The overseas development of the organisation started with the servicing of the Norwegian oil and gas sector from the Dusavik base in Stavanger, Norway. The company replicated its valve services in this new geographical market place with great success. In 2002, the company moved to bigger premises at Randaberg Bruk, on the outskirts of Stavanger. Score Danmark opened in Esbjerg, Denmark in 1999, to provide a local service, principally to the offshore oil and gas operators in the Danish market but also to become the Group’s main purchasing and distribution centre for the acquisition and supply of commodity valves throughout Europe.

As the reputation of Score’s excellent service provision grew, demands for these services began to come from further afield. The company responded to these market demands by opening new companies in the Middle East, North and South America, Canada, Australia and Asia. In 2001 Score Group acquired Constant Systems Limited, a company manufacturing specialised cell disruptor machines for use in medical research.

Score Marine was formed in the same year and was established to meet the demand for a single source of naval platform for valve management and support. Also in 2001, Score’s first North American operation opened in Houston, Texas. Following significant further investment in this market, Score subsequently opened new operations in Edmonton to support the Tar Sands oil extraction businesses, as well as Halifax and St Johns on the East coast.

This enabled Score to expand its services provided and to better support its customer base in North America. In 2002 Score Trinidad and Tobago was formed with other locations in South America including Rio de Janeiro in Brazil and Maracaibo in Venezuela.

In 2003 Score opened the GLEn test facility in Wellbank, Peterhead. From this facility, Score Energy supply aero derivative gas turbine services and specialise in overhaul, repair, upgrade, modification and testing of industrial gas turbines.

The GLEn (Ground Level Engine) Test Facility is a state-of-the-art purpose-built gas turbine testing centre, the only independent one of its type anywhere in the world. At its core, the turbine test bed was fitted with the latest telemetry systems, making it the most technologically advanced turbine test facility in the world. 2005 saw Score Middle East being formed. Operating from their premises in Dubai, this supports Score Middle East customers not only providing valve sales, repair and testing services but also capable of repairing Rolls Royce and RB211 Industrial Gas Turbines.

In 2006 Score Training and Multimedia Productions Limited was formed. Primarily focused on specialised practical and online training, the company also creates, develops and monitors Score Group’s publication, graphics, web and ecommerce, and corporate branding.

In 2009 Score opened a new facility in Kennesaw, Atlanta, USA. This facility manufactures Acoustic Emissions Sensors and supplies condition monitoring systems and services for valves used in the power, oil and gas industries.

These sensors are key components in both the MIDAS Meter® and the In-Line V-MAPTM valve performance monitoring systems. In 2010 Score Subsea and Wellhead Limited was formed and this business now operates out of its own custom built 4,770m2 facilities at the Score Wellbank site, Peterhead.

Other locations opened during the 30-year history have included Chester which relocated to Brighouse who specialise in engineering and control valve technology and also oversee Great Yarmouth, Southampton and Ireland operations.

Other locations include Brisbane and Perth in Australia, Nigeria, Mexico, Sandnessjoen in Norway and Turate in Italy.

Providing engineering apprenticeships has always been firmly at the heart of the organisation employing over 700 in its 30-year history. The first two apprentices were employed in 1988 and this has steadily expanded into other engineering, mechanical, and inspection training routes as well as administration and multimedia.

Globally, there are in excess of 300 apprentices employed with up to 80 new starts each year in Peterhead alone. This has made it the largest apprentice scheme in Scotland, and we are proud of it. Score (Europe) Limited was awarded the “Large Employer of the Year” Award at the annual Scottish Modern Apprenticeships Awards in 2008, beating all other recognised engineering organisations.

The company was very proud to be the first in its field to achieve compliance with the industry standards for: Quality Assurance Management, Health and Safety Management, Environmental Management, Investors in People, the European Pressure Equipment Regulations, Test Laboratory Accreditation and Training Provision.

In all its businesses, the Group continues to invest in research and development and emerging technology to continuously improve the performance of engineered products throughout their life. Score now have over 30 facilities worldwide in more than 20 countries. In 30 years, Score Group has grown to be a world leader in independent Valve and Gas Turbine Solutions.

A number of Score locations around the world have been celebrating this marvelous achievement this year. The largest gathering was back in the North East corner with 800 people along with various managers and directors from around the Group enjoying an evening of entertainment at The Tufted Duck Hotel, St Combs.

This celebration took place on the 2nd June and was greatly enjoyed by all.

Score Group plc continues to grow from strength to strength with plans to expand further into the global market dedicated to continue, enhance and support its apprenticeship scheme and other career opportunities.

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