New appointment in Primo’s offshore segment

Date: 01/05/2014

Topic: Energy & Offshore

Gerard Socha, 48, has just been appointed new business area manager for Primo’s expanding offshore segment.

Gerard Socha, 48, has just been appointed new business area manager for Primo’s expanding offshore segment.

Primo is betting on the offshore industry both in the Nordic countries and across the world. The offshore industry is a global growth area, and Primo’s expertise in plastics extrusion means that we can supply large offshore operators with some of the most essential components:

The subsea cables and umbilicals, all in advanced, durable, extruded plastics. To prepare for the expected growth in this industry, Primo has just announced the appointment of Gerard Socha as new business area manager for the offshore business.

“We’re ready to grow with the industry,” says Bjørn Hågan, managing director of Primo Norway. “And with the appointment of Gerard Socha, we’re upgrading our organization to match the demands of the market.” 

Vital components for the offshore industry

Primo supplies extruded profiles for subsea cabling such as power cables, DEH pipes and umbilicals. All these are vital components in the offshore industry, as they help protect the all-important underwater cables running to and from offshore facilities, often at great water depths. One of Primo’s main advantages is its ability to produce extruded high-quality profiles of amazing length.

Where ordinary extruded plastic profiles for building purposes are made in lengths up to 6 meters and then cut off, cabling profiles are produced and laid directly on to drums with a diameter of up to 3.2 meters - depending on the profile’s size, such drums can hold up to 30,000 meters of continuous profile.

Documentation and fast logistics

For the customers in the offshore industry, one thing above all is important: Documentation. In the offshore industry, any error can have potentially huge consequences. Bjørn Hågan explains: “Imagine a cable at a depth of 2,000 meters which breaks - we just can’t have that. So our customers depend on top quality, documentation and traceability in every single detail, and we can deliver that.” 

Another vital element is how easy it is to get access to the products. “At our production facility in Dalstop, Sweden, we have almost limitless space for intermediate product storage, and that means we can offer very short lead-times when our customers need subsea cabling with Primo profiles in them,” says Bjørn Hågan.

Experience with polymers 

The new business area manager for the offshore business, Gerard Socha, has more than twenty years of experience from the plastics business from such companies as INEOS and Wilh. Willumsen. Originally trained as a chemical engineer, polymer plastics have been his main field of expertise for years.

He comes from a position with Wilh. Willumsen in Norway, one of the main raw material suppliers in the plastics industry, and he has long experience working with international customers in large-scale project sales - exactly the task he will be undertaking at Primo.


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