Season’s greetings to one and all
Posted on 12th December 2017
As 2017 draws to a close, we would like to take this opportunity to wish all our customers and business partners a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
Thank you for your support during what has proven to be yet another busy and successful year for PSJ Fabrications. We have received, designed, manufactured and delivered projects across a diverse range of industry sectors and look forward to working on further innovative solutions in 2018.
Wood Group completes acquisition of Amec Foster Wheeler
Posted on 16th October 2017
Wood Group – the owner of PSJ Fabrications’ parent company, The Automated Technology Group – has announced the completion of its acquisition of Amec Foster Wheeler, a major player in the oil and gas industry, as well as in power and process, mining and other sectors.
Rebranded as ‘Wood’, the new company forms a global leader in the delivery of project, engineering and technical services to energy and industrial markets. Described by Robin Watson, Chief Executive of Wood, as “transformational”, the acquisition creates an organisation spanning more than 60 countries, employing around 55,000 people and with revenues of over $11 billion.
“We become a business of significant scale and enhanced capability,” said Robin Watson, “delivering services across a broader range of geographies and sectors, differentiated by the quality of our people, enabling technology and know-how. Wood is better placed to serve customers than ever before, with a more comprehensive range of capabilities and the potential to deliver efficient integrated solutions with fewer customer interfaces.”
Andy Robinson, CEO of The Automated Technology Group, commented: “This acquisition is fantastic news as it creates exciting opportunities, both for Wood and for us at The Automated Technology Group.”
Wood combines the vast expertise of three trailblazing engineering companies with a prodigious history of innovation: Amec, founded in 1848; Foster Wheeler, dating back to 1884; and Wood Group, established in 1912. All this experience enables Wood to provide performance-driven solutions throughout the asset life cycle – from concept to decommissioning – across a broad range of industrial markets. These include the oil & gas, chemicals, environment & infrastructure, power & process, clean energy, mining and general industrial sectors.
To find out more about Wood, visit the new website at www.woodplc.com.
ATG Slovakia achieves Technical Inspection approval
Posted on 12th September 2017
The Slovakian subsidiary of PSJ Fabrications’ parent company, The Automated Technology Group, is delighted to have achieved approval from the government’s Technical Inspection department, allowing the company to trade as a fully operational electrical business in Slovakia.
Commented Darren Ashford (pictured), Managing Director of ATG s.r.o., “As you would expect, there have been a number of hurdles to overcome in establishing our business in Slovakia and – after weeks of hard work – we are really pleased to have achieved this status. It essentially means that we comply with all local and EU standards and are allowed to design, manufacture, install, test and commission all systems of a low voltage nature.” He added, “I would like to take this opportunity to thank all colleagues and associates who have assisted in gaining this approval. The information will now be transposed onto the ‘Commercial Register’, as we enter another phase in our development into the European market.”
The subsidiary – which was established in 2015 and moved into brand-new premises in Nitra earlier this year – has recently completed a robot-programming project in Slovakia for PSA Group, Europe’s number two automotive manufacturer and owner of the Peugeot and Citroën brands, at the company’s Trnava plant.
“We are ideally located and skilled to support automation projects for the large number high-tech and automotive companies in Slovakia and the surrounding European region,” said Darren Ashford.
Top Wood Group executives visit Jaguar Land Rover
Posted on 4th September 2017
The Automated Technology Group – the parent company of PSJ Fabrications – recently hosted the monthly Executive Leadership Team and Board meeting of its parent, Wood Group, at ATG’s headquarters in Silsoe. “We were delighted to welcome senior executives from Wood Group to our offices and give them an overview of our manufacturing and administrative operations here at Silsoe,” said Andy Robinson, CEO of The Automated Technology Group.
After a successful Board meeting, two of ATG’s young engineers, Toby Issacs and James Mason, demonstrated the company’s Virtual Simulation Technology to the Wood Group team; this provided an insight into the advanced skills used by ATG to de-risk large system integration at customers’ sites. This implementation process was seen at first hand the next day when the Wood Group team was escorted on a site visit by senior executives from Jaguar Land Rover at their Solihull facility. Occupying a 300-acre site, the Solihull plant employs over 10,000 people in three-shift, 24-hour production and utilises ATG control systems extensively to facilitate the automated production of Range Rover, Range Rover Sport, Discovery, XE, F-Pace and Velar models.
“Our Wood Group colleagues were very interested to witness first-hand the design and simulation processes our engineers use to de-risk system implementation and ensure optimisation of the large-scale automation systems we provide to our customers; this was cemented by watching the actual robot production lines used to manufacture the Range Rover and Jaguar vehicles,” said Andy Robinson.
The visit concluded with an exciting 4×4 off-road driving session at the Land Rover Experience all-terrain track adjacent to the factory.
ATG Slovakia wins order from PSA Group for robot programming
Posted on 19th April 2017
The team at the Slovakian base of The Automated Technology Group – parent company of PSJ Fabrications – are celebrating an order from PSA Group, Europe’s number two automotive manufacturer with brands including Peugeot and Citroën. The project for PSA’s plant in Trnava, Slovakia, will take place during the four-week summer closure in August 2017.
Secured by Jozef Moravec, Project Manager for ATG Slovakia, the order is for robot-programming services for a number of manufacturing line upgrades. The work will be carried out within strict and demanding time frames by ATG’s team of Slovakian programmers – working out of the company’s new office in Nitra – supported by Rob Green, Senior Robotics Engineer from ATG’s head office in Silsoe, UK.
Commenting on the order, Darren Ashford, Managing Director of ATG Slovakia, said: “We are delighted to have secured this order, which has opened the door to further talks with PSA about opportunities for ATG to assist with future turnkey projects. The Wood Group and ATG brands are highly regarded by senior executives at PSA, who are keen to develop our relationship further, which we are really excited about.”
The Automated Technology Group launched its Slovakian business – its first operation outside of the UK – in late 2015 with the aim of supporting automation projects in Slovakia and the surrounding region. Proximity to Western European markets, the availability of skilled labour and a wealth of university research facilities have attracted a large number high-tech and automotive corporations to this region in recent years.
Wood Group announces recommended all-share offer for Amec Foster Wheeler
Posted on 23rd March 2017
The board of Wood Group – parent company of PSJ Fabrications – has made a recommended all-share offer for Amec Foster Wheeler.
Commenting on the announcement, Robin Watson, Chief Executive of Wood Group (pictured), said: “We want to be recognised as the best technical services company to work with, work for and invest in, with a relentless focus on excellence. The combination with Amec Foster Wheeler is a compelling opportunity for us to accelerate the delivery of this vision; positioning us to become a global leader in project delivery, engineering, modifications, construction, operations, maintenance and consulting activities and decommissioning by strengthening the breadth and range of services and creating new customer relationships.
I am genuinely excited by the opportunities this will create for our business, our capabilities, our innovations and our future.”
Upon completion, it is expected that the Combined Group will have approximately 64,000 employees in more than 50 countries. Opportunities for cost and revenue synergies have been identified and, as a result of the strong operational fit, the Combined Group will have a more robust and diversified platform that will make it better able to withstand the inherent market and contract volatility that faces the oil & gas industry. It will also position the Combined Group as a market leader in project, engineering and technical services delivery.
The Combined Group will be led by Robin Watson as CEO, with Ian Marchant continuing as Chairman and David Kemp remaining as CFO. Four members of the Amec Foster Wheeler Board will join the board of the Combined Group upon completion of the Combination, which has been unanimously recommended by the boards of Wood Group and Amec Foster Wheeler.
To read the full announcement from Wood Group, please click here.
ATG showcases its expertise at Jaguar Land Rover’s innovation event
Posted on 7th March 2017
Representatives of The Automated Technology Group – the parent company of PSJ Fabrications – were recently invited to attend Jaguar Land Rover’s ‘Manufacturing Innovation Challenge’, held at the company’s Training Centre in Castle Bromwich. With a select number of invited suppliers in attendance, the two-day event was an opportunity for JLR employees to experience the latest technologies and ideas available from key suppliers and how these might have a positive impact on JLR’s innovation projects now and into the future.
“The ATG team had a stand at the event,” explained Tom Hendon, Regional Sales Manager for ATG’s Controls division, “to highlight the services that we offer and, as the only systems integrator present, we received a high level of interest. Gareth Henry, one of our Simulation Engineers, gave a presentation on discrete event simulation, which was well received. All in all,” concluded Tom Hendon, “the event was a great opportunity to showcase our expertise and network with key people at JLR.”
To add a little extra buzz, the ATG team ran a ‘safe cracker’ competition to win an iPad mini. Participants watched ATG’s 2-minute corporate video, which contained a clue to the four-digit code for a safe that was displayed on the stand. “Around 50 people entered the correct number and placed their details in the safe,” said Tom, “and the winner was then drawn out at random. The prize was won by Charlotte – an apprentice working at JLR’s engine plant – who, coincidentally, is working for John Riley, a former employee of ATG. Gareth Henry was delighted to present Charlotte with her iPad.”
UL Certification for control panels
Posted on 21st February 2017
The manufacturing department of The Automated Technology Group – the parent company of PSJ Fabrications – has been certified to apply the ‘UL’ mark to the industrial control panels it builds for export to the United States and Canada.
UL is a global independent safety science company and its marks are the most credible and sought-after certification in North American markets. When regulators see the familiar UL logo, they are confident that the control panel has met the certification requirements.
The UL organisation undertakes testing, inspection, certification, auditing and validation of a vast number of products in diverse industries, with the prestigious UL mark appearing on 22 billion products annually.
Sustainability success: ATG puts zero waste to landfill
Posted on 7th February 2017
Continuing with its strong focus on environmental sustainability, The Automated Technology Group – the parent company of PSJ Fabrications – has built on the Greener Path Award it achieved in 2015 by exceeding its environmental objectives for recycling in 2016.
Having set a target of at least 85% landfill diversion, ATG is delighted to have exceeded this and achieved 100%. In conjunction with its registered waste carrier, ACM Environmental, ATG has demonstrated exemplary effort in its sustainability goals through implementation of a structured environmental management strategy and commitment to maintaining and improving its waste management.
As part of its ISO 14001 certification, the ATG’s environmental management system is externally audited. Over 78 tonnes of waste were generated across all ATG locations during 2016 including 19 tonnes of general and food waste, 45 tonnes of mixed recyclables and 14.5 tonnes of wood. A total of 71 of these 78 tonnes were recycled, with the remaining 7 tonnes being recovered for biomass energy generation, thus achieving zero waste to landfill.
Darryl Pearce, Quality Manager for ATG and responsible for the group’s environmental management, commented: “We are really pleased to have achieved the full 100%, albeit that it makes it difficult for us to improve on this in 2017! What we can do, however, is seek additional and innovative ways to improve our sustainability across the business over the coming year, and this will be reflected in our forthcoming objectives.”
The ATG family gets in the Christmas spirit
Posted on 13th December 2016
The Christmas festivities kicked off in style on Saturday 10th December when the Automated Technology Group, the parent company of PSJ Fabrications, held its annual children’s Christmas party. Now in its second year, the event – organised by ATG’s Social Committee – welcomes the children and grandchildren of all staff for an afternoon of entertainment at the group’s headquarters in Silsoe.
As well as an excellent spread of party food, the children enjoyed face painting, a magic show with balloon modelling and a disco, complete with bubble machine. The excitement peaked when Father Christmas appeared, bringing presents for all the kids.
Explained Paul Baxter, Team Leader and member of the Social Committee, “The party was a great success, with a record number of 40 children attending. This is not only an opportunity to provide some fun for the children but also a chance to introduce partners to colleagues and get to know one another much better.”