Further expansion planned for MACAW Engineering


A North-East engineering consultancy company which has grown every year since its inception is marking its 20th anniversary by revealing further expansion plans.

MACAW Engineering, established in Newcastle in 1996, works globally to provide specialist consultancy services to the oil and gas industry. Its client base includes some of the biggest players in this global industry.

The business, which was founded by four former senior British Gas engineers, now employs around 100 people, and has been on a path of steady and measured growth for the past 20 years. It has moved or expanded its premises three times to help accommodate its growing workforce and workload.

MACAW is planning to further increase its employee numbers during 2016 and is also looking to take on additional workshop space to enable it to keep pace with demand for its testing facilities.

MACAW, based on Quorum Business Park, works on a wide spectrum of projects from concept stage to decommissioning, and are widely regarded as international specialists in their field. It recently invested in a fleet of drones to enable them to offer inspection services in challenging and hard-to-reach locations.

Paul Casson, principal engineer at MACAW, said the company is looking to its 20th anniversary year with a lot of confidence in its future.

“The business was established 20 years ago and we have seen year on year growth ever since, often exceeding even our own expectations,” he said.

“Five years ago, we moved into our current office space as part of a ten-year plan of expansion – but already we have had to take additional office space and are currently looking for extra workshop capacity.

“We have always been committed to building a strong business which will grow and endure, and we employ and support people who want long-term careers.”

Newcastle law firm Sintons handles MACAW’s property work, dealing with their move to Quorum and facilitating its ongoing expansion. Tom Wills, Associate in Sintons’ Real Estate department, has worked with MACAW for a number of years.

He said: “The success and consistent growth MACAW has seen over two decades is almost unprecedented, and is testament to the strong leadership and clear direction they have there. Although it works on a global scale, MACAW has a deep commitment to the region and to its employees. MACAW’s ongoing expansion plans make it a real North East success story, and Sintons are very pleased to be able to work alongside such a dynamic business which is making its mark regionally, nationally and internationally.”


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