ACE Winches set to build on successful year

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ACE Winches, a leader in the design, manufacture and hire of hydraulic winches, marine deck machinery and associated personnel for the offshore oil and gas, marine and renewable energy markets, is set to build on its enviable track of export and home grown talent as it announces its results for the past 12 months.

The Aberdeenshire-based company has reiterated a long-standing commitment to its local workforce by investing several million pounds in its new global headquarters on a 24-acre site at Towie Barclay Works, near Turriff.

ACE Winches’ annual report to October 2010, reveals a turnover of £16.8 million, up from £12.1 million the previous year and which slightly exceeds its projected turnover for the year.

The company reports a pre-tax profit of £4.2 million in 2010, which is almost exactly the same as it reported in 2009, however the company’s significant investment at Towie Barclay is reflected in increased capital expenditure which more than doubled from £3.0 million in 2009 to £6.4 million in 2010.

Chief executive officer Alfie Cheyne said: “2010 was all about consolidation following our move to Towie Barclay Works. We have maintained a strong order book which allowed us to invest with confidence as we look towards expanding our overseas delivery whilst also servicing our solid client base here in the UK.”

“ACE Winches’ success so far has been based on specifically targeting the niche exports of skills and products to clearly defined markets and applications and by maintaining our focus on what we are good at.”

“We have built upon Scotland’s reputation for engineering heritage and talented people with manufacturing skills developed in shipbuilding, oil and gas and increasingly marine renewable skills. We hone this process and take these engineering and manufacturing skills worldwide,” said Mr Cheyne.

Mr Cheyne said ACE Winches would continue its commitment to corporate social responsibility by maintaining its links and support to the local community and various charitable causes.

The company has also prioritised facilities for staff at Towie Barclay with subsidised canteen meals, on-site gym, a football pitch and landscaped picnic area all being developed.