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Aquaseal Rubber Ltd, which recently secured and delivered its biggest ever contract, has unveiled plans to further grow and develop the business.

The company, which is based in Longbenton, North Tyneside, has strengthened its management structure to enable it to capitalise on emerging business opportunities.

Doug Heslop, who has wide experience in the manufacturing sector, has been appointed Production Manager to deal with the day-to-day running of the business’s production, allowing Managing Director Jason Armstrong to concentrate on business development.

The firm, which has been in operation since 1972 and which supplies products to the marine, defence, automotive, agricultural and food sectors, has been working on its largest ever contract – making rubber linings for steel guides used in the manufacture of oil platforms by OGN.

Jason Armstrong now will concentrate on travelling to trade shows and work on other initiatives to attract more work to Aquaseal Rubber, which employs 12 and is recruiting additional staff.

The plans follow Barrier Group Ltd acquiring a 49% stake in Aquaseal Rubber, with the aim of helping expand the business’s presence in wider markets.

Aquaseal Rubber, which manufactures products including rubber coatings, hoses and seals for road cleaning equipment, hoses used in the food industry, grain and bulker hoses along with radiator and heater hoses for cars, and fenders for Remotely Operated Vehicles, is a family business run by Jason Armstrong and his father, Eddie Armstrong.

Jason Armstrong, Managing Director of Aquaseal Rubber, said: “We are determined to continue building on our success, which has included winning the most substantial order in the company’s 40-plus year history.

“Appointing a factory manager is a significant move as it will allow me to concentrate on business development. We also are about to take on an additional manufacturing worker and hope that further recruitment will take place in the coming months.”

Robert Bowles, Chairman of Barrier Group, said: “We knew when we acquired a stake in Aquaseal Rubber that it was a company with a strong history and an excellent reputation for quality and service. Its continuing success and business development plans reinforces the faith we have in Aquaseal Rubber’s future.”

Securing a stake in Aquaseal Rubber was part of a broader move by Barrier, which is based in Wallsend, to expand and move into new markets with its existing customers also benefiting from the additional range of services provided by the acquisition.

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