Mutech, based in Manchester, England, has announced a record order book. The company, which has 25 years experience in electronics design and manufacture of intrinsic safety equipment for leading companies worldwide, quoted a 40% increase for Q4 of 2012, compared with the same period in 2011. Business has expanded, particularly in the oil, gas and mining equipment markets, as Managing Director, Colin Cameron, explains: “We have increased our marketing and customer service in the core areas of hazardous and functional safety. Our growth is driven by an expanding international end user market.”The expanding order book is reflected in staff intake, which has increased by 20% over the last 12 months. Colin Cameron is keen to recognise the significance of high calibre personnel: “Our success has been powered by professional, motivated and valued people. The award of IIP Gold earlier this year proved that investing in personnel is the key to our long term goal of becoming a centre of excellence for our chosen specialist markets. And, very importantly, we still have huge potential for further innovation, development and growth.”Colin Cameron, who was elected Chairman of the important L/6/10* committee and who has recently returned from the international IECEx* series of meetings to discuss harmonisation with the industry, stresses the importance of certification for continued success in global markets: “The UK’s standards are currently seen as the benchmark and Mutech’s strategy is to work towards product certification for all its markets.”The company embraces the wide spectrum of electronics, from specification, circuit design, software development, through approvals and testing, to prototype and low volume production. A member of the Association of British Mining Equipment Companies (ABMEC) Mutech designs, builds and tests internationally approved products for customers in the fields of mining and other hazardous areas.*L/6/10 comprises manufacturers, users, certification and government bodies, offering a UK perspective to the international committee. L/6/10 is the sole route for UK input into the IECEx scheme.The L/6/10 committee reports to the British Electrotechnical Committee (BEC), the UK Committee for IEC. The L/6/10 is responsible for issues relating to the certification of electrical and mechanical equipment used in hazardous areas (the IECEx scheme), including the oil, gas, mining and landfill industries, as well as food and other process industries.IECEx is the International Electrotechnical Commission System for Certification to standards relating to equipment for use in explosive atmospheres.
However, he noted that the pipeline has created about 2,000 jobs that had in many ways “shielded” the area from the recession.ScholarshipsKenny stated that Shell was working “with local communities in so many areas” and had provided scholarship funds for young people.He said he welcomed the news that “gas should flow from the Corrib field within the next six months or so”.Yesterday, a number of groups noted that they had sent 111 complaints to the Garda Ombudsman between May 2007 and November 2009, 78 of which were deemed admissible and seven sent to the DPP. The DPP rejected prosecution in all seven cases.In 2012, residents submitted a mass complaint to Mayo County Council, outlining alleged serious grievances arising out of the project, including claims of experiences of private security and state policing. The groups said that the complaints did not amount to any action being taken.Billy BunterOn the subject of inquiries, Daly described the banking inquiry as “toothless” and said it is “not going to achieve anything except a bit of publicity” for politicians.She remarked that it was like “asking Billy Bunter who robbed the school tuck shop – it’s a joke.”Kenny replied by saying that the inquiry was “free of any direction from government”, much to the amusement of the Opposition benches. Fianna Fáil TDs Source: Oireachtas TVOriginally published: 5.42pmRead: Shell to Sea calls for public inquiry into the policing of Corrib gas project Updated: 10pmINDEPENDENT TD CLARE DALY has backed the call for an independent inquiry into the policing of the Corrib gas project in Co Mayo.A range of individuals and organisations including politicians, human rights organisations, garda whistleblowers, academics and activists are supporting the call for a public inquiry.Speaking in the Dáil this afternoon, Daly said that the “continued intimidation and harassment of the local community” by Shell needed to be investigated.Enda Kenny stated that the alleged harassment was not being reported by local people, adding that he knew “most” of them.“Imported serial protestors caused the trouble,” he said.The Taoiseach claimed that some of the group had travelled from abroad to “give vent to their professional hysterical screeches”.He said that their behaviour has cost the taxpayer €20-25 million in overtime payments for members of an Garda Síochána.Daly claimed that certain gardaí monitoring the project were acting as “hired hands for a multinational” and “arresting people without charge”.Kenny admitted that the Corrib project was “badly handled in the beginning”.Were you to do things again you might do them very differently or some things not at all.