Axess has always had a strong culture for continuous improvement. The market changes and the challenges coming with it, have proven to require companies with a solid improvement agenda that is willing to step up.
We believe the adjustments in the oil market are necessary. The profit- ability of our clients and the oil price are key elements in dictating the workload. In response to the current economic climate, we have had to, for the first time in Axess’ history, make people redundant in our organization. It has been without a doubt difficult for us as a company to let go of so many good people. Hopefully, what these people have learned in Axess can help them further in their careers.
Working in the oil and energy business comes with a risk. Oil and gas companies must adapt to survive. The most important asset in Axess are our people. We are thankful that our organization is built on a base of people with the right focus and determination. This gives us the best conditions to adapt to the market and still deliver world class integrity solutions.
We shall continue to pursue further opportunities in the market. We are making internal adjustments. Some of our best assets from Norway have been moved to our foreign offices. The growth in North America and Asia Pacific was formidable in 2014, and forecasts show this growth to continue this year. Additionally, our acquisition of Skysite Offshore in Cape Town, South Africa, is a strategic move to be even closer to our customers in Africa.
In January we decided to spin off a new company in the Axess Group. 25 people moved from Axess to form Alpa, where Gunnar Gjeldvik is the new CEO. Axess will focus on services within inspection & integrity management and engineering solutions. Alpa will put all their energy and focus on modification, new design and product development within material handling technology. This is a step that we believe will make the Axess profile clearer and provide even better service towards our customers.
The existence of Axess is based on having satisfied customers. Our flexible and competent organization is a major benefit for us as a company in the time of a challenging market situation. We will continue to deliver the quality that gives our customers added value in terms of efficient solutions, maximum uptime and zero harm.
Børge Gjeldvik CEO AXESS