UK-based Rope and Sling Specialists (RSS) has boosted its Gemmak Engineering business – the manufacturing division within the company’s engineering services department.

Since the acquisition of Gemmak two years ago, the business has been gradually integrated into RSS’ operation. The company is now expanding the team with the hire of a works manager, three site-based engineers, a design engineer, an administrator, four fabricators/welders and two apprentices.

A separate recruitment campaign for the core lifting and rigging equipment business also enables Alan Varney, operations director, and Louise Grant, office manager, to dedicate a portion of their time to Gemmak, said RSS.

Gemmak is responsible for the design, manufacture, fabrication and repair of a range of lifting beams, swing jibs, lifting platforms, pipework, runway beams, and lifting brackets, in addition to bespoke equipment, for the steel, shipbuilding, petrochemical and other heavy industries. 

Steve Hutin, managing director at RSS, said: “Presently, growth is being driven by demand for bespoke solutions; we have assembled a team to respond, while ensuring that we can look for opportunities and leverage the full capability — and capacity — of our breadth of state-of-the-art tooling.”