February 14 - In response to client demand Wilhelmsen Technical Solutions (WTS) has opened a new office in Houston, Texas, USA.

WTS - part of Wilhelmsen Maritime Solutions - is a provider of equipment and solutions for the maritime and offshore industries. WTS is establishing the new branch to target increased business from the offshore industry in the Gulf of Mexico and to expand its focus in Brazil, where deepwater offshore production is gathering pace.
"Both US and Brazilian offshore and energy markets are booming and we wanted to be closer to where our customers are," commented WTS vice president American region, Philip Bannerman (pictured).
The Houston office will draw on expertise from across the WTS network including aftermarket and newbuild HVAC-R systems, electrical/automation systems, and to provide its clients with a full range of services from a single location.
WTS sales manager for offshore and energy, Stephen McAfee, added: "We already have a core of offshore clients in the Gulf of Mexico but winning new business here means being local because often these contracts are very time-sensitive."  He added that WTS will be able to address the shortage of skilled personnel amongst offshore contractors in the region by drawing from its offices in the US and worldwide.