3sun acquires specialist rope access company

SPECIALIST products and services provider to the global energy industry, 3sun Group, has acquired AID Industrial, a company regarded as experts in industrial rope access.

Haydn Black

UK-based AID has a strong track record in providing world-class training to clients throughout Europe, North America, Africa and Asia and is one of the largest independent equipment suppliers in the east of England.

It offers a complete range of equipment to suit industry needs including fall arrest, work restraint and work positioning.

Its team of seven is led by Tjebbe and Beth Roestenburg, who together have more than 25 years of experience in the industry.

The acquisition reflects 3sun’s commitment to offer complementary capabilities to the renewable energy and oil and gas sectors, and follows its recent expansion into the European market through opening its Danish office.

The amalgamation also expands 3sun’s expertise in the supply of PPE, encompassing a full range of equipment across multiple areas of the industry including rope access, working at height and confined spaces.

“This is a significant acquisition for 3sun Group and is aligned to our ambitious growth strategy for the next five years. AID Industrial holds the same family values as 3sun Group, offering customers safe, reliable and cost effective delivery of its projects and services,” 3sun CEO Graham Hacon said.

“Rope access and working at height are key competencies required of our technicians. Bringing this training expertise in-house to our 3sun Academy allows us tighter control over costs, which ultimately benefits our clients.”

AID’s Tjebbe Roestenburg, added: “We have worked with 3sun Group for a number of years, training its technicians using our specialist expertise in this field. We are delighted to become part of the group to integrate our offering with 3sun Academy for the benefit of our customers.

“With the group’s backing, we can enhance our training provision and are already considering improvements to our tower climbing facility to replicate servicing offshore equipment at height. Our commitment to offering a quality service will be enhanced through this synergy with 3sun Group as we look to establish ourselves as a centre of excellence within the southern sector.”

Since its inception in 2007, 3sun has grown rapidly to now employ more than 300 people across five divisions, and has earned a global reputation for resolving some of the key energy engineering challenges facing the energy sector.

Its acquisition of AID Industrial marks a successful first quarter of the year for the group, following major contract wins and a multi-million-dollar investment from the Business Growth Fund.