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3sun Group Acquires Specialist Rope Access Company

3sun Group, a specialist provider of products and services to the global energy industry, has acquired AID Industrial; specialist PPE providers and experts in Industrial Rope Access, Work at Height and Global Wind Organisation safety courses.

Great Yarmouth based AID Industrial 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, offering 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 over 25 years’ experience in the industry. The acquisition reflects 3sun Group’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 its Danish office opening. The amalgamation also expands 3sun Group’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 Space.

Commenting on the recent acquisition, 3sun Group CEO Graham Hacon said: “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. 

“Rope access and working at height is a key competency 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.”

Tjebbe Roestenburg, Managing Director, AID Industrial adds: “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.”

UK Home Secretary, Theresa May, attended a ceremony at AID Industrial on Thursday 9 April to mark the official partnership. After hearing about its apprenticeship schemes and talking to current course delegates, Mrs. May commented: “It’s fascinating to see a company like this and I think one of the great things is that these visits give me an opportunity to find here in Great Yarmouth, a company that’s exporting around the world, transferring skills and playing its part in what’s a hugely important industry for us all.”

Since its inception in 2007, 3sun Group has grown rapidly to now employ over 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 £10million investment from the Business Growth Fund.