: By Richard Turner, CEO at JDR

It’s a truly exciting time for JDR, and for me as the new CEO. The acquisition is a great opportunity to elevate what we do to the next level and I wanted to take this opportunity to spell out my vision for the future.

So firstly, what’s my story?

I joined JDR back in 2014 as Chief Operating Officer, heading up the global manufacturing, project management and supply chain functions. Before this I held a series of senior management positions at Technip, Terex and Komatsu, and achieved an MBA at Durham back in 2010. Looking even further back I spent my university days in Newcastle where I earned a mechanical engineering degree and then studied Japanese for a year.

The last three years at JDR have really flown by. JDR’s inclusive way of working empowers our teams to help shape our direction, we value the contribution of individuals, at every stage of their journey. Our people are the reason we are where we are today – a world leader in subsea power cable and umbilical technology, supplying to the global offshore energy industry.

A new era of opportunity

It’s not just our development of people that drives us forward. Outstanding technical capability really is in our DNA, from our engineers to designers and production operatives. Our team of sector specialists is truly committed to creating products and solutions of the highest possible quality.

Our recent acquisition by TFKable Group is a major milestone for JDR and provides a massive opportunity for us to underline our commitment to the energy sector. TFKable Group is one of Europe’s leading producers of cables and wires. Its enormous global presence and experience and JDR’s technical capabilities and expert market knowledge means that no matter where projects are located, we can provide the perfect product, people and services to support leading energy firms.

What’s my vision?

Despite the change, we continue to prioritise commitment to being the best in technology, best in customer relationships, and best in continuous improvement. Becoming part of the great organisation that is TFKable Group is a vital next step for JDR in achieving its aspirations.

Factors that will help us achieve this vision, made only easier by the acquisition, are a focus on transparency and openness with clients, enabling us to respond with flexibility to the changing demands of the industry and to develop innovative products to meet the current and future needs of our customers.

The teams at JDR and TFKable Group have worked together for years and are perfectly placed to take advantage of our combined strengths – without sacrificing what makes us special. With JDR’s products and offshore energy market knowledge and TFKable Group’s thirst for growth, it’s the perfect mix.

The wheels are already in motion. We’ve already proven that we can handle large scale oil & gas and renewable projects and provide exceptionally reliable, high-quality products built with great technology by great people. The acquisition will see us unlock more of our huge reserves of untapped potential.