ContiTech Beattie, the number one seller of high-pressure hoses to the North Sea oil and gas sector, has appointed Jonathan Black in a national business development capacity.

Jonathan, who has lived in Aberdeen for more than 30 years, worked for a safety wear company and in the motor trade sector prior to joining the Altens-based operations of ContiTech Beattie.

Originally from Carnoustie, from where he moved to Aberdeen at the age of ten, Jonathan has taken the role of sales engineer, covering the whole of Scotland.

As part of his new post, Jonathan is currently working through ContiTech Beattie’s hose academy, which was established to train employees, agents and customers, to help him boost the role, which is unique within the company.

He said: “Working in the oil and gas sector with an industry leader such as ContiTech Beattie is an excellent opportunity for me and, as the only sales engineer working out in the field, I am looking forward to making this role my own.”

Andrew Esson, managing director of ContiTech Beattie, said: “Jonathan has a strong background in two different sectors, and I am convinced this will prove very valuable as we continue to drive ContiTech Beattie forward in Scotland.

“Our Aberdeen operations continue to go from strength to strength and Jonathan’s role is going to be pivotal in continuing the growth here.”

With annual sales of more than €25.5bn for 2010, Continental is among the leading automotive suppliers worldwide. As a supplier of brake systems, systems and components for powertrains and chassis, instrumentation, infotainment solutions, vehicle electronics, tires and technical elastomers, Continental contributes to enhanced driving safety and global climate protection.

Continental is also a competent partner in networked automobile communication. Continental currently employs approximately 149,000 in 46 countries.

The ContiTech division holds a global market leadership position for many non-tire rubber products and is a specialist in plastics technology in the non-tire rubber sector.

The division develops and produces functional parts, components and systems for the automotive industry and other important industries. The division has a workforce of approximately 25,000 employees. In 2009, it achieved sales of approximately €2.4bn.