Advanced Insulation reaches a milestone of fifth Queen’s Award by obtaining the ‘Innovation’ award for the third time in five years.
The Gloucester-based company has been awarded a Queen’s Award for Innovation to celebrate the creation and success of ContraFlame MS400, its lightweight insulation and fire protection product for the underdeck of an oil platform.
Despite the recent recovery, the need for cost savings in the oil and gas industry is well-documented due to the faltering oil prices of recent years.
Advanced Insulation topside sales director Philip Watson commented: “MS400, the subject of the award, is a lightweight Insulation and Fire Protection System which has provided significant weights savings on some of the recent mega oil and gas projects that have been built around the world.
“Many of the recent projects have a requirement to insulate and fire proof the exposed cellar decks of offshore platforms. Many of the recent projects have been located in extremely harsh environmental locations around the world.
“The MS400 System provides a more robust solution that can deal with wave slam and wind loads to the cellar deck, coupled with providing suitable insulation for winter temperatures down to -44°C.”
Advanced Insulation production manager Chris O’Leary commented: “ContraFlame MS400 is formulated, designed and manufactured here in Gloucester before being sent out to clients worldwide. When I started at the company in 2012, we were making 52 panels a year of around 3m² each. That’s risen through the last few years to over 9,000m² per year.”
To cope with this demand, Advanced Insulation acquired an entirely new manufacturing facility just around the corner from its existing premises in Quedgeley.
Advanced Insulation managing director Andrew Bennion said: “To reach the milestone of five Queen’s Awards is tangible recognition for the many members of Advanced Insulation who each contributed to this achievement in their own individual way. Having worked our way up from a company of just 30 employees in 2008 to over 300 in 2018, I’m delighted that the company’s innovations continue to make an impact worldwide as we continue to diversify into new and exciting markets.”
Conservative MP for Gloucester Richard Graham said: “British innovation is driving our growth in exports and jobs and Advanced Insulation’s contribution to both the Gloucester and our national story is a shining example of that.”