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UK-based engineering recruitment company Fircroft announced the establishment of its Asia-Pacific headquarters in Singapore. From its new base, the company will oversee and service more than 2,500 contract engineers in the energy and resources industries across the region, including Australia, Indonesia. Malaysia, Singapore, South Korea, Thailand, and Vietnam.
The opening ceremony was officiated by Mr Antony Phillipson, the British High Commissioner to Singapore, who commented: “As an established UK company, well-known in its industry, Fircroft’s expansion into Asia-Pacific with a new office in Singapore reflects the strong economic ties and relationships that Singapore and UK businesses have built over the years. We are encouraged by this development and look forward to more UK firms using Singapore as a regional base for their growth.”
Johnathan Johnson, CEO of Fircroft, stated: “For the past five years, we have seen exponential growth in our Asia-Pacific markets, mostly driven by the energy and resources boom in the region. In fact, this is one of the fastest-growing segments of our business. Revenue contribution from our Asia-Pacific division constitutes over one third of our total turnover and will exceed 40% in the near future. Skilled engineers and technicians serving these sectors are in demand by our clients, which include some of the oil majors, who are ramping up operations to tap into the opportunities here.”
Since becoming its CEO 10 years ago, Mr Johnson has taken the UK-based, family-run company global. The company now has operations in 60 countries spanning from Azerbaijan and Kazakhstan to Thailand and Australia.
Dhirendra Shantilal, Head of the Group’s Asia-Pacific region and a member of its board of directors, added: “Singapore is one of the main financial and business hubs in the world, as well as a key energy centre in Asia, making the country a choice location for Fircroft’s Asia-Pacific headquarters. As Singapore continues to develop its energy, resources and technical offerings and capabilities, Fircroft aims to play a role in providing the expertise and talents that would support this area of growth and maintain Singapore’s global competitiveness.
“Going forward, we plan to expand into China and India, continuing to ride on the economic progress and positive industry momentum in the energy and resources space. Singapore is best positioned geographically to help us achieve that growth,” Mr Shantilal concluded.