ClydeUnion’s Jim McColl speaks to Insider magazine

In an interview with Business Insider magazine, ClydeUnion Pumps boss Jim McColl reveals his thinking and what has helped to make him a global success.

ClydeUnion Academy Launch

ClydeUnion Academy Launch

He also talks about the ClydeUnion Academy, a training partnership with Glasgow Caledonian University, and his influences which have led him to create a group which has a portfolio of some 83 companies in 27 different countries turning over £1.5bn and employing more than 6000 people.

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Howden grows through acquisition

Howden has agreed to acquire Thomassen Compression Systems BV to open up a much wider market for the company in the oil & gas and petrochemical industries. Howden said this acquisition represents a real boost for the Renfrew-headquartered multinational as it builds its compressor businesses worldwide and moves into new markets.

Bob Cleland, Chief Executive of Howden said “I am absolutely delighted with this acquisition which adds a major range of complementary products to our compressor portfolio. It increases our activities in the refining and petrochemical sectors, which have been underweight compared to our core market of power generation. It is part of our strategy to widen our range of products used in performance critical applications in key global infrastructure industries. This acquisition reinforces Howden’s position as a significant part of Scottish engineering, a sector which continues to play a leading role in the country’s economy”.

Howden and Glasgow Caledonian University have worked in partnership to develop Howden Academy, which was launched in July 2008. The Academy combines Howden’s specialist engineering skills and experience with the teaching expertise and worldclass learning facilities of Glasgow Caledonian University. Howden Academy helps the company to attract and retain the very best engineers. It provides new personnel with the fastest possible route to full productivity and allows them to quickly start making a genuine contribution to the company’s activities.

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CLYDEUNION Pumps growing business

The Herald reports Clyde Union’s historic former Weir Pumps business, which was rescued by Scottish engineering entrepreneur Jim McColl, will this year raise its headcount to more than 1000 – almost double the number employed at the site when Weir sold the operation.

CLYDEUNION Pumps is one of the world’s leading pump companies – a centre of excellence in Pump Technology, Hydraulic Design and Engineering.

In 2009, CLYDEUNION Pumps launched the CLYDEUNION Academy, an educational, learning and training centre to support the company’s extensive growth plans and offer employees fully accredited qualifications in-house at the Cathcart site, in partnership with Glasgow Caledonian University.

Executive Chairman Jim McColl and Professor Pamela Gillies, Principal and Vice Chancellor of Glasgow Caledonian University signed a Memorandum of Understanding for CLYDEUNION Academy to offer a bespoke CLYDEUNION MSc in Leadership and Management. This programme is delivered in-house by University lecturers and associate lecturers who are being developed from within CLYDEUNION Pumps.

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