Chris Forde has been appointed as Asia-Pacific regional vice president. Unique says that Western Advance's integration ties in with the strategy to enhance its portfolio of autonomous solutions for marine, offshore and subsea industry operations in the region.
Unique Group CEO Harry Gandhi said that over the years his company had built a strong presence in Asia-Pacific, offering survey equipment, buoyancy and ballast, diving and life support and on-site engineering products and services to our customers.
"The acquisition of the marine division of Western Advance provides us with an established Australian presence, thus enabling us to add value to our clients in the area," Gandhi said.
Gandhi added that Forde, who has 20 years in the industry, previously held senior management roles with Schlumberger and Viking Seatech.
Western Advance MD Mike Pugh said that his company had worked with Unique Group in the past.
"The sale of Western Advance's marine division facilitates an established Australian chapter for Unique Group adding to their existing local presence in the US, UK, South Africa, India, Europe, Middle East and Singapore," Pugh said.