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Double King’s Award for Enterprise for Local Entrepreneur

Local entrepreneur Tim Overfield, the Chairman of both C-Kore Systems Ltd and Zetechtics Ltd, is delighted that both businesses have been honoured with a King’s Award for Enterprise – International Trade 2024 in recognition of their contribution to International Trade.

This is not the first time the businesses have been awarded such an accolade, with Zetechtics receiving a Queen’s Award for Enterprise (Innovation) in 2003, and C-Kore also receiving a Queen’s Award for Enterprise (Innovation) in 2019 and a Queen’s Award for Enterprise – International Trade in 2021 – which brings the total to 5, a fitting achievement for Tim as a key figure in bringing innovative solutions to the subsea industry worldwide for many decades.

Having lived in Ryedale since 1977, Tim worked for several local businesses and developed a deep understanding of the need to use innovation to assist the energy industry to work subsea.

Tim started Zetechtics Ltd in a rural location near Malton in 1993, designing and manufacturing subsea control equipment for the global offshore energy industry. Building on the success of the industry standard Jupiter Control Systems, Zetechtics offers a wide range of subsea control and subsea tooling solutions for high integrity applications across the subsea energy sector. This equipment ensures safe installation and continued maintenance of infrastructure for the offshore energy industry worldwide.

Tim’s industry knowledge led him, in 2007, to identify a gap in the subsea testing market. Tim committed to develop a small, stand-alone, measurement tool that could quickly and easily find faults in underwater electrical networks (which are capable of being used 3,000m underwater).  Still under the umbrella of Zetechtics, the C-Kore Cable Monitor took several years of development before it was ready to be used commercially, following which C-Kore Systems Ltd was formed in 2012 to launch this new product range.  C-Kore is now based at its own premises in a countryside location, south of York.

Zetechtics Ltd, King’s Award for Enterprise – International Trade for Outstanding Continuous Growth in overseas sales recognises 6 years of growth from 5% to 51% of overall sales over the period. The international trade grew by over 2,000%, with major markets being in Brazil and the Netherlands. After supplying the Brazilian market for over a decade, the continued growing demand for Zetechtics’ Jupiter products and services in South America led to Zetechtics do Brasil Ltda opening in Macaé, Brazil in 2022.

C-Kore’s King’s Award for Enterprise – International Trade for Outstanding Short-Term Growth in overseas sales over 3 years recognises the 123% growth in overseas sales over the period (now making up 80% of the company’s turnover). With representatives in USA, Brazil and Nigeria, C-Kore has established new markets in South America and Africa, whilst increasing its sales to several other countries including Australia and the USA.

Tim commented, “I am delighted to be Chairman of two companies which are at the forefront of innovation and have an excellent worldwide reputation. This really is a team effort, with both Zetechtics and C-Kore staff, working tirelessly to understand their customers’ requirements, provide great service, and adapting to the needs of different markets. These awards recognise this, and our belief that being based rurally in North Yorkshire does not prevent a business from acting globally.”

Double King’s Award for Enterprise for Local Entrepreneur2024-05-07T12:52:10+00:00

C-Kore Systems receives a Third Royal Award

C-Kore Systems Limited from Escrick, York have been honoured with a King’s Award for Enterprise – International Trade 2024 due to their outstanding short-term growth in overseas sales over 3 years.  This is their third award in just over 5 years, having already received the Queen’s Award for Enterprise – Innovation in 2019 and a Queen’s Award for Enterprise – International Trade in 2021.

C-Kore has grown significantly since being awarded the Queen’s Award for Enterprise – Innovation in 2019.  With their exceptional service and great team, C-Kore has revolutionised the oil & gas industry. Their small, automated, stand-alone testing tools have been mobilised more than 800 times, assisting operators to maintain their underwater electrical networks.

Cynthia Pikaar, Director of Sales & Marketing for C-Kore commented “When we won our second award, The Queen’s Award for Enterprise – International Trade in 2021, the business climate was very different.  The world was going through a global pandemic and, due to strict quarantine rules, moving offshore personnel around for subsea operations was extremely difficult.  Our customers really appreciated the benefits of our simple-to-use technology which negated the need for additional offshore personnel, whilst still having C-Kore technical support available remotely if required”.

Fast forward 3 years and the reputation of C-Kore’s patented testing tools has reached around the globe.  With the assistance of strategically placed in-country representatives, attending local exhibitions, 1-2-1 meetings either in person or via Teams, and word of mouth recommendations from happy customers,      C-Kore’s overseas sales have continued to grow resulting in 80% of C-Kore’s orders now coming from outside the UK.

As an organisation C-Kore is extremely proud of these achievements and is looking forward to continuing to serve the global subsea industry in the years to come.

C-Kore will receive their award shortly and later in the year will celebrate with other winners at a reception being held at Windsor Castle.

C-Kore Systems receives a Third Royal Award2024-05-06T06:50:49+00:00

C-Kore celebrates deploying 800th Subsea Testing Tool

C-Kore Systems, a UK company specializing in automated subsea testing tools is celebrating the mobilization of their 800th unit. The job is with a major operator off the coast of West Africa for a         fault-finding operation on a complex subsea electrical network. C-Kore have been assisting operators worldwide for over a decade with more than 300 subsea faults found so far!

C-Kore’s subsea testing units have gained worldwide acceptance with both operators and contractors for the cost-savings the tools provide, the reduction in offshore personnel required for testing, and the simplification they bring to subsea operations.

To date, C-Kore’s testing tools have been used on over 100 different fields by more than 80 different customers around the world in 23 different countries. With over 35,000 tests being run, it can safely be said that C-Kore Systems has a good understanding of subsea fault-finding.

Cynthia Pikaar, Sales & Marketing Director of C-Kore commented, “Our success is in part the simplicity our tools bring to once complex offshore operations along with the great service we provide. Once our customers experience the time savings and simplicity our tools bring, they continue to come back to us for all sorts of offshore campaigns including commissioning of new installations and even decommissioning at the end of the lifecycle.”

After completing their offshore campaign, the Subsea Controls Engineer at a major operator commented, “We managed to locate another line fault in the system resulting in a EFL changeout and subsequent restoration of IR health. A great result for our first campaign using C-Kore!”

C-Kore celebrates deploying 800th Subsea Testing Tool2024-04-09T12:45:15+00:00

C-Kore Sales Team expanding in 2024

C-Kore Systems, a UK based company specializing in subsea testing tools, has rounded off an excellent 2023. With a healthy order book for 2024, C-Kore is looking to expand their Sales Team, basing the new staff in Aberdeen, UK.
C-Kore Systems has a range of subsea testing tools used globally by operators and contractors on de-commissioning, fault-finding operations and new installation campaigns. The tools are easy to deploy and are operated without the need for C-Kore personnel being present, providing rapid and accurate feedback. This combination of simplicity, accuracy and reliability introduces significant operational savings to testing campaigns.
Cynthia Pikaar, Sales & Marketing Director at C-Kore commented, “We have had a very busy 2023 and our order book for 2024 is looking to be very good also. We are very excited to be expanding our Sales Team to meet the increased demand. With Aberdeen being the heart of the UK’s Oil & Gas industry, it was a natural choice to base our new staff here.”
Greg Smith, Operations Director at C-Kore commented further, “It is great to see our cost saving technology being adopted by more operators and installation contractors around the globe. As we continue to develop our subsea testing tools further, also expanding our Sales Team allows us to reach out to even more customers, helping them simplify their subsea testing needs.”
For further information

C-Kore Sales Team expanding in 20242024-03-07T11:05:27+00:00

C-Kore’s UK Developed Testing Tools easing Decommissioning in Australia

C-Kore is helping Australian Oil & Gas operators simplify testing during decommissioning campaigns using subsea test tools originally developed for the UK Oil & Gas market. On a recent mobilization,          C-Kore’s Sensor Monitor allowed the operator to quickly prove barriers in the subsea trees for regulatory sign-off allowing the campaign to be completed swiftly and safely.

C-Kore Systems has a range of subsea testing tools used globally by operators and contractors on          de-commissioning, fault-finding operations and new installation campaigns. The tools are easy to deploy and are operated without the need for C-Kore personnel being present, providing rapid and accurate feedback. This combination of simplicity, accuracy and reliability introduces significant operational savings to testing campaigns.
Their Sensor Monitor unit interrogates pressure and temperature sensors on subsea wells without the presence of a working subsea control module. This allows operators to maintain safety for all personnel and comply with regulatory requirements. The Sensor Monitor quickly and repeatedly tests, displays and data-logs information saving time on offshore campaigns. The patented tools are self-contained and battery powered allowing them to be left in place if long-term monitoring is required.
Greg Smith, Operations Director at C-Kore commented, “Our subsea testing tools are designed to be simple to use. By automating operations, our customers can now easily perform once complicated testing process without the need for C-Kore personnel being present. Combined with accuracy and reliability, our tools give our customers significant savings on their testing campaigns.

Cynthia Pikaar, Sales & Marketing Director at C-Kore commented further, “The decommissioning market is growing significantly in Australia and the North Sea. It is fantastic to see our customers who first used our tools to simplify their installation campaigns and fault-finding operations, now experience the same advantages on their decommissioning projects.”
For further information on our innovative subsea testing technology, please visit our website,
www.c-kore.com.

C-Kore’s UK Developed Testing Tools easing Decommissioning in Australia2024-01-31T13:18:34+00:00

Another Brazilian contract for C-Kore Subsea Testing Tools on a large subsea construction campaign

C-Kore Systems recently delivered their automated subsea testing tools for a large subsea
construction campaign in Brazilian waters. The C-Kore tools will be used to perform the subsea
electrical verification of new umbilicals after installation.
C-Kore’s subsea testing tools are used by operators and installation contractors around the
world on both installation campaigns and fault-finding operations. The Cable Monitor unit
confirms the insulation resistance and continuity of the electrical lines while the Subsea TDR
unit localises anomalies along the line. C-Kore’s new Subsea Optical TDR can now verify the
subsea fibre optics as well. With C-Kore’s automated units and live online training, no
additional offshore personnel are required to operate the equipment.
Diego Baraldi, Sales Manager – South America for C-Kore commented, “After our successful
work on the Mero 1 project, we are delighted to work on this important campaign. Our tools are
easy to use and do not require any specialist offshore personnel, saving our customers time
and money on their offshore operations”.
Cynthia Pikaar, Sales Manager for C-Kore continued, “We are very excited about the continued
work we are doing in Brazil as it is an important market with its deeper water projects. It is
great to see the acceptance of our technology by operators and installation contractors. The
automation of our tools simplifies the subsea testing for our customers. We look forward to the
continued cooperation with our Brazilian customers”.
For further information on our innovative subsea testing technology, please visit our website,
www.c-kore.com.

Another Brazilian contract for C-Kore Subsea Testing Tools on a large subsea construction campaign2023-07-04T15:16:27+00:00

C-Kore’s new product, Topside Wireless Modem, improves safety on the back-deck during umbilical installations

C-Kore Systems is launching a new product, their Topside Wireless Modem at GUH’s Subsea Expo Exhibition in Aberdeen.  This latest product completes their line of test tools to now offer a complete solution for Umbilical Installation Monitoring.  The Topside Wireless Modem improves safety on back-deck operations by reducing the risk to offshore personnel while monitoring the deployment of umbilicals.

The Topside Wireless Modem provides a live dashboard of C-Kore test results, presenting the user with a consolidated view of the health of an umbilical before it is deployed subsea.  The results are accessed over Wi-Fi to allow access of the data in the onboard cabin, eliminating the need for offshore personnel to access the potentially hazardous umbilical area during installation.

C-Kore Systems has a range of subsea testing tools used globally by operators and contractors on        de-commissioning, fault-finding operations, and new installation campaigns.  The tools are easy to deploy and are operated without the need for C-Kore personnel being present, providing rapid and accurate feedback.  This combination of simplicity, accuracy and reliability introduces significant operational savings to testing campaigns.

Greg Smith, C-Kore’s Operations Director commented, “The Topside Wireless Modem is the last puzzle piece to offer a complete monitoring solution to our customers.  The Topside Wireless Modem improves the safety on the back-deck.  Offshore personnel no longer need to access the umbilical during installation to gather test results.  All the data is sent wirelessly to the cabin”.

Greg Smith continued, “Not only is safety on the back-deck improved, but the vessel time needed to deploy umbilicals is also reduced.  By automating the testing process, the installation does not need to be stopped to complete manual testing of the umbilical.  Designing our tools to be simple to use also means no additional offshore personnel are required, reducing the POD needed.  We give a complete online interactive training to our customers to ensure they are comfortable using our testing tools prior to the mobilisations”.

C-Kore Systems will have the Topside Wireless Modem along with their other Subsea Testing tools at stand No.50 at Subsea Expo.  Why not stop by or visit their website for further information on their innovative subsea testing technology, www.c-kore.com.

C-Kore’s new product, Topside Wireless Modem, improves safety on the back-deck during umbilical installations2023-02-21T09:02:12+00:00

C-Kore work with Cranium Engineering on another successful Nigerian deployment

C-Kore’s Subsea Testing tools have successfully completed a complex subsea electrical integrity campaign for a major oil operator in Nigeria, via VAYCO Oil Tools and their Nigerian partner, Cranium Engineering.  C-Kore was selected as fast and accurate measurement was essential to minimise disruption during Turn Around Maintenance (TAM) on the FPSO and remove the need for any additional offshore personnel.

C-Kore’s self-contained and automated subsea testing units are used on both asset integrity and installation operations to verify the health of subsea electrical systems.  The Cable Monitor unit tests the insulation resistance and continuity of the electrical line while the Subsea TDR unit localises faults with an accuracy of around 20 cm.

Sola Adekunle, CEO of Cranium Engineering commented, “Our customer was completely satisfied with how the C-Kore units worked.  The ease of use along with the quick results kept disruption to the FPSO maintenance operations to a minimum.  Removing the need for additional offshore personnel simplified the whole operation.  Our customer will definitely be using the C-Kore tools again”.

Cynthia Pikaar, Sales & Marketing Director of C-Kore Systems continues, “We have a great relationship with VAYCO Oil Tools and Cranium Engineering.  They extend our excellent customer support to the local market.  C-Kore backs up the local representatives with OEM technical support, procedure writing and result analysis to provide outcomes that the end user is extremely pleased with”.

C-Kore Systems is celebrating their second Queen’s Award for Enterprise, this time in the International Trade category.  For further information on their innovative subsea testing technology, please visit their website, www.c-kore.com.

C-Kore work with Cranium Engineering on another successful Nigerian deployment2023-02-16T13:47:51+00:00

C-Kore Systems Welcomes New Board Members

Following continued growth C-Kore Systems is pleased to announce the appointment of Greg Smith and Cynthia Pikaar to the C-Kore Board of Directors.

Greg is one of the founding members of C-Kore and has held the title of General Manager since its inception.   With a first-class honours (with distinction) degree in Electronic Engineering, Greg designed C-Kore’s first product the “C-Kore Cable Monitor”.  As Operations Director, Greg leads the C-Kore Design and Production Teams in translating customers’ requirements into new C-Kore products to Simplify Subsea Testing.

Cynthia joined C-Kore shortly after the companies’ launch to take up the role of Sales and Marketing Manager.  As a mechanical engineer with a background in the design of cables and umbilicals she was an ideal choice to promote C-Kore’s innovative equipment to the subsea industry.  As Sales & Marketing Director, Cynthia, with the assistance of her growing Sales Team (hand-picked for their vast knowledge of the subsea industry), will continue to show more operators and contractors how C-Kore’s services save them both time and money on their offshore campaigns.

Tim Overfield, Managing Director of C-Kore says, “I am delighted to have Greg and Cynthia join the          C-Kore Board of Directors.  Their hard work and commitment has grown C-Kore to what it is today”.

Greg commented, “We have a great team who have not only transformed once complex subsea testing techniques into simple easy-to-use tools, but also provide world-class service to our customers.  I look forward to continuing to lead our team as we help our customers perform their subsea testing in the most efficient way possible.”

Cynthia continued, “It is satisfying to see our core markets in the UK and Australia continue to grow year on year.  We have now deployed in over 20 countries with particular interest in North & South America, and Africa this year. Along with our great Sales Team, I look forward to promoting C-Kore’s message further around the globe.”

As a two-time winner of the Queen’s Award for Enterprise: Innovation 2019 and International Trade Award 2021, C-Kore are committed to continually developing ways to undertake subsea testing.  As the industry as a whole look to the future and how they can improve current working practices and/or transition to new ways of energy production, these appointments confirm C-Kore’s continued commitment to being an organisation with industry knowledge right at the heart of it.

Greg and Cynthia pictured at Buckingham Palace for the Royal Reception in celebration of receiving The Queen’s Award for Enterprise: Innovation 2019

C-Kore Systems Welcomes New Board Members2022-09-26T12:44:59+00:00

C-Kore TDR article published in UT3

C-Kore is pleased to share this months issue of UT3 magazine from the Society of Underwater Technology, featuring a 4-page explainer on TDR technology from C-Kore’s Greg Smith. This provides a background on TDR technology and recent advances realised by moving to direct subsea measurement.

Click here to view the article

C-Kore TDR article published in UT32021-11-26T09:51:03+00:00
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