Paul Griffiths, founder of hydraulic engineering firm Industrial and Marine Hydraulics (IMH), has been awarded the MBE for services to engineering skills and apprenticeships in Teesside.
Based in Middlesbrough, IMH delivers major hydraulic engineering projects and offers services across design, manufacturing, installation, commissioning, maintenance and repairs, as well as component supplies and training.
Paul launched the business in 1983 from his home in Middlesbrough and since then, IMH has grown to be an internationally recognised company.
Its hydraulics expertise and capabilities have been employed on some of the world’s most challenging engineering projects, including the Channel Tunnel.
IMH has extensive experience of providing hydraulic engineering expertise and solutions to sectors including automotive, energy (including renewables), infrastructure, manufacturing, marine, nuclear, oil and gas and subsea.
Its work includes major flood defence barrier upgrades, refurbishment programmes for jetty loading arms and major equipment overhauls, including pipework and HPU renewals.
Paul has demonstrated a long-term commitment to providing opportunities to young people, developing engineering talent and promoting engineering as an attractive career choice.
IMH’s apprenticeship scheme, which was established in 1995, has helped young people to establish their careers in hydraulic engineering.
In 2014, IMH inaugurated the IMH Technical Training Centre, with the aim of inspiring the next generation of young talent.
Each year the company recruits apprentices in mechanical/hydraulic engineering, pipefitting and fabrication.
Its rigorous training programme is delivered and assessed in addition to the national apprenticeship framework/NVQs through a dedicated technical trainer who applies practical and theoretical training and conducts assessments.
Paul said: “It’s extremely humbling to be awarded an MBE in the New Year’s Honours List.
“I would like to thank my family for their tremendous support. I’d also like to thank the Industrial and Marine Hydraulics team for all their hard work in helping to build the business over the last 35 years.
“I believe that it’s vital to pass specialist engineering expertise on to new generations and to ensure that engineering talent has the chance to thrive in areas such as Teesside.
“I’m very proud of our track record in providing opportunities to young people through our apprenticeship scheme and Technical Training Centre.”