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John Wood Group

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1912 William Wood founded Wood and Davidson

1963 John Wood and Son (Aberdeen) were the agents responsible for a trawler that was challenged by an Icelandic vessel for fishing in Icelandic waters[1]

1964 Ian Wood, son of John Wood and grandson of the founder, joined the business which was John Wood and Son.

The marine base was expanded into fishing, fish processing and general marine engineering.

1973 Formed an alliance with Weir Group specialising in oil field services

1981 The oil services business was separated from the fishing business (presumably JW Holdings)

1982 John Wood Group established, specialising in oil field services

1993 John Wood Group acquired J. P. Kenny, specialist in subsea services

1997 John Wood Group expanded into Colombia and Russia

2000 Acquired Mustang and Alliance for deep water capabilities and design of lightweight topsides

2002 John Wood Group listed on London Stock Exchange[2]

2006 becomes UK leading contractor for onshore oil and gas facilities

2011 Sold well support division to GE. Acquired PSN to grow offshore operation and maintenance business - see Wood Group P.S.N.. The Group had 3 main divisions - engineering (selling to upstream oil and gas facilities including subsea), production facilities, and gas turbine services[3]

2015 Acquired Kelchner for heavy/civil construction capability and The Infinity Group, to enter petrochemical and downstream fields

2017 Joined with Amec Foster Wheeler to form Wood plc, providing engineering and technical services to the worldwide energy and industrial markets.

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Sources of Information

  1. The Times April 29, 1963
  2. The Times, May 30, 2002
  3. The Times August 24, 2011