2022 is proving to be a milestone year for RedteQ as we move into larger premises and quadruple our staffing levels – and it’s still only September! (amend if necessary when website goes live)
This year kicked off with us relocating from our 625sqft industrial unit in Ash Vale, Surrey to a 1,468sqft two storey unit in Hook, Hampshire.
About the same time, we began recruiting additional field engineers to support a large project at a major UK international airport and more recently, took on more to meet the needs of other areas in the business. This has brought our engineering team up to eight plus Senior Engineer and Director Alan Redpath.
“The move to Hook was our second relocation in three years having outgrown our previous premises in Ash Vale,” explained Alan.
“We needed dedicated floor space for large xray machines plus a separate area for the desk top explosives trace detectors. The new unit gives us specific office and lab space too and being located just off the M3 motorway means we are ideally placed to get out to customers and for them to get to us.”
Plans are afoot to set aside an area as a showroom and demo area where customers can view equipment that has been refurbished and is available for sale or rent as well as trial the new artificial intelligence (AI) automated image analysis technology.
“Business has increased rapidly in the last few years as existing customers require more from us and we have attracted new customers too,” said Alan.
“Growth has been significantly driven by the refurbishment and upgrade of equipment and the service and maintenance support that generally goes hand in hand with that.”
RedteQ has also identified another potential new growth area stemming from forthcoming regulation changes which require airports to raise the standards of their security screening technology. While major airports have the big budgets to fund such improvements, the regulations also apply to smaller operations and private jet centres whose budgets are not as large.
“The refurbished equipment that has been upgraded to the latest aviation security standards is proving attractive to these smaller operations especially as they are able to lease rather than buy it. We see this as being a growth area for the company over the next 12 months as airports seek to comply with the required standards before the 2024 deadline,” outlined Alan.
“We are getting top of the range equipment, refurbishing and updating it with the latest technology as required by the regulations. We can then pass it on at a more affordable cost to smaller organisations who are in effect getting high performance, reliable machinery plus quality technology for the price of a lower market model.”
He added: “Renting the equipment enables customers to comply with the regulations and keep up to date with the latest technology much easier. Their monthly rental fee also covers full service and maintenance support and is often better from a budgeting perspective also.”