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MBE awarded

Published:  06 January, 2017

Dr Tony Trapp, executive chairman of Osbit and a leading figure in the North East offshore industry, has been awarded the Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (MBE) in the 2017 New Year’s Honours. Dr Trapp is said to have been instrumental in the formation and success of the subsea technology industry in North East England having been a co-founder of Soil Machine Dynamics (SMD), and the founder of IHC Engineering Business and, more recently, Osbit.

Having been awarded the MBE for services to the engineering and energy industries, Dr Trapp has praised the ingenuity and innovation of engineers from the North East that have been the foundation of the region’s success in the offshore market.

Dr Tony Trapp MBE said: “I am extremely honoured to have been awarded the MBE.It is a tribute to the many brilliant engineers that have created technical and financial success at SMD, IHC Engineering Business and Osbit, generating high quality employment and a positive economic contribution for the North East.

“The story started at Newcastle University and is proof that when engineering & enterprise are combined success can follow. For 38 years I have been involved in a range of businesses that are owned and run by engineers creating new technology to solve complex challenges, while creating significant wealth for many and providing business for the North East of England supply chain.

“The success of these businesses has been possible through the endeavours of many wonderful engineers and I have been privileged to be a part of these successful teams.”

He added: “The region has established a global reputation for technical excellence, particularly in the offshore industry, where companies have been pacesetters for the creation of technology-led solutions for sectors such as oil & gas, offshore renewables and telecommunications.”

“The innovations we have delivered have changed the way these sectors operate in offshore environments and ensured the region continues to be at the forefront of industry developments.”

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