Marine Engineering Company Moves to Manufacturing Area | Northeast Manufacturing News

lr: Darren Coombe and Michael Van Zwanenberg with Councilor Margaret Meling


A North East engineering company, which focuses on marine and subsea equipment, has expanded into new offices in the Jarrow Business Center manufacturing area, following sustained business growth over the past six month.

DME Systems was created in late 2021 by North East engineers Michael van Zwanenberg and Darren Coombe.

The company designs equipment for multinationals and has carried out more than 20 projects since its creation.

Due to its growth, Stephen Dixon joined the company as a control and power systems engineer, while Richard Purdy was hired as a mechanical engineer.

With the additions, the company will have over 65 years of design experience within the industry.

Michael van Zwanenberg, co-founder of DME Systems, said: “We came across the manufacturing area, and it made perfect sense to make the move. Our business is split 50% into consulting and 50% into manufacturing, and the units available at South Tyneside are well designed to support us in both areas.

“Now we have almost double the space from our last base, and that will help us continue to grow at all levels. When we started, we made projections for our first year of trading and we are Glad to say we’re ahead of target, which is great news.”

This decision allowed the company to undertake one of its largest and most complex projects to date, the design and manufacture of a data acquisition system, HCY skid and ROV to interface with the customer’s specialized tools.

Once operational, it will be used on the high seas up to 6,000 meters deep to analyze the state of the seabed.

Darren Coombes, co-founder of DME Systems, added, “We have taken a family approach to our work at DME. Having lived all my life in the North East, we want to further expand the capabilities and expertise of the region. business is built around people and ensuring a good work-life balance is key to our plans for continued growth.”

Councilor Margaret Meling, Member responsible for Economic Growth, Skills and Climate Change, said: “The Manufacturing Zone has been created to provide much needed quality accommodation for companies operating in the offshore energy and advanced manufacturing to grow and create jobs, so it’s fantastic to see companies such as DME Systems Ltd moving into the facility.”

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