RAM Tubulars Scotland Ltd

A Message from Lord Pickles and Lord Blunkett, followed by RAM Tubulars Scotland Ltd's best practice article

The ability to listen and learn from one another has always been vital in parliament, in business and in most aspects of daily life. But at this particular moment in time, as national and global events continue to reiterate, it is uncommonly crucial that we forge new channels of communication and reinforce existing ones. The following article from RAM Tubulars Scotland Ltd is an attempt to do just that. We would welcome your thoughts on this or any other Parliamentary Review article.

Blunkett signature Rt Hon The Lord David Blunkett
Pickles signature Rt Hon The Lord Eric Pickles


RAM Head Office in Westhill,
Managing Director Jim
Stewart and Commercial
Director Fiona Stewart
RAM Tubulars was established in 1993 by Jim Stewart as a
sole trading company called Re-Usables and Metals. The
initial operation was to purchase surplus and used tubulars
from the oil and gas industry and market them in alternative
industries such as construction and water-well and utility
drilling. The business now has a turnover of more than £14
million, with established facilities in Aberdeen, Althorpe Wharf,
Stavanger in Norway and Houston in America, which have been
vital in establishing strong customer relationships. Managing
Director Jim Stewart elaborates on the company’s journey.
Trading in the early days of our business was brisk, and it soon became apparent
that a stockyard was vital to the growth of the business, as it would provide the
required backup to keep up with the growing demand from the construction
industry. We therefore established a stockyard at Fordoun Airfield, about 20 miles
south of Aberdeen, which provided a stepping stone in the growth of the business
through its formative years.
Starting from scratch
The business grew through the late 1990s, and RAM Tubulars Scotland Ltd was
eventually established in January 2000. The company was then in a better position
to support more staff, and Fiona Stewart came on board as a director.
The business had become fully focused on the oil and gas surplus market, and
Fiona’s experience of working within the sector provided invaluable insight.
»Managing Director: Jim Stewart
»Founded in 2000
»Based in Aberdeen
»Services: Supplier of tubulars
»Fully certified to ISO9001:2008
and ISO14001 standards
through Lloyd’s Register of
Quality Assurance
RAM Tubulars
Scotland Ltd
Highlighting best practice
Services RAM Tubulars
Scotland Ltd provide:
»Construction tubulars
»Oil country tubular
goods (OCTGs)
»Metal recycling services
»Pipe inspection and
»Storage facilities –
warehouse and yard
We were able to target major oil
companies for new business and
provide them with alternative uses for
their tubulars.
A number of changes were made
to the information sharing, and by
investing in new technology we were
able to establish our own online
material tracking system, which
provided financial, environmental and
logistical information that could be
utilised by large operators. This service
allowed peace of mind for the safe
disposal of scrap and surplus material,
backed up by a full audit trail, which
covered all aspects of purchasing and
disposal. This proved a great success,
and it is still an important tool in
negotiating new business and retaining
existing contracts when they come up
for renewal.
The company was rapidly growing
and soon required larger facilities.
The office and storage facility were
relocated to Dyce, which meant they
were closer to the city of Aberdeen.
To keep up with demand, we also
established a distribution facility in
Rotherham for same-day deliveries of
construction and engineering tubulars
to our expanding market across the
Midlands and the north of England.
Business through early 2000 was good,
and demand was strong. Through
extensive travel and marketing in
Europe and the US, the company had
now built up strong trading links for
exports and was able to import from
these same regions to add to the
growing UK business. At this time,
the business started to diversify. Not
only did we trade in used and surplus
tubulars, but we also established
trading links for certified tubulars and
premium drillpipes and equipment.
Investing in the company
In 2008, we reached the stage where
we felt we were in a strong enough
position to purchase our own facility.
Initially, we invested in a small two-
acre site at Kinellar, Aberdeen. This has
now expanded to over ten acres, with
a further development opportunity
for future growth, which has proved
an essential part of the success of
Over the years, large financial
investments have been made to this
site to provide modern facilities to
keep the company at the forefront of
the tubular industry. New inspection
and pipe cleaning facilities have
been built to provide an important
Aerial shot of RAM’s
Birchwood Yard facility
By investing in
technology we
were able to
establish our
own online
in-house service. Furthermore, as we
recognise the impact this can have
environmentally, we have installed a
modern and fully enclosed system.
We have had a few different sites
south of the border over the years;
however, at the end of 2016, we
relocated to Althorpe Wharf near
Scunthorpe, which was to be our
European distribution base. This site
provided us with a fantastic location
with wharf-side services. It gave us
the ability to receive materials from
overseas directly by boat, which is an
invaluable asset in speeding up the
process and saving costs – savings that
can be passed on to our customers.
With further growth of our
management team, and to provide
a meeting place for our expanding
client base, we invested in new office
facilities in December 2016. Westhill
was chosen as the best location, and
after a short search we were able to
purchase and refit an existing building.
From initial start-up of a simple trading
company initially employing three
people, the diversification of the
business to encompass a number of
services for both oil and gas and the
construction industry has taken the
company through many changes, and
we now have a workforce of 25.
To promote the growing list of new
services we offer and our new plans
for the future, we have recently
undertaken a rebranding exercise.
RAM Tubulars Scotland Ltd is now
a multiservice company meeting the
demands from the energy sector
for new and innovative solutions
for the pulled and abandoned well
programmes and stock disposals.
Added to these services has been
the launch of our new business,
which incorporates fully certified
OCTG. These quality tubulars are
sourced from our existing client
base and sold through a network of
traders and end users for drilling and
This new division was established three
years ago and is important as we try to
diversify from our main core business
while utilising our existing assets to
their full capacity. Recently, we have
had the opportunity of working with a
number of steel mills for new products
and see this as further diversification
that works alongside our commitment
to existing business.
A recent new source of business
has been our expansion into the
Middle East, and we fully expect to
be able to offer a full list of services
to this important market from our
Trading is now established throughout
Europe, the Middle East, North
America and Asia. This has meant a
large commitment to international
trade, which will be vital for the
growth of the business and will enable
us to attract new customers. Our
future plans are to build on our success
by providing full-time employment for
many more as the business continues
to diversify and grow.
A recent new
source of
business has
been our
expansion into
the Middle
Ex-oilfield tubulars given
new life as piling in this
multi-million pound
redevelopment project of
former London hotel, now
renamed Quadrant 3


This article was sponsored by RAM Tubulars Scotland Ltd. The Parliamentary Review is wholly funded by the representatives who write for it. The publication in which this article originally appeared contained the following foreword from Rt Hon Michael Gove.

Rt Hon Michael Gove's Foreword For The Parliamentary Review

By Rt Hon Michael Gove

This year's Parliamentary Review comes at a momentous time for parliament, as we collectively determine the destiny of the United Kingdom. 

On October 31, the UK will leave the European Union. The successful implementation of this process is this government's number-one priority.

Three years after a historic referendum vote, we will deliver on the decisive mandate from the British people. Trust in our democracy depends on it. Until that final hour, we will work determinedly and diligently to negotiate a deal, one that abolishes the backstop and upholds the warm and close relationship we share with our friends, allies and neighbours in the EU. But in the event that the EU refuses to meet us at the table, we must be prepared to leave without a deal.

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Ministers across Whitehall are working together to ensure that every possibility is considered, every plan is scrutinised and every provision is made. A daily drumbeat of meetings means that we are holding departments accountable, so that preparations are completed on time.

The chancellor has confirmed that all necessary funding will be made available. And we have mobilised thecivil service, assigning 15,000 of our most talented civil servants to manage our exit from the EU.

We will make sure that on November 1, there is as little disruption to national life as possible. Our trade relationships will continue to thrive, thanks to agreements with countries around the world worth £70 billion. Our country will remain secure, thanks to nearly 1,000 new officers posted at our borders. And the 3.2 million EU nationals now living and working among us can remain confident, with absolute certainty, of their right to remain in the UK.

Above all, our goal is to be transparent. Soon, we will launch a public information campaign so that citizens, communities and businesses are ready and reassured about what will happen in the event of “no deal”.

In my first few weeks in this role, I have travelled to ports and tarmacs, borders and bridges, all across the UK –from the seaside of Dover to the rolling green hills of County Armagh. I have heard from business owners and border officials, farmers and hauliers. They are ready to put an end to uncertainty. And they are ready to embrace the opportunities ahead.

Our departure from the EU will be a once in a lifetime chance to chart a new course for the United Kingdom. Preparing for that new course will be a herculean effort. But this country has made astounding efforts before. We can do it again.
Rt Hon Michael Gove
Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster