Secretary of State for Defence Gavin Williamson visits E. P. Barrus
From left: Robert Muir, Managing Director, E. P. Barrus Ltd, Rt Hon Gavin Williamson CBE MP, Secretary of State for Defence, Victoria Prentis, Conservative MP for Banbury and North Oxfordshire, Robert Glen, Chairman, E. P. Barrus Ltd and Mark Coleman, General Manager Special Products and R&D Divisions, E. P. Barrus Ltd.
The Rt Hon Gavin Williamson CBE MP visited one of Bicester’s largest employers, E. P. Barrus, a leading specialist engineering and distribution company who is a major supplier of custom-built engines and engine support services to the Ministry of Defence.
Accompanied by Victoria Prentis, the Conservative MP for Banbury and North Oxfordshire, they met with senior management and engineers from the company’s Special Products Division, a dedicated team who work with specialist organisations on projects for the MoD, the RNLI, the professional rescue services, and other government and commercial organisations.
From left: Robert Glen, Chairman, E P Barrus Ltd, Rt Hon Gavin Williamson CBE MP, Secretary of State for Defence and Mark Coleman, General Manager Special Products and R&D Divisions viewing the latest Mariner mine hunting outboard.
After a short presentation, there was a tour of Barrus’s production and engine test facilities which included Mariner and Mercury outboard engine developments, and Yanmar and John Deere inboard engine applications. Mr Williamson viewed the latest Mariner mine hunting outboard engine, the latest four-stroke Post Immersion Restart engine (PIRS®) and the Mariner 50hp outboard engine capable of running on four fuels (diesel, petrol and both military kerosene fuels) developed to satisfy the MoD’s single-fuel policy.
From left: Kath Wickens, Barrus Spare Parts Picking Manager from Bicester processing an MoD order with Victoria Prentis, Conservative MP for Banbury and North Oxfordshire, Robert Glen, Chairman, E. P. Barrus Ltd and Rt Hon Gavin Williamson CBE MP, Secretary of State for Defence.
Mr Williamson also inspected the Yanmar diesel inboard engines being built for Atlas Elektronik UK (AEUK), that will power the next-generation Royal Navy workboats. In addition to new engine developments, Barrus also demonstrated its expertise in engine rebuild and repair for the MoD.
“We were delighted to host the visit of the Secretary of State for Defence and to be able to demonstrate our capabilities as the leading custom-engine builder and how we play our part in supporting the MoD and other vital specialist organisations,” commented Robert Glen, Chairman of E. P. Barrus Ltd.
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