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About us

About Us

Built on decades of innovation and experience

Built upon decades of pioneering innovation in high integrity connector technology, we have provided some of the world’s most prestigious projects with technically challenging systems, equipment and services.

Today, from our global HQ based in the UK, in the spirit established by the company’s foundations, we continue to innovate at the forefront of the industry.

Who we are

A purpose, a vision and a mission

Our purpose

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To continually engineer bespoke, high-integrity mooring, lifting, pipeline, and SURF connector equipment for technically demanding projects in the offshore wind, decommissioning, oil & gas and general engineering sectors.

Our Vision

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To become a global services champion with engineered, offshore equipment that helps lead into the world’s energy transition.

Our Mission

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To provide pioneering solutions for offshore energy projects worldwide while preserving the drive, camaraderie and spirit of invention that laid the company’s foundations.

Our values

Operating responsibly in a truly collaborative culture

Operating responsibly lies at the heart of our, and our parent company’s mission, and we apply strong environmental, social and governance standards across all areas of the company.


We have an entrepreneurial, collaborative mindset and are agile in everything we do.


We are committed to behaving responsibly. Health and Safety is our highest priority and we ensure that all our businesses are safe, as well as sustainable in the long-term.


We are industry experts, harnessing state-of-the art technology to deliver impact and create cost efficiencies.


We are responsive to client needs and ambitious to grow by helping them achieve their goals.


We operate to the highest level of ethics, respectful of sister company culture, the local communities we operate in and the environment.

Our people

The backbone of our company

The talent and commitment of our employees, who had a vision for a better future powered by renewable energy, has been the driving force behind our company’s growth and success. 

Their unwavering commitment to quality and customer satisfaction has earned Balltec the trust and respect of our clients, who appreciate the exceptional level of service and support they receive.

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Russell Benson
Managing Director

As a founder member of Balltec in 2004, Russell’s expertise and knowledge is extensive.

Previously the Projects Director, Russell has led the Balltec team as Managing Director since 2011 and has been the driving force behind our expansion into the offshore wind sector.


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Marco Teixeira
Technical Director
Marco has been with us over a decade and has over 25 years of technical experience in the energy industry.

He holds a PhD in Mechanical Engineering from Imperial College London and is a Chartered Engineer with IMechE in the UK and a registered Professional Engineer in Alberta, Canada.
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Jonathan Jackson
Engineering Director
Jon has over 17 years' offshore engineering experience, working closely with clients to provide innovative solutions for large offshore projects.

As the Engineering Manager, he oversaw numerous world firsts in the subsea mooring, lifting and offshore wind industries and now, as the Engineering Director, leads Balltec’s R&D and Business Development departments.
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Jacqueline Culshaw
Finance & Commercial Manager
Jackie is a qualified accountant with over 30 years’ experience in manufacturing companies.

In her youth, Jackie competed for Great Britain in athletics and now employs her competitive spirit and drive to succeed to improve our systems and push for continuous growth.
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Duncan Emmett
Production Director
Duncan has been an integral part of Balltec since its foundation in 2004.

With a background as a machinist and having worked within our Engineering department before heading up the Procurement and Workshop departments, his sound understanding of the manufacturing, assembly and testing processes ensures that our production runs smoothly and efficiently.
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Rob Barber
Sales Manager
Rob has been the Sales Manager at Balltec since 2015, having previously worked for Trelleborg Offshore and Balmoral Offshore Engineering.

As a qualified Mechanical Engineer and with over 20 years’ experience in the offshore energy market, his knowledge and experience of the offshore market is invaluable to our continued growth.

"The company is unique in the type of work it does. Because the scope of work is so broad, you are never bored. Every day is different...."

Company history

A brief history of innovation and expertise

Established in 2004 as a vehicle for further development of technology for use in heavy lifting, subsea connections, and pipeline recovery, we have provided some of the world’s most prestigious and technically challenging projects with systems, equipment and services.

It was in 1983 that our founder manufactured and patented the world’s first ball and taper device for oil and gas applications, followed shortly after, by a revolutionary weld-less mechanical pipe connector that later became the Morgrip, still in use today.

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Balltec Ltd established

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Balltec was established in 2004 as a vehicle for further development of ball and taper technology for use in mooring connections, pipeline recovery systems and heavy lifting applications, primarily in offshore environments.


Fleet expansion

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Using our success and expanding knowledge of the offshore industry, we developed a range of other connectors and handling equipment, including our patented LiftLOK lifting and handling system, to expand operations and establish a fleet of products around the world.

Our high-quality, reliable lifting and handling products mean our clients can rely on storing our equipment in key locations in the event they are suddenly required.


Guará-Lula Project

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Our reputation for innovation and the ability to deliver complex projects on time saw the award of the FPSO mooring connectors on the largest oil and gas development in Brazil’s offshore pre-salt region: the Guará-Lula project.

The project was a significant undertaking for Balltec, and the giant MoorLOK connectors designed, manufactured and delivered highlighted Balltec’s expertise in the subsea mooring connector market and its ability to deliver high-quality engineering solutions.


Engineered Solutions

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One of our key strengths is the ability to work closely with clients to develop customized solutions to meet their specific needs.

As this service grew, Balltec evolved into Balltec Engineered Solutions reflecting the high demand for bespoke handling solutions to complement the existing off-the-shelf lifting, handling and mooring products.


Offshore wind

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Our expertise in subsea mooring connectors and handling equipment has led us naturally into the offshore wind industry, where the challenging marine environment presents unique engineering challenges.

We have already been involved in the world’s largest and most prestigious offshore wind farm developments supplying tools for  cable end terminations, cable connectors, and heavy lifting equipment.


Aquisition by Venterra

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Our commitment to the offshore wind sector led to our acquisition by The Venterra Group. 

The acquisition has enabled us to benefit from the expertise and resources of a leading energy investment firm allowing us to expand operations, invest in research into new products and technologies, and help keep us at the forefront of the offshore engineering industry.

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