Specialist Services Swell Turnover At Creative Communications Provider
15 May 2013
Aberdeen-based creative communications provider XIC has marked its 26th year in business as its strongest yet, citing a growth in contracts for specialist print and reprographic services from the energy sector as a contributory factor in its success.
The company has steadily increased its turnover over the past five years and expects to exceed its turnover target of £2.5 million for the financial year ended March 2014. Much of the recent growth can be attributed to XIC’s ability to service oil and gas companies with bespoke operational and safety materials at short notice. The company has also increased its staffing levels, with the recent recruitment of three new sales and marketing team members bringing its numbers to 26.
“Investment in both our people and our production facilities has allowed us to fulfil clients’ increasingly sophisticated demands,” said Murray Alexander, director, XIC. “The experience of our production team, some of whom have been with us since the birth of the company, coupled with XIC’s versatile range of print equipment means that we have a good understanding of the sector, as well as the production knowledge and facilities to address its at times complex requirements.
“Over the past twelve months we have seen an increased demand for some of our more specialist services, such as the provision of safety literature and offshore operations work packs. This type of printed material needs to be produced with due attention to an industrial environment. It is usually tailored to the company’s – or at times the individual recipient’s – unique requirements”
XIC prides itself on building lasting relationships with its clients in the energy sector and has grown its services to meet their increasingly sophisticated needs. In the last trading quarter of 2012, XIC retained a major contract for print and reprographics services with oilfield services company Petrofac for the third consecutive year. Halliburton, a global provider of solutions for the oil and gas industry, committed to a two-year extension of its print and reprographics contract with XIC, strengthening a relationship that dates back to 2004.
XIC also cemented a 20-year relationship with floating production unit specialist, Maersk FPSO by successfully winning a competitive tender for the provision of all of the company’s print and reprographics requirements.
“Safety awareness is a crucial issue for all those who operate in the energy industry,” said Murray. “While XIC will continue to work with clients to meet their day-to-day stationery and corporate literature requirements, we anticipate that oil and gas companies will increasingly require a more comprehensive suite of safety and operational materials to support their awareness-raising campaigns and daily activities.”