Scots plumbing entrepreneur wins backing to tap into huge new sales pipeline

Ross Dickinson, based in the Borders, initially came up with his idea for a pipe repair clamp to quickly repair leaking domestic water pipes.

His Kibosh company has now secured funding from OGTC, the Aberdeen-based technology center, to further advance its innovation for oil and gas, energy and industrial sectors, where it could have huge potential to reduce downtime.

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Together with support from existing investors, including Edinburgh-based investment syndicate Par Equity, the support will fund pre-field trial testing and certification by BSI, the leading global assessor of product standards, and the qualification of its industrial product range by Lloyds Register.

Plumber turned entrepreneur Ross Dickinson has developed a unique pipe repair solution that has huge potential for industrial applications. Photo: Ian Jacobs

Galashiels-based Kibosh has sold more than 100,000 household clamps to date, and in February supplied several thousand to support reconstruction efforts in Texas after the frost saw many homes there burst through pipes.

The company’s increasing prominence has led to growing industry interest, with partners such as Total, Harbor Energy, CNOOC International and Hydratight recognizing the clamps’ potential to temporarily repair damaged pipes and minimize any operational downtime. .

A series of industrial clamps are now entering the final phase of research and development, with field trials set to take place in the North Sea over the next 18 months. This project will also be supported by the Advanced Forming Research Center (AFRC) at the University of Strathclyde, part of the National Manufacturing Institute Scotland.

Dickinson, Kibosh’s Chief Technology Officer, said: “It’s exciting to now partner with some of the biggest names in the energy sector to develop products for a range of industrial environments. I knew quite early in the process that if we could make the clamps effective for domestic use, we had a good chance of adopting the same basic solution in large scale engineering and manufacturing environments.

“We believe our solutions have the potential to positively contribute to the net-zero journey and because these clamps have such tremendous potential for cross-sector compatibility in oil and gas and other industries, we believe the market potential in the billions of pounds. reach and, most importantly, can also help save the planet and industry a similar amount.”

In 2015, Dickinson – who left school at 16 with no qualifications and was later diagnosed with dyslexia – received funding to start the first phase of developing an industrial solution with the Oil & Gas Innovation Center (OGIC) and Heriot Watt university.

In 2019, he secured funding from Par Equity and the Scottish Investment Bank, enabling him to focus on Kibosh full-time and recruit a small team to help him grow the business, including Chairman Keith Gibson, Non-Executive Investment Director Audrey Orhorn, and former Procter & Gamble chief executive Andy Peterson, who joined Kibosh as chief executive in July 2020.

Paul Atkinson, founder of Par Equity, said Kibosh is one of the most exciting companies in its portfolio and that industrial-scale applications for its products offer “enormous commercial opportunities.”

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