Interest in device

Plumber’s time-saving clamp draws industry attention

Ross Dickinson: ‘great to be working with big names’

A range of pipe repair clamps developed by a Scottish plumber turned inventor has attracted the attention of global energy companies.

Ross Dickinson’s Galashiels-based firm The Kibosh has patented the clamps that can mend damaged pipes within seconds, therefore minimising any operational down-time until a permanent repair can be made.  

He already sells thousands to the domestic market and now there is growing interest from big firms in the oil and gas, energy, and industrial sectors such as Total, Harbour Energy, CNOOC International, and Hydratight.

The clamps are entering the final phase of research and development, with field trials due to take place in the North Sea over the next 18 months. This project will be supported by University of Strathclyde’s Advanced Forming Research Centre (AFRC), part of the National Manufacturing Institute Scotland.  

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He has also attracted undisclosed funding from the Oil and Gas Technology Centre in Aberdeen. This support, alongside that of its existing investors, will fund pre-field trial testing and certification by BSI, the leading global product standards assessor, and qualification of its industrial product range by Lloyds Register. 

Mr Dickinson, a self-employed plumber based in the Scottish Borders, left school aged 16 with no qualifications and was later diagnosed with dyslexia.

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