Avantis Group acquires Bulldog Coating Services expanding its service capability

01 February 2024

Bridgend-based Avantis Group, a leading sustainable marine and offshore solutions provider, has acquired Newcastle-based Bulldog Coating Services (BCS), a renowned name in industrial coatings. This acquisition marks a significant step in Avantis group’s growth strategy, enhancing its service offerings and establishing itself as a premier lifecycle service provider in the industry. The deal will see Avantis offer asset owners flexibility and freedom to perform major works anywhere in the world without access to dry dock facilities.

Bulldog Coating Services, with more than 35 years of experience in the industrial coating industry, specialises in comprehensive solutions for maintaining asset integrity. Their services, including inspections, rope access, tank cleaning and specialist coating applications, are now part of Avantis Group’s enhanced portfolio.

This acquisition is a significant milestone for Avantis, reflecting its dedication to driving environmental change and maintaining its status as a leader in sustainable practices within the marine and offshore markets. Incorporating Bulldog Coating Services into the Avantis family expands the company’s capability to offer more diversified services, further strengthening its commitment to quality and environmental stewardship.


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Industry veteran Lee Bullock will remain as Managing Director of Bulldog after the investment, supported by his current management team.

Thomas David, Chief Executive Officer of Avantis, expressed his enthusiasm: “We are really excited about this one, bringing together a talented team, complimentary service offering and continuing our growth strategy to become the number one lifecycle service provider in the market has made this deal happen. Lee has a wealth of knowledge, and we are extremely happy that he has chosen to become a part of our long-term aspirations.”

Lee Bullock, Managing Director of BCS, also shared his optimism: “I’m really happy to be joining forces with Avantis to create a bigger and better solution for our customer base, both regionally and internationally. Myself and the team are looking forward to the future growth opportunities the deal will bring.”

This acquisition not only expands Avantis Group’s capabilities but also reinforces its commitment to sustainability and excellence in the marine and offshore industry.

Image caption: Left to right, Lee Bullock and Tom David

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