Infoplaza BV based in Hilversum and Aberdeen has gained a ‘shop window’ with companies in the oil and gas sector by joining Achilles FPAL – an online community which is used by over 90 buyers from oil and gas companies.

Infoplaza, which has 25 staff and provides a full range of weather and environmental services, will now be able to share on an online platform its capabilities and performance record in key business areas, such as quality, health and safety and financial performance.

Achilles works to ensure suppliers’ information is accurate via data validation and desktop and physical audits. The Achilles FPAL community serves the procurement needs of the wider European oil & gas market, whilst maintaining firm roots within North Sea operations. Achilles FPAL is an industry-run community of operators, contractors and suppliers working in collaboration to promote a fair and transparent supply chain.

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Jim Murray, Global Business Development Representative for Infoplaza said: “we are fully aware that it is important to be registered with First Point Assessment Limited (FPAL), so as to supply major oil & gas corporations in the UK and the Netherlands. We also believe it is very important to have an up to date capability profile as well as building up sufficient performance feedback statistics. This will allow buyers to make robust supply decisions about our capability while showing commitment to the supply chain code of practice.

As a new Small & Medium Enterprises (SME) entrant to the Oil & Gas supply chain, with new and innovative services and technologies, we are delighted to be able to showcase them, and ourselves on the Achilles FPAL platform.”

Malcolm Wilson, Director for Achilles FPAL, said: “By joining the biggest supply chain risk management community supporting the North Sea and European oil and gas industry, Infoplaza has put itself in the best position to be considered for work with major oil and gas buyers. Achilles FPAL is a simple and successful model which has operated since 1997 by streamlining procurement and reducing cost for suppliers and buyers. It provides a vital shop window for suppliers that can offer innovative technology or services at a time when there is great focus on value and efficiency. Achilles FPAL also has a unique two-way Performance Feedback feature that allows suppliers to give and receive feedback so that high performing suppliers can demonstrate their track record to customers”.