History

Business Trend Ltd was founded in 1991 and primarily specialized in technical and inspection support of fuel & energy complex. Our inspection activities began with such major area of business as quality control of tubular products at the manufacturers. 

Company Milestones:

The 1990s were the time of Business Trend Ltd serious investments in research and methodology, human and material resources. Also, it was the period of addressing technical, legal and administrative issues of inspection activities with respect to oil & gas complex peculiarities. Company employees executed intensive preparatory work analyzing both international practice and requirements of domestic oil & gas industry, generating methods, procedures and normative base, creating "the core team of engineers" from lead industry specialists invited from field-specific research institutes, oil & gas, manufacturing and construction companies. There was created a network of inspection units at the manufacturers’ manned with personnel of required qualification and equipped with all necessary equipment, and the traceability and information exchange system was fine-tuned.         

In 2003 our company started to provide tubular products quality control services against orders of GazKomplektImpeks Ltd (now called Gazprom Komplektaciya Ltd), a centralized Gazprom supplier of material & technical resources. Over a short period of time we consistently arranged quality control of casing, tubing & drilling pipes at all leading Russian pipe manufacturers. 

In 2005 our company began inspection of pipe fittings and large diameter (up to 1420 mm, the so-called "Russian size") pipes. What is more, this work started simultaneously with Russian manufacturers’ pre-production of these products.   

The first decade of 2000s was characterized by participation in implementation of largest oil & gas projects, intensive development of the network of our inspection units at the manufacturers’ (now over 200), expansion of inspected product range and stock of orders, active cooperation with oil companies, metallurgic consortiums, construction contractors. During this time Business Trend extended the geography of work performed and went beyond the Russian Federation – we opened branches in Bulgaria and Italy, conducted quality control and acceptance on the territory of CIS, European Union, Argentina, Japan, China, etc.    

In the beginning of the second decade of 2000s the company continued brisk growth, participated in implementation of projects of global impact, and the nomenclature of inspected products covered almost kinds of oil & gas equipment and materials used in development, production, transportation and processing of hydrocarbons. This period was marked by a milestone event – international recognition of Business Trend as an inspection body. We became the first Russian inspection body accredited for compliance with requirements of international standard ISO/IEC 17020. Business Trend was accredited by the most influential accreditation body, UKAS (United Kingdom Accreditation Service). 

History of Company’s Quality Management System Development:

In 2003 the company implemented the Quality Management System (QMS) which has been operating successfully from then onward. Business Trend QMS is being continuously improved which is confirmed by certification within systems acknowledged by our partners. Today it is Integrated Management System certified at all possible levels of compliance confirmation – national, local and international. 

  • 2003 – the beginning of QMS development and implementation;
  • 2005 – QMS certification for compliance with requirements of GOST R ISO 9001-2001 within GOST R system;
  • 2008 – QMS certification for compliance with requirements of STO Gazprom 9001-2006;
  • 2008 – QMS certification for compliance with requirements of ISO 9001:2000 within TUV CERT system;
  • 2009 – QMS certification for compliance with requirements of GOST R ISO 9001-2008 within GOST R system (in connection with a new edition of GOST R ISO 9001 in 2008);
  • 2009 – QMS certification for compliance with requirements of STO Gazprom 9001-2006 within Gazpromcert voluntary certification system;
  • 2009 – QMS certification for compliance with requirements of ISO 9001:2008 within TUV CERT system (in connection with a new edition of ISO 9001 in 2009);
  • 2012 – QMS certification for compliance with requirements of ISO 9001:2008 within AFNOR system under COFRAC accreditation, and certification within IQNet system.
  • 2012 – QMS certification for compliance with requirements of ISO 29001:2010 within AFNOR system.
  • 2012 – UKAS (United Kingdom Accreditation Service) accreditation of Business Trend Ltd inspection activities for compliance with requirements of ISO 17020:1998.
  • 2013 – QMS certification for compliance with requirements of GOST ISO 9001-2011 within GOST R system (in connection with a new edition of GOST ISO 9001 in 2013);
  • 2013 – UKAS (United Kingdom Accreditation Service) accreditation of Business Trend Ltd inspection activities for compliance with requirements of ISO 17020:2012.
  •  2015 – IMS certification for compliance with requirements of ISO 9001, ISO 14001, OHSAS 18001 within AFNOR system under COFRAC accreditation, and certification within IQNet system. 
  • 2016 – UKAS (United Kingdom Accreditation Service) reaccreditation of Business Trend Ltd inspection activities for compliance with requirements of ISO 17020:2012;
  • 2016 – IMS recertification for conformity with the requirements of new versions of standards ISO 9001-2015, ISO 14001-2015 and standards ISO 29001-2010 and OHSAS 18001-2007.
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