Thirteen former Relectronic Remech staff have joined a new force in the disaster recovery industry – Integral Disaster Recovery – which aims to rival the market's giant Belfor-Relectronic UK.

It is the second company to be formed by former Relectronic Remech staff, after Electromec was launched earlier this year.

The thirteen include Relectronic Remech's former financial director Richard Walker, two regional managers Joe Cook and Paul Steventon and four project managers. All left Relectronic Remech following its merger with Belfor UK on January 1, 2001.

Integral Disaster Recovery is a new division of engineering maintenance and building services group Integral, which has a turnover of approximately £60m.

The company has more than 1,100 engineering specialists based in 11 regional offices.

Joe Cook, business development director of Integral Disaster Recovery, said the company would aim to offer disaster recovery services alongside its core building and contents restoration and mechanical and electronic engineering services.

He said: “Being a specialist disaster recovery company provides broad exposure to a varied range of disaster situations, but it cannot qualify them to manage all the other services associated with an incident such as building fabric works.”

He added: “We are looking to offer a lot more than the traditional range of disaster recovery services to client companies on a one-stop shop basis.”

The company originally planned to develop its disaster recovery division over a period of 12 to 18 months.

However, Cook said it has decided to accelerate the process following the amount of interest from the insurance industry.

The company has rolled out the division in four offices – Glasgow, Manchester, Birmingham and Croydon – in addition to its current facilities covering southern England and the Midlands.

“We have received significant support from the loss adjusting and insurance industries, which welcome the entry of another national player in the disaster recovery market alongside Belfor-Relectronic,” said Cook.