TPi November 2015

Business & Market News, Products & Developments, Stainless Steel World Expo 2015, Tolexpo 2015, Fittings, Valves, Flanges & Connectors, Technical Article

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November 2015


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Contents November 2015

8 Business & Market News

24 Products & Developments

44 Stainless Steel World Expo 2015

46 Tolexpo 2015

48 Fittings, valves, flanges & connectors

56 Orbital welding solutions: offshore umbilicals

59 Editorial Index

60 Advertisers Index

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Welcome to the latest issue of Tube Products INTERNATIONAL.

9-12 November FABTECH (Chicago, USA) International Exhibition

This issue we have a feature on fittings, flanges, valves & connectors and we take a look at the trade shows Stainless Steel World 2015 in Maastricht and Tolexpo 2015, which takes place in Paris. We also have an extended article taking an in-depth look at orbital welding solutions with a particular focus on offshore umbilicals, which starts on page 56. I have just returned from Tube South East Asia 2015, which was a very well organised show. We received a warm welcome and a lot of nice feedback about the magazine and met a lot of new contacts, which was great as it was my first visit to Thailand. There is clearly huge potential in the market there with so many towns and cities modernising their infrastructure and it will be interesting to see how it grows over the next few years. Next issue the editorial deadline is 23 October and we will begin our extensive Tube Düsseldorf show coverage. We are a media partner for the event and the January issue will feature a show preview so please do get your editorial in to give visitors a sneak preview of any new products that you will be exhibiting and where to find you. In the January issue we also have features on steel tubes, construction & structural tubes and pipe rehabilitation & repair so please send your press releases to Both the

17-19 November Stainless Steel World (Maastrict, Netherlands) International Exhibition

17-20 November TOLexpo (Paris, France) International Exhibition


23-27 February METAV (Düsseldorf, Germany) International Exhibition

22-24 March FABTECH Canada (Toronto, Canada) International Exhibition 4-8 April Tube Düsseldorf (Germany) International Exhibition 11-14 May Lamiera (Bologna, Italy) International Exhibition 6-9 June Tube Russia (Moscow, Russia) International Exhibition 7-9 September Indometal (Jakarta, Indonesia) International Exhibition

January and March issues of themagazine will be distributed at Tube Düsseldorf.

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news business & market TAP selects Technip for project management services contract

Puglia, Italy, where the pipeline will connect to Europe

in Italy. The services will include the overall project and site management, procurement and subcontracting for all the EPC packages throughout the engineering, procurement and construction phases, as well as warranty management and the project close- out. Project completion is scheduled for the first quarter of 2020. The services will be mainly performed at TAP’s headquarters in Baar, Switzerland, and Technip’s office in Rome, Italy. Other project centres will operate in Greece, Albania and Italy.

cross the Adriatic Sea to end in Puglia, Italy, where it will connect to the Italian natural gas network. The project aims at enhancing security of supply as well as diversifying gas resources in the European market. TAP will open a new route for natural gas from the Caspian Sea region. It is designed to transport ten billion cubic metres per year, with a potential future expansion to 20 BCM/y as more gas becomes available. The PMC contract awarded to Technip will cover the onshore portion of the pipeline from Greece to Albania and

Technip has been awarded by TAP (Trans Adriatic Pipeline) a project management consultancy (PMC) services contract, for a project designed to transport gas from the Shah Deniz field to the European market. TAP is a joint venture between BP, SOCAR, Statoil, Fluxys, Enagás and Axpo. The project scope includes an approximately 870km-long pipeline, which will start from the tie-in with the TANAP (Trans-Anatolian Gas Pipeline) portion of the Southern Gas Corridor project, at the Greece/Turkey border. The pipeline will then go through Greece and Albania, to eventually

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Shale-Inland acquires Major Sourcing Shale-Inland Holdings has announced the acquisition of Major Sourcing LLC in a transaction completed in July. Major operates as a valve automation, integrator and distributor, primarily focused on the power industry. Major, Inc, headquartered in New Jersey, USA, was founded in 1976 and has relationships with over 200 power generation focused manufacturers. Dave Kuhn, president of Major, will continue to lead the Major business.

generation and leverage our collective expertise into other end markets, including petrochemical and refining in the Northeast. Major advances our on-going acquisition efforts as we seek out strategic assets to improve our core capabilities in our end markets.”

“Major Inc provides Shale-Inland advanced capabilities in power generation with an exceptional management team led by Dave Kuhn,” said Frank Riddick, CEO of Shale-Inland. “With Major’s geographic footprint and valve expertise, we can grow the business in power

Major will continue to operate under its trade name, Major Inc, and will be a part of Shale-Inland’s valves and automation (V&A) platform. Shale- Inland is an industrial supplier of pipe, valves, fittings and related products, and provider of technical solutions to the energy and industrial sectors.

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New super-duplex from Ugitech meets NORSOK standards

Consequently, all components in pipelines, flanges, valves and filter systems must be very high quality to ensure their safe long-term use and to prevent environmental pollution. “UGI 4410 steel is an excellent compromise between good mechanical properties and corrosion resistance,” emphasised Marc Marticou, business development manager at Ugitech. “The nickel content of this super-duplex stainless steel is low compared to the one of super-austenitic stainless steel. This is what makes this super-duplex steel comparatively competitive.” As a producer of special steel, Ugitech has longstanding competence in the production of precise profile wire for filter systems for the oil and gas industry as well as petrochemical applications. This is also documented for bar products by the NORSOK certificate M-650 material qualification, which UGI 4410 stainless steel received at the end of 2014. This certification documents that existing oil industry specification and qualification requirements are fully met. The requirements for certification are high quality and safe processes in stainless steel production, the chemical composition of the material, and various material tests such as tensile tests,

In oil and gas production, the materials handling and production technology constantly comes into contact with aggressive fluids: an acidic PH value and varying gas pressure stress connecting components and filters. In hot salt water, aggressive chlorides attack the material. To provide the offshore upstream industry with a permanent, process- safe, environmentally friendly material solution, Ugitech, part of the Schmolz + Bickenbach Group, has expanded its product portfolio to include the UGI ® 4410 super-duplex stainless steel. Super-duplex meets the requirements for corrosion resistance and good pressure resistance. This Ugitech special steel also meets the NORSOK standards of the Norwegian mineral oil industry. This new material from the producer of special long steel products is a certified solution for meeting the rise in demand for greater corrosion resistance that conventional austenitic and martensitic steel grades cannot provide. The deep sea has an increasingly hydrogen sulphide and acidic hydrocarbon content that directly attacks the steel used in this environment. The material is also subjected to high-pressure loads.

toughness tests and corrosion tests. UGI 4462 duplex steel and UGI 4507 super-duplex have also received the NORSOK certificate. The outer pipe of this filter system consists of corrosion-resistant profile wire made of the UGI 4410 material and withstands the high pressure and aggressive media used in oil and gas production Photo credit: Ugitech

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NORSOK approvals for duplex and super-duplex solid bar

be used for components in chemical processing, pulp and paper, refineries and marine applications, as well as in desalination plants. Independent verification and approval of the manufacture and consistent quality of the new super-duplex bar, in accordance with the NORSOK standard, was carried out by Aker Solutions of Norway. A member company of the NORSOK committee, Aker Solutions is a global provider of products, systems and services to the oil and gas industry. Sandvik employs rigorous quality controls throughout the production process to ensure the consistency of the material. “Gaining the new NORSOK approvals for our duplex and super-duplex grades means that our customers can be assured that the material consistency and quality is the same every time,” said Marcus Hillbom, Sandvik technical marketing specialist. “This not only saves them time in terms of machine setup and component manufacture, but also in consistent and dependable performance characteristics of the finished product in some of the most demanding and aggressive applications in the world.” sandvik Materials Technology – Sweden

take the second sample from the centre of the material to ensure homogeneity. We know this makes a difference to our customers, who can depend on the consistent material characteristics of the bar without fail.” NORSOK approval has also been achieved for a new super-duplex grade, Sandvik SAF 32760, which offers excellent corrosion resistance and high mechanical strength. Its use facilitates the manufacture of lighter components and more compact system designs with less welding. The material grade provides advantages in component manufacture, particularly for oil and gas and subsea applications. Similarly, it can

Sandvik has achieved NORSOK ® certification for its duplex and new super-duplex solid bar, opening up greater application opportunities as they all meet the exacting demands and standards of the oil and gas industry. Extensive work by Sandvik has resulted in the new NORSOK M-630, Edition 6 accreditation being secured for duplex solid bar grades Sandvik SAF 2205 and Sandvik SAF 2507. Sandvik quality engineer Erik Jansson explained, “The difference here is that we take two samples of the material from different locations in order to test and verify the microstructure. In our case, as an additional service to our customers, we

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Asahi/America welcomes new sales team member

Asahi/America, Inc specialises in providing solutions for fluid handling systems, individualised to meet customers’ needs. The company manufactures corrosion- resistant thermoplastic fluid handling products, including valves, actuators, pipe and fittings. It also maintains an extensive custom fabrication department, and provides on-site consultation, supervision and training, where required.

Since its acquisition by H2O Innovation, Piedmont has had consistent growth, as demonstrated with the execution of these two recent contracts. The contracts confirm the sale of 33,500 couplings for two desalination plants located in Qatar through an engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) company in Spain. “These projects represent a great opportunity for Piedmont to consolidate its business relationship with this important Spanish EPC company and its position as the preferred flexible coupling Asahi/America, Inc, a specialist in thermoplastic fluid flow technology, has announced the promotion of Joe Pye to its sales team. For the last four years, Mr Pye has been a member of the company’s engineering staff. His promotion to district sales manager took effect in August. Mr Pye, whowill represent Asahi/America in Colorado, Wyoming, Nebraska and Kansas, joined the company as an applications engineer in the industrial piping group after graduating from the University of New Hampshire with a BS in mechanical engineering. He will be based in Colorado.

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Piedmont awarded largest contracts to date H2O Innovation Inc has announced significant developments in its subsidiary Piedmont Pacific Corporation, which is specialised in the design and manufacture of flexible pipe couplings. manufacturer for large desalination plants,” said Simon Bouchard, general manager of Piedmont.

Piedmont is continuing its development with the addition of a new distributor to its worldwide distribution network. Located in Australia, Aquacorp will cover Australia and New Zealand and will allow Piedmont to make its mark in Oceania. The company specialises in importing and exporting equipment used for water treatment systems. In order to help its clients and partners to select the appropriate couplings and products for their applications, Piedmont has developed a coupling selection tool, which is available on a new website. Quick and easy to use, the selection tool identifies the adequate coupling style in just a few clicks, allowing users to promptly access technical information for the selected products and to request a quote online. The new website is complete with a reference list, detailed documentation on each product and the latest Piedmont news.

Piedmont recently won two of the largest contracts in its history for desalination plants in Qatar, and also signed a new distributor in Australia. Piedmont is also renewing its web platform and has launched a new website containing a product selection tool and other upgrades.

TEPPFA at Piovan Pipe & Profile Day The Plastic Pipes and Fittings Association (TEPPFA) participated in the conference Piovan Pipe & Profile Day. The event, organised by Piovan in cooperation with TEPPFA, Krauss Maffei, Penta, Collin, Fdm and Aquatech, was held at Piovan’s headquarters in Venice, Italy, on 1 October. The occasion saw the participation of representatives belonging to companies within the EMEA region. TEPPFA was represented by its general manager, Tony Calton, who gave the opening keynote speech of the event, highlighting the changes and opportunities in the industry, and focusing on innovations, resource efficiency and environmental sustainability.

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Expanding manufacturing capacity and capabilities to meet client needs

“We have added a sand blasting booth, which along with our 5,000ft 2 paint booth enables us to both blast and paint on-site, improving project timelines and schedules. We have also added the capability to fabricate penstock utilising sub arc welding and improved pipe spooling process utilising orbital welding. All of these capabilities, along with our expertise in ASME fabrication, building integration and modular construction allow us to be a single- stop solution for complex projects and offer better scheduling options to our clients.” The solutions meet industrial standards for safety and quality including ASME, CWB, CSA and ISO. A large pool of engineers, technicians and project managers support every stage of project execution, including up-front design and technical requirements.

Surround Technologies designs and manufactures modular prefabricated steel enclosures and the integration of generators, electrical gear, mechanical and control systems. Advanced Flow Systems specialises in the fabrication of custom-engineered ASME welding projects including pipe spooling, tanks and vessels, penstock, helical coils and large-scale pipe fabrications.

Surround Technologies and its sister company Advanced Flow Systems, part of AdvanTec Global Innovations, have added new equipment, staff and expanded manufacturing capacity to meet increasing customer demand in the areas of custom enclosures, pipe welding and other industrial contract manufacturing projects. Supported by the acquisition of new contracts, the management team has completed a plan to double manufacturing capacity. Anthony Van Grol, general manager of Surround Technologies and Advanced Flow Systems, said, “We have invested in state-of-the-art equipment including a 115T lift crane, which grants us the flexibility to lift and move extremely heavy and large enclosures as well as piping loads, thus reducing labour and loading time.

Surround Technologies – Canada

Advanced Flow Systems Inc – Canada

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Tecumseh to be acquired by affiliate of Mueller and Atlas

launching new products and enhancing customer service levels.

commence a tender offer for all the outstanding common stock shares of Tecumseh for $5 per share in cash – a 155 per cent premium based on Tecumseh’s closing price of $1.96 per share on 4 August 2015. Tecumseh’s board of directors has unanimously approved the merger agreement. Tecumseh will remain a stand-alone business with its headquarters unchanged at the close of the proposed transaction. In addition, the company will continue to operate its global technology centres and manufacturing facilities in North America, South America, Europe and Asia. It will become a privately held company and will be delisted from the NASDAQ stock market, strengthening its ability to focus on growing the business,

Tecumseh Products Company, a manufacturer of compressors and related products, in conjunction with Mueller Industries and Atlas Holdings, has entered into a definitive merger agreement under which an affiliate of Mueller Industries and Atlas Holdings will acquire Tecumseh in a transaction valued at approximately $123mn, including the assumption of net debt. “We look forward to working with Mueller Industries and Atlas Holdings to help us achieve continued growth as we provide our customers with innovative, best-in-class products and outstanding service and support,” stated Harold Karp, president and chief executive officer of Tecumseh. Under the terms of the merger agreement, an affiliate of Mueller Industries and Atlas Holdings will

Mueller Industries manufactures copper tube and fittings; brass and copper alloy rod, bar and shapes; aluminium and brass forgings; aluminium and copper impact extrusions; plastic pipe fittings and valves; refrigeration valves, vessels and fittings; and fabricated tubular products. Its operations are located throughout the USA, and in Canada, Mexico, the UK and China.

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Severn advances power industry ambitions with A-T Armaturen acquisition

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Armaturen business forward, using it to spearhead expansion of Severn Glocon Group’s power industry market share.

Control valve engineering company Severn Glocon Group has acquired a majority shareholding in A-T Armaturen- Technik GmbH. Now trading as Severn A-T Armaturen, the business is an expert in engineered valves for thermal power applications such as turbine bypass and feedwater heater bypass. It specialises in severe service control valves and special high-pressure isolation valves. The firm has more than 45 years’ experience in the sector, and all valves meet strict regulations of the German Industrial Safety Authority (TUV). Its products complement Severn Glocon Group’s existing portfolio of valves and advanced engineering services, strengthening and extending the group’s power industry offering. Following the acquisition, Severn Glocon Group appointed Peter Borzsony as general manager for its overall power business. Mr Borzsony brings more than three decades of experience in the power industry coupled with a long-standing specialisation in control valves. He is responsible for driving the Severn A-T

Severn Glocon Group CEO Maurice Critchley says the companies’ combined skills and expertise will enable development of groundbreaking technologies for the power sector. “A-T Armaturen-Technik GmbH and Severn Glocon Group have a shared discipline of continual product improvement rooted in performance feedback,” Mr Critchley explained. “This underlying synergy was a critical factor in the agreement and will be a conduit for our future success. Harnessing this ethos in one unified business will allow us to develop powerful new solutions to maximise valves’ reliability and overcome some of the enduring process challenges of power generation.” Since 2012 the group has acquired and integrated four businesses, strengthening its position in high growth sectors such as subsea oil and gas.

A-T Armaturen-Technik’s former managing director, Manfred Leufgen,

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Centravis passes supervisory audit standards

at PJSC Centravis Production Ukraine. “We have set ourselves a goal not to stop here, but to continuously improve the plant’s environmental protection and safety standards.” Centravis supplies products to all key markets worldwide through a branched network of sales offices in Russia, Ukraine, Germany, Switzerland, Poland, Italy and the USA, and sales agents in other regions, including Brazil, the Middle East, Korea and Australia.

safety as well as its environmental management system.

Centravis, a global provider of solutions in seamless stainless steel tubes, has successfully passed its annual surveillance audit for compliance with international standards in the field of environmental protection and industrial safety, OHSAS 18001:2007 and ISO 14001:2004. Evaluations were conducted in Ukraine by the official representative of the German certification group TÜV SÜD, Technical & Management Services (TMS).

The inspecting audit firm gave a positive assessment, and confirmed that Centravis is in compliance with the required standards OHSAS 18001:2007 and ISO 14001:2004, renewing certification for the period of one year. “Successful completion of OHSAS 18001:2007 and ISO 14001:2004 compliance audit is an important signal to our partners that Centravis continues to be a reliable and responsible supplier,” said Ivan Kikhtenko, chief of occupational health and environment

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Tubacex completes acquisition of Prakash

us to offer more competitive products, while providing a more personalised service.” 52 per cent of Tubacex’s sales are currently addressed to the Asian market, where the Spanish company has progressively increased its commercial and operational presence, committing to a growing market. The company has production plants in Spain, Austria, China, Italy, the USA and India, with service centres in Brazil, France and the USA, as well as subsidiaries and sales offices in fourteen countries. The oil and gas, petrochemical and power generation industries account for more than 90 per cent of the group’s sales.

Tubacex CEO Jesús Esmorís commented, “Since we announced the acquisition last February, we have been working on an integration plan for Prakash within the group’s structure, which has allowed us to expand our experience and market knowledge. “We have also worked on an industrial plan that considers capital expenditure that will contribute to a significant increase of the quality of the Tubacex Prakash products, as well as the growth of its portfolio.” Ajay Sambrani, director of Tubacex Asia and a member of the management committee of the group, added, “This acquisition implies the establishment of a closer relationship with a key market in terms of growth, with an operational structure in this continent that allows

Tubacex has completed the acquisition of 68 per cent of the seamless stainless steel tubes division of the Indian company Prakash Steelage. With this operation, the Spanish company also maintains a purchase option on the remaining 32 per cent. The acquisition, which takes place months after the integration of IBF in the group, responds to the company’s strategic plan focused on growth. Prakash’s integration in the group is expected to strengthen Tubacex’s position within the Asian market and recover its market share in certain standard products. As a manufacturer of seamless stainless steel tubes, Tubacex has industrial platforms in Europe, America and Asia.

Tubacex – Spain

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business & market news EPDA’s annual conference The European Plastics Distributors Association (EPDA) reported a successful annual conference in Barcelona, Spain, where delegates attended keynote speeches from experts on breaking into new markets and the digital revolution. EPDA’s flagship event attracted both members and non- members from the plastics industry across Europe and further afield, including distributors and manufacturers. The evening welcome reception allowed attendees to network, before gathering the following morning for the conference opening address given by EPDA president David Ladyman. A series of round-table discussions were led by industry experts on e-business and digitisation (revolutionising B2B industries); the Role of Distribution in Technical Specification Work of Advanced Plastic Applications; and 3D Printing – Developments in Technology and Materials. A charitable gala dinner raised €4,650 for Médecins sans Frontières. On the final morning there were further opportunities to join in networking sessions to discuss strategic industry issues and share best practice. The sessions provided an insight into the innovative directions of three of the member companies. Mr Ladyman, who also wrapped up the conference, said, “It has been a hugely successful annual conference in Barcelona. It offered valuable insights into overcoming industry challenges and exploring new ways of doing business.” The EPDA is a membership-based organisation committed to promoting distribution as the preferred path to market for the semi-finished plastic parts market. Established in 1973, its members comprise the owners, CEOs, directors and senior executives of European manufacturers and distributors of plastic sheet, blocks, rods, profiles, tubes, pipe, valves and fittings.

join the best: 4-8April 2016 Düsseldorf, Germany I join the best — welcome to the world’s leading trade fair for the tube industry! Those who wish to find comprehensive informa- tion about the latest innovations in tubes and pipes, manufacturing, processing machinery and tube accessories need look no further. It can all be found here at the world’s most important exhibition — the meeting point for international experts, specialists and global market leaders. Special focal point at Tube 2016: Plastic tubes. A special area is reserved for them, because the question of ma- terials is becoming more and more important. An important fixed date in your calendar — your visit to Tube 2016 in Düsseldorf!

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Updated C906-15 AWWA standard published The American Water Works Association (AWWA) has published an updated version of its C906 standard, with significant revisions and changes to all of its sections.

“PE4710 HDPE pipes provide zero-leakage, conserving water and preventing raw sewage from entering into waterways or watersheds, and they are ideal for both trenchless and trenched installations. Standards around the world recognise the full benefits of HDPE pipe, and the AWWA and ANSI approved standard now does too.”

The C906-15 update includes enhanced performance high-density polyethylene (HDPE) resins – PE4710 – that improve the durability and reliability of HDPE pressure pipe used in municipal and industrial water and wastewater systems. “This is truly a significant event, pro- viding great benefits to municipalities, businesses and citizens,” commented Tony Radoszewski, president of the Plastics Pipe Institute (PPI). “The demands for installation of new pipelines, and revitalisation of the deteriorating water pipe infrastructure are urgent and critical. “Federal and industry sources estimate that approximately 2.5bn gallons of drinking water are lost every day because of dilapidated pipes.

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Updates in C906-15 include: zero-leakage allowance

dedicated to promoting plastics as the material of choice for pipe applications. The institute publishes data for use in development and design of plastic pipe systems. PPI also collaborates with industry organisations that set standards for manufacturing practices and installation methods.

for improved water supply and water conservation; improved durability of resin; higher pressure class – up to 335 psi; larger internal diameter and increased flow capacity; and enhanced surge capacity and fatigue life. It also covers additional sizes, up to 65" in diameter. The Plastics Pipe Institute is a major trade association representing all seg- ments of the plastic pipe industry, and is

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The update includes enhanced performance resins that improve durability and reliability of HDPE pressure pipe

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All change at Maxiflo with a number of changes to its UK business

Mr Butler commented, “The UK is a very important market for our parent company Maximator GmbH and I am determined to use Henry’s legacy as a springboard for Maximator UK. “We will continue to provide exceptional customer service and quality, and in coming months will be investing in more products and maintenance services which will strengthen our market position, and benefit our increasing customer base across the chemical, gas, oil and mechanical engineering industries.” Originally founded in 2002 to be a distributor for Maximator and other products, Maxiflo Technologies Ltd was run for 13 years from South

German high-pressure component manufacturer Maximator GmbH has made a number of changes to its UK business as new management introduces a change of brand name and location, and an extension of products and services. Jon Butler, former managing director of Cinpres, has taken over running the UK arm of Maximator from Henry Mason, who has retired after 13 years. Since joining the business Mr Butler, who has more than 30 years’ experience in the high-pressure air and gas industry, has moved the company’s UK factory site from South Shields to Middlewich, Cheshire. He has also changed the brand name from Maxiflo Technologies to Maximator UK.

Jon Butler, managing director of Maximator UK

Shields by Henry Mason. Now renamed Maximator UK, the company is focused on supplying the full line of Maximator products and services including systems for high-pressure gas and liquids, servicing and repairs, all supported from the factory in Middlewich.

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New factory for Artel Rubber holdings as it continues to develop its business

orders. Investment in state-of-the-art machinery will improve efficiency and safety as well as develop new products to meet our customers’ ever growing requirements. The new factory will offer stability and new career opportunities for our existing workforce as well as create new jobs.” In business since 1990, Artel Rubber Company manufactures and fabricates silicone and rubber tubing and hose. The company offers a broad range of tubing, hose and fittings and, with the introduction of automotive performance tubing, hose and fitting products, is well suited to meet the demands of various applications. Accreditation to ISO 9001:2008 guarantees quality for the rail, automotive, food, pharmaceutical and defence industries.

international customers was the driving factor for the board’s decision to invest more than £1mn in the production of a new facility. Simon Lavin, executive director, explained, “Artel Rubber Holdings Ltd is committed to developing its business. We are the best in the market and demand for our products has increased by over 80 per cent in the last three years. This new facility will help to secure our future, enabling us to cater for production of increased

UK-based Artel Rubber Holdings Ltd, a manufacturer of tubing, hose and fittings, has announced the successful purchase of land for the creation of a newmanufacturing facility at Springfield Business Park, near Alcester. Construction of the new 18,000ft 2 facility is already under way, with completion expected before Christmas. It will be almost twice the size of the existing factory.

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Inaugural Welding World awards The Association of Welding Distribution has announced the new Welding World Awards, which aim to find and recognise the best examples of work across all aspects of the welding industry. The awards ceremony will be held on Wednesday 13 April 2016 at the Hilton Birmingham Metropole, UK, during MACH, a showcase for themanufacturing and engineering industries. 20 votes or more will be invited to confirm their application. Arrangements will then be made for members of the Welding World Awards panel of judges to visit the companies in January and February 2016, should they reach the shortlist within the top ten.

Categories include best gas supplier, best new welding product, best safety product supplier, best welding distributor, best welding industry training provider, best welding product supplier, best e-commerce website and best welding machine supplier. The Association of Welding Distribution was created to support and promote the high professional standards of its members in dealing with customers, suppliers and competitors.

Welding World Magazine is the official journal of the AWD, and includes industry news, product reviews, feature articles, membership news and an ‘ask the expert’ section.

The awards are international, impartial and independent, and can be won by anyone involved in the industry. To enter, a company must be nominated online at Once nominated, all entrants are listed on the website with their name subject to a public vote, which ends on 31 st October 2015. Companies are able to nominate themselves, and all nominees awarded

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Tenaris expands online course offering on edX platform

advance its employees’ training experience, but extend its academic reach to the public and future industry employees. “This collaboration with edX has been very fruitful, as it has introduced to us to the highest standards of learning methodologies for developing people both inside the company and in the community,” said Rolando Lange, who heads Tenaris’s corporate university. Tenaris customers include oil and gas companies as well as engineering companies engaged in constructing oil and gas gathering, transportation, processing and power generation facilities. The company operates an integrated worldwide network of steel pipe manufacturing, research, finishing and service facilities with industrial operations in the Americas, Europe, the Middle East, Asia and Africa, and a direct presence in most major oil and gas markets.

Tenaris, a manufacturer and supplier of steel pipe products and related services for the energy industry and other industrial applications, is expanding its online library on the edX platform with the launch of two additional MOOCs – massive open online courses. ‘Introduction to Oil Country Tubular Goods (OCTG)’, which started in August, encompasses everything from the geology of the ground and drilling conditions to what products are used and why, and how selected, as well as their different characteristics. The OCTG course was followed up by ‘Introduction to Running Pipe in Oil and Gas Wells’ in September, in which participants gained a better understanding over a two-week period on how OCTG products are safely prepared and installed in oil and gas wells. Tenaris’s corporate university has been collaborating with edX, a non- profit created in partnership by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Harvard University, to produce courses that not only enrich and

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