Oberwihl O-ring plant celebrates 50 years of operation

Oberwihl O-ring plant celebrates 50 years of operation

NEWS Flowserve opens quick response centre in Aberdeen, UK F lowserve Corp has announced that it has opened a quick response centre (QRC) in Aberde...

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Flowserve opens quick response centre in Aberdeen, UK


lowserve Corp has announced that it has opened a quick response centre (QRC) in Aberdeen, Scotland, UK. The centre is designed to provide a highquality service, covering rotating equipment for pump and seal customers in the upstream oil and gas, general industrial and powergenerating industries. Facility capabilities include off-site maintenance and repair services; product overhauls, re-rates and upgrades; on-site installation, commissioning and repairs; and educational services. These are provided for all rotating equipment, regardless of the original equipment manufacturer (OEM). ‘The Flowserve Aberdeen QRC provides a wide range of services that reduce the total cost of ownership for our customers’ rotating equipment,’ explained Tom Ferguson, President, Flowserve Flow Solutions Group. ‘The facility expands our capability to provide local services to our UK and North Sea offshore customers.’

Contact: Flowserve Aberdeen QRC, Unit 3, Blackness Road, Altens, Aberdeen AB12 3LH, Scotland, UK. Tel: +44 1224 248112, Web: www.flowserve.com

AGC appoints representative for markets in South America


GC Chemicals Americas Inc, a wholly owned subsidiary of the AGC Group, has announced that its Aflas fluoroelastomers will be represented in Brazil and South America by Nactor Consultoria & Representação Comercial, based in São Paulo, Brazil.

This is the first step in providing the Brazilian and South American markets with fluorinated polymers and elastomers produced by AGC. Joseph Proof, Business Development Manager, AGC Chemicals Americas, said: ‘Aflas is a unique fluoroelastomer for gas and oil production since it has excellent chemical resistance in sour gas environments that are commonly found in the oil production industry.’ Contact: AGC Chemicals Americas Inc, 55 E. Uwchlan Avenue, Suite 201, Exton, PA 19341, USA. Tel: +1 610 423 4335, Email: [email protected], Web: www.agcchem.com

Oberwihl O-ring plant celebrates 50 years of operation


reudenberg Dichtungs- und Schwingungstechnik’s O-ring production plant in Oberwihl, Germany, recently celebrated 50 years of operation. Freudenberg bought the plant that produced silk ribbons in the town of Oberwihl, in the German region of southern Baden, 50 years ago. Its objective was to produce O-ring seals for industrial applications. During the early 1990s, Oberwihl assumed the additional responsibility for development, marketing, and production in Europe. Ever since, the centre has produced O-rings, and O-ring special forms, with diameters ranging from a few millimetres to 6000 mm. Freudenberg’s centre of expertise for coating was recently established in Oberwihl. The centre has a fully equipped test and trial laboratory. Today, Freudenberg is major player in the worldwide market for O-rings, and Oberwihl plays a key role in its success. Over 400 people are currently employed at the site. Contact: Freudenberg Dichtungs- und Schwingungstechnik, D-69465 Weinheim, Germany. Tel: +49 6201 803 631, Fax: +49 6201 88 3631, Email: [email protected], Web: www.freudenberg-ds.com

Staff celebrate 50 years of O-ring manufacture at Oberwihl, Germany.

December 2010

IN BRIEF ITF project focuses on technology for HPHT production Industry Technology Facilitator (ITF), a not-forprofit organisation owned by 25 major global operators and service companies, has issued a call for potential research projects under the heading ‘Improved Solutions Sought for Oil & Gas Production in Extreme Environments’. ‘Extend Capabilities and Alternatives to Elastomer Technology’ is the theme of one of the areas of research. Operators require elastomeric or alternative sealing mechanisms they can trust and that will not fail in high pressure, high temperature (HPHT) applications; are resistant to stress; and have a variety of uses. Potential research partners are being invited to join the project, to develop elastomers that can be permanently installed at high temperatures over the service life of a tool or set of tools, and to create smart materials that are resistant to HPHT environments and can be permanently installed. EagleBurgmann resumes construction of production facility EagleBurgmann has resumed construction of its new production hall in Eurasburg, Germany. In the spring of 2009, the project – costing E40 million – was halted because of the poor global economic climate. Order receipts have now recovered to such an extent that EagleBurgmann Germany’s management was able to give the go ahead for work to resume on the new development. When completed it will provide around 10 900 m2 and 2400 m2 of production and office space, respectively. Construction work is expected to start again during the second quarter of 2011. Relocations are planned from mid-2012 onwards. Company sales show a healthy increase A number of companies associated with the seals and polymer manufacturing industries have reported increased sales recently. Among those noted are Solvay, with sales increasing 22%; BASF, which posted a rise in sales of 23%; and Trelleborg, achieving a 15% rise. Goodyear’s third-quarter sales totalled $5 billion, while Michelin reported a 19% increase in net sales. The ElringKlinger Group’s consolidated sales increased by 39.8%. Garlock’s valve stem packing seal wins Flow Control Innovation Award The readers of Flow Control magazine have selected Garlock Sealing Technologies’ Style 212ULE ultra-low-emission valve stem packing seal for its 2010 Innovation Award in the fluid containment category. Designed to showcase the fluid-handling industry’s ongoing commitment to manufacturing excellence, the awards also recognise technology breakthroughs in the categories of fluid control and measurement.

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