Precision Polymer Engineering (PPE), one of the world’s leading manufacturers of high performance molded elastomer seals held a grand opening for its new Houston facility on May 30th.
Invited guests from the oil and gas industry joined the PPE team at the facility located on the Sam Houston Tollway, NW of downtown Houston. The ribbon cutting to mark the official opening was presided over by Brett Finley, Vice President of Fluid & Metering Technologies and PPE’s Managing Director Paul Gillyon. Also in attendance was special guest Dr Ramanan Krishnamoorti the Professor of Petroleum Engineering at the University of Houston who delivered a short talk entitled ‘Future Challenges of Elastomer Sealing’.
The facility, which consists of office space, meeting rooms, a material testing and analysis laboratory (including high pressure test equipment), warehousing and a customer support centre, will bring significant technical and performance benefits to those operating in the global oil and gas exploration market from bases in Houston.
Engineers and specifiers of high performance specialist elastomer seals used in oil and gas applications now have the opportunity to a discuss projects face to face, and to work with PPE’s Houston-based engineering and materials team.
PPE will be providing quick turn-a-round prototyping of seals for time critical applications, with all material testing carried out at the new facility. All engineering led consultations, sales and customer support will be provided by engineers based in Houston. Customers will also benefit from the global reach provided by PPE from the company’s headquarters in the UK, providing a seamless link between customer projects in the US, Canada, Europe and beyond.
PPE will also be delivering regular courses on ‘Elastomer technology & seal design for oil and gas applications’ in the Houston facility’s training suite. The vision is to provide world class technical and engineering support focusing on solving advanced sealing problems, materials support and test facilities at the heart of the US oil and Gas industry.
Paul Gillyon, PPE’s Managing Director said “We have made a significant investment in the new Houston facility, both in capital equipment and experienced personnel which will further assist us in delivering our value proposition to this key oil and gas market, we are all very excited about this new resource and the opportunities it will bring to PPE and our customers.”