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December, 2006

Contacto: Kathy Brysse
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Gates Fleximak embarks on Roughneck Drilling Hose Programme

Jebel Ali – Gates Fleximak, a leading quality supplier of Flexible Fluid Transfer Products, is now qualified to assemble a wide range of hose assemblies from Gates’ Roughneck product line.  

The complete range of API Grade D & E assemblies for the oilfield industry can be made to customer order in one of the recently acquired facilities in Jebel Ali, enabling Gates Fleximak to serve the Middle East and Africa.

After several weeks of in depth training, Gates Fleximak has several fully qualified assembly personnel who can make the entire range of Grade D & E assemblies, carry out all testing procedures and deliver a certified product.  Ron Trujillo, Manager Worldwide Oilfield Business Unit conducted the training and certification program.

A large variety of hoses and fittings are available on stock in the Jebel Ali facility, and as a result Gates Fleximak can quote a hose and make it in the same week or even the same day if the customer has an urgent requirement.  In addition, they also offer welding services to meet a wider range of end fitting requirements.  “This allows us as the only drilling hose assembler in the region to manufacture assemblies quickly and competitively in the Middle Eastern and African markets,” says Neil Ferguson, Managing Director of Gates Fleximak in the United Arab Emirates.

According to Mark Hewerdine, European Business Development Manager, the Roughneck programme is already delivering a faster and more efficient service to oil companies and drilling operations around the world and the addition of the Gates Fleximak facilities guarantees a world class service across the Middle East and Africa.

Gates is able to offer global coverage for the Oilfield industry.  For details of local assembly and distribution locations please contact: - Ron Trujillo or Mark Hewerdine. 

Ron Trujillo                                  
ManagerW.W. Oilfield Business Unit           
Gates Corporation                        
Customer Solution Center              
330 Inverness Drive South
Englewood, CO 80112
USA
Tel: 303-744-4735
Fax: 303-744-4404
rtrujillo@gates.com

Mark Hewerdine
European Business Development Manager
Gates Corporation
Tel: +447793 527977
markhewerdine@gates.com