With oil and gas companies undertaking exploration and production activities in ever more hostile environments, Fine Tubes is in an ideal position to support these opportunities. In July, the precision tubing manufacturer and distributor opened a new facility in Houston. At the same time, the company announced the appointment of its new oil & gas business development manager, Robin Hodgson, who will be heading up the new operation.
The company sees its experience in manufacturing high pressure, highly corrosion-resistant tubes for North Sea drilling projects as great potential value to operators in areas such as the Gulf of Mexico.
With primary responsibility for building on the dual customer interface that Fine Tubes can offer (commercial and technical) and for developing key business relationships across the immediate region and the wider Americas, including Brazil, Hodgson will be working in conjunction with Fine Tubes’ sister company Superior Tubes in Collegeville, Pa.
Hodgson joins Fine Tubes from ContiTech Oil & Marine Corp. He moved with the company from the U.K. to Houston in 2002.
“I am very much looking forward to being part of a global team and contributing to the further success of Fine Tubes in the United States,” he said. “Working together with Superior Tubes we’ll be able to deliver an exciting product offering across the spectrum of oil and gas applications.”
Brian Mercer, Fine Tubes’ global sales and marketing director, added: “Whilst we focus on manufacturing high quality products for often mission critical applications, an important part of the Fine Tubes offer is the technical support and advice we can provide across a broad range of stainless, nickel and titanium alloys,” he said. “Robin has the experience and skill to ensure that our customers are fully supported in this way.”
The Houston office opened on July 15 and is already offering sales and technical support in the region, complementing Fine Tubes’ global operations, which cover more than 35 countries from offices in the U.K., Germany, France, India and now the United States.