Centek to be largest centralizer manufacturer Centek to be largest centralizer manufacturer
We are pleased to announce that Centek Group is poised to become the largest oil casing centralizer manufacturer in the world, following the opening of its new $13M factory which will treble its UK production capacity.
The expanded works in Newton Abbot, Devon, occupies 75,000 sq ft, which with the US factory (opened in 2012) gives a total of 147,000 sq ft of plant space. In the UK there are now four laser cutting production lines, two powder coating machines, and one heat treatment plant with a second due to be in full operation by December. The US Oklahoma facility brings to bear two additional production lines and one heat treatment plant. This gives the Centek Group the capability to turnover $220M annually.
Since 2011 Centek has invested $24M in its UK and US plants, and together the two factories give Centek the largest centralizer manufacturing capability available today. Due to improvements Centek have made in manufacturing capacity, new equipment, technical training and lean manufacturing methods we are able to manufacture much more efficiently, for example the manufacturing process after laser cutting prior to heat treatment is down from two minutes to 40 seconds per centralizer. The Newton Abbot factory can now treble manufacturing output and the Oklahoma City plant is expected to double manufacturing capacity thanks to the new CNC equipment. We now have a springboard for the next 4-5 years of manufacturing growth.
With 10 mechanical engineers devoting their time to R&D, Centek is focussed on developing the new products the Industry needs for extended reach and ultra-deep water wells. The company sends development engineers into the field to talk to oil company engineers to see if they can produce new tools.
Centek centralizers are designed and produced to order for each well. Centek can process small orders in 1-2 days, with large orders taking up to 10 days. These short lead times are possible through using advanced computer controlled equipment and processes in the most automated plants in the Industry. Oklahoma City supplies the USA, Canada and Mexico, while Newton Abbot distributes to the rest of the world.