Posted: Monday 3rd August 2009

Leading UK specialist pipe coupling manufacturer Teekay Couplings Ltd has opened its recently launched German operation Teekay Rohrkupplungen GmbH inRatingen, nearDüsseldorf, Germany.

The new company will, according to joint MD Ian Webb, meet the expanding business potential throughout Central Europe including Germany, Austria and Scandinavia; developing business in five key sectors – marine, water, civil engineering, building services and industrial.

Headed by MD, Klaus Reimers – previously Sales Manager with a leading German stainless steel distributor, the new company includes sales and purchasing staff.

It will also include a logistics team with nearby warehouse facilities offering rack, rebox and distribution services.

The new company will stock 10,000 couplings with ‘top up’ deliveries twice a week.

The complete product range (covered by 92 worldwide patents) will be available, including market leading products such as the Axilock-FP range which complies with IACS and VdS requirements.

The company was formed in 1961 and began producing couplings in 1975. Today it produces more than 250,000 couplings a year.

The new German company is expected to achieve a turnover of 100,000 couplings in its first 12 months.

Recent orders

1. A major European cruise vessel builder is currently using 50,000 couplings per year.

2. Teekay Couplings Ltd has been selected by BAE Systems to supply Axilock-FP couplings for the Type 45 Anti Air Warfare Destroyer Project, the backbone of the UK Royal Navy’s future air defence capability.

3. The New Orleans reconstruction programme has placed several orders for Teekay couplings including the first, recently introduced, ‘top of the range’ 4115mm diameter coupling for water pipelines.

4. A major dry docks is fitting 800 couplings on two seismic survey vessels.

5. A Danish water industry contractor has ordered 3,000 Teekay Couplings for a new water treatment facility.

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