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Germanischer Joins Forces with U.S.' Material Consulting Services

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US-based Material Consulting Services, Inc. (MCS) is the latest addition to the Germanischer Lloyd Group. With the acquisition of the vendor and site inspection company based in Houston, Texas, the GL Group yet again expands its service portfolio for the oil and gas industry.

"With MCS, the GL Group adds significant expertise in the tubular and downhole equipment sector to its offerings. Together with Advantica and PV Inspection, MCS will operate from the GL Group's oil and gas skills base here in Houston," said Pekka Paasivaara, Member of the Executive Board Germanischer Lloyd. "In addition, the GL Group increases its scale in global third party inspection business." Previous acquisitions in Great Britain, Canada, the U.S. and Malaysia in the past twelve months have strengthened the technical portfolio of the GL Group considerably.

MCS provides quality assurance and quality control services to the oil and gas industry. The company focuses on the upstream sector and is a renowned specialist in downhole equipment and tubular goods. Experience includes projects in the United States and the Gulf area, the Middle East and South East Asia. MCS operates from their headquarters in Houston and further locations in Lafayette (Louisiana), Muskogee (Oklahoma) and Dubai. The Company was established in 2000.

MCS determines witness, hold-points or monitors all phases of the manufacturing and inspection processes. The 160 inspectors and consultants are supported by roughly 150 additional contractors. They provide experience in project management, quality surveys, procedure writing, manufacturing, machining, NDT, training and all relevant industry codes such as API, ISO, ASNT, ASTM, ANSI, ASME and NACE. The Company has evaluated tubular goods, valves, wellhead equipment, drill stem, downhole accessories, completion equipment, pressure vessels, heat exchangers, tanks, vessels, compressors, electrical equipment and controls, internal and external plastic coatings and paints.

The GL Group's Industrial Services offer third party certification and inspection, independent design verification, as well as risk-based inspections and condition surveys of production facilities both onshore and offshore. The holistic service offering is directed at owners and operators of complex plants and installations.

Complemented by the British Advantica Group, Canadian and U.S. PV Inspection, and Kuala Lumpur-based Trident Consultants the GL Group's range of oil and gas services extends across the asset life cycle. With the additional expertise of MCS, Germanischer Lloyd will now be able to further extend its network and service portfolio especially in the US and the Gulf region.


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