Smith Forms Borehole Enlargement Business Group

Smith Services and Smith Technologies, business units of Smith International, Inc., on Tuesday announced the combination of their wellbore enlargement products into a new operating group, Smith Borehole Enlargement, and the appointment of Mark Burtonwood as vice president and general manager of the group.

"Smith Borehole Enlargement combines Smith Services' leading wellbore enlargement technologies, including the Rhino Reamer and Reamaster, with Smith Technologies' innovative drilling products and software systems, such as Quad-D bi-center bits, and IDEAS drilling dynamics analysis," said Bryan Dudman, president of Smith Services. "The combination of the knowledge, experience and worldwide resources of Smith Technologies and Smith Services will lead to the delivery of high-quality wellbores through comprehensive pre-job analysis with unmatched on-site performance, and post-project review," Dudman said.

"This single focal point for wellbore expertise brings a Smith quality borehole to operators worldwide, for every drilling objective," said Mike Pearce, president of Smith Technologies. "Customers will be able to gain access to the coordinated capabilities of the new group through their existing sales and service representatives," Pearce said.

As vice president and general manager of Smith Borehole Enlargement, Burtonwood brings more than 22 years of oilfield sales and operations experience to the group. He has held assignments in Latin America, North and West Africa and Europe, and previously managed Smith Technologies' operations in the Russia/CIS region.

The Smith Borehole Enlargement group will be based in Houston, Texas, and will operate through Smith Services and Smith Technologies worldwide locations.

Smith International, Inc. supplies products and services to the oil and gas exploration and production industry, the petrochemical industry and other industrial markets. Its products are marketed through four principal business units: M-I SWACO, Smith Technologies, Smith Services and Wilson.