Hardide Wins Expro as First New Customer for Houston Coatings Facility

Hardide Coatings, has secured orders from the Expro Group as its first new customer for its recently opened coatings facility in Houston, Texas.

The order is the result of over 18 months of close co-operation between the companies to engineer and test a solution to increase the wear resistance of downhole tractor tool grippers. Hardide has made several prototypes for Expro that have been run in harsh environments, proving to extend the lifetime of components.

Hardide completed a purpose-built 17,000 sq. ft. coatings facility in Houston in September 2006. The plant houses the first of a number of state-of-the-art CVD (chemical vapour deposition) vacuum furnaces together with pre-treatment, inspection, QA and finishing support equipment.

Jim Murray-Smith, chief executive officer of Hardide plc said: "The response to our presence in Houston has been highly satisfactory and we have parts in test from over 30 of the region's major suppliers to the oil and gas industry. Winning this first order from Expro further validates the Company's expansion into Houston and we are confident of being able to announce additional contracts in the near future as they come on-line."

Francis Neill of The Expro Group said: "Our company is at the forefront of new technology and innovation and we are, therefore, pleased to do business with a company like Hardide, which has proved to offer our components optimized performance and extended life. We are particularly pleased to be their first new customer as they establish their business in Houston."