Metallic Engineering eyes LNG growth in China
As pipelines play a crucial role in the operations of diverse industries, companies rely on suppliers that can support them. This is why the industry giants, such as ExxonMobil, Infineum, BP, Shell, Chevron, Stolt, Oiltanking and Vopak, have come to acquire their operational needs from pipeline specialist suppliers such as Metallic Engineering (F.E.).
Metallic Engineering was established in Singapore in 1983 to offer manufacturing, maintenance, construction, engineering and consulting services to the oil and gas, pharmaceutical and petrochemical industries. During the past 30 years, Metallic Engineering has progressed from a trading company into a primary representative for a number of best-in-class global brands for pigging and pipeline joint testing systems. These brands include IST Germany, PPP US and Carbis US.
The company has alliances with Amnitec US and Amnitec UK for the assembly of composite hoses for transferring liquefied natural gas (LNG), cryogenic products, hydrocarbons, chemicals and other hazardous materials.
Metallic Engineering has gained an enviable reputation through high-quality products, design, deliveries, competitive prices and unsurpassed services to meet its customers' needs. "We have built our reputation in the industry on the quality of the products and services we supply," says operations director Roland Low. "We ensure customer satisfaction with our motto, 'Connect with Confidence'."
Headquartered in Singapore, Metallic Engineering has additional manufacturing facilities in Thailand and China and sales offices in Indonesia, Vietnam and Malaysia. The company has a team of highly professional and dedicated sales engineers with extensive experience in the industry, capable of resolving complex and ever-changing pipeline problems in the most cost-effective way. Metallic Engineering also has the Singapore government's approval to employ foreign workers in the construction, processing and engineering sectors.
"We do not simply design and supply pipeline pigging systems," says Patrick Low, Metallic Engineering's group managing director. "We have developed long-term relationships with our customers and end-users to serve them better by ensuring them of our total solution and support."
Metallic Engineering wants to be the partner of choice in the terminal and blending world to ensure a safe and clean environment. The company has a subsidiary in China, Heng Feng Yuan ESD, focused on electrostatic discharge solutions for the electronics industry.
In addition to the assembly and manufacture of high-quality hoses in composite and stainless steel, Metallic Engineering is also associated with the world-renowned brand, Tofle of Japan, for thermal and exhaust pipeline systems. These technologies were transferred to Metallic Engineering's organisation. Metallic Engineering has served the industries well with its specially developed tungsten inert gas and nitrogen-based welding methods for heating, ventilation, air conditioning and process industries. The use of high-quality stainless steel hoses and bellows ensures customers of utmost safety and durability.
To address the growing demand in the China market, Metallic Engineering is in discussions with potential partners and overseas manufacturers to build a manufacturing facility for an internationally known hose brand by 2015. Taking advantage of the lower freight costs and the country's abundant resources and huge market, the company is focusing on the LNG sector.
"China is not like how it used to be. The country is demanding more high-quality products and we will be there to support it," Patrick Low says.
Ready and ahead of other players and with investment in mind, Metallic Engineering looks forward to China as a future step for its growth in Asia in the coming years.