GPC invests in key SMS Group equipment

Global Pipe Company (GPC), based in Jubail, Saudi Arabia, has placed an order with the SMS Group for the supply of a mechanical expander and a hydrostatic pipe tester for its new manufacturing line that will double the company’s annual production capacity from 200,000 tons to 400,000 tons. “With a total of 17 expander machines installed since 2002 and 19 hydrotesters supplied since 1971, SMS Group presented us with strong references in pipe mills offering a similar scope of business as ours,” says Ahmed Hamed AL Khonaini, shareholder and managing director of GPC.

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The new 10 MN mechanical expander will be installed in the finishing area of the new line. In addition to stress relieving the welded pipes, the expander will give GPC’s products their final shape, ensuring that the dimensions are within the required range according to the applicable specifications. “By doubling our nominal capacity to 400,000 tons, we will be in a position to allocate production slots for neighbouring markets within the GCC and MENA regions without neglecting our home market,” says Khonaini.
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