Understanding information challenges for brownfield assets and greenfield projects

Owner operators and engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) companies in asset-intensive manufacturing industries routinely handle large volumes of unstructured, unintelligent information on a daily basis. This information takes many forms and is often duplicated in various folders and databases throughout the organization.

This unstructured information comes and goes in many different forms and file formats, and is often stored, misclassified. This lack of coordination leads to duplication and further re-distribution, which in turn lead to degradation of information quality and integrity, and sometimes, its outright loss.
As a result, the right information is difficult to find when it is most needed. This continues to expose operations and engineering companies to unnecessary cost, risk, delay, and hazard.

This white paper will highlight the challenges in collating, organizing, and accessing unstructured information, particularly in brownfield plants, offshore facilities, and greenfield construction projects.

SmartPlant® Enterprise for Owner Operators - Leveraging the engineering design basis across the plant life cycle

The purpose of this white paper is to review owner operator challenges throughout the life cycle of a
plant asset and the role Intergraph’s SPO can play in meeting these challenges. This paper discusses
some of the key work processes related to greenfield/brownfield project execution, completions, handover to operations, and plant operations and maintenance, and highlights Intergraph’s solutions and their associated benefits, as well as quantifiable return on investment. It also presents the Intergraph approach to SPO implementation and explains the technologies exploited.

New Approaches to Make Plant and Project Information Rapidly Available

Brownfield assets and even new greenfield construction projects suffer from handling large volumes of unstructured information. They often do not have 3D models, data warehouses, or integrated operation systems with high-quality structured information. Even if they do, unstructured information in the form of documents and drawings regularly arrives from suppliers, vendors, and engineering partners.

This white paper discusses how recent breakthroughs in information management (IM) and high-definition surveying (HDS) technologies offer hope for a change to this state of affairs, leading to higher productivity, safety, and operational excellence. This white paper will highlight the technologies that are available to help owner operators and engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) companies to extract value from unstructured data and documents in a simple and cost-effective manner.







FLSmidth extends the use of Intergraph® SmartPlant® solutions
Wednesday, May 11, 2016
FLSmidth, a market-leading supplier of engineering, equipment and services to the global minerals and cement industries, has extended its Service Level Agreement (SLA) for five years to increase the use of Intergraph® SmartPlant® and Intergraph Smart™ solutions.
The key reason for FLSmidth increasing its use of Intergraph solutions is to have a single source plant design solution encompassing the full design cycle with shared master data from conceptual design to construction.With local presence in more than 50 countries, FLSmidth focuses on coal, iron ore, fertilizers, copper, gold and cement industries, helping its customers to increase capacity, reduce operating costs and improve productivity while minimizing the environmental impact.
The Intergraph SmartPlant Enterprise portfolio used by FLSmidth includes Intergraph Smart 3D, SmartPlant Foundation, SmartPlant P&ID, SmartPlant Instrumentation, SmartPlant Electrical, SmartPlant Interop Publisher and SmartPlant Reference Data.Commenting on the decision to extend the use of Intergraph tools, FLSmidth's Karl Normington, manager of SmartPlant engineering systems, said, "We are pleased to enter into a new five-year agreement with Intergraph Process, Power & Marine. Intergraph's suite of SmartPlant tools further increases our capability to produce quality plant design solutions. SmartPlant provides a platform to incorporate complex equipment into a 3D plant modeling environment, spanning all phases of projects from feasibility through construction and commissioning. Both our cement and minerals divisions will benefit from having one tool with master data shared seamlessly on a global platform.
"Gerhard Sallinger, Intergraph Process, Power & Marine president, said, "We are proud to see that our focus on better engineering information management solutions and improving the interoperability between the SmartPlant Enterprise Suite provides our customers with clear benefits. It is remarkable to work with companies who are leaders in their industries, such as FLSmidth."Intergraph SmartPlant Enterprise offers a powerful portfolio of industry-leading, best-in-class design and data management solutions, enabling companies in the process, power and marine industries to capture integrated engineering knowledge at the enterprise level for the competitive advantage needed in today's and tomorrow's market. SmartPlant Enterprise's integrated suite of solutions enable proven productivity gains, improving engineering efficiency by up to 30 percent. Intergraph Technical User Forum (TUF) LinkedIn groups provide an online discussion forum for year-round networking between users. To learn more about Intergraph solutions and network with other Intergraph users, visit ARC Advisory Group, a leading industry analyst firm, ranked Intergraph as the No. 1 overall worldwide provider of engineering solutions for plant design (process, power and marine), according to its "Engineering Design Tools for Plants and Infrastructure Worldwide Outlook Market Analysis and Forecast Through 2019."
About FLSmidth: FLSmidth is a market-leading supplier of engineering, equipment and services to the global minerals and cement industries. The company helps its customers increase capacity, reduce operating costs and lower environmental impact. FLSmidth is a global company with headquarters in Copenhagen, Denmark and major technology centers located in Salt Lake City, Utah, USA, and Chennai, India. The company was established 134 years ago and employs 13,000 people with a local presence in some 50 countries.
About Intergraph Process, Power & Marine Soon to be known as Hexagon Process, Power & Marine: Intergraph Process, Power & Marine is the leading global provider of engineering software for the design, construction and operation of plants, ships and offshore facilities.Process, Power & Marine is part of Hexagon (Nasdaq Stockholm: HEXA B;, a leading global provider of information technologies that drive quality and productivity improvements across geospatial and industrial enterprise applications.© 2016 Intergraph Corporation. All rights reserved. Intergraph is part of Hexagon. Intergraph and the Intergraph logo are registered trademarks of Intergraph Corporation or its subsidiaries in the United States and in other countries. Other brands and product names are trademarks of their respective owners.
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YASREF chooses Intergraph® Solutions over competitors for refinery project in Saudi Arabia

Wednesday, Jun 03, 2015

Yanbu Aramco Sinopec Refinery Company Ltd. (YASREF) has recently chosen Intergraph® SmartPlant® Enterprise solutions to optimize the operation and maintenance of its full-conversion refinery. The project is a significant undertaking and involves the construction and operation of a 400,000-barrel per day (bpd) integrated petroleum refinery in Saudi Arabia.

YASREF initially used several solutions from the SmartPlant suite, including SmartPlant Instrumentation, SmartPlant P&ID and PDS®. YASREF later implemented the Engineering Document Management System (EDMS) based on SmartPlant Foundation to achieve complete integration.

YASREF has achieved fully integrated plant design in order to provide fast, intuitive and role-based access to help manage the most accurate engineering documents.SmartPlant Foundation has provided all required features to manage engineering documents including storage of electronic engineering documents, methods to search and download/upload documents, and full Management of Change (MOC).

Abdulhannan M. Karim, senior engineer at YASREF, said, "For YASREF, we executed the implementation of the EDMS in its best possible methodology. We divided the implementation into phases to optimize the resources, facilitate the required data at various times of pre-commissioning, commissioning, start-up and operations, and to achieve best quality of engineering data in a very cost-effective manner."

YASREF EDMS has set records in the industry with regards to EDMS implementation time and data gathering, validating and auditing time thanks to the implementation of Intergraph solutions – it will be considered a role model in the general industry and within Saudi Aramco in particular. Our implantation team has not only put huge efforts in to gathering accurate data but has also worked hard to validate and audit the data prior to final handovers by EPCs. The coordination with EPCs has helped us to quickly create and maintain reliable data assets, supporting our reputation as a pioneer in Engineering Document Management."

Gerhard Sallinger, Intergraph Process, Power & Marine president, said, "The YASREF Refinery Project is a massive undertaking in the Middle East, and we could not be more pleased that it has chosen Intergraph solutions to optimize plant performance. The SmartPlant suite of products will serve YASREF and its partners well."

Intergraph's SmartPlant Enterprise offers a powerful portfolio of industry-leading, best-in-class design and data management solutions, enabling companies in the process, power and marine industries to capture integrated engineering knowledge at the enterprise level for the competitive advantage needed in today's and tomorrow's market. SmartPlant Enterprise's integrated suite of solutions enable proven productivity gains, improving engineering efficiency by up to 30 percent.The ARC Advisory Group, a leading industry analyst firm, ranked Intergraph as the No. 1 overall worldwide provider of engineering solutions for plant design (process, power and marine), according to its "Engineering Design Tools for Plants and Infrastructure Worldwide Outlook Market Analysis and Forecast Through 2018."


YASREF is Yanbu Aramco Sinopec Refining Company Ltd., a joint venture between Saudi Aramco and China Petrochemical Corporation (Sinopec).  A world-class, full-conversion refinery that covers about 5.2 million square meters in the Yanbu Industrial City, and is considered to be a key anchor project for the future of Yanbu. YASREF signifies the impressive downstream portfolio added to Saudi Aramco, yet building and cementing on the strategic partnership with Sinopec – Saudi Aramco's largest crude oil partner and buyer. YASREF was registered in January 2012 with the single purpose to establish, operate, and manage a full conversion-refining complex. YASREF possesses the location advantage to effectively and efficiently supply both international and domestic markets.

About Intergraph

Intergraph helps the world work smarter. The company's software and solutions improve the lives of millions of people through better facilities, safer communities and more reliable operations.Intergraph Process, Power & Marine (PP&M) is the world's leading provider of enterprise engineering software enabling smarter design and operation of plants, ships and offshore facilities. Intergraph Security, Government & Infrastructure (SG&I) is the leader in smart solutions for emergency response, utilities, transportation and other global challenges. Intergraph is part of Hexagon (Nasdaq Stockholm: HEXA B;, a leading global provider of information technologies that drive quality and productivity improvements across geospatial and industrial enterprise applications.© 2015 Intergraph Corporation. All rights reserved. Intergraph is part of Hexagon. Intergraph and the Intergraph logo are registered trademarks of Intergraph Corporation or its subsidiaries in the United States and in other countries. Other brands and product names are trademarks of their respective owners.

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Leading Korean engineering company Hyundai Engineering Co., Ltd (Hyundai Engineering) and Intergraph® Process, Power & Marine (PP&M) have announced the launch of a solution that is expected to improve productivity by 20 percent or more during the design phase of a project.

Hyundai Engineering has used Intergraph software for over 20 years and adopted next-generation design software Intergraph Smart™ 3D in 2008. This provided an immediate boost to the productivity and efficiency of the company's designers, helping to cement its place as one of Korea's leading and most competitive engineering, procurement and construction companies (EPCs). However when it came to verifying the quality of design work produced by sub-contractors and junior engineers, it was determined that too many work hours were still being spent on repetitive tasks.

The company approached Intergraph with this requirement in late 2014 and a year-long collaborative project was started. The result is the Intelligent Design Basis Verification, a customization for Smart 3D that automates the process of verifying and confirming engineering design work.

"Intelligent Design Basis Verification is an extremely important innovation for Hyundai Engineering," said MyungSu Han, general manager of Hyundai Engineering's IT Department. "We are expecting it to reduce work hours and costs in the design phase by 20 percent or more."

Melanie Eakes, Intergraph Process, Power & Marine executive vice president of Global Support & Quality Assurance, said, "This work with Hyundai Engineering is a great example of the type of automation and rules that we envisioned EPCs would create to differentiate themselves. Both EPCs and owners are discovering just how powerful the automation and rule capability is within Smart 3D."For an EPC to have the capability to easily implement automated rules, based on input from the most senior and knowledgeable engineers, that can affect the quality and safety of a plant, ship or offshore facility for the life of that asset is exciting."Intelligent Design Basis Verification will be implemented for the first time in December 2015 on one of Hyundai Engineering's active projects, a US$2 billion petrochemical plant in Turkmenistan.

Smart 3D is the world's first and only next-generation 3D design solution specifically tailored for plant, offshore, shipbuilding and the metals and mining industries, employing a breakthrough engineering approach that leverages real-time concurrent design, rules, relationships and automation. It is the most advanced and productive 3D design solution that effectively enables optimized design, increasing safety, quality and productivity, while shortening project schedules. Companies in these industries typically report a 30 percent improvement in overall engineering design productivity.Intergraph Technical User Forum (TUF) LinkedIn groups provide an online discussion forum for year-round networking between users. To learn more about Smart 3D and network with other Intergraph users, visit ARC Advisory Group, a leading industry analyst firm, ranked Intergraph as the No. 1 overall worldwide provider of engineering solutions for plant design (process, power and marine), according to its "Engineering Design Tools for Plants and Infrastructure Worldwide Outlook Market Analysis and Forecast Through 2019."

About Hyundai Engineering

Founded in 1974, Hyundai Engineering has successfully performed more than 5,000 projects in Korean and international markets. It has established itself in the field of processing plants, including oil and gas, LNG facilities, oil refinery and offshore facilities, as well as next-generation industry power and energy, environment, security operations centers and new transportation systems. Hyundai Engineering is also recognized as a global leader with front-end engineering design / project management and construction competencies.

About Intergraph Process, Power & Marine

Soon to be known as Hexagon Process, Power & Marine, Intergraph Process, Power & Marine is the leading global provider of engineering software for the design, construction and operation of plants, ships and offshore facilities.Hexagon Process, Power & Marine is part of Hexagon (Nasdaq Stockholm: HEXA B;, a leading global provider of information technologies that drive quality and productivity improvements across geospatial and industrial enterprise applications.© 2015 Intergraph Corporation. All rights reserved. Intergraph is part of Hexagon. Intergraph and the Intergraph logo are registered trademarks of Intergraph Corporation or its subsidiaries in the United States and in other countries. Other brands and product names are trademarks of their respective owners.

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The beauty of Jupiter control systems is that the end user has the capability to fully configure the system, including the software and user interface, to suit their requirements, and reconfigure as and when required.  This avoids high software development costs when developing new tooling, or making minor changes to functionality.  This means that clients can purchase a standard Jupiter 2 system which has the functionality to meet a range of requirements and use it for a number of different applications.  Also control systems can be moved from tool to tool saving the cost of buying a complete control system for each tool, when tools are not in constant use.

All Jupiter systems operate from the same PC based software, which means that a user that has worked on one Jupiter system will quickly become familiar with another, and be able to use their expertise to get the best out of the tooling, saving time and money.

Recent additions to the Jupiter surface software include: Drag and drop user graphics design, multiple datalogger reports, enhanced maths pack editing, search and export utilities.

These features mean that end users can quickly specify and commission new tooling designs in an efficient and cost effective fashion.  Below is a case study of a recent in house development carried out at Zetechtics in response to client requests, which demonstrates these benefits, and which has led to a new product for Zetechtics, and our clients.

Manipulator Control Case Study

Zetechtics have designed and built a new variant of the Jupiter 2 ROV intervention tooling control system specifically for proportional control of manipulators.  A number of clients have expressed an interest in this application whether for installation on a tooling skid, or an ROV.  It is an attractive solution to this application for a number of reasons including: reliability, common components with their other Jupiter 2 control systems and familiarity of their trained technicians with Jupiter 2 hardware and software.

The product development has been a relatively simple process, as a prototype control system with all the required functionality was built from an existing standard Jupiter 2 system.  The system has 7 fully proportional bidirectional hydraulic valves, and the associated counterbalance and pressure relief valves.  This was tested with an FMCTI Schilling Atlas 7R manipulator.  The user control interface for the manipulator is an X-Box wireless controller as requested.

The whole process from start to finish took less than a month, including specification, producing assembly drawings, assembly, delivery of test equipment and testing.  The user interface was designed while the control system was being built, so once the system was complete and the Atlas arm received for test, it was possible to connect the arm and operate it straight away.  Minor adjustments and enhancements were made to the user interface.  Some valves were changed to achieve smooth movement.

The full proportional control means the arm can be moved very delicately and precisely, or more quickly and utilising the full powerful capability of this heavy duty manipulator.  The intuitive control through the X-Box controller means that even an unfamiliar user can quickly become a competent operator.

The final step in the development process was to design a custom package to minimise the size and weight for this application.  The development process has provided a welcome new member to the Jupiter 2 product family, and generated a lot of interest with both new and existing clients.  The first new systems are due for delivery to clients in February.

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Angola is firmly established as a global hub of the hydrocarbon industry, with conservative estimates putting the country’s oil reserves at around 10 billion barrels.

Tata Steel’s contract for the Malongo Terminal Oil Export Pipeline project (MTOE) involved highly efficient production and delivery of line pipe, as well as setting up a concrete coating plant in the West African nation of Angola.

The challenge

Fulfilling this order required Tata Steel to work collaboratively with Socotherm Angola to install the country’s first concrete weight coating facility.

This ambitious project was an integral part of a broader contract involving the supply, coating and shipment of substantial volumes of line pipe and related equipment to the offshore lay contractor.

The solution

A partnership was formed to develop the Malongo Terminal Oil Export Pipeline project (MTOE) in Block 0 concession at water depths ranging from 100 to 120 feet. The pipeline was used to export two crude oil blends from an existing jetty at the shoreline to two new deep water loading berths.

The product

  • 32.5km 36” (914mm) outside diameter Grade B submerged arc welded (SAW) steel line pipe
  • 32.5km 42” (1067mm) outside diameter grade X52 SAW steel line pipe
  • External fusion bonded epoxy (FBE) anti-corrosion coating
  • Concrete weight coating
  • Supply and installation of 112 bracelet aluminium alloy anodes on the offshore line pipe
  • Twenty-six 42” OD induction bends (12 with FBE coating)
  • One 42” OD FBE/Splashtron™ coated riser pipe (jetty riser section with splash zone protection)


The Malongo Terminal Oil Export Pipeline project (MTOE), involved not only the production and delivery of line pipe, but also the setting up of a concrete coating plant in the West African country of Angola.

Today, 90% of Angola’s export revenues are generated by the country’s substantial oil reserves, estimated at around 10 billion barrels.

Driving local economic growth

In order to drive economic development, many companies are setting up in-country operations, using local resources and labour to stimulate regional growth, ease logistical issues and strengthen relations.

Ensuring the highest health and safety standards were maintained throughout the project was of the utmost importance. With the plant operating on two-day shifts, 200 jobs were created, including:

  • Logistics workers
  • Labourers
  • Plant operators
  • Inspection staff

Ensuring health and safety for local workers

This diverse range of positions meant a wide variety and high level of training was necessary. This involved:

  • Rigorous training inductions for every employee
  • ‘Toolbox talks’ to educate staff in creating and maintaining a safer working environment

Managing shipping and transport issues

The new plant was situated on land being reclaimed from the sea, adjacent to the port area. As the road infrastructure was still being redeveloped following a civil war, shipping was the most widely used method for importing components and materials. This meant:

  • The port was extremely busy, with a limited number of berths
  • Each shipment had to be carefully planned to ensure the project went ahead with minimal delay

Many materials required for the plant construction and concrete coating were not available locally, creating a need to work with the customer and suppliers to ensure goods could pass as easily as possible through customs.

Meeting concrete coating challenges

Concrete coating pipes can often prove complex. In Angola, there were additional challenges such as:

  • Dealing with Luanda’s heat and humidity which affects the moisture content of concrete
  • Effectively managing the curing process and ensuring the demanding specifications were met 
As a leading steel producer, Tata Steel capitalised on decades of experience, expert knowledge and global capabilities to deliver a pipeline solution for a challenging and complex project.
Tata Steel worked in partnership with a number of major players in the oil and gas sector, including:
Cabinda Gulf Oil Company (CABGOC), a Chevron affiliate
Making a difference to Luanda’s economy
Working in partnership with Socotherm Angola, Tata Steel developed the Malongo Terminal Oil Export Pipeline project (MTOE). Located in water depths ranging from 100 to 120 feet, the pipeline is designed to export two crude oil blends from an existing jetty to two new deep water loading berths.
Tata Steel also worked with Socotherm Angola to install the country’s first concrete weight coating facility in Luanda. Socotherm had recently constructed a new anti-corrosion and thermal insulation plant, so adding concrete coating capabilities was an operationally logical add-on.
Working efficiently with Socotherm, Tata Steel produced a high integrity coated product. The in-country coating also boosted the regional economy, as natural resources were developed to provide key products, such as cement.
Working together to deliver success
Constructing the plant was an integral part of Tata Steel’s wider contract that required the supply, coating and shipment of substantial volumes of line pipe and associated equipment to the offshore lay contractor. This involved:
Shipping 2,500 lengths of 12m FBE coated pipe, each weighing seven tonnes, from Hartlepool port to Angola
Tata Steel maritime experts working with local employees to establish pipe-handling procedures for large diameter pipes
An average of between 35 and 40 pipes going through the plant each day
Each pipe coated with 3” or 3.5” of concrete, reinforced with wire mesh, which increased the weight to between 18 and 20 tonnes
The pipes, ranging in length from 11 to 13 metres, were then individually transported from the plant to the quay area and loaded onto cargo barges, which in turn delivered them to the lay barge. 

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Cygnus Instruments Sales Director, Graham Haines, offered his support with long term partner Mariso at the 2017 International Underwater Intervention Conference and Exhibition in Xiamen, Southern China. The annual event attracts delegates and visitors from the Chinese Underwater and Offshore Industries. On display was the latest underwater thickness gauging equipment for both diver and ROV deployment."

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For the first time, Silver Fox will be exhibiting at Rail Solutions Asia, Kuala Lumpa from the 24th-26th May at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre.

Rail Solutions Asia is poised to be an exciting show with over 30 guest speakers throughout the 3 days. Including, Xuanhui Ming the Technical Director at Vossloh, Stirling Kimkeran the Head of Technology Development and Solutions at Balfour Beatty, and Hung Kang Sung the Chief of Section at BOHSR. Companies from all over the world are travelling to this event to exhibit their solutions and services, including; Bombardier Transportation, Frauscher and Balfour Beatty Rail.

Silver Fox will be exhibiting its ‘Fox-in-a-Box’ labelling solution that uniquely offers one software, one printer, one ribbon for the full range of thermal labels, including: Fox-Flo® UV Stable, LS0H tie-on cable labels, Legend™ Heatshrink and Non-shrink wire marking as many more, all with the same software/same printer/same ribbon.

Silver Fox will be in the UK pavilion, at stand 4, on the left of the main entrance. Please feel free to stop by and speak to one of our team.

“This exhibition is an exciting opportunity to expand our global reach, and it is coming at a very exciting time for Silver Fox, you are most welcome to visit us.” says Nick Michaelson our Managing Director, who will also be there.

For more information on the event, please view the event website here and for more information on Silver Fox and the product range please click here

The simplest labelling solution on the market – tested to the highest specs

Silver Fox are a UK based manufacturer of labelling solutions and take quality and reliability extremely seriously. The solutions developed in their Hertfordshire based manufacturing warehouse are the best on the market. Focussed on saving customers time and money, Silver Fox have been developing more solutions for their customers, and focussed on their expanding approvals certificates.

Silver Fox are always developing new products to meet customer demand. The latest products in the thermal range are Ladder Heatshrink and Adhesive Warning Labels.

What makes the Silver Fox product range so unique is 3 fold. The entire range of thermal labels on offer are all printed using one software, one printer and one ribbon.

Secondly, all the labels are manufactured in the UK, so quality is ensured. And finally, Silver Fox independently test every product, to ensure the environments to which they are suited, and publically share all testing outcomes. With nothing to hide, Silver Fox can proudly boast their labelling excellence.

Simply put, Silver Fox offer the simplest labelling solution on the market, tested to the highest specs.

The new products in the Silver Fox range are no different, they are UK Brand, UK Made and printed using the same software, printer and ribbon as the rest of the thermal range.

The Rail Industry has certain specifications and compliances which products must adhere to, and Silver Fox are confident that their products are meet these needs. One particular label, the Fox-Flo® UV Stable, LS0H tie on cable label is tested beyond all others. It is Silver Fox procedure to test all labels against certain conditions, such as high and low temperatures, salt mist spray and the average UV testing required, but the Fox-Flo labels are quite different.

Test highlights include:

  • London Underground Limited Standard LUL1-085
  • Very high Oxygen Index levels
  • 8000 hours successful NDT accelerated UV ageing
  • Salt Mist Spray according to Lloyds Register Type Approval System
  • And the list goes on!

Compliance is a major factor within Silver Fox, and as a company are always happy to test the durability of the product. So when a customer asked for an EN 45545 certification for the Fox-Flo Tie on label, Silver Fox were delighted for a new way to test the product – which has succeeded in many extreme tests in the past.

The EN 45545 tests products against a regime for Fire, Toxicity and Smoke, to ensure a safe standard across Europe’s railways. Some would argue that the equivalent LUL standards are higher, and the Fox-Flo labels have been successfully tested against these too.

Silver Fox are exhibiting their hassle free labelling solutions at Railtex 2017, visit them on Stand K81 to find out more information, or alternatively contact them on +44 (0) 1707 37 37 27 or visit their website

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Interview with Chris Wren, Global Market Manager for Scapa Cable Solutions 

Chris Wren is Global Market Manager for Scapa Cable Solutions, which is a business unit of Scapa Group plc, a global adhesive tape solutions manufacturer.Chris heads the Cable Division of Scapa, which manufactures a wide range of woven and non-woven cable wrapping tapes and components for use in energy, fire survival, telecommunication, data transmission and sub-sea cables. Prior to working for Scapa, Chris has been involved with the supply of materials to cable makers for some 20 years, including spells with Geca Tapes and NEPTCO. With a degree in Textile Technology and background in industrial nonwovens, Chris has been involved in both Business and Product Development.

What makes Scapa unique to the cable & wire industry?

Scapa Cable Solutions, formerly Lindsey & Williams and Rotunda, has over 100 years experience as a supplier of specialist materials to the Cable Industry. With this experience has come technical expertise allied to an in-depth understanding of what is expected of our materials when they are used inside a cable, or as part of a cable joint. The cost of our material is small, compared to the total cable cost, but its impact on the performance of the cable, or cable joint, can be enormous. As cables and jointing systems change, we continue to provide new solutions to meet the challenges presented by our customers.Our 100 years of experience is characterised by Scapa’s professionalism and integrity. 

What targets does Scapa have in place to counter the current financial climate?

Scapa looks at the situation today to test ourselves and become a fitter, and more responsive organisation, understanding that our business is now very global and we must support it globally, by being ever more attentive locally. We want Scapa materials to be recognized and available anywhere in the cable world.

Do you see the Scapa market base expanding into new markets in the future? i.e. opening operations in areas such as China, West Africa, and Asia?

Scapa is already present in Asia, with operations in China, Malaysia, and Korea, along with our plants throughout Europe and North America. We intend to leverage these operations to supply our customers wherever they are. We are also improving the availability of our products in Latin and South America, as well as parts of Africa.To operate on a global level brings with it proper challenges, to which you have to be able to respond. For example, Scapa’s rising international brand awareness has led to copying and counterfeiting of our name and products, and Scapa is taking appropriate steps to address this situation.

Are there any new products and technology developments in the pipeline?

As ever in a market driven business, as Scapa’s is, there is much going on, and this reflects changes in the designs of cables and their applications. We see increase in many forms of alternative energy leading to revised cable designs and harsher environments in which cables operate and we are providing protection. Good examples of this are offshore wind farms and photovoltaic arrays that require connecting to the existing energy network. The increase in the use of fibre optic cables is leading to greater specialisation and the cable, as the packaging for the optical fibre, needs to reflect this.We are continuously working on new product developments, and anyone visiting Wire Dusseldorf 2010 are welcome along to our stand in Hall 10, stand number D75, to discuss these with us. Alternatively our global sales team can always be contacted, full details are available online at

With climate change becoming an issue; how does Scapa see this affecting the energy sectors?

Our perspective is that the move from carbon based energy to renewable is going to result in major changes in the power distribution networks of the world. In the medium term we see an increase in the number of generating units, driven by solar and wind energy, replacing larger carbon fuel based units. In the developed and developing world, implementation and investment is occurring, against a backdrop of increasing energy use. 

Do you see Scapa expanding into other electrical markets?

Scapa is already a major supplier to the Automotive Industry for Wire Harness as well as providing a huge range of adhesive tape solutions within many industrial assembly sectors. More information can be found on our Group website at

Has it been a good year for Scapa, and are there any particular projects that re-iterate the strength of the company?

2009 has been a challenging 12 months with our customers reflecting the uncertainties of the global economy, following a period of growth. There are sectors where we have continued to see growth, but much cable manufacturing has seen significant drops in activity, at the same time as investing in new capacity. This makes for a highly competitive environment, where Scapa’s customer focus and product range has meant we remain an industry leader.

How does Scapa view on-line media, advertising and promotion?

Scapa wants to make sure we are accessible to our customers. Increasing use of the internet by cable designers and engineers has made this medium ever more important to us. We think it is here to stay and will continue to look at ways of increasing our online presence and service to our customers, which will complement the more traditional media produced by Scapa.

What have been the key factors behind the success of Scapa?

“Having the right materials, at the right price, in the right places, at the right time, backed up and underwritten by a global organisation.” It comes down to having the right Scapa people working closely with our customers at many levels.

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SACO AEI Compounds is a leading global player in the development and sale of thermoplastic and crosslinkable polymer compounds. With over 30 years’ experience, the company prides itself on the ability to supply a comprehensive range of products specifically developed to meet customers’ needs. Insulations, bedding and sheathing materials are produced for the wire and cable industries as well as products for the manufacture of hot water pipes, fittings and underfloor heating.

New and exciting compounds are continually being developed for these markets and the company is also working closely with the automotive, heat shrink,injection and blow moulding industries. With a heavy development bias, the company is agile enough to design and produce customised solutions to meet customers’ exact requirements.

In August 2011, Saco Polymers acquired AEI Compounds Ltd., a leading Compounding major in the USA, was formerly known as Padanaplast USA Inc., which was established as a joint venture between some private investors and Padanaplast S.p.A of Italy in April 1998. To underscore its increasingly diversified product range, Padanaplast USA changed its name to Saco PolymersInc. in March 2010.

Since its start a little more than a decade ago, Saco Polymers has played avital role as a supplier of polymer compounds to manufacturers of plastic pipes and of electrical cables in North America. The importance of its products in these markets cannot be understated, and the Group continues to expand its presence worldwide.

Saco’s products portfolio includes items such as pipe and tubing products,thermoplastic & thermosetting insulation & jacketing compounds for wire& cable and specialty thermoplastic compounds and additive concentrates.

This acquisition has significantly strengthened AEI’s position, providing it with access to the North American market and exciting new technologies. At the same time, Saco was able to tap AEI’s existing network in over 30 countries.

The Wire and Cable India team recently interviewed Mr. Andrea Savonuzzi, CEO& President, Saco Polymers, Mr. Mark Shaw, Managing Director, AEI Compounds Limited and Mr. Jaideep, Managing Director, Bihani Group, to have a clear understanding of the developments that have recently taken place at Saco, AEI,and their plans for India.

Here are some excerpts from this information-packed interaction.

The Saco Group

Speaking about the Saco Group, Mr. Andrea Savonuzzi said, “The Saco Group is an international group based out of the US. We produce a variety of products indifferent companies. Saco is a Wire & Cable Compound specialist company.

Our other companies include Macromeric, which does a variety of products and compounds for this industry, and NWP Inc., which is another associated company that does flame retardant compounds impact modifiers or behaviour modifiers for the plastic industry. Our group is therefore quite diversified in terms of the product portfolio. Added to this is our association with Mixer Compounds SpA.,which has an extensive range of rubber compounds and thermoplastic compounds for the insulation, sheathing and filling of flexible cables and flame-retardantcables.

We bought AEI two-and-a-half years ago because our operations were limited to North America and we wanted to be more global. AEI was one way to do so, given its global footprint. When AEI was being reorganised, and two-and-a-half years later, we were able to take it into our group. We then assigned to AEI the task of expanding the company globally. All the international work in countries like India, China and South America is done by AEI largely because the products we produce in the US do not have the specifications that are most used in the rest of the world. There are zero halogens, and they come out of Europe. By and large, AEI is more experienced than us and this is why we set up a company in India through AEI.”

Indian Wire and Cable Scenario

Expressing his views on the Indian wire and cable industry, Mr. Savonuzzi said,“India is a massive country with a need for infrastructure. I think it’s going to be a very exciting market; it already is; it’s going to be even more exciting in times to come. And as projects become more and more ambitious, the need for higher specifications becomes more necessary and because of that we feel the expertise we have for wires that are infrastructure-wise used in rail,metro or ships and so on is a good possibility for us on the Indian market.

But of course we are also producing materials for new opportunity markets such as clean energy – solar & wind…and also some other things are significant in India. Almost two years ago, we established our Indian subsidiary and production has now started. The future plan for the Indian subsidiary is to grow. Growth has always been our key strategy. The issue is to try and follow the needs of the market, as the market is not the same everywhere. So the purpose of this venture in India is to try to supply exactly the sort of product that the market requires and make it grow. We have a great potential and I think there would be some export market for the Indian company as well in other parts of the world and near it.”

Market Share Acquisition

Speaking about the acquisition of market share, Mr. Savonuzzi said, “I don’t know if we have a target for acquisition of market share. We just like to be present and grow. Our company is in the US and has started growing between15 to 20 per cent a year. I think that’s good growth on a mature market like the US market. It could have not have been ambitious enough for a developing market like India. Our target is increasing growth rate, not the acquisition of market share.”

Adding a footnote to the exposition given by Mr. Savonuzzi, Mr. Bihani said,“We have good prospects and are looking forward to having a great future in India. AEI India is part of a big and resourceful consortium. The targets will not be set in India. Our targets will be set by the Group, and AEI India will work towards meeting them. In the coming years, AEI India is expected to become a strategic arm of the Group-something that Saco & AEI will look up to.”

Adding Value“If you look at the Indian market, you’ll realise that in general, it is divided; it’s classified. For example, there is an export focus approach that looks at markets and businesses in places like the Middle East, Africa, etc.They all are being driven by certain specifications, which have been historically the forte of AEI. So by having those products in India, we are there right in front of the customer so that their deliver ability actually increases.

“With two research units in the US and one in England, we intend to add value to the work we are doing in India and hopefully to be successful in the cable industry,” said Mr. Savonuzzi.

Speaking about the advantages of Saco’s presence in India, Mr. Bihani said,“With Saco and AEI India in the picture, the paradigm of specifications, which have been primarily focused on Western Europe, now also moves to the US. Until now we did not have UL- and CSA-rated products. With Saco in the picture, we have already initiated activities that are taking us to the markets of those sources, of companies that are coming to India from the US or companies that are eventually going to supply their products to the US. Hence, the customer has a complete array of specifications to work…with only one company; and that’s AEI India.”

New Developments at AEI Compounds Speaking about the new developments that have taken place at AEI Compounds, Mr.Shaw said, “We constantly develop and upgrade our product range. For example,we have a new range of products based on Ceramifiable technology for fire security cables and we also have a new range of oil resistant products. So, the focus of AEI Compounds is very much on developing new products to keep the lead, to support customers and to be at the niche end of the market as well as to be able to supply the regular products that customers need.”

Commitment to the Indian Market

“We have a very serious commitment to the Indian market. Recognising the Indianmarket has been very important. We have set up a division of AEI Compounds –AEI Compounds India – in conjunction with the Bihani Group, which has supported us over a number of years. Our plans for the future of AEI Compounds India are to manufacture locally in India to enable us to support the Indian market with fast lead times and rapid response and to increase the level of technical service we can offer to our customers,” said Mr. Shaw.

Assistance to Local Industry

Mr. Shaw said, “We can help the local industry by having technical expertise on the site of local manufacturing, which means we’ll be out to respond in terms of both formulation development and rapid lead times.”

Market Scenario

Commenting on the Indian market scenario, Mr. Shaw said, “We operate globally.We have manufacturing sites in North America and Europe. With the development of manufacturing in India…I believe that it shows our commitment to the Indian market…to be able to service it more efficiently. Potentially, the Indian market is very large and we believe it’s going to develop technically: moving from just being a commodity market, which it has been historically, to offering more technical cables. It’s already doing that… . We need to be there to service all that in a better way.”

Mr. Shaw further added that “Traditionally, the Indian market is being built upon British standards. Being a global group, we can offer British standards and also US standards. Asa group, we can supply all ranges against all standards anywhere in the world. And we have manufacturing base not just in India but also in South East Asai. We should be out to supply all needs as the Indian market develops.

“We very much believe in the Indian market and are keen to be present on it.And we believe we can offer fantastic technical service with advanced cable compound designs.”

Interview by: Wire and Cable India WCI