HIGHLAND HEIGHTS, OHIO (July 6, 2:25 p.m. ET) — Pipe Coil Technology Inc. has fully taken over manufacturing of machinery for North America from its U.K.-based parent company.
The Highland Heights, Ohio, company, a subsidiary of Pipe Coil Technology Ltd. of Wallsend, England, opened its 18,000-square-foot plant in October and shipped its first coiling machine in December.
“While we have been supplying the American market for over a decade, establishing a U.S.-based facility represents our commitment to serving a rapidly growing base of American customers and partners,” said Bryan Friend, vice president of sales and marketing for the U.S. operation.
The plant, which is being sublet from a metal-fabricating company, represents an initial investment of $100,000 for PCT and will employ 10 by the end of its first year of operations.
“Step by step, we'll recruit in Ohio and gradually reduce our need for support from the U.K.,” Friend said in a June 2 telephone interview.
Customer services, including technical support and spare parts, will soon be available directly from the U.S. plant, in addition to the existing manufacturing and sales capacity, he said.
Both the U.K. and U.S. companies design and supply coiling equipment for high density polyethylene pipe. The businesses provide coiling, packaging and handling machinery for pipe, hose, tube and conduit manufacture; sub-sea flexible lines; and wire rope and cable.
PCT said the machine shipped in December was the first coiling machine in the United States to be equipped with the company's low-ovality technology system, which reduces the out-of-roundness of coiled PE pipe and is able to handle diameters of up to 8 inches with less than 5 percent ovality.
According to a May 19 news release, the coiler was fitted with an automatic strapping system to reduce operator involvement in the coil-production cycle, improving coiling efficiency and operator safety. Completed coils, weighing up to 5,500 pounds, are removed from the machine using an integrated unload jib which places the coils onto a cradle or a forklift truck.
“The [low-ovality] technology is well-established in Europe; the U.S. is just catching up for production of large-[bore] HDPE pipe,” Friend said.
PCT Inc.'s plant will have more opportunities to use the two 20-ton overhead cranes that were installed during its initial outfitting, as Friend said the company has four coiling machines in production that will ship this year.