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The Flexitallic Group, the international gasket manufacturer and sealing technology specialist, has made a key appointment to help build its presence in the Middle East oil and gas sector.


Technical application manager Benoit Labre has transferred from Paris based SIEM Supranite, the Group’s French business, to Flexitallic LLC, which operates from its manufacturing and customer support operations in the United Arab Emirates.


The move adds further experience to Flexitallic operations in the complex Middle East upstream and downstream petrochemical market, and will help to drive even greater demand for the company’s sealing solutions in the region.


The Flexitallic Group is the international expert in the design, manufacture and distribution of specialised sealing technology and products serving the oil & gas, power generation, chemical and petrochemical industries in emerging and developed markets.


Benoit joined SIEM in 2006, working as a product manager specialising in the the Company’s semi metallic gaskets. Alongside his roles within Flexitallic, he is a member of the European Sealing Association technical committee member, as well as being a member of a number of other bodies, including the CEN TC74 European standardisation committee of flanges and their joints in pipelines and piping systems.


His appointment comes at a time when Flexitallic is enhancing its manufacturing and training operations in the Middle East, to better serve the needs of contracting companies across the region.


This includes the implementation of a US$3m investment programme in a new, larger manufacturing and customer service operation in its Ras Al Khaimah production and training facility.


Benoit said: “The potential to help Flexitallic grow in this exciting market, supporting some market leading clients in the oil and gas sector, is a huge opportunity for me within the Group. Moving to the Middle East puts me at the heart of one of the most interesting, growing markets in the world and there is no better place for us to be pushing forward with our product range.”


Phil Kelshaw, Flexitallic’s Sales Director, Eastern Hemisphere, said: “In the Middle East, Flexitallic is at the heart of a very sophisticated upstream and downstream petrochemical market. Benoit’s experience and knowledge will be invaluable in driving demand for Flexitallic’s sealing materials in the region. As someone who has worked with these products for a number of years, he will be at the heart of bringing our range of sealing materials and technology to our customers within this important region.”

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