May 17, 2020

The Best Fabrication Companies in the World

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The Best Fabrication Companies in the World
Applied Machinery Corporation With five locations in Houston, Applied Machinery Corporation delivers drilling fabrications for industry experts quickl...

Applied Machinery Corporation

With five locations in Houston, Applied Machinery Corporation delivers drilling fabrications for industry experts quickly and effectively. With a series of packages available for their unique customer, AMC offers a wide range of services to the global market. Founded in 1994, AMC has fully developed facilities and a trained staff to immediately equip customers with desired specifications requirements and repair. The company was assessed by the American Petroleum Institute and certified API
Specification Q1, ISO/ TS 29001 and ISO 9001:2000.

Imperative to the longevity of AMC are customer supported drilling packages, all of which include a one year warranty, full mechanical and electrical rig-up (which can be done through the company’s additional full-service machine shop), engineering for additional features, time-sensitive delivery date as proposed from previous rig projects and API approved manufacturing processes.

AKD Engineering Ltd

Established in 1955, AKD Engineering Ltd. provides quality fabrication and machining services to market areas surrounding its base location of Suffolk, UK. With a modern facility added to the company’s domain in 2004, AKD Engineering Ltd. is capable of tackling machining and fabrication projects from the design to manufacturing, assemblage and testing. AKD Engineering supplies European purveyors with essentials through their approval to BS EN ISO 9001:2008, with an additional focus in health and safety, quality assurance and environmental impact.

In reality, for ADK it’s all about the shop floor. ADK Engineering Ltd’s fabrication shop is 2000 M² and can handle up to 100t with additional open air quayside fabrications that can hold up to 500t. Alongside their health and safety requirements and extensive training, AKD hired specialists in welding – in areas of carbon steels, stainless steel and duplex – which are qualified to AWS D1.1, EEMUA, ASME 1X and NORSOK.

Bakrie Construction

Formerly Trans Bakrie, the international fabrication and construction field company Bakrie Construction was established in 1985 as a joint venture between Bakrie & Brothers of Indonesia and Tranfield of Australia. In 2003 Bakrie Construction was given full share of the company and continued growth in the fabrication industry, among others. Its Jakarta, Indonesia facility is a Bonded Zone Area, enabling the highly trained team to obtain materials through the jetty with exports up to 2500t directly to overseas clients.

Over the years the company has taken on a variety of projects including the manufacture and delivery of torque shaft for the Cascade/ Chintook STP project and Gunung Salak Geothermal Field infrastructure development construction for Unocal Geothermal of Indonesia. Aside from their wide project range, Bakrie Construction is recognized for its health and safety practices and was awarded the OHSAS 18001:2007 in October 2010.

Heerema Fabrication Group

Part of the Herrema Group, Herrema Fabrication Group engineers and fabricates offshore oil and gas structures within the energy industry. With three fabrication yards, a fabrication workshop and facility engineering company situated all over the world, Heerema Fabrication Group’s work is recognized internationally. Their wide range of facilities also enable HFG to tackle a variety of projects simultaneously in terms of fabrication units like jackets, topside and modules, while their subsidiary Grootint GRP Systems offers additional variety within the chemical and civil industries.

Created in 1948 in Venezuela, as long as oil and gas have been explored within the North Sea, Heerema has been fabricating. This year alone the company has worked on a myriad of tasks specifically in the oil and gas industry, including work with RWE Dea UK SNS Ltd for engineering, procurement and construction.

Derrick Services (UK) Limited

This international oil and gas construction company is focused on a variety of industry services including general fabrication, engineering and project management and offshore construction services. With its success spanning several decades and a series of accredited approvals – including API 4F and 8C, ISO 9001:2000, API Q1, IRATA and OPITO – DSL services is globally renowned business. Fabrication remains the company core with rig and drilling package upgrades, refurbishment and repair among its top services. Unique to DSL are its extensive range of engineering resources for design assistance, with the option to provide individual concepts for fabrication requirement.

DSL’s most recent projects include the installation and assemblage of a 40m replacement boom at Deepwater Millennium, as well as supplying rig building crews for Maersk during the assemblage of two Derricks in Singapore.


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Oct 19, 2020

Itronics successfully tests manganese recovery process

Scott Birch
3 min
Nevada firm aims to become the primary manganese producer in the United States
Nevada firm aims to become the primary manganese producer in the United States...

Itronics - a Nevada-based emerging cleantech materials growth company that manufacturers fertilisers and produces silver - has successfully tested two proprietary processes that recover manganese, with one process recovering manganese, potassium and zinc from paste produced by processing non-rechargeable alkaline batteries. The second recovers manganese via the company’s Rock Kleen Technology.

Manganese, one of the four most important industrial metals and widely used by the steel industry, has been designated by the US Federal Government as a "critical mineral." It is a major component of non-rechargeable alkaline batteries, one of the largest battery categories sold globally.

The use of manganese in EV batteries is increasing as EV battery technology is shifting to use of more nickel and manganese in battery formulations. But according to the US Department of Interior, there is no mine production of manganese in the United States. As such, Itronics is using its Rock Kleen Technology to test metal recoverability from mine tailings obtained from a former silver mine in western Nevada that has a high manganese content. 

In a statement, Itronics says that its Rock Kleen process recovers silver, manganese, zinc, copper, lead and nickel. The company says that it has calculated – based on laboratory test results – that if a Rock Kleen tailings process is put into commercial production, the former mine site would become the only primary manganese producer in the United States.

Itronics adds that it has also tested non-rechargeable alkaline battery paste recovered by a large domestic battery recycling company to determine if it could use one of its hydrometallurgical processes to solubilize the manganese, potassium, and zinc contained in the paste. This testing was successful, and Itronics was able to produce material useable in two of its fertilisers, it says.

"We believe that the chemistry of the two recovery processes would lend itself to electrochemical recovery of the manganese, zinc, and other metals. At this time electrochemical recovery has been tested for zinc and copper,” says Dr John Whitney, Itronics president. 

“Itronics has been reviewing procedures for electrochemical recovery of manganese and plans to move this technology forward when it is appropriate to do so and has acquired electro-winning equipment needed to do that.

"Because of the two described proprietary technologies, Itronics is positioned to become a domestic manganese producer on a large scale to satisfy domestic demand. The actual manganese products have not yet been defined, except for use in the Company's GOLD'n GRO Multi-Nutrient Fertilisers. However, the Company believes that it will be able to produce chemical manganese products as well as electrochemical products," he adds.

Itronics’ research and development plant is located in Reno, about 40 miles west of the Tesla giga-factory. Its planned cleantech materials campus, which will be located approximately 40 miles south of the Tesla factory, would be the location where the manganese products would be produced.

Panasonic is operating one of the world's largest EV battery factories at the Tesla location. However, Tesla and other companies have announced that EV battery technology is shifting to use of nickel-manganese batteries. Itronics is positioned and located to become a Nevada-0based supplier of manganese products for battery manufacturing as its manganese recovery technologies are advanced, the company states.

A long-term objective for Itronics is to become a leading producer of high purity metals, including the U.S. critical metals manganese and tin, using the Company's breakthrough hydrometallurgy, pyrometallurgy, and electrochemical technologies. ‘Additionally, Itronics is strategically positioned with its portfolio of "Zero Waste Energy Saving Technologies" to help solve the recently declared emergency need for domestic production of Critical Minerals from materials located at mine sites,’ the statement continues.

The Company's growth forecast centers upon its 10-year business plan designed to integrate its Zero Waste Energy Saving Technologies and to grow annual sales from $2 million in 2019, to $113 million in 2025.

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