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SGS has signed a CHF 1.4 million contract with Burnley-based Pipeline Induction Heat Ltd (PIH), the world’s leading field joint coating (FJC) services provider, to deliver coating and polymer testing over the next three years.

Metal pipes
SGS will conduct pre-qualification and pre-production testing along with research and development at its facility in Trafford Park, Manchester, providing operational efficiencies for PIH and their customers. The work being undertaken is performed according to both international and project specific requirements.
This contract is the result of a long-standing relationship between SGS and PIH which dates back to the opening of the Coating Laboratory in 2010. It further develops the relationship between the two companies through the provision of new solutions for existing industry problems, for example with the new initiative ‘Taking the Laboratory to the Pipe’ for overseas on-site pre-production testing.
SGS’s international experience and local expertise means the company is able to deliver services in the lab and on-site, enabling quicker project roll-out and deadlines to be met – thereby avoiding costly over runs and/or penalties. SGS’s teams meet local content requirements in-country, including in hard to reach locations, challenging environments and climatic conditions.
Offering fast turnaround times to ensure end-user satisfaction, SGS becomes part of its clients’ quality control process, helping to solve any problems, as well as to define best practice and ensure consistency of coatings applications. Traditionally, pre-qualification is conducted under ‘perfect’ conditions, at SGS however assurance can be offered in the field – with pre-qualification conducted in situ.
“We have enjoyed a long working partnership with PIH and understand their emphasis on the highest quality service, we are well-versed in the specific requirements for their testing needs,” said Christian Booth, ‎Operations Manager at SGS’s Manchester laboratory. “Our close working relationship with PIH’s technical team helps us to meet their high quality standards while being able to offer cost effective, safety driven, flexible solutions.
“Reducing risk in the oil & gas sector, SGS’s high standards and safety record go beyond mere compliance and extend to testing the test parameters of the test methods themselves. We are proud to support process and project development, helping clients – including PIH – to apply as many optimal joints as possible, exploring the application of new materials to new products and testing the viability of future coatings.”
“Over the past 12 months SGS has demonstrated an excellent understanding of our needs and that of our customers for a fast and professional testing service on several key projects.
We’re confident that with this new three-year agreement SGS will continue to develop its testing capabilities, whilst maintaining the high levels of safety and quality expected in the oil and gas Industry today.” said Lynda Barron, Technical Manager at PIH.
For further information contact:
John Carter 
Global Business Development, Coatings
t:  +44 (0) 7500 982550

About SGS

SGS is the world’s leading inspection, verification, testing and certification company. Recognized as the global benchmark for quality and integrity. With more than 95,000 employees, operating a network of more than 2,400 offices and laboratories around the world.
SGS’s center of excellence for coatings and polymer testing is based in Manchester, UK with complementary laboratory capability in The Netherlands, Shanghai, China and Chicago, USA.
Our laboratories are accredited to ISO 17025, 18001 and 9001 and perform testing in accordance with all major international standards, including ISO, ASTM, DIN and NACE.
Our highly qualified personnel, including NACE qualified coating inspectors, have extensive knowledge on all the relevant aspects regarding the protection of materials, including materials science, application methods and failure mechanism.

About Pipeline Induction Heat Ltd (PIH)

Providing application equipment and material solutions that protect pipelines from corrosion, heat loss and mechanical damage, Burnley-based PIH, a Stanley Black and Decker company, is the world’s leading field joint coating (FJC) services provider. The company delivers field joint coating and other custom coating services to the onshore and offshore pipeline construction industry. Services include application of corrosion protection, foam infill and thermal insulation systems. 
Through almost 40 years of experience, PIH has gained a global reputation for successful project delivery through a culture built on safety, passion for innovation, commercial competitiveness, specialist automated equipment and highly trained personnel.