Strohm, the world’s first and leading producer of Thermoplastic Composite Pipes (TCP), has completed its plant expansion in The Netherlands, as it sets out to accelerate growth and support the energy transition.
The expansion is the biggest capital investment the company has undertaken since originally setting up the facility in the port town of IJmuiden, near Amsterdam. With this investment, Strohm triples its capacity for production to 140km of normalised pipe per annum, allowing it to better support existing and future contracts, with plans to increase the capacity even further after implementing current efficiency gains.
Following the expansion, the company’s plant boasts a production environment equipped with a dedicated production line for research and development; extrusion line for liner, coating, and weight coating materials; and two large production lines using state of the art, composite tape winding and proprietary melt fusion technology.
Strohm has also increased its recruitment activity, most recently hiring more than 30 people in all departments throughout the company. Further plans for recruitment to support growth are also in place, as the company is aiming to hire more staff in operations, engineering, project management, business development and supporting roles.
“We are extremely pleased to launch our newly expanded facility in The Netherlands. With the design, installation, and commissioning of a new production line, including two new 300 tonne carousels installed by UK based Parkburn Precision Handling Systems, we can now produce heavier, longer, and stiffer products for the industry. We are proud that our expansion project has also supported the local economy, with numerous local businesses having been employed to complete the developments,” Strohm’s operations director, Hubert Brinkhuis, said.
“With the world’s energy security at the top of everyone’s agenda, and more than nine gigawatts of offshore green hydrogen projects recently being proposed for the North Sea basin alone, this expansion and the growth it will drive for Strohm are extremely timely. Following the recent completion of a EUR 29m (£25m) investment round at the end of 2022, we are looking forward to enabling future growth and supporting the sustainability goals of the market with our innovative solutions,” Martin van Onna, Strohm’s CEO, added.
With Strohm’s flexible, non-corrosive TCP technology providing a lightweight solution to energy projects around the world, this expansion, and the company’s planned growth objectives, will further support the industry in securing energy production stability.
Leading composite pipe technology company Strohm has the world’s largest track-record for Thermoplastic Composite Pipe (TCP) after being the first to bring the technology to the Oil & Gas industry in 2007. TCP reduces total installed and life cycle cost for subsea flowlines, jumpers and risers and has proven to reduce the CO2 footprint of pipeline infrastructures by more than 50%.
The company is committed to driving sustainability with its range of TCP solutions which enable clients towards their net-zero carbon emissions targets and supports the renewables sector.
TCP is a strong, non-corrosive, spoolable, lightweight technology which is delivered in long lengths, resulting in a significant reduction of transportation and installation costs. TCP is installed using small vessels or subsea pallets, significantly reducing CO2 emissions. It is also 100% recyclable.
Strohm’s shareholders are Aker Solutions, Chevron Technology Ventures, Evonik Venture Capital, Saudi Aramco Energy Ventures, Shell Ventures, Subsea 7, Sumitomo Corporation and the private equity investor, HPE Growth.
The firm’s manufacturing facility is located at its headquarters in IJmuiden in The Netherlands. Strohm also has offices in Houston (US), Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) and Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia).