Mike Miazga 2014-09-10 02:04:07
NEWS, INSIGHTS AND BACKGROUND INFORMATION OF INTEREST TO PVF PEOPLE PVF Roundtable awards $100,000 in scholarships The summer PVF Roundtable meeting at the Westin Galleria in Houston was highlighted by the organization awarding $100,000 in scholarships to two Texas universities. The PVF Roundtable Scholarship Fund presented checks for $50,000 each to representatives of the University of Houston’s Cullen College of Engineering and Texas A&M University’s Dwight Look College of Engineering (industrial distribution). “We are most impressed and most grateful for the support the PVF Roundtable has shown to our program,” Cullen College of Engineering Dean Dr. Joseph Tedesco said. PVF Roundtable President Danny Westbrook (Westbrook Mfg.) Said he would like the scholarship fund to expand beyond the university level and into trade schools and community colleges. “We want to expand the scholarship program to include occupations such as welders and pipe fitters,” he said. “There is a big need for those positions in our industry.” Another large Roundtable crowd heard from a keynote panel comprised of members of the Procurement Executives Group, which provides a forum to identify and address procurement-related issues that will improve the effectiveness of the engineering and construction industry. The panel included Art Wardlaw (Technipp USA), John Mika (CB & I), Kent Malone (S&B Engineers and Constructors), Peter Jessup (AMEC Group) and John Krehmeier (Jacobs). Mika, the director of global procurement, oil and gas, at CB& I, delivered the group’s market outlook based around its Engineering Construction Cost Index. Mika noted oil’s share of primary energy continues to decline, while gas steadily gains share. Fossil fuels, he said, will still be the dominant form of energy in 2035, while power will be the largest growth area. “If we look forward to the future of global demand, it still will be extremely balanced around the three fossil fuels (gas, oil and coal),” he said. Other highlights from Mika’s presentation: • Shale oil production in the United States will continue to grow to 9 million BPSD in 2015. • Crude prices will remain around $100 per barrel with the gap closing between West Texas Intermediate and Brent Crude. • Several large liquid natural gas expansion projects are underway, which will create opportunities due to the complexity of the work. • The next wave of LNG expansion will occur in east Africa. Jessup then addressed another hot-button topic, the issue of quality control on projects. “There has to be confidence and trust in the supply chain and the ability to manage quality assurance,” he said. “That can affect the evaluation of suppliers’ bids. There is an increasing concern by customers and their shareholders that projects are not hitting their financial targets and that has led to deferment or cancellation of projects. We as an industry need to address the issues related to quality and the impacts they create, which are a factor.” The fall PVF Roundtable meeting takes place Tuesday, Oct. 21 at the Westin Galleria. The PVF Roundtable Trout Blast, which also benefits the PVF Roundtable Scholarship Fund, will be held Oct. 16-17 in Matagorda Bay, Texas. For more information, visit www.troutblast.com. For video interviews with the University of Houston’s Tedesco and Texas A &M’s Dr. Michael Johnson, visit the video section at www.supplyht.com. Affiliated Distributors announces Q2 growth Wayne, Pa.-based buying group Affiliated Distributors recently reported 8% sales growth across all its divisions in the second quarter. Total AD sales for the first half of the year were $15 billion. The group reported an 8% increase in industrial sales and a 9% increase in plumbing/PVF second-quarter sales. The building materials division realized the greatest growth during the quarter (18%). “The second quarter showed an impressive rebound from a first quarter that was strongly impacted by weather,” AD Chairman and CEO Bill Weisberg stated. “The determination and creativity demonstrated by our independent members and our strong supplier partners is inspiring.” During the second quarter, AD members hired 2,203 new employees, opened 89 new locations and made three acquisitions. Alloy Metals and Tubes welcomes Salinas Houston-based Alloy Metals and Tubes International recently announced Christopher Salinas has joined the company as senior outside sales representative. In this capacity, Salinas will be responsible for selling instrumentation tubing, as well as tubing used in measurement while drilling, and logging while drilling operations. Salinas comes to AMTI from Sandvik Materials Technology. He also previously worked at Reliance Steel and Aluminum. “We are extremely pleased to have Chris on board,” said Pamela Bridgeman, vice president of sales at AMTI. “He brings a wealth of tubular products sales experience and a proven ability to grow market share.” AMTI distributes nickel alloy and stainless-steel tube and bar around the world for the offshore oil and gas sector, and for the refining and petrochemical industry. U. S. demand for pipe to exceed $63 billion A new study from Cleveland-based market-research firm The Freedonia Group shows U. S. demand for pipe is expected to rise 7.3% per year to $63.5 billion in 2018. The study, entitled “Plastic & Competitive Pipe,” notes gains will be driven by strong growth in crude oil and natural-gas activity because of the extensive use of pipe in drilling and oil and- gas pipeline applications. The study goes on to say demand also will be supported by a projected rebound in building construction expenditures. “Steel accounted for the largest share of pipe demand by value in 2013 with 62% total, supported by its use in the large oil-and-gas market. Steel pipe is dominant in oil-and-gas applications due to its low cost, durability and compression strength,” analystMatt Zielenski said. The study notes the high level of drilling activity and the efforts of oilfield service professionals to increase the size and scope of the nation’s network of transmission and distribution lines will drive gains. PVF eNewsletter The PVF eNewsletter is published twice a month and contains the latest PVF news and new products. To sign up for the PVF eNewsletter, visit http://tinyurl.com/o9efwtf.
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