Devon based Centek Limited has won The Queen’s Award three times since 2008, twice for Innovation and once for International Trade. Centek, founded in 2001, is now a world-wide leader in the manufacture of oil and gas casing centralizers used to keep pipes centred in the drilled hole before they are cemented in place.
Centek operates globally, throughout Europe, the Americas, Asia-Pacific and the Middle-East, working with major oil companies such as Shell, BP, ExxonMobil, Maersk, and all national oil companies. The company has a strong and close association with Halliburton, one of the largest oilfield service companies, with whom Centek has penetrated new markets worldwide.
Centek carries out all manufacturing and quality control in-house. The company employs 160 people in Newton Abbot, Devon, exporting to over 50 countries. Centek Group opened a US manufacturing subsidiary in 2012 based in Oklahoma City. The 78,000 square feet factory is fully self-sufficient in all aspects of centralizer manufacture with its own heat treatment and laser cutting plants. Following the expansion of the Newton Abbot factory in September 2014, Centek now has the largest centralizer manufacturing capacity in the world. The total workforce has grown to 256 people.
“Centek was founded on innovation,” said Tony Cutmore, Managing Director Centek Group. “More than a decade ago we realised that there had been no significant change in centralizer design in the previous 40 years. We addressed that and have achieved success through engineering and design innovation, combined with rapid response to market demand, world-wide stock availability and consistently high product performance. A track record unrivalled in this Industry”
Centek emphasises product quality and customer support and has achieved ISO 9001-2000 and API SPEC 10 D – 0022 certification for both its UK and US plants, essential competencies in the oil industry. Tris Giles, Manufacturing Excellence Manager at Centek, has adopted the Lean Six Sigma methodology which promotes collaborative team effort to improve performance by systematically removing waste such as product defects, overproduction, delays, and underused workforce talent.