Precision Polymer Engineering (PPE) one of the world’s leading manufacturers of high performance moulded elastomer seals, has announced the official opening of its new manufacturing facility in Brenham, Texas on 12 February, 2015.

The new site, which commenced production in November 2014, manufactures high performance compression moulded components for the oil and gas industry as well as critical components for semiconductor and heavy equipment applications.

Strategically placed near Houston, the hub of the American oil & gas industry and the Californian semiconductor manufacturing base, the new 30,000sq/ft site complements PPE’s existing manufacturing facility in the UK and will include its own tool making, extrusion and inspection departments in line with PPE’s flexible operating model. PPE’s existing delivery record is already outstanding with some of the quickest lead times in the industry and now the opening of the Brenham facility will significantly boost PPE’s production capabilities.

The new facility’s opening event will bring together members of the media, customers and key opinion leaders from the sealing industry at the site, with a BBQ and tours of the facility.

Paul Gillyon, Managing Director of PPE added, “We have made significant investment in the new Houston facility, both in capital equipment and experienced personnel which will further assist us in delivering our value proposition to our core oil and gas, semiconductor and heavy equipment markets. We are all very excited about this new resource, which includes a state-of-the-art cleanroom, and the opportunities it will bring to PPE and our customers.”

Sealing solutions play a significant part in the success of many companies across a wide range of industries. Whether its oil and gas exploration, semiconductor manufacturing or heavy duty equipment such as marine diesel engines, each industry requires different types of high performance seals in order to conform to increasingly stringent regulations. However, due to the expense and complexity involved in the manufacture of high performance elastomer materials, most components are manufactured to order where the process of acquiring appropriate, high performance seals can be challenging and extensive. It is therefore important that any provider of sealing solutions can deliver materials of the highest quality in the shortest possible timeframes.

PPE has a track record of developing exceptionally high performance materials for the most challenging applications. In the oil and gas industry PPE’s materials, including the EnDura® brand, have become known for their performance in high temperature and high pressure applications. For critical applications in the semiconductor industry, PPE’s Perlast® range has the chemical and plasma resistance needed to assure the required performance and process efficiency. PPE also offers a wide range of sealing solutions for heavy equipment applications in manufacturing and industry.