Strohm scales up operations as it completes plant expansion and plans recruitment drive
22 Feb 2023
Strohm, the world’s first producer of Thermoplastic Composite Pipes (TCP), has completed its plant expansion in The Netherlands.
In the biggest capital investment the company has made at the facility in the port town of IJmuiden, near Amsterdam Strohm triples production capacity to 140km of normalised pipe per annum.
The plant is now equipped with a dedicated production line for research and development, an extrusion line for liner, coating, and weight coating materials, plus two large production lines using composite tape winding and proprietary melt fusion technology.
Operations director, Hubert Brinkhuis, said: “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.
Martin van Onna, Strohm’s CEO said that after a €29 million (£25 million) investment round and industry eyeing more than nine gigawatts of offshore green hydrogen projects proposed for the North Sea basin, Strohm’s expansion was timely.
The firm introduced Thermoplastic Composite Pipe (TCP) to the oil and gas sector in 2007, saying the technology reduces total installed and life cycle cost for subsea?flowlines, and was proven to reduce the?CO2?footprint of pipeline infrastructures by more than 50%.??