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    Sabin Metal marks 70th anniversary in 2015  

    New Mideast sales/service facility for Sabin Metal  

    The new company, DNV GL Group, will begin operations  

    Cook joins Sabin Metal as General Sales Manager  

    New appointment at LC&M  

    Martin Axelby appointed OSD Pipelines General Manager – Queensland, Australia  

    Kongsberg K-Master Integrated AFT Bridge solution receives from the Norwegian Design Council (NDC) award for design excellence  

    DuPont appoints Hartmut Reinke as Director for Middle East, Turkey and Africa  

    Keppel appoints Michael Chia as CEO of Keppel Integrated Engineering  

Sabin Metal marks 70th anniversary in 2015

The global precious metals recovery/refining organization has roots to the late 19th century.

Sabin Metal Corporation, East Hampton, NY is marking its 70th anniversary in 2015. The Sabin Metal Group of Companies is composed of five independent organizations, and traces its origins to the late 19th century. The predecessor to the current organization was begun by the grandfather of Andrew Sabin, the company's fourth generation president. According to Sabin, "It began when my grandfather established a scrap metal business on New York's lower east side." In the early 1930s, Sabin's father-who was already working with his own father-built a lead refinery, also in New York. He subsequently partnered with another person who retired in 1945 when the present company was incorporated.

The Sabin Metal Group of Companies is composed of five independent organizations, and is the largest domestically owned, independent precious metals refining organization in North America. Included in the Group are Sabin Metal Corp., Scottsville, New York, considered the most sophisticated facility of its kind for safely processing precious metal-bearing materials; Sabin Metal West, a specially equipped facility for sampling large lots of precious metal-bearing spent hydrocarbon and petrochemical processing catalysts. This refinery employs dual electric arc furnace (EAF) technology which helps maximize recovery of precious metals, and also incorporates a unique "low dust" continuous sampling system for accurate sample derivation and total environmental safety and compliance.

Sabin Metal Europe B.V., based in Rotterdam, and Sabin Metal Corp. (DMCC branch) based in Dubai, UAE are technical service divisions working with hydrocarbon, chemical, petrochemical, and nitric acid processors in Europe, Africa, and the Middle East, to recover and refine precious metals from spent catalysts and nitric acid production equipment and facilities.

Sabin International Logistics Corp. (SILC), is a licensed hazardous waste, hazardous materials, and general commodities transporter providing global transportation and logistics for spent precious metal-bearing catalysts and other materials. The company operates its own fleet of trucks, and is also a Permitted and Licensed Freight Broker. SILC's SA-BIN® secure storage/shipping containers represent a unique method for quickly, conveniently, and safely storing and transporting spent precious metals-bearing catalyst materials from Sabin's customers to its processing facilities.

SMC (Canada) Ltd., the McAlpine Mill in Cobalt, Ontario, Canada, offers capabilities and processing technologies to extract highest possible metal values from residual materials generated in refining, smelting, and milling operations.

Sabin Metal's recovery/refining facilities and sales/service offices are located in strategic countries around the world. Sabin's gold, silver, platinum, and palladium are accepted on NYMEX/COMEX (Chicago Mercantile Exchange); Sabin's platinum and palladium are also accepted for delivery on the London/Zurich market by the London Platinum and Palladium market (LPPM). The organization is now entering its eighth decade of working with a worldwide customer base by providing added value services along with the peace of mind that comes from working with an environmentally responsible precious metals refiner.

Date: 27 November 2014        < Back to News Index >

New Mideast sales/service facility for Sabin Metal

Sabin Metal Corp., East Hampton NY U.S.A. has established a new sales/service office in Dubai, UAE. The office is managed by Jan Korbijn, Executive Director, who will work with the company's customers throughout the Middle East and Africa. Korbijn is also responsible for Sabin's European sales/service offices, and has an extensive background in the precious metal-bearing catalyst industry.

The Sabin Metal Group of Companies is the largest domestically owned, independent precious metals refining organization in North America. The company's ecovery/refining facilities and sales/service offices are located in strategic countries around the world. About to enter its seventh decade of working with a worldwide customer base, Sabin Metal is known for its added value services and stringent anti-pollution methods as an environmentally responsible precious metals refiner.

Date: 6th May 2014        < Back to News Index >

The new company, DNV GL Group, will begin operations

The new company, DNV GL Group will begin operations from 12 September 2013.

DNV GL will be the world's largest ship classification society, a leading independent expert in oil and gas risk and maritime advisory services, a global energy technology powerhouse and a preeminent provider in renewables, power transmission and distribution. With over 17,000 highly skilled employees in more than 100 countries, DNV GL will have an expanded global presence, providing its customers around the world with technical experts offering world class services that exceed industry's expectations.

In a world where the technological and engineering challenges faced by business become more complex every day, they are dedicated to provide safe and sustainable concepts for the future. As such, DNV GL will have a sustained commitment to make significant investments in innovation and R&D.

Customers will benefits immediately from a broader service offering from one single provider and our complimentary strengths. DNV GL's services will cover all ship types and will deliver the most advanced technical solutions for all new building projects. Ship owners will also be able to class their entire fleet with DNV GL.

The new head office of the DNV GL Group will be located in Oslo, with the maritime head office situated in Hamburg. DNV GL will survey over 13,000 ships on a regular basis and support the international offshore industry with classification and verification services.

DNV GL intends to take a broader view, offering a unique level of technique level of technical expertise and innovation to propel the maritime industry to become "Safer, Smarter and Greener".

Date: 12 September 2013        < Back to News Index >

Cook joins Sabin Metal as General Sales Manager

Bradford M. Cook has been appointed as General Sales Manager at Sabin Metal Corp., East Hampton NY, refiner of precious metals serving a variety of industrial processes, according to an announcement from Kevin M. Beirne, Sabin's vice president sales and marketing. In this newly-created position, Cook will be responsible for sales for the Americas and Asia, according to Beirne.

Cook joins Sabin with an extensive background in the precious metals industry, having served for the past 22 years at Inspectorate America Corp, Houston, TX.

He began as a field representative for the northeastern U.S. and Canada and advanced to sales and marketing management positions in both North America and Europe.

In 2006, he was a general manager for the company's Precious Metals division, and advanced the following year to senior general manager for Inspectorate's North American Metals and Minerals Group, where he was responsible for over 40 employees and 80 subcontractors throughout North America. Prior to his affiliation with Inspectorate, Cook was a supervisor at Boliden Metech in Mapleville RI where he was responsible for settling precious metals lot contents with the company's customers and representatives.

Cook was honorably discharged as a staff sergeant from the U.S. Army where he served three years' active duty and three years as an active reservist. He has been a member of the International Precious Metals Institute Executive Committee since 2007 and is currently serving as president of that organization. In his spare time, Cook enjoys traveling with his family and his work with the Sixth Grade Fellowship which he co-founded at the Clear Lake United Methodist Church in Houston TX. Cook is married and the father of two children.

Date: 6th December 2012        < Back to News Index >

New appointment at LC&M

In line with their “Strategy for Growth,” Michael Harwood, Managing Director of Lincoln Crankshaft & Machine (LC&M) is pleased to announce the appointment of Peter Smith as Technical Sales Manager for all divisions of their business including Crankshaft, Shaft and Machining, Precision Forged Products, Crankshaft Refurbishment.

Mr Harwood says “In just seven years our company has grown from a £150,000 turnover to just under £10M last year, and had reached the stage where additional resource in the form of new equipment and highly technical personnel were needed. We invested almost £¾ million in our last financial year in new plant, with more to come this year and with Peter’s appointment, are nicely positioned to achieve our projected growth.”

Peter, married with three grown up children, is an incorporated engineer and qualified metallurgist and has spent most of his professional life in sales management positions for specialist manufacturing companies, working both in the UK and overseas. He enthuses “I’m looking forward to helping LC&M achieve greater success in the future and developing new markets both home and abroad for all products and services,” adding “It’s important we sustain our growth whilst maintaining our professional image.”

Like a phoenix rising from the ashes, LC&M was borne out of the demise of Clarkes Crank & Forge, who had been supplying the marine, and more latterly power generation and locomotive industries with large crankshafts for almost 150 years. They are now the UK’s leading manufacturer of large capacity crankshafts, up to 11,000mm in length - from forging to finished component. They also specialise in the manufacture large capacity shafts for the turbine and compressor industries.

Last word from Mr Harwood, “We work hard at our business with 95% on our order intake coming from overseas and make no excuses for our intention to double our turnover in the next few years, and we’re not satisfied in just winning one Queens Award for International Trade – we want one every year!”

Date: 22nd June 2011        < Back to News Index >

Martin Axelby appointed OSD Pipelines General Manager – Queensland, Australia

Martin Axelby – former Manager of OSD’s Canadian office in Calgary - has been promoted to General Manager, Queensland, Australia. The appointment will position OSD for the significant growth in the Queensland / Australian hydrocarbon sector, particularly with the upcoming CSG to LNG projects in this market.

Martin has over 20 years experience in the design and operation of pipelines and pipeline facilities. He has managed OSD’s Canadian office for two years, and has in this time developed and executed a number of pipeline projects in Canada and the United States. He has also provided pipeline services into Kurdistan, the former Soviet Union and the Middle East.

Date: 1st June 2010        < Back to News Index >

Kongsberg K-Master Integrated AFT Bridge solution receives from the Norwegian Design Council (NDC)
award for design excellence

K-Master, Kongsberg Maritime's integrated aft bridge workstation has received a prestigious Award for Design Excellence from the Norwegian Design Council (NDC). The award was presented to Kongsberg Maritime on Wednesday 17th March 2010 during the NDC's annual Design Day event.

"We are honoured to have won this prestigious award," says Kongsberg Maritime project manager for K-Master, Thor Hukkelås. "With K-Master, we have developed a product that offers functional operation and high design values, so it has received attention beyond our traditional markets. The award reflects our commitment to modern design, aesthetics and innovation, while at the same time placing the end-user and operator in the driving seat."

The Award for Design Excellence is a leading award for design in Norway and is given to both manufacturers and designers that have cooperated on the development of products. The award is granted in recognition of the successful use of design as a strategic tool in product development and market communication. K-Master was one of the winners in the category for industrial design and was also one of four organisations nominated for the top Honours Award for Design Excellence. The jury issued the following statement about K-Master:

"Compared to similar products in the market, this represents an implementation of advanced functionality and user-centered interaction design that increases both efficiency and safety. The impression is of something robust and well-designed, with a high-quality finish on all surfaces. The innovation of the solution and the beneficial value of a simplified working situation for operators is obvious. This is a complete product that is professionally designed, both technically and aesthetically."

As one of the world leaders in integrated electronic solutions for professional vessels, Kongsberg Maritime supplies integrated control systems to merchant marine and offshore vessels in addition to platforms and rigs. The company's new K-Master aft bridge workstation is a complete and independent operating station for Offshore Service Vessels (OSV) that meets strict ergonomic considerations, whilst demonstrating Kongsberg Maritime's excellence in the field of navigation, maneuvering and automation. It was designed in conjunction with Norwegian industrial design company, Hareide Designmill and combines a strong industrial design ethic and an innovative user interface to create a brand new and groundbreaking Offshore Service Vessel workplace.

"Those who operate OSVs have an increasing number of instruments to consider, while the demands for safety and efficiency are increasing. Device errors or human errors can result in vessel damage, human injuries, and pollution or in the worst case, loss of life," continues Hukkelås. "The goal with K-Master was to change the focus away from boxes, systems and equipment to information and operation. The time limits have been short, but we have cooperated closely with the designers and found solutions that we knew would function onboard."

The Norwegian Design Council is a national strategic body for design in Norway, whose aim is to spread knowledge about the use of design within business development and innovation, and to build bridges between designers, business and public functions.

Date: 18th March 2010        < Back to News Index >

DuPont appoints Hartmut Reinke as Director for Middle East, Turkey and Africa

DuPont has announced the appointment of Hartmut Reinke as its Director for Middle East, Turkey and Africa. The move reinforces the leading science company’s commitment to further strengthening its presence in the Middle East through the deployment of key senior leadership and coming closer to customers in the region. Reinke is based in Dubai, United Arab Emirates [UAE].

Reinke joined DuPont in 1985 and has held various regional and global management positions in Product Management, R&D, Sales, Marketing, and Administration and has played a key role in spearheading strategic growth of DuPont in Germany, France, USA, Switzerland, and UAE. He brings in a wealth of experience served as DuPont’s Director for Central and Eastern Europe, Middle East and Africa for three years.

“DuPont is a science company creating sustainable solutions essential to a better, safer, healthier life for people everywhere. Our growth strategy for the long-term is based on major global trends taking place mostly driven by increasing global population. DuPont plans to capitalize on global growth opportunities by sharply focusing its innovation pipelines on four megatrends: to meet the increasing demand for food productivity; protect people and the environment; decrease dependence on fossil fuels; and capitalize on the growth of emerging markets where about one-third of DuPont’s sales are currently generated. I am very excited about prospects in the Middle East, an emerging market with immense potential.

DuPont is a science-based products and services company. Founded in 1802, DuPont puts science to work by creating sustainable solutions essential to a better, safer, healthier life for people everywhere. Operating in more than 70 countries, DuPont offers a wide range of innovative products and services for markets including agriculture and food; building and construction; communications; and transportation.

Date: 14th January 2010        < Back to News Index >

Keppel appoints Michael Chia as CEO of Keppel Integrated Engineering

The Board of Directors of Keppel Corporation Limited wishes to announce that Mr Michael Chia, Deputy Chairman of its wholly-owned subsidiary, Keppel Integrated Engineering Limited (“KIE”), will be replacing Mr Chua Chee Wui as KIE’s Chief Executive Officer with effect from 13 January 2010. Mr Chua will be leaving the Group to seek new personal and professional opportunities.

Mr Tong Chong Heong, Chairman of KIE, said, “On behalf of the Board of Directors of KIE, I would like to extend my heartfelt appreciation to Chee Wui and wish him well for his future endeavours. He was instrumental in establishing KIE as a credible competitor in the international environmental solutions market, setting the foundation for future growth of Keppel's environmental business.

“We are confident that Michael, who has been with the Group for 29 years, will build on the momentum and grow KIE as a leading and choice environmental solutions provider.”

Mr Michael Chia, who will continue in his office as Deputy Chairman of KIE, is concurrently the Managing Director (Offshore) of Keppel Offshore & Marine Limited, the world leader in the design and construction of offshore rigs. Prior to that, he was the Executive Director of Keppel FELS Limited with overall responsibility of the business management of the company. He has held other key appointments in corporate development, engineering, operations and commercial within the Keppel Offshore & Marine Group.

He has just been appointed as the Chairman of Singapore Maritime Foundation, a private sector-led organisation that seeks to develop and promote Singapore as an international Maritime Centre. He was the President of the Association of Singapore Marine Industries from 2005 to 2009, a non-profit association formed in 1968 to promote the interests of the marine industry in Singapore.

Date: 29th December 2009        < Back to News Index >

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