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May 24, 2012
Durst Gives OTC Attendees Exactly What They Want: Real Solutions for Profitable Growth
HOUSTON — Visitors to the Offshore Technology Conference in Houston came to do business, and business was brisk in the Durst booth. So says John Locarno, Global Sales and Marketing Manager.
“This was an exciting show for us for a number of reasons,” Locarno said. “The event itself boasted the highest turnout in 30 years — a pretty strong indication of the vitality of the offshore energy industry. Attendees packed the aisles. The nonstop booth traffic kept us hopping in a good way during the four-day run. The existing and prospective customers we met with in our own booth and the booths of our distributors were very interested in Durst drive solutions.”
The OTC had its inaugural year in 1969. Held April 30 to May 3 at Houston’s Reliant Park, the 2012 edition saw attendance hit 89,400, the third highest in show history. Durst joined 2,500 exhibiting companies from 46 countries vying for the attention of experts in the fields of drilling, exploration, production and environmental protection.
Sharing a booth with Marlin Engineered Technologies Co., Ltd., the company’s Shanghai-based distributor, the Durst team consisted of Locarno, Eric Facinger, inside sales representative covering the Eastern United States, and Loren Eager, territory manager covering the Southern United States.
“Fluid power plays a major role in the exploration, extraction and processing of oil and gas,” Locarno noted. “We held productive meetings with many OEM customers, such as Halliburton, Stewart & Stevenson, National Oilwell Varco and American Jereh International Corp., to name just a few. We also spent time talking with Durst stocking distributors Hydradyne Hydraulics and Hydraquip Distribution and their customers. Companies were actively recruiting employees at the show, and they spoke in upbeat terms about the future of the industry. For instance, American Jereh’s Chinese parent company, Jereh Group, increased capital to American Jereh to expand its manufacturing facilities in Houston. And even though some companies reported revenues tied to natural gas being affected by the mild winter and falling prices, total business activity has surpassed 2011 levels with nowhere to go but up.”
Two of Durst’s latest products generated a lot buzz among visitors. The 11D transfer case is a heavy-duty gearbox. The first model in Durst’s new line of standardized transfer cases, the 11D comes with ratios of 1.61/4.47 and 2.51/6.83, and has a maximum torque rating of 907 lb-ft. The 2PD05 two-pad modular pump drive features 10-inch pump centers and 5-inch gear centers. The 2PD05 meets SAE and AGMA standards and is compatible with SAE pump shafts up to a 13 tooth — 8/16 spline (SAE D). It can be used as a drop-in replacement for Funk’s 28000 series pump drives.
“Both of these new products have high-performance applications for oil field equipment,” Locarno said. “They were extremely well received at the OTC show.”
The festivities extended into the evenings with additional opportunities to build relationships with OEM customers. A highlight of OTC is the annual Hydraquip Crawfish Boil.
“Hydraquip is based right here in Houston,” Locarno pointed out. “They know how to stage a great Southern-themed event.”
Durst, a Regal company headquartered in Clinton, Wis., is a worldwide leader in gear drives and transmissions. Durst boasts one of the most comprehensive mechanical power transmission product offerings for on- and off-highway and specialty vehicle equipment in North America. With over 75 years of industrial experience, Durst offers full design, development and test capabilities utilizing work cells, flexible automation, three-dimensional solid modeling and four-square testing. Whether standard, modified or custom, products are designed and manufactured to customer specifications. For more information, call (800) 356-0775 or visit the Durst website at www.durstdrives.com.