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Varel Energy solutions acquires Sledgehammer Oil Tools

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Varel Energy Solutions (VES) has announced it has acquired Sledgehammer Oil Tools, an international leader in the supply of oilfield casing, cementing, and completion products.

The acquisition strengthens VES’ focus on the Middle East energy sector as a key market while the tie-up creates a consolidated major producer of consumable downhole oilfield products across the Middle East, Asia and European markets. The focus will remain on serving major integrated service companies as well as the long-standing history with National Oil Companies across the region. Varel now leverages almost one million square feet of manufacturing footprint, designed to strongly support both Eastern and Western Hemispheres.

This transaction further strengthens VES’s robust portfolio of casing and cementing products, fuelled by the legacy brand of Downhole Products, enabling the organisation to offer one of the industry’s leading sources of high-quality, low-cost primary cementing equipment to its customers.

Backed by growth capital and poised to build a strong foundation for value-driven manufacturing solutions, VES will leverage its global manufacturing infrastructure combined with Sledgehammer’s supply chain efficiency to deliver value and improved economics around the world even more effectively.

Derek Nixon, President & CEO of VES said: “We exist to become the Industry’s Maker of consumable downhole products across the traditional oil and gas and renewable energy sector. Varel Energy Solutions is extremely honoured to add the extraordinary people and impressive value-driven culture of Sledgehammer to our organisation. While we are committed to serving our customer base, we aim to offer the broader energy service market within improved buying economics, including our historic competitors.”

The acquisition of Sledgehammer incorporates best-in-class engineering, manufacturing, and testing capabilities centred in Northern India, and combined with VES, now positions nearly one million square feet of roofline designed to produce products addressing the challenges of drilling and completions in increasingly complex and cost-sensitive environments.

Founded in 1974, the Sledgehammer organisation has built a reputation of high-value products with unrivalled supply chain and manufacturing capabilities; with customers around the world depending on its broadly acclaimed casing, cementing and completions product range.

“I am very excited by the opportunities this transaction will create for the employees and customers of Sledgehammer,” said Pradeep Mohanty, Managing Director and Founder of Sledgehammer. “Varel’s extremely strong global presence, commitment to customer service and robust balance sheet will create a platform for even faster growth of our products and people. For this area of business, we are committed to being the economic leader in downhole cementing equipment to the industry, period,” said Jordan Stringer, VES’s EVP of Eastern Hemisphere Operations. “Today’s announcement represents another hugely important step toward this commitment and we are very confident our partnership with the employees of Sledgehammer will result in significant shared success.”

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