Sumitomo Corp. invests in Airborne Oil & Gas

Investment strengthens partnership between the two companies to provide the oil and gas industry with thermoplastic composite pipe solutions.

Airborne Oil & Gas (AOG, IJmuiden, The Netherlands), the leading manufacturer of Thermoplastic Composite Pipe (TCP) for oil and gas applications, announced April 12 that Sumitomo Corp. (Tokyo, Japan) has acquired a significant shareholding in AOG.

The investment by Sumitomo Corp. strengthens a strategic partnership which both companies entered into in 2016, in which the companies collaborate to provide the oil and gas industry with cost effective TCP technology solutions that are non-corrosive, light-weight and result in significantly lower total installed cost.

Mr. Takushi Kikuchi, general manager for Tubular Products Units of Sumitomo Corporation Europe Ltd. says:

"I am very pleased with this investment in Airborne Oil & Gas, as we are committed to deliver cost reduction and efficiency to the oil and gas industry, introducing new technologies and business models. AOG’s Thermo-Plastic Composite pipe is a perfect addition to continue our mission. We believe that TCP technology has achieved a breakthrough in the market place and have a disruptive potential for SURF applications. The industry is now, more than ever, ready to embrace such new technology; Sumitomo Corp. and Airborne Oil & Gas are very well positioned to provide valuable solutions from this partnership."

Ms. Aleksandra Wrobel, CFO of AOG says, “We are very proud of our shareholder base, which already included Shell, Chevron, Saudi Aramco, Evonik and Subsea 7. We are delighted to welcome Sumitomo Corp. in this group, and to be able to work together moving forward. Their significant investment is testament to what we have achieved thus far, pioneering the introduction of thermoplastic composite pipe technology in a conservative market, and creating the largest track record in this space."

Mr. Martin van Onna, CCO of AOG, adds "We look forward to continuing and deepening our cooperation with Sumitomo Corporation. Since 2016, we have been working together in offering TCP solutions to the industry. The current investment will strengthen our collaboration and allow us to offer integrated and advanced TCP solutions around the globe. We look forward to leveraging Sumitomo's vast network of experts, offering TCP solutions where they fit best, be it stand alone or part of larger subsea infrastructures. Our company cultures and values are a perfect match, offering our clients know-how, expertise, transparency and trust."