AnTech Is Presented With The Queen's Awards For Enterprise For International Trade
Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant of Devon, David Fursdon has officially awarded AnTech, an Exeter-based oilfield innovation company, with the highest accolade a business can receive – The Queen’s Awards for Enterprise for International Trade. A world leading designer and manufacturer of products for the upstream oil and gas industry, AnTech, which has its headquarters in Exeter and a presence in The USA and Saudi Arabia, is one of just 205 organisations nationally to be recognised with a prestigious Queen’s Awards for Enterprise, and is in fact the only company in Exeter to receive one. The Lord Lieutenant of Devon visited the company at its premises in Exeter Business Park where he received a guided tour from Toni Miszewski, Managing Director of AnTech. He then presented the company with a glass trophy and Grant of Appointment scroll, allowing AnTech to fly the authorised flag, to officially celebrate AnTech’s achievement. AnTech gained the award in recognition for its excellence in International Trade – this is given to businesses able to demonstrate that their organisation has achieved outstanding growth overseas, which AnTech achieved through its expanding global operations. “Toni Miszewski, Managing Director for AnTech, comments: “We learnt of our success in May but have had to wait until now to be formally presented with the award. Achieving a Queen's Award is validation of the decisions made and hard work of the AnTech team. It takes time to create success and it is an honour to be recognised in this way.” Employing almost 50 staff, AnTech was founded in 1992 and the company designs, manufactures and tests all of its products in-house, spanning all areas of mechanical, electrical and software design engineering. Rated to the highest industry standards, AnTech have seen their products used worldwide by the top three industry service providers. Now in its 55th year, the Queen’s Awards for Enterprise remain the most prestigious business awards in the country, with businesses able to use the esteemed Queen’s Awards Emblem for the next five years. Applications for The Queen’s Awards for Enterprise 2022 opened on the 1st May 2021. For more information, visit https://www.gov.uk/queens-awards-for-enterprise. If you would like any further information or would like to know more about AnTech Ltd then please contact us.
Always Well-Coiled For Action
Coiled Tubing Drilling specialist AnTech has achieved many world firsts in its pursuit of delivering improved oil and gas extraction for its clients. Now with a 2021 Queen’s Awards for Enterprise for International Trade accolade honouring its exports record, the company continues to push the boundaries of technical innovation within the CTD sector. Profile by Andy Probert, Inside Oil & Gas. The root of the inexorable rise of AnTech to global prominence can be traced back to a pivotal low point early on in its near-30 year history. The 1998-99 industry downturn came just six years after AnTech was founded, hitting the company hard. Its founding partners, engineering specialists with a background working for one of the major service companies, reflected hard on the outlook of the company and came to a monumental decision that still resonates today. They made a strategic shift away from subcontract manufacturing services in order to focus on AnTech’s core strength: oilfield innovation. “They wanted to make products that were compelling in terms of function, quality, specification and delivery. Today’s product lines of wellhead outlets, coiled tubing tools and our coiled tubing drilling service are all a result of that change of focus,” commented Head of Global Sales and Marketing, Clare Miszewska-Hall. Innovation, a key strength Branching out into Coiled Tubed Drilling (CTD) services was a significant step change which required AnTech to devise an entirely new design concept, the drill-by-wire Bottom Hole Assembly (BHA). Fast forward to the present day, and it is now the most technologically advanced BHA in the industry. Alongside this innovation came the development of a patented downhole gyro technology, which has secured two world firsts during field trials and forms the basis of an HDD gyro-navigation system for trenchless drilling. Having technically demonstrated the effectiveness of these innovations by successfully drilling seven wells, the technology attracted the attention of Saudi Aramco. By 2013, Saudi Aramco Energy Ventures and Calculus Capital had both invested in the company and AnTech was able to launch its services division. The Exeter-based company now operates across two divisions. Its products division is the leading supplier in each sector it serves, including wellhead outlets for permanent monitoring, e-coil logging heads, and riser detectors. Alongside this, AnTech’s directional coiled tubing drilling services division, launched in 2008, makes AnTech the only company in the world whose services are 100% dedicated to CTD. Between 2008 and 2017, AnTech drilled 45% of all non-long-term contract wells drilled using CTD and is regularly consulted by global operators looking at CTD as a means of revitalising old and under-producing wells. AnTech’s patented continuous rotating orienter (CRO) within its drilling BHA enables AnTech to drill a perfectly straight hole. “No one else in the world can do this,” emphasised Mrs Miszewska-Hall. By drawing upon its innovation prowess, AnTech, which employs 50 people in the UK and the US, has developed multiple patented technologies, and continues to generate new products and services to meet industry needs. The company has combined its expertise in mechanical and electronic design with software and firmware and, as a result, AnTech has a portfolio today bristling with high-quality, high-specification products. Providing further proof of its innovative capabilities, AnTech have also launched their patented RockSense technology, which measures porosity at the drilling bit in real-time for geosteering. “Our drilling technology has applications for carbon capture and storage, thanks to its ability to drill underbalanced and guarantee closed-loop drilling operations. Furthermore, we believe that we are well-positioned to enter the hydrogen economy as well, thanks to our products with hazardous area certifications.” Global exports drive and accolades Toni Miszewski, Managing Director and one of the two founding members, said: “We all share resources in engineering and design across the products and drilling services divisions, enabling synergy and expertise to run through both. “Over 30 years of innovation, we have built a strong portfolio of products and services in-house, backed by a talented and dedicated team who care passionately about serving our customers. “We are a truly global company, selling 90% of our products overseas and to every continent except Antarctica. On the drilling services side, we have completed projects on four continents for blue-chip clients, including work in Saudi Arabia and Alaska.” In April 2021, AnTech’s long term dedication to overseas trade was recognised when the company was awarded The Queen’s Awards for Enterprise for International Trade - one of the UK’s highest business accolades. “It is a real honour to have secured such prestigious recognition,” beamed Mrs Miszewska-Hall. “This reflects our collective achievement as a team and our growing global presence, being at the forefront of innovation in oilfield technology. “As a UK business operating in a highly specialised global industry, exporting is crucial to us. For both our products and drilling services, selling to different countries and regions helps improve and foster new product development offerings as emerging markets bring new technical or commercial challenges.” AnTech has enjoyed consecutive and significant sales growth over the last three years and in 2020, the company was ranked among Britain’s 100 fastest-growing private companies in the 24th annual Sunday Times Virgin Atlantic Fast Track 100. Five of its employees, Jennifer Bentley, Christopher Bowmer, Daniel Crow, Hai Dang and Pawel Wojcicki, were also named among Britain’s manufacturing heroes of 2020 in The Manufacturer Top 100. Mrs Miszewska-Hall said: “All the awards are a testament to the efforts and commitment put in by the staff, and we are proud to be honoured regionally, nationally and globally.” In the first quarter of 2021, AnTech registered one of its best performances ever within its products division, demonstrating its ongoing success within the sector. World firsts Among its accolades, AnTech has achieved multiple world firsts using its proprietary drilling tools, including creating the first 5 inch OD POLARIS CTD BHA. With the same drilling BHA, AnTech successfully performed the first horizontal Gyro-While-Drilling operation and the first air drilling operation. These significant achievements demonstrated how robust the tool is, even in harsh environments with very high vibrations caused by air drilling. “We also recently completed a drilling job in Louisiana with our POLARIS tool, hitting an instantaneous drilling speed of 2,400 feet per hour,” added Miszewska-Hall. Using its COLT BHA during a project on the North Slope of Alaska, AnTech’s specialists achieved the first triple casing exit on Coiled Tubing (CT), completed the longest single liner run on CT, and achieved the longest lateral section drilled with CTD (2,894 feet in 24 hours). Bright future Throughout the pandemic, manufacturing activities at AnTech continued as “we still had to get orders out the door while everyone else worked from home and adapted to remote working,” said Mrs Miszewska-Hall. “We have not had a single incident or near miss as we put a lot of effort into our biosecurity, and nearly 90% of the workforce has been vaccinated.” Aside from Covid-19, Mrs Miszewska-Hall explained that most of the other challenges faced revolve around the never-ending task of making extraction as efficient as possible, ensuring operators get more out of old fields without needing to develop new ones. With its ability to keep the well contained at all times, DCTD is considered the safest and most efficient method for drilling underbalanced. “On a global basis, operators are increasingly considering DCTD as the most reliable and economically viable technique for maximising the potential of mature and under-producing oilfields,” remarked Mrs Miszewska-Hall. “Significant and ongoing advances in the development and execution of DCTD technology in the past recent years continue to form a solid foundation for future work.” AnTech is currently developing a smaller drilling tool, a 2-3/8” OD drilling BHA system, focused around the Alaskan market. AnTech has a very positive view on competition within the sector. As Mrs Miszewska-Hall explained, competition means more investment in the Coiled Tubing Drilling market, resulting in the technology being more widely adopted. “It’s also great for customers, and pushes service providers like us to continue to develop new technology,” she added. “AnTech has the most technically advanced CTD BHA in the market; we compete technologically to get noticed by customers. The current service providers have owned the CTD market for a long time. AnTech brings innovation to declining or brown fields that customers need.” “We survive by being more innovative in how we make oil and gas extraction increasingly efficient for our customers.” The company also has the shortest Coiled Tubing Drilling BHA on the market, offering advantages for deployment, amongst several other significant benefits. Mrs Miszewska-Hall said the company provides an ‘everything for’ service on both the products and drilling services divisions of the business in order to help the customer understand what is technically possible and required for their specific project. “For our suppliers and customers, we believe in integrity, as well as being open, honest and transparent to ensure long-term business relations continue to flourish.” She concluded: “Despite all the changes brought about by the energy transition, the fact is that we will need oil and gas for the foreseeable future. “While new extraction may eventually stop, we see efficient extraction from existing fields continuing – and these are critical. Therefore, we believe AnTech has a bright future ahead.” If you would like any further information or would like to know more about AnTech Ltd then please contact us.
AnTech Launches Metior™, The Latest Innovation In Downhole Analog Pressure Gauges, Designed For Long-Term Reliability
AnTech Ltd, designer and manufacturer of products and drilling equipment to the upstream oil and gas industry, has just launched Metior™, a Downhole Analog Pressure Gauge, targeted at the well dewatering market which aims to deliver outstanding long-term reliability, at low cost. The product has been developed in-house by AnTech’s engineering team in answer to customer concerns of significant reliability issues concerning existing products, both in terms of vibration resistance and resistance to various forms of corrosion. Failure rates as high as 1 in 20 gauges have been reported, with microbial induced corrosion also contributing to gauge and tubing failure. To deliver the greater levels of reliability, the development team focused on several key areas including ease of installation, durability and corrosion resistance. Tim Mitchell, Sales Manager for AnTech’s Products Division, said: “We have been shown gauge failures where both the gauge and tubing encapsulated cable have been eaten through by microbial induced corrosion. Metior™ has been designed to overcome these issues and more. We have taken full advantage of our experience in developing equipment for the underbalanced drilling market to create our latest innovation – the design is compact for ease of installation and has the minimum number of joints to reduce the number of potential points of failure. This also has the benefit of keeping the cost down which is especially important in the de-watering market.” AnTech states that the Metior™ gauge has been designed to withstand the shock and vibration that can be caused by downhole pumps installed nearby. The new product uses silicon-on sapphire technology for good long-term stability and is currently undergoing testing in accordance with AWES (Advanced Well Equipment Standards) Recommended Practice for Qualification of Downhole Sensors. This qualification gives a quantifiable standard, normally used for high profile projects, against which its performance can be predicted and measured. “Corrosion resistance has been addressed through the selection of suitable corrosion resistant alloys for all wetted parts making it suitable for use in environments which in the past have proved a challenge for low cost gauges. Corrosion protection even extends to the exposed tubing encapsulated cable with the use of a protective sleeve which has the added benefit of increasing shock and vibration resistance,” adds Tim Mitchell. If you would like any further information or would like to know more about AnTech Ltd then please contact us.
AnTech Wins Queen's Award For Enterprise For International Trade
An Exeter-based company with over 25 years in oilfield innovation has been honoured with the highest accolade a business can receive – The Queen’s Awards for Enterprise for International Trade. A world leading designer and manufacturer of products for the upstream oil and gas industry, AnTech, which has its headquarters in Exeter and a presence in Texas and Saudi Arabia, is one of just 205 organisations nationally to be recognised with a prestigious Queen’s Award for Enterprise, and is in fact the only company in Exeter to receive one. Employing 49 staff, AnTech was founded in 1992 and is based at Exeter Airport’s Business Park and won the award in recognition for its excellence in International Trade. This award is only given to businesses able to demonstrate their organisation has achieved outstanding growth overseas, which AnTech achieved through its expanding global operations. AnTech design, manufacture and test all of their products in-house, spanning all areas of mechanical, electrical and software design engineering. Rated to the highest industry standards, AnTech have seen their products and services used worldwide by the top three industry service providers and blue-chip Operators within the industry. “Being chosen for a Queen’s Award for International Trade is an honour. As a small company operating in Devon, we are extremely proud to have been selected and to have secured such prestigious recognition. This reflects our collective achievement as a team and our growing global presence, being at the forefront of innovation in oilfield technology,” comments Carly Sugden, Finance Director for AnTech. Commenting on the importance of International Trade, Carly adds: “As a UK business operating in a highly specialised global industry, exporting is crucial to us. For both our products and drilling services, selling to different countries and regions helps us improve and foster new product development offerings as new markets bring new technical or commercial challenges. Having a global export reach allows us to be more economically resilient against oil price volatility and regional recessions because if our domestic economy weakens, there are still opportunities to diversify and grow in markets elsewhere.” Now in its 55th year, the Queen’s Awards for Enterprise are the most prestigious business awards in the country, with winning businesses able to use the esteemed Queen’s Awards Emblem for the next five years. Applications for Queen’s Awards for Enterprise 2022 open on the 1st May 2021. For more information, visit https://www.gov.uk/queens-awards-for-enterprise. If you would like any further information or would like to know more about AnTech Ltd then please contact us.
AnTech Makes Fast Track 100 League Table
Three companies in the South West of England win places in special Covid-19 edition of the league table of Britain's fastest-growing private companies. The 24th annual Sunday Times Virgin Atlantic Fast Track 100 league table was released this weekend, detailing British private companies ranked according to fastest sales growth. Three of the companies that placed within the top 100 are based in the Southwest of England, employing a collective 352 people and representing a combined 42% growth in sales, amounting to a total of £48m. Of the three entrants from the South West two appeared in the Fast Track 100 for the first time, including Exeter-based company AnTech, which ranked no.97 in the league. AnTech supplies products and services to the oil and gas sector and specialises in revitalising old, existing wells in order to reduce the requirement for drilling new wells. The company, which alongside its Devon headquarters has offices in the United States and Saudi Arabia, exports 80% of its exclusively UK-manufactured products. Under Managing Director, Toni Miszewski the company has seen sales grow by 39% per year to £5.9m in 2019. Despite the national lockdown, AnTech’s facilities and services have remained operational throughout 2020. The region’s highest-ranked company is Bristol-based Real Wrap Co., which has seen an annual growth in sales of 44% to £10.9m in the year to March. Founded in 2012 by childhood friends Jason Howell and Phillippe Gill, Real Wrap Co. supplies sandwiches, wraps and hot food, to schools, universities and NHS hospitals, and joined with councils during the first national lockdown to provide recipe boxes for low-income households. The companies representing the Southwest appear alongside businesses from around Britain, including brewing company BrewDog and fitness clothing brand Gymshark, both valued at over £1bn. Star alumni from previous years has included the chip designer ARM, which featured in 1997 with sales of £16.7m and is currently being purchased by American technology company Nvidia for £31bn, and drinks manufacturer Fever-Tree, which floated at £154m in 2014 and is now worth £2.9bn. The Fast Track 100 is sponsored by Virgin Atlantic, BDO, DHL Express and N+1 Singer, and is compiled by Fast Track, the Oxford-based research and networking events firm. Sir Richard Branson, founder of Virgin Atlantic and Virgin Group, which has supported Fast Track 100 throughout its 24 years, said: “While we are living in extremely uncertain and challenging times, there is one thing I am certain of: entrepreneurs are the dreamers, the doers, and the innovators that have the power to have a positive impact on society. There are so many inspiring examples of this on the Fast Track 100 league table showing this is just as true, if not more so, in 2020 as it ever has been.” The national picture: The combined average sales growth achieved by this year’s Fast Track 100 companies has been 73% per year over three years, totalling £4.4bn and more than tripling their combined workforce over the period to 32,000 people. Geographical spread: London is home to the most company headquarters with 31, followed by the Southeast with 19. 18 of the companies are based in the North of England, with 10 in the Northwest and eight in Yorkshire and the Northeast. Six of the companies are based in the Midlands, five in Scotland, five in the east of England, three in the southwest, two in Wales, and one in Northern Ireland. The full league table was published on 6 December with the business section of The Sunday Times and can be viewed on www.fasttrack.co.uk. If you would like any further information or would like to know more about AnTech Ltd then please contact us or take a look at our website www.antech.co.uk. Credit: Sunday Times Virgin Atlantic Fast Tract 100
AnTech Scoops 5 Of The Manufacturer Top 100 Awards
This year AnTech Ltd is proud to announce that 5 of our dedicated and talented team members were selected for The Manufacturer Top 100 and were named Britain’s manufacturing heroes of 2020 at the awards ceremony on Wednesday 11th November 2020. The Top 100 awards were The Manufacturer’s response to the growing recognition in academic studies and parliamentary reports that there was a lack of visible role models in the industry. Each year they provide a showcase for the most inspiring individuals in industry, to illustrate the enthusiasm and commitment present in modern manufacturing and to underscore the exciting, well-paid and rewarding careers that exist in the sector. These 100 individuals have been nominated by customers, team members, leaders and their piers, from shop floor to top floor. They are among the very best UK manufacturing has to offer. Out of the 100 judged to have made the cut, 20 have been highlighted as Exemplars, people who make a truly exceptional contribution to the sector every day. A huge congratulations to Jennifer Bentley: Inspiring Leader, Christopher Bowmer: Unsung Hero, Hai Dang: Unsung Hero, Pawel Wojcicki: Innovator and Daniel Crow: Young Pioneer! Jennifer Bentley was also highlighted as one of the Exemplar people. This achievement for AnTech is substantial to have 5 people in the top 100, this reinforces the company values of striving for excellence, encouraging new talent and being on the top of our game. If you would like any further information or would like to know more about AnTech Ltd then please contact us or take a look at our website www.antech.co.uk
AnTech And Isca Forwarding Get Together For Macmillan's World's Biggest Coffee Morning
AnTech Ltd got together with Isca Forwarding Ltd and raised £145 for people living with cancer by hosting an event as part of Macmillan Cancer Support’s World Biggest Coffee Morning. The event was held on Thursday 26th September at AnTech’s Headquarters in Exeter. Everyone who took part enjoyed the variety of donated cakes and washed them down with a lovely cuppa. Macmillan is almost entirely funded by donations and simply cannot support the growing number of people with cancer who need them without the public’s help. Every two minutes someone in the UK is diagnosed with cancer. There are over 2.5 million people living with cancer in the UK and this is set to grow to almost 4 million by 2030. Organiser Martin Russell says “We are so pleased to have raised such a good amount for Macmillan Cancer Support. Every pound really does count and will make such a difference. I want to thank everyone who came along and made it such a success.” For more information about AnTech please and for more information about the World's Biggest Coffee Morning please go to www.macmillan.org.uk/coffee. Macmillan is the UK’s leading cancer supporter charity giving personal, one to one care and support to thousands of people every day. Macmillan are the only charity supporting anyone, no matter their age, where they live and or their cancer diagnosis. We’re here to help everyone with cancer live life as fully as they can, providing physical, financial and emotional support. So whatever cancer throws your way, we’re right there with you. For information, support or just someone to talk to, call 0808 808 00 00 or visit macmillan.org.uk.
Bicycles At The Ready For AnTech's Cycle To Work Day 2019
On Thursday 8th August 2019 some of AnTech’s employees took part in the Cyclescheme’s national event, Cycle to Work Day. Cycle to Work Day is for absolutely everyone but it is especially aimed at encouraging those who wouldn’t normally cycle to work to try it out in a fun and friendly atmosphere. As an added incentive and a bit of extra motivation, the participants were encouraged to sign up, take part in weekly cycling challenges and log their ride on ‘Love to Ride’. Once signed up, they were automatically entered into a draw for a chance to win £10,000 worth of prizes. On the day, seven of our team members from across the company eagerly cycled to the AnTech headquarters, luckily, the weather was perfect and between them they accumulated over 80 miles of road! Each participant arrived within half an hour of each other at AnTech, unlike last year when one of the team suffered a puncture towards the end of the journey and had to complete on foot. Everyone who took part were rewarded with a fresh continental breakfast which was greatly received. Well done to all that took part and we hope to participate next year! If you would like any further information or would like to know more about AnTech Ltd then please contact us or take a look at our website www.antech.co.uk.
AnTech Holds Annual Celebration Of Achievement Event
Over the last few years, AnTech has enjoyed hosting a day of celebration to recognise successes throughout the whole company. At the last event, the company provided a specially prepared breakfast and thanked its employees for their loyal service which accumulated over 95 years. . In May 2019, we felt it was time to once again acknowledge our achievements and award those that had reached noteworthy milestones in their time at the company. In the last year, AnTech has grown considerably and over 40 employees got together at the company’s head office in Exeter and sat down to enjoy a Hog Roast which was cooked on site with a selection of salads. After the meal, each Manager, from Engineering and Production, Manufacturing, Sales, Finance and HR, outlined their department’s particular accomplishments and celebrated each and every employee’s recent successes. This year, the event paid homage to five loyal and dedicated employees who have all reached significant milestones within the company. Beginning at 5 years’ service for three people, 15 years for one and 20 years for a final one! AnTech continues to appreciate its dedicated employees for their continued efforts and we look forward to celebrating further accomplishments in the future. If you would like any further information please contact us
AnTech Eyes Buoyant Us Land Market With Triple Product Launch
AnTech Ltd, a world leading designer and manufacturer of products for the upstream oil and gas industry, has announced the launch of three products, designed to lower equipment cost of permanent monitoring in the current market. The two wellhead outlets and a cable splice build upon recent growth in the market, which is reflected in AnTech’s sales; product orders are up 26% year-on-year at the company, following a growth of 15% in financial year 2016-17. Tim Mitchell, Product Sales Manager of AnTech said: “Latest industry figures suggest the global level gauge market will grow at close to 7% per year between now and 2022 and those projections are reflected in our own sales figures. “The forecast growth for the gauge market, particularly in the US, looks exciting, but so much depends on cost. As the market-leader in wellhead outlets, AnTech is well-placed to use its expertise to support this trajectory by expanding our range to include the cost-effective solutions that are critical to this market’s viability.” Two of the three products extend AnTech’s Type C wellhead outlet range that provides a safe means of connecting downhole gauges to surface cabling, while ensuring compliance to the latest industry standards. The Type CF Wellhead Outlet has been specifically designed for the US gauge market, although it also offers opportunities for other countries and markets. The wellhead connection is standardised on ½” NPT, with a maximum 10ksi working pressure, has a temperature range of -20° to +100°C and is explosive atmosphere certified. The Type CG Wellhead Outlet offers the same functionality, without the explosive atmosphere certification. The third product extends AnTech’s range of cable splices for tubing encapsulated cable (TEC) or hydraulic control lines. Designed for single conductor ¼” TEC control lines, it has a simple construction that enables easy assembly and a quick and reliable connection at the wellsite. Tim concludes: “Gauge systems need an integrated, reliable WHO at a competitive price point and that’s exactly what the Type CF and Type CG Wellhead Outlets provide, whilst our cable splice solution fills a significant gap within the gauge market, which has long required this type of product.” To find out about the range, please click here
Pedals Pushed For AnTech's Cycle To Work Day
On Wednesday August 15th 2018, the AnTech team were invited to take part in CycleScheme’s Nation-wide Cycle to Work Day. This scheme intends to encourage those that don’t normally cycle to work to try it out in a fun and friendly atmosphere. Every person that pledged to cycle was entered into a prize draw for the opportunity to win one of three bikes, cycle accessories or clothing as an added incentive to adopt the pedal power! Eight of our team members eagerly accepted the challenge and pledged to take part on the day. Helmets and high-vis were donned, and the pedals were pushed. Between them they accumulated over 130 miles of road on the day! Each participant was rewarded with a hearty continental breakfast on their arrival. Some were later than others however, as one of the team suffered a puncture in the final leg and had to complete his journey on foot! A big well done to all those that took part and we hope more will join in next year! For further information or enquiries please contact us.
AnTech Holds Celebration Of Achievement Event
In previous years AnTech has enjoyed hosting a day of celebration to recognise successes throughout the company. At the last event, the company hosted a lunch and thanked its employees for their loyal service accumulating over 115 years’ work. In August 2018, we felt it was time to once again acknowledge our achievements and award those that had reached noteworthy milestones in their time at the company. Over 30 employees congregated at the company’s head office in Exeter and sat down to enjoy a specially prepared breakfast. During the meal, a montage of pictures and photographs was projected across the workshop walls to display the products of many years of hard work from the entire workforce. Following both a Continental style buffet and individually prepared hot meal, each Manager, from Engineering and Production, Manufacturing, Sales, Finance and HR, outlined their department’s specific accomplishments and celebrated every employee’s recent successes, with no person left without mention! The event paid homage to 11 loyal and dedicated employees who have all reached significant milestones within the company. Beginning at five years’ service for four people, ten years for a further four, 15 years for one and 20 years for a final two! AnTech continues to be grateful to its dedicated employees for their efforts and looks forward to celebrating further accomplishments in the future. For further information or enquiries please contact us.
AnTech Are Proud Sponsors Of Tedx Exeter 2018: Connect
TEDxExeter ideas festival reaches a global audience. Thousands of people gathered across Devon and beyond to hear leading thinkers tackle global issues, from the environment to mental health, at TEDxExeter 2018. The seventh annual ideas festival at the Exeter Northcott Theatre on Friday 20th April had sold out within minutes, with hundreds more attendees watching a simultaneous livestream at the University of Exeter’s Alumni Auditorium. Schools and libraries across Devon held their own livestreams, with the day’s talks and performances also being screened at venues including the Exeter Phoenix, the Royal Albert Memorial Museum (RAMM) and CoLab. Thousands of people around the world watched online as local and international speakers tackled diverse issues including sleep, human rights and the environmental harm caused by single-use plastics, linked by the overarching theme ‘Connect’. They included Devon barber Tom Chapman, founder of the Lions Barber Collective, which works to prevent suicide by encouraging conversations about mental health, and Rebekah Afari, a former student of the Exeter Royal Academy for Deaf Education and member of the youth advisory board of the National Deaf Children’s Society. Another highlight of the day was a talk by Dawn Faizey Webster, who learned to communicate by blinking after a stroke left her with Locked-In Syndrome. Once again TEDxExeter held a series of spin-off events alongside this year's ideas festival. These ‘adventures’ expanded on some of the themes of the event, including inclusive growth, sustainable fashion, modern slavery and single-use plastics. On Thursday 19th April, TEDxExeter speaker Anthony Painter and colleagues from the Royal Society of Arts (RSA) joined 40 senior leaders from across the region at RAMM to explore what ideas of ‘inclusive growth’ might mean for greater Exeter. Later that day, TEDxExeter speaker Patrick Grant and Lucy Clayton, from Community Clothing, led an interactive workshop at the University’s Business School around the themes of sustainability, fashion and social enterprise. The topic of modern day slavery was covered in a powerful talk on the day and in a moving photographic exhibition brought to TEDxExeter by the National Crime Agency. The police Anti-Slavery Partnership and Unseen were also present on the day, so that the audience could find out more about modern slavery and what they can do to spot signs in their communities. The problem of single-use plastics was also a major theme at this year’s TEDxExeter. To complement the talk by young campaigners Amy and Ella Meek on becoming plastic clever, reusable water bottles from Give Me Tap were given out to all attendees: the profits have funded clean water for over 300 people for 20 years in northern Ghana. South West Water provided a bowser to fill them, saving thousands of plastic cups at the event. A number of water charities were also represented to get delegates thinking about the impact of single-use plastics, what they can do to cut down on their plastic consumption, and how they can support Refill Devon, a tap water campaign that aims to introduce refill points on every street. Claire Kennedy, licensee and curator of TEDxExeter, said: “Ideas worth spreading are at the heart of TEDxExeter, and our talks have now been viewed 18.5 million times online - ideas from Exeter reaching the world. But we want to encourage our audience to turn inspiration to action, so we were really excited to run a series of adventures alongside this year's main TEDxExeter conference again this year. “It was amazing to see the speakers reaching out personally to our communities and exploring their themes in more depth. The reaction from the audience, and Exeter as a whole, has been wonderful and we look forward to seeing the ripple effects from this year's event for many months, or even years, to come.” The full line-up of speakers and performers was made up of: Alan Crickmore – Ambassador for Storybook DadsAmy & Ella Meek – Founders of campaign Kids Against PlasticAnthony Painter – Director of the Action and Research Centre at the Royal Society of ArtsVicki Culpin – Psychologist and professor of organizational behavior at Ashridge Executive EducationPatrick Grant – Founder of Community Clothing, and a regular media presenter and commentator on fashion, clothing and textilesRebekah Afari – Former student at the Exeter Royal Academy for Deaf Education and member of the youth advisory board of the National Deaf Children’s SocietyTom Chapman – Founder of the Lions Barber Collective, which helps to prevent suicideProfessor Sophie Scott – Deputy Director, UCL Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience; Royal Institution Christmas Lecturer 2017Kate Garbers – Director of Unseen, a charity working towards a world without slaveryCóilín Nunan – Scientific adviser to the Soil Association and to the Alliance to Save Our AntibioticsFarrah Storr – Editor-in-chief of CosmopolitanDexter Dias – Human rights barrister, part-time Crown Court judge and author, who works pro bono internationally with survivors of FGM, modern day slavery, human trafficking and violence against women and girlsRafida Bonya Ahmed – a secularist thinker, writer and campaigner who survived a brutal Islamist attack in which her husband was killedJJ Bola – A Kinshasa-born, London-raised writer, poet, and educatorGlass Parachutes – Featuring musicians Fionn Connolly, Finlay Stafford, David Nunn and Freddie ReddingDawn Faizey Webster – a postgraduate researcher in architectural history at York University, who has pursued her academic career despite developing Locked-In Syndrome after suffering a stroke. All the talks will be available to watch for free online next month once the videos have been edited. TEDxExeter is a not-for-profit event licensed by TED, organised by a team of volunteers and made possible by support from sponsors, including local businesses. TEDxExeter’s 2018 annual ideas festival sold out in minutes. It was attended by a combined audience of more than 900 people in the Exeter Northcott theatre and Exeter University’s Alumni Auditorium. Free public livestream events were held at RAMM, Exeter Library, the Phoenix, CoLab and the Devon Business & Education Centre, while thousands more people were watching the livestream around the world. For more information, visit tedxexeter.com Follow TEDxExeter on Twitter and Facebook. Visit the TEDxExeter website where you can sign up to receive the newsletter. TEDxExeter is made possible by the generosity of the following local companies who support the event: AnTech; Bird – Share Your Sun; Bishop Fleming; Crowdcube; Dacors Design; Egremont Group; Event Exeter; Exeter City Council; Exeter College; First Sight Media; Hawksmoor Investment Management; Hotel du Vin Exeter; Luscombe Drinks; MailChimp; Matt Round Photography; Maven Consultancy; One Voice Media & PR; Oxygen House; Psychology Associates; Saks Exeter; STC Expeditions; Stephens Scown; Stormpress; SunGift Energy; University of Exeter; Yellowtail Financial Planning.
Fertile Fiber: New Products, More Data
New products, more data and leaner ways of working can change the way the industry identifies, develops and produces reserves. AnTech’s Tim Mitchell outlines the role fiber optics have to play. The economic environment our industry is currently operating within has dramatically changed. The oil price is recovering, but is unstable, preventing robust business planning and forecasting. While it is easy to see this as only a negative, there are a few positives to capitalize on, for example changing industry attitudes and perceptions towards new and existing technology. This drive to improve efficiencies means that engineers are looking at the outputs of each product and technology. Consequently, engineers are more interested than ever before in monitoring and analyzing big data. As a direct result, the use of fiber optic and hybrid wellhead outlet technology (the ability to accommodate two different types of control lines) is becoming increasingly popular within in the oil and gas industry. The oil and gas segment of the global fiber optics sensor market was valued at over US$661 million in 2015 (from under $200 million in 2006)*, and it is expected to dominate the fiber market until 2020, according to Technavio.Indeed, major service companies have seen an ever-increasing demand for fiber optics, with one installing in excess of 17 million ft of fiber in over 1500 wells and another commenting on installations rising from one or two systems per field up until a few years ago, to tens per field today. While a 2015 market forecast, conducted by the Photonic Sensor Consortium and published by Information Gatekeepers said their 2014 prediction of a $1.8 billion market by 2018 wouldn’t now be reached, due to the drop in oil prices, the segment was still expected to grow in the longer-term. To read the full article, please visit: Offshore Engineer.
Wellsite Safety Enhanced With Range Of Tools
AnTech's unique range of strippers and splitters remove encapsulation from a cable or control line quickly and safely. They make stripping and splitting cables much safer because there is no need for hacksaws or knives, preventing risk of any injury. In addition, their unique design ensures that plastic encapsulation is stripped away without damaging the internal metal lines. The range includes: Hand StripperMid Line Hand StripperAir Powered StripperMid Line Air Powered Stripper (for single lines)Hand SplitterAir Powered Splitter To find out more about the range of stripping and splitting products, please click here.
AnTech Launches 3 New Wellhead Outlets For Low Cost Operations
AnTech has responded to industry demand, with the launch of three new products within its best-in-class Wellhead Outlet range. The Type-C Wellhead Outlet, which was designed and developed by the company for use in hazardous environments, has been on the market since 2013 and has achieved great success due to its safe and simple installation, created in compliance with API 6A, ATEX and NACE standards. The Type-C Wellhead Outlet, which was designed and developed by the company for use in hazardous environments, has been on the market since 2013 and has achieved great success due to its safe and simple installation, created in compliance with API 6A, ATEX and NACE standards. In response to the product’s success and customer feedback, AnTech has launched two further outlets, namely: Types CB and CC. Each adaptation has been carefully designed to suit various working environments including pressure, ranging from 10,000 - 15,000psi, temperatures from -60°C to +160°C, whilst meeting ever-tightening budget constraints. The Type-CB and Type-CC Wellhead Outlets provide solutions to the demands of high technical specifications and the rippling effect of the low oil price. Driven by strong customer feedback from key clients, the company has designed, tested and manufactured both variations to AnTech’s customary high standards. Both options meet API 6A and NACE certification and have been designed for applications in North America, Africa and Europe. With the increasing demands for more data and distributed measurements, there has been a growth in the use of fibre optic cables for permanent monitoring. These solutions are only as good as the connections at surface and AnTech’s has been designed specifically to meet this demand whilst maintaining the highest safety standards at a cost effective price. In order to meet a lower price point, AnTech has reviewed its current material costs and utilised new manufacturing processes including 3D printing. As a result, the new Type FC outlet incorporates a 3D printed smart system for handling and storing up to four fibres. The unit is suitable for operating in some of the world’s most stringent wellsite environments, as it is certified to both API 6A and NACE, additionally it can hold pressures of up to 10,000 psi. AnTech sales manager, Tim Mitchell said: “AnTech continues to lead the way for innovative design and customer service when it comes to wellhead outlets for permanent monitoring. We’ve worked hard to develop a range of electrical and fibre outlets in order to meet the needs of varying environments around the world, focusing on certification and, of course, a cost effective price point. We’ve listened to our customers’ requirements and as a result have developed market-driven solutions which now create a larger range of products.” Commenting on the cost effective options, AnTech managing director, Toni Miszewski said: “We have realised that we not only need to meet today’s demands but also look towards the future. With the current low oil price, customers are demanding our high certified products but at a lower price point. After considerable research and development, we are pleased to announce three new lower cost options, which result in a wider choice within our product lines. This will help our customers to provide safe solutions to their clients without breaking the bank.” To find out about the range, please click here.
AnTech Wins Small Business Of The Year In The Express & Echo Business Awards
AnTech is pleased to announce that it has won Small Business of the Year in the 2016 Express & Echo Business Awards. Now in its sixth year, the business awards recognise the most successful companies and individuals in the Exeter area. Back in March, AnTech was shortlisted in the Small Business of the Year category alongside, Bluegrass Computer Services, Cosmic, Hanlons Brewery, The Exeter Dental Centre and Van Guard Accessories. The judging panel was made up of six renowned judges who had the tough task of whittling down nearly 100 entries. April arrived and more than 300 guests gathered on Friday 8th at Sandy Park to celebrate and find out the winners of this year’s business awards. The black tie event showcased inspirational success stories from industry leading companies and individuals from across the region. Following a three-course dinner, the awards ceremony began and was co-hosted by Judi Spiers, BBC Broadcasting and Patrick Phelvin, Echo Editor. After several category winners had been revealed it was finally time for Small Business of the Year. AnTech was announced as the category winner and Zoe Williams, Sustaining Engineer said “It was very exciting to be able to go up and collect the award on the behalf of AnTech! It was also lovely to see so many enthusiastic Devon based businesses cheering each other on”. “This was the first time that we had entered and to reach the final is great recognition of our people and technology within the company. We thoroughly enjoyed the evening with excellent speakers and an outstanding live band.” said Katie Maynard, Senior Marketing Executive. This award further highlights the innovative and niche technology that AnTech produces which was also recognised last autumn in the National Private Business Awards. The sponsors who kindly supported this year's award were, South West Communications Group, Exeter City Council, Pavey Group, Exeter Chamber of Commerce, Kitsons, Exeter College, Devon County Council, Great Western Railway and the Virtual Jet Centre. To find out more about the awards please visit: Express & Echo Business Awards.
AnTech Expands Type-C Wellhead Outlet Range
AnTech, provider of specialist products and services for the upstream oil and gas industry, has responded to industry demand, with the launch of three new products within its multi-million dollar Wellhead Outlet (WHO) range. The Type-C Wellhead Outlet, which was designed and developed by the company for use in hazardous environments, has been on the market since 2013 and has achieved great success due to its safe and simple installation, created in compliance with API 6A, ATEX and NACE standards. In response to the product’s success, particularly within the US and Australia land markets, AnTech has since launched three further outlets, namely: Types CB, CC and CD. Each adaptation has been designed to suit various working environments including pressure, ranging from 5,000 - 15,000psi, temperatures from -60°C to +160°C, and various voltages. Wellhead Outlets Type CB and CC are focussed on lower cost applications where a high level of specification is required. Both units comply with API 6A and NACE as standard and are tested and manufactured to AnTech’s usual high standards. Furthermore the Type-CD wellhead outlet has been designed accredited with the Type 1, Division 1 certification allowing it to safely operate in some of the world’s most stringent wellsite environments including the Gulf of Mexico. AnTech sales manager, Tim Mitchell said: “AnTech continues to lead the way for innovative design, production and sound customer service. We’ve worked hard to develop adaptations of our to meet the needs of varying environments around the world, focusing on temperature, pressure and certification. We’ve listened to our clients’ requirements and from one pioneering product, we have devised a number of innovative solutions.” Commenting on the range expansion, AnTech managing director, Toni Miszewski said: “As our wellhead outlet products require minimal connections, they are the safest and most efficient alternative to multiple connectors. The Type-C range brings substantial cost benefits to our clients, which given the current low oil prices and the need for operators to reduce expenditure, is key to the demand of these products.” To find out about the range, please click here.
The AnTech Team Celebrate Wear It Pink Day!
Suppliers and customers noticed something different about the team last Friday as they wore pink to support 'Wear It Pink' Day, a national campaign to raise funds for Breast Cancer Now. As well as wearing a whole spectrum of pink shades, the AnTech team also held a pink raffle with local companies’ kindly donating prizes, children’s toys and a homemade Mary Berry’s White Chocolate Cheesecake to take home – who could resist? AnTech’s team of keen bakers also took to their kitchens and created fabulous pink sweet treats including cheesecakes and cupcakes to sell on the day. Isca Forwarding and Parker Bell, both located in the Newbery Business Park also joined in with the fundraising pink spirit as they dressed up and held a pink raffle. Jennifer Bentley, Head of Engineering and Production said “It’s such an important cause, something that’s very close to all of us. It was a great day, everyone got involved, from baking cakes, donating raffle prizes, eating pink treats and also wearing pink! I would like to say a huge thank you to everyone at AnTech, Isca Forwarding, Parker Bell and the business park for their support”. The day was a great success and was thoroughly enjoyed by all. From all of the fundraising efforts, AnTech, Isca Forwarding and Parker Bell together raised £330 for the charity. Wear it pink is the UK’s biggest and pinkest fundraiser and since 2002, more than £27 million has been raised for ground-breaking breast cancer research. In addition this year saw some of the UK famous landmarks including the Trafalgar Square fountains, HMS Belfast and Cornwall’s Eden Project turned pink for the fundraising campaign. If you would like to donate or find out more details please visit: Breast Cancer Now.
AnTech Appoints New Chair To Board Of Directors
AnTech, provider of specialist products and services for the upstream oil and gas industry,is pleased to announce the appointment of Jan Ward CBE, as the new Chair of the company's Board of Directors. The announcement comes as AnTech continues to strengthen its position on an international basis, with the recent announcement of record product sales. Jan has taken up the post bringing over 30 years’ experience in the oil and gas, petrochemical and power industries to AnTech’s Board of Directors. With a mechanical engineering background, Jan is founder and CEO of Corrotherm International Ltd and has been an enthusiastic promoter of international trade and women in engineering since the outset of her career. Having held a number of influential positions within the UK Chamber of Commerce network, Jan currently acts as government advisor on the subject of international trade and SMEs, as well as having previously held the role of non-executive Director of the Board of UKTi. In the last 5 years, Jan has been closely involved with the Manufacturers’ Association and is a judge for a number of high profile awards, including the Manufacturer of the Year Award and the Queens Award for Enterprise. A previous winner, she is also a judge for the Nat West Everywoman award. AnTech Managing Director, Toni Miszewski, is delighted to welcome Jan to the AnTech board: “It is a privilege to have Jan take up the position of Chair within our Board of Directors. She brings extensive experience in the oil and gas industry; experience she has used to successfully build overseas markets and develop long-term customer relationships, especially in the Middle East. Jan’s knowledge will be hugely valuable to our company as we continue to pursue our international growth strategy in our target markets. “Jan replaces Tony Everett, who is standing down as Chair due to retirement and we thank him for his valuable service and commitment to the company over the years.”
AnTech Reports Record Product Sales Across its Product Division
AnTech, provider of specialist products and services for the upstream oil and gas industry, has reported record results across its product division, with overall sales up by 52% during the last financial year. As the industry continues to put safety standards at the forefront, the drive to ensure that every well, every platform and pipeline operates safely is essential. As a result, safety practices are improving and technologies continue to evolve in response to market demand, particularly those that monitor permanent completions around-the-clock. AnTech specialises in product technologies that meet the industry’s stringent health, safety and environmental standards, including products that are fully ATEX and IECEx-certified for use in hazardous areas up to Zone 1, whilst meeting NACE and API 6A requirements. Utilised in some of the most extreme environments around the globe, the majority of AnTech’s product sales are derived from its permanent monitoring and downhole tools product ranges, with the company seeing a significant growth in sales of Wellhead Outlets (WHO) to Australia, USA and Europe. Continued high demand from the Middle East echoes AnTech’s commitment to the area, where it launched its Saudi Arabia premises earlier this year. Managing director, Toni Miszewski gives an insight into the success of AnTech’s product range: “These excellent results bear testament to our design capability, focus on product quality and customer support. We continue to work closely with the major service companies, and our relationship with them is such that AnTech is now provider of choice for both standard tools and bespoke solutions. That is undoubtedly a crucial component in our success. “By strengthening the relationships we have with our clients and by building our technical understanding of their requirements, we are working hard to offer a responsive service unlike any other in this field.” Sales Manager, Tim Mitchell highlights another significant factor in AnTech’s on-going success: “Whilst our entire product range has performed well over the past 12 months, the continued industry focus on tool safety is clearly illustrated through the sales performance of our stripping and splitting tools. Virtually eliminating the risk of injury whilst preparing to terminate encapsulated line, these tools have seen an impressive sales increase of 300%.” By focusing on providing the latest product solutions, AnTech now offers a range of world-first fire tested Fiber Optic Wellhead Outlets, certified for use in the most safety conscious oil field environments in the world, including the North Sea.
AnTech Celebrates 115 Years Of Team Achievements
For the first time, AnTech Ltd has held a day of celebration to recognise successes throughout the company. Last week, over 50 staff and guests gathered to celebrate over 115 years of long service, international patents and internal departmental achievements at the company’s head office in Exeter. AnTech’s in-house team organised and designed awards to commemorate individuals that have in particular helped bring the company to its success. A marquee was constructed and decorated with marketing materials ranging back over the 23 years the company has been in business. The event celebrated 11 loyal and dedicated employees who have all reached milestones within the company, beginning at 5 years’ service and with the longest serving member of the team clocking up an impressive 17 years’ service. The individuals were awarded personalised postcards with caricatures of some of the AnTech team and a bespoke service pin, acknowledging the milestone. Certificates were also awarded to the engineers whose work on the Acrobat Gyro has been internationally patented. The awards covered every area of the business from engineering design and development to manufacturing and sales. Furthermore to reward the whole company, special guest and MasterChef finalist Pete Hewitt was in attendance. He helped mark the occasion by cooking an exquisite two course Japanese menu, which featured pork belly and shoulder ramen, and pineapple fondant, ending the event on a high. Toni Miszewski, Managing Director, AnTech said: “We are incredibly proud to have such an established team at AnTech, their loyalty is a fundamental factor in the company’s continued success. We are lucky enough in this area to have access to an impressive, local talent pool and I feel it’s important that employers can foster it.” “A number of those celebrating long service awards initially joined AnTech as student placements, who returned to us on a full time basis after graduation – which we believe is testament to the support and opportunities within the company.” AnTech also has been shortlisted as a national finalist in the Technology Innovation of the Year Award category at this years’ UK Private Business Awards, which celebrates the best of UK private businesses and their contribution to the UK economy. The company is enormously proud of its committed workforce and look forward to many more team members achieving long-service status. For more pictures and a round-up of social media from the day, please visit AnTech’s social media channels.
AnTech Is Shortlisted For The National Private Business Awards 2015
AnTech Ltd, based in Exeter has been shortlisted in the Technology Innovation of the Year Category for the fifth annual Private Business Awards, sponsored by PWC, in association with HSBC and The Supper Club. The awards recognise the most successful companies and individuals in the private sector and this year has been an exceptional with a record number of 2,000 nominations being submitted. AnTech will represent the West and Wales region and is up against 3 other finalists within its category. Established in 1992, AnTech has steadily grown its product portfolio and service offerings and gained financial backing in 2013 by SAEV and Calculus Capital in order to launch a new service division which provides, Directional Coiled Tubing Drilling (DCTD) Services to the upstream oil and gas market. The last year has been an outstanding year for AnTech, drilling its first European CTD campaign, new product development, doubling in personnel and space and recently opening an operational facility in Saudi Arabia and San Antonio. The judging panel is made up of 20 renowned judges and the winners of the Private Business Awards 2015 will be announced at a celebration dinner on Wednesday 30th September at The Brewery, London. To keep up to date and to see our live tweets, join us on our social media channels. To find out more details about the Private Business Awards, click here.
Significant Type C Sales Come From Australia
AnTech has been working closely with an Australian company to provide a reliable, cost effective and safe Wellhead Outlet for use in unconventional coal bed methane well monitoring operations. A design has now been agreed and the order received that cements the two companys’ relationship and ensures a reliable supply of units to the customer with opportunities for further orders. The wellhead outlet is based on the newest Type C outlet; compact, easy to install with reliable connections and most importantly ATEX and IECEx certification for explosive safety. As the smallest member of the electrical Wellhead Outlet family, the Type C ensures safe and reliable operations in permanent completions all around the world. To find out more technical information about the Type C, and the potential benefits it could bring you click here.
Fibre Optic Wellhead Outlet Passes Api 6fb
Heated to 950ºC for over 30 minutes, this Fibre Optic Wellhead Outlet is the first of its kind to qualify for the API 6FB standards! This world first will help customers meet increasing safety demands across the globe. This new can now be incorporated with AnTech’s electrical outlets to create a fire rated hybrid outlet which can be modified to meet customer’s wellhead requirements. The American Petroleum Institute standard 6FB is a specification which establishes procedures for testing and evaluating the pressure containing performance of Wellhead Outlet connections when exposed to fire. The API 6FB test requires that any sealing end connection hold for 30 minutes in a flame condition and then for a 60 minute cool down period. After the assembly is cooled to room temperature the line is de-pressurised and then re-pressurised. During the test the seal must not exceed an API prescribed leakage rate. The charts below show the test conditions and successful response of the seal:Chart 1 - Temperature logging for the calorimeter blocks and thermocouples during the full 60 minute burn and cool down cycle. Chart 2 - Pressure versus time curve for this test. Once the assembly had cooled, the fibre line was de-pressurised followed by re-pressurised and throughout the test, the seal did not exceed the API specified leakage rates and therefore passed this difficult and demanding test. The AnTech provides tailor made training courses for Wellhead Outlets and this now includes our new API 6FB Fibre Wellhead Outlet. To find out more about training, please click here.
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