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Flexitallic has been awarded a Certificate of Appreciation by JGC, Japan, for its significant contribution to the Petro Rabigh Olefin Plants Project.

JGC selected Flexitallic as its partner for the strength of its Engineering and Design Team together with the versatile sealing properties of its Thermiculite material.

Petro Rabigh, a joint venture between Saudi Aramco and Sumitomo Chemical, has a planned start up for the end of 2008.

Based in Rabigh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Saudi Aramco will supply Petro Rabigh with crude oil, ethane and butane.

Sumitomo Chemical will provide petrochemical technology and the marketing of petrochemical products.

The Rabigh facility is a refinery and petrochemical complex with the centrepiece being the high olefins fluid catalytic cracker complex, integrated with a world scale ethane-based cracker.

These petrochemical derivative units will produce a total of 2.4 million tonnes per year of polyolefins.

Working together with JGC, Flexitallic supplied spiral wound gaskets filled with Thermiculite 835 filler, for the fluid catalytic cracker.

Thermiculite enables the cracker to perform to its highest efficiency due to the ability of Thermiculite to maintain high sealing characteristics in the hostile operating environment.

Thermiculite materials operate in areas where graphite-based products cannot cope due to graphite’s poor resistance to oxidation.

Another feature of Thermiculite is that it does not oxidise and can seal for the lifetime of the joint.


The Flexitallic Group is the international market leader in the manufacture and supply of high quality, high value industrial static sealing products.

Developer of the spiral wound gasket in 1912 in the US, Flexitallic continues its legacy of innovation with product materials like Thermiculite and Sigma. In 1998 Flexitallic set a new standard for sealing technology with the introduction of Thermiculite gasket material. Thermiculite is now available as tanged sheet, filler material for spiral wound gaskets and as a facing on kammprofile gaskets. This material solves numerous end user problems, particularly those with high temperature processes where traditional sealing materials fail. Thermiculite Critical Service materials are rated for temperatures up to 1000C and pass the API 607 fire test.

Flexitallic's global customer service network of owned manufacturing facilities, licensees and global distribution network ensure local demand is met quickly, with a combination of the highest product quality and customer service. With a varied product offering that includes spiral wound gaskets, semi-metallic gaskets, RTJ gaskets, Kammprofile, sheet gaskets, and dynamic and static packings, The Flexitallic Group draws upon its storied past and present day mixture of leadership, quality, service and technology to develop sealing solutions for industry all around the world.

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