Petroleum Equipment International's history begins in 1949 when A.G. Chandler (AG), then with the Reed Roller Bit Company, made his first international trip. After the end of WWII, the use of petroleum throughout the world increased significantly. This increased demand also fueled the demand for personnel and material to search for and successfully extract these hydrocarbons. AG moved to London from Houston, Texas in 1949 and traveled the world setting up distributors for the materials he was selling.
In 1956 AG and Ishan Berent established Petroleum and Mining Equipment SA (Petromine) with headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland. Mr. Berent was the Oil Minister for Turkey prior to the establishment of Petromine. Over the next few years Petromine became the agent for Otis Engineering, Smith Tool, Drilco, Servco, Norman Hender, Lane and Bowler Screens, now Houston Well Screen (a Division of Haliburton), and Brine-Add.
The 1970’s saw expansion into Egypt with the opening of an office in Cairo in association with a local partner. Establishing Prodrill provided an opportunity to participate in sales in Egypt and North Africa. In 1979 Jim Chandler left Shell Oil and Robert Matthew Cutts left Brine-Add to join Petromine. The late 1970s and early 1980s saw tremendous growth in the international market.
As the international and domestic demand for drilling and production equipment grew, the need for an office in the USA became apparent. In 1981 Jack Chandler left Exxon USA and established PEI in Houston with Jack Enen as the first President. Mr. Enen had a long, distinguished career with Gulf Oil's procurement offices in Europe.
1984 saw the establishment of a contractual agreement between Robray Offshore Drilling in Singapore and PEI, whereby PEI hired the Robray employees in Houston and entered into a purchasing agreement with Robray to act as their sole supplier of equipment coming from the USA. This agreement remained in effect until 2010 when new owners took control. In 1988 PEI became a supplier to Aramco Services in Houston and continues to provide service to Aramco today.
1991 saw the addition of Greening Donald as a client when PEI signed an exclusive distribution agreement to sell their wireline products worldwide. Today PEI continues to represent the new owner, Central Wire Industries, in certain key international markets. In 1992 PEI and Greening Donald assisted Baker Sand Control in the development of the Baker Excluder well screen. Greening Donald and PEI furnished material for the cage and the mesh used in the Excluder as manufactured in Baker's Lafayette, LA plant until that operation was discontinued.
In 2003 PEI entered an agreement with Bestolife to represent their products in certain specific international markets.
The world has changed very much since 1956 when Petromine was established. Once remote areas have become centers of commerce and significant tourism. Electronic communication has brought the world closer together and has made commerce much easier. What has not changed is PEI's ability to operate, with over 50 years of experience, in the international market. PEI has changed with the market and its strength is not only its people, but its recognition that it must continue to change to meet the current requirements of its customers and the marketplace.
Today PEI serves some of the biggest names in oil and gas drilling, completion, and production throughout the world via its large network of representative companies, brands, and products.
Sullair, Ingersoll Rand
Air conditioners (Explosion Proof)
Communication (GAI‐Tronics and ICOM radios)
Cranes spare parts
Electrical: cable, ballast circuit breakers, fuses, tools, and transformers (Victaulic, Allen Bradley, Crouse Hinds)
Flanges and fittings
Galley equipment and supplies
Gas Detection Systems (Detectors, Sensors)
Hammer unions (FMC, Kemper)
Hand tools and small power tools, mechanical and electrical (Snap‐On, Proto, Stanley)
Hoses and fittings
Internal Blowout Preventers (IBOP), Kelly Valves, etc.
M & M International
Lab and mud equipment
Motors (Baldor, NEMSCO, HMC, GE, and others)
Personal Protective Equipment (Gloves, rain gear, safety glasses, etc.)
Stainless steel and nickel alloy wire
Central Wire Industries
Welding equipment and supplies (Lincoln, Central Wire Industries - Welding Generation4 )
Wire Rope, Wire Rope Fittings, Wire Rope Slings, Chains and Chain Slings
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