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Flexitallic, the global sealing solution and gasket specialist, has won first prize at the prestigious DuPont Plunkett Awards 2013 for its innovative Flange Rescue Gaskets (FRG).

The award honours innovative use of fluoropolymers in the oil and gas, architectural and aviation industries.

Flexitallic secured first place for its Flange Rescue Gaskets which provide an unsurpassed maintenance solution for the chemical and oil and gas industries.

An international jury of experts met in September at the DuPont Geneva Innovation Center, Switzerland, and selected suitable entrants that best met the judging criteria of degree of innovation, breadth of commercial application, sustainability and optimum use of the materials’ potential.

The experts who were responsible for making the shortlist only accepted around a dozen entries due to the strict criteria of the competition.

The FRG enables corroded flange joints in pipelines in the oil and gas industry to be sealed easily and cost-effectively.  This patented system has a precision manufactured metal body coated with expanded Polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE).

The high compressibility of the PTFE type used ensures that the FRG conforms even to highly corroded and damaged flange surfaces. This eliminates the need for any costly machining of flange faces or replacing complete flanges.

Alex Lattimer, Marketing Director at Flexitallic, said:

“Flexitallic has been at the forefront of gasket technology for over a century and winning this award further demonstrates our continued drive for innovation through the creation of solutions that meet the challenges of our customers. 

It also reaffirms our commitment to keeping our customers ‘Flexitallic Safe’, which is our intrinsic approach to business that demonstrates our commitment to delivering products, services and professional support to maintain the highest standards of safety.” 

“We are very proud to win the prestigious DuPont Plunkett Award, which is globally recognized as a significant accolade for innovative companies.”

Sylvie Gallou, Director DuPont Chemicals & Fluoroproducts (DC&F) EMEA, explains: “Once again we were positively surprised by the innovation potential of this 75 year old material, which became known globally under the DuPont™ Teflon® trademark. This underlines the statement of Dr. Plunkett, who discovered the first fluoroplastic, that the use of Teflon® is only limited by imagination. We are proud that, by initiating the Plunkett Awards in 1988, we created an instrument to permanently encourage and reward this creativity.”

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