STOPAQ is the inventor and manufacturer of patented visco-elastic technologies for use in corrosion prevention, sealing and insulation applications ranging from pipelines to subsea piles to rail and cable joints.
Headquartered in Stadskanaal, the Netherlands, STOPAQ operates a state-of-the-art manufacturing plant, complete with research and development facilities, an anti-corrosion ‘technology park’, and Centre of Excellence training and exhibition facilities.
Berry’s Corrosion Protection Group is a part of the company’s engineered materials division and has more than 50 years of solid performance in protecting oil, gas, water, wastewater, and insulated pipelines, as well as other metal structures around the world.
Berry’s corrosion protection brands include Polyken pipeline tape coatings, Covalence Heat-Shrinkable Products, AnodeFlex Long-Line Linear Anode for Cathodic Protection, Powercrete liquid epoxy coatings, and now the STOPAQ® line of visco-elastic coatings.Article continues below…
Berry Engineered Materials Division President Tom Salmon said “The combination of STOPAQ with Berry’s existing corrosion protection group will allow for solutions unrivalled by competitors in the market space.
“STOPAQ has invested to create modern production facilities, staffed with skilled employees who work as a team to produce products that are globally desired. We look forward to working with the employees of STOPAQ as we integrate our two companies.”
STOPAQ’s current Chief Executive Officer, J. Frits Doddema, will immediately assume the role of Executive Vice President and General Manager for Berry’s global Corrosion Protection Group.
“As we begin the integration process, we will explore and implement those initiatives that make optimal use of all assets of the combined businesses, including the products, people, facilities, and brands from both companies,” said Mr Doddema.
“Most importantly, the research strengths of the combined companies will allow for new innovation and new products utilising the best features of all products across the group. This combination is a real ‘crowning moment’ for all we have built over the last years at STOPAQ.”
STOPAQ Founder Frans Nooren will serve in an ambassadorial capacity to Berry’s Corrosion Protection Group.
Mr Nooren said “I am very pleased with the acquisition and am honoured to serve the company in this capacity. By integrating the STOPAQ line of coatings with the Berry product line under the leadership of Frits Doddema, our people and product innovations are in the best position for future success.”