2018 was a busy year for Tube Tech International Ltd. (TTIL) – one which has seen us establish numerous new ventures and opportunities to mark our 30th year in business.

From our humble beginnings to becoming a global leader in providing fouling removal solutions to process industries, we’ve enjoyed looking back on our company history, growth and impact we’ve made on the industry three decades on, and we can’t wait to reveal our latest ground-breaking innovation…Ok, here’s a sneak peek! https://www.tubetech.com/news/a-sneak-peek-at-ttils-most-exciting-innovation-to-date/

We have also put together an interactive timeline of our company milestones. Take a look at our industry-leading achievements through the years.

Founded in the UK in 1988, TTIL has become the go-to fouling removal service provider and often a lifeline for oil and gas companies, including global majors, experiencing a costly decrease in performance due to fouling build-up within static fired and unfired heat transfer units.

We now employ 28 members of staff, working around the world to deliver unprecedented energy savings to refineries and petrochemical plants spanning Europe, the Middle East, Asia, Australia and the USA – where, in 2018, we launched Tube Tech Inc; a fully owned subsidiary of TTIL based in Houston, Texas.

We have also been awarded €5m from two competitive rounds of European Union (EU) research and innovation funding. As part of the EU’s current Horizon 2020 programme, we are developing the world’s first automated external ‘shell side’ heat exchanger cleaning system to remove near 100% of previously inaccessible fouling, thereby substantially reducing CO2 emissions and wasted energy.

Our CEO Mike Watson said: “I started Tube Tech from my bedsit in Shoebury, Essex, where my first job was to invent a self-sufficient machine to unblock a 1km irrigation pipe in a farmer’s field without access to any facilities. The following year I worked on a project for a major oil and gas company, then an oil platform, and from there, the rest is history. Innovation was what this competitive industry needed and will always need to dramatically reduce industry’s carbon footprint as well as increase efficiency, throughput and profit. There will always be a better solution for fouling removal; which is what has been driving our business for 30 years.”

With research and development central to TTIL’s global success, we’re excited to mark our 30th year in business with the launch of Tube Tech Research and Development Ltd; a new company dedicated to pushing the boundaries of technology to provide innovative solutions to cleaning in all industrial areas. In addition to self-funded developments, our team is in the champion’s league for Innovate UK and EU grant-funded projects.

Mike continued: “I’m really proud of my teams both in admin and operations, pulling in the same direction and supporting each other. It has always been my aim to empower staff to build relationships with each other, clients and suppliers and innovate at every step – with no limits. They are all part of our end goal to protect the environment that sustains us all. Our technicians and engineers are so highly trained they could get a job anywhere, but the fact that they choose to stay with us at TTIL is testament to our company’s success.”

We’re looking forward to sharing our latest innovations with you soon. Watch this space!