Freudenberg Oil & Gas Technologies Receives API-16A Certification for Blowout Preventer Annular Packing Units

20 January 2015

Houston, TX USA - January 20, 2015 – Freudenberg Oil & Gas Technologies is proud to announce that its Petroleum Elastomers–Houston manufacturing location has received the American Petroleum Institute (API) 16A license for the manufacture of Annular Packing Units. 

This license gives Freudenberg Oil & Gas Technologies the right to use the official API Monogram™ on Freudenberg Oil & Gas Technologies’ WellProtek™ Annular Units.
The WellProtek™ product line is manufactured to API’s Q1 9th Edition quality specification and exceeds the test performance standards of API-16A.

WellProtek™ products utilize Freudenberg Oil & Gas Technologies’ internally developed, proprietary elastomers. Design verification tests performed in accordance to API-16A testing standards, and certified by a third party, included both low and high pressure complete shutoff (CSO) testing, low and high pressure pipe mandrel tests (fatigue testing) to maximum rated pressures, drift, temperature and stripping testing. All WellProtek™ Annular Packing Units are factory acceptance tested per API-16A requirements before shipment.

Richard Schmidt, President and CEO of Freudenberg Oil & Gas Technologies said, “Receiving the API-16A certification for our BOP products further highlights our commitment to the industry as a leading sealing technology provider. Through our materials development and product testing capabilities, we continue to develop market leading technologies which exceed industry performance standards and bring value to our customers.”



About Freudenberg Oil & Gas Technologies
Freudenberg Oil & Gas Technologies is a global solutions provider of innovative sealing solutions and differentiated sealing products to the global oil and gas industry. The company is focused on the exploration and production (upstream) segments. Over 700 associates serve a wide range of customers including oil and gas producing companies, original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and engineering and service companies that provide technologies, equipment and services for producing oil and gas from land-based, offshore platforms and subsea installations around the world. Freudenberg Oil & Gas Technologies has operations in Australia, Brazil, Canada, Malaysia, Norway, Singapore, the United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, and the United States of America.

Freudenberg Oil & Gas Technologies is part of the Freudenberg Group.  Freudenberg Group generated Sales of more than 6.6 billion Euros in 2013 and employed nearly 40,000 associates worldwide in 60 countries.

About the Freudenberg Group
The Freudenberg Group is a family company offering its customers technically challenging product solutions and services. The Group develops and manufactures seals, vibration control components, filters, nonwovens, products for surface treatment, release agents and specialty lubricants, medical and mechatronic products. The Freudenberg Group employed about 40,000 people in about 60 countries and generated sales of more than €6.6 billion in 2013 (including pro rata consolidation of 50:50 joint ventures). For further information, please go to

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