Specialist tech manufacturer goes global with Dutch distributor deal

HMi Elements, based in the UK and Texas, has teamed up with Dutch explosion proof equipment expert, Cobic-Ex, to expand its distribution network for its PC workstations, designed for use on offshore and land-based oil rigs.

It marks a significant milestone in HMi Elements’ international expansion goals, allowing the business to tap into Cobic-Ex’s worldwide clientele, including those across Europe, UAE, KSA, USA, Nigeria and South Africa.

HMi Elements is headquartered in Malton, North Yorkshire, with an R&D facility in Leeds, and a base in Houston Texas, specialises in delivering advanced technology customised for use in hazardous areas, in particular for the global oil and gas sector.

Its computers are used by companies such as Baker Hughes, National Oilwell Varco, Cameron, and Nabors, among others.

Cobic-Ex is a Netherlands-based online marketplace, specialising in providing ATEX equipment and explosion-proof solutions to its customers, including cameras, air conditioners and lighting.

The collaboration will also see Cobic-Ex supporting the promotion of HMi Elements’ product portfolio.

Shannen de’Vries, who was instrumental in facilitating the partnership and charged with a business development role at HMi Elements, said: “We are thrilled to be collaborating with Cobic-Ex to support even more people working in hazardous oil and gas environments to increase their safety, efficiency and productivity.

“These are highly pressured environments, so it is vital workers are equipped with secure and effective devices that allow them to complete their tasks with ease.

“Cobic-Ex is the ideal fit for us, their commitment to quality, safety and a client-focused service aligns seamlessly with our own vision and values. While we are still in the early days of our relationship, I am looking forward to fostering a long-term alliance between our two brands.”

Co-founder of Cobic-Ex, Gido van Tienhovenm, added: “We are proud to work with HMi Elements because they’re clearly the leading brand for explosion-proof HMIs (human-machine interfaces).

“We recognise the high production quality from our own experience with manufacturing Ex equipment. Additionally, we know their HMIs are top-of-the-line, backed by a business with an extensive history and a reputation for quality and innovation at its core.

“This relationship is a testament to our shared commitment to excellence, promising mutually beneficial outcomes in the realm of explosion-proof HMIs.”

Click here to sign up to receive our new South West business news...