Media Release: Equalizer increases overseas presence

Colin Gough Global Sales & Marketing Manager Equalizer International

ABERDEEN/HOUSTON – Equalizer International, a world-leading designer and developer of flange management tools, has opened its first overseas office and set up a new global sales and marketing team to support a year of significant company growth which has seen demand for its products spread to more than 40 countries across the globe.

Heading up the new team will be Colin Gough who joined Equalizer last year and has been promoted to global sales and marketing manager.

Based in the company’s headquarters in Aberdeen, Scotland, Colin’s role will be to build an internationally focused team and develop the business.

He has extensive experience in helping identify and develop international business and has worked extensively throughout Europe, Asia and North America.

Prior to joining Equalizer he held a senior business development role covering Europe, Africa and Russia for a manufacturer supplying the oil and gas market.

Hector Santos has been appointed Equalizer’s first sales and marketing manager, Western Hemisphere.

Based in the new Houston office, Hector is charged with growing Equalizer’s business throughout the American hemisphere by building and developing sales channels. He will also be responsible for managing Equalizer’s key accounts in the United States.

Rob Bell joins the company as Sales Engineer to develop Equalizer’s UK and Norwegian markets. He has worked in a number of heavy manufacturing and engineering companies and has extensive experience with the UK oil and gas, power generation and water industries.

Thomas Rhodes has been appointed technical support manager and will act as the interface between customers and the internal engineering teams. A chartered mechanical engineer with a flair for design his role will be to identify and resolve customer challenges and create the company’s sales support materials .

The moves follow the launch of Equalizer’s latest product at OTC Houston – the SWi range of flange spreading wedges. Believed to be the most powerful in the world, they are designed to decrease downtime and provide a safe, efficient and cost effective way to access and spread flange joints.

Ian McCormick, managing director of Equalizer International, said: “Equalizer, despite the continuing economic challenges, has experienced ongoing growth during the past 12 months as knowledge of our products becomes more widespread in what is a very niche and specialised market.

“Our globally-leading flange management tools are proving very beneficial in saving time and money for operators and service contractors in a range of energy related sectors. As a result we have been able to recruit four new team members.”

Equalizer International was established almost 20 years ago in Aberdeen, Scotland, to respond to the needs of the onshore, offshore and subsea oil and gas industry through maintenance, shutdown and emergency avoidance support.

The company is now increasingly involved in pre-commissioning, construction and testing for a client base which includes the petrochemicals, nuclear, mining, water and renewable energy sectors.

Equalizer’s patented, award-winning maintenance tools provide a very quick, safe, cost effective and simple solution to flange alignment, flange spreading and flange pulling requirements which have been proven to achieve considerable savings for their customers.

Extremely portable – in many cases hand-held – the tools offer a much safer and simpler method of correcting flange alignment and separation problems in a fraction of the time of traditional, more dangerous and time consuming practices.


• Equalizer International was established in Aberdeen, Scotland in 1994 and opened its Houston office in 2013.

• It is one of the world’s leading designers and suppliers of flange management tools for the oil and gas, petrochemical, nuclear, water, mining and renewable energy sectors.

• The tools designed and manufactured by Equalizer International offer significant time and cost savings and make traditional flange management working practices much safer.

• The company has designed and developed more than 20 flange management tools. It has also developed a range of hydraulic and mechanical pumps and power lifting tools.

• Equalizer International’s tools are distributed globally to more than 40 countries and are used by many of the world’s biggest energy producers and contractors.

• Equalizer International is a past Scottish winner of the British Chambers of Commerce Outstanding Achievement in Internationalisation Award.


For further information please contact: Colin Gough, global sales and marketing manager, Equalizer International, Tel +44 1224 701970. Email:

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