John Crane Responds to Growth in Oceania Region

  John Crane Responds to Growth in Oceania Region

New leadership, new customer service center and customer wins reflect
commitment to region

Business Wire

MORTON GROVE, Ill. -- April 24, 2013

John Crane has appointed a new General Manager of Australia, opened a customer
service center in Perth and signed two major contracts as offshore natural gas
discoveries in the Oceania region drive business growth and investment.

The new General Manager of Australia, Craig Coulston, will bring more than 30
years of experience with John Crane Australia to his new position. He will
assume responsibility for all aspects of the business in Australia, New
Zealand and Papua New Guinea. Dave Hill, Vice President of John Crane’s Asia
Pacific region, said: “Craig brings a wealth of knowledge to this position. He
will provide the strong leadership required to continue building the
infrastructure needed to support the growth in this region.”

One of the recent contracts is to supply more than 30 dry gas seals for use in
the Ichthys Field, a huge natural gas field off north-west
Australia—representing the largest discovery of hydrocarbon liquids in
Australia in 40 years, estimated at more than 500 million barrels^1. John
Crane also won a large order in New Zealand, for a project with Refining NZ to
supply seals, couplings and systems that will support a significant capacity
increase for the customer. This project follows the signing of a five-year
reliability contract with Refining NZ in 2010, demonstrating the strength of a
positive, long-term customer relationship.

Duncan Gillis, President and CEO, John Crane Group, added: “The significant
offshore natural gas discoveries allow Australia to continue to grow its
exports of natural gas while balancing its energy security. This means higher
demands on our customers which we will support by investing resources as
needed, while remaining committed to increasing local employment opportunities
and supporting communities within this region.”

In addition to the new customer service center in Perth, John Crane Australia
anticipates opening a gas seal service facility to support local customers.

John Crane is a global leader in the design and manufacture of mechanical
seals, couplings, hydro-dynamic bearings, seal support systems, and filtration
systems. The company serves a variety of markets including the oil and gas,
chemical, pharmaceutical, pulp and paper, and mining industries. John Crane
employs more than 7,000 people and has operations in over 50 countries. 2012
revenues were more than $1.5 billion. John Crane is the largest division of
Smiths Group, a global technology business listed on the London Stock Exchange
(SMIN). For more information, visit or

1. INPEX. Ichthys LNG Project Fact Sheet; January 24,


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