Machine Tool Industry Focus: Oil and Gas

  • Machine Tools

ELK GROVE VILLAGE, IL, October 31, 2023 - 

The oil and gas industry is experiencing a revival, with capital investments reaching new heights. According to the International Energy Forum, oil and gas upstream capital expenditures increased by 39% in 2022 to $499 billion, marking the highest level since 2014. 

The Impact on Machine Tool Operations

The industry marked 2023 with its healthiest balance sheet yet, according to a Deloitte report. Capital spending is expected to continue growing, driven by a sustained favorable commodity price environment. The capital is likely to be invested in exploration, drilling, and machinery, among others.

What to Expect

  • Rising Demand: A healthy industry balance sheet translates to more orders—get your shop ready.
  • Quality Matters: With more capital at hand, oil and gas companies will likely opt for higher-quality, more reliable machine tools.
  • Innovation Boost: Now might be the time to invest in R&D to offer innovative solutions and gain a competitive edge.

Precision and reliability are two factors crucial in oil and gas machining. Whether it's drilling equipment or pipeline components, machine tools must provide accuracy and durability needed for high-stakes operations.

Spotlight on the Subsea Niche

One area experiencing significant activity is the Subsea sector. This niche within the oil and gas industry is becoming increasingly important for offshore drilling and exploration. Advanced machine tools are essential for manufacturing the complex components used in Subsea operations.

For instance, Shibaura Machine's TUE-series vertical boring and turning mill machine tools are designed for high-precision and high-efficiency cutting, making them ideal for crafting intricate parts required in subsea drilling equipment. Their robust design ensures reliability even in the production of components that withstand high-pressure underwater environments.

Similarly, the BTH-series horizontal boring mills from Shibaura Machine offer unparalleled accuracy and versatility. These machine tools are particularly well-suited to creating large, complex components often needed in subsea systems, such as pipeline flanges or drilling rig structures. Their advanced features, like high-speed spindles, multiple attachments, and precision rotary tables, make them a go-to choice for operations that require precision and durability.

Machine Tools for Oil and Gas

As the oil and gas industry ramps up capital spending, the demand for high-quality machine tools is also on the rise. Shibaura Machine, with its specialized TUE-series and BTH-series boring mills, is well-positioned to help shops meet this growing need. 

With capital investments expected to rise by 7% in this year to top over 500 billion USD, according to the International Energy Agency, the future looks bright for machine tool shops serving the oil and gas industry. 

Contact the Machine Tool team to learn more.

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