The pumps and meters that Pump & Machinery supply and service keep New Zealand and the South Pacific flowing, but what is behind the pump manufacturers. We are running a series on what makes leading pump manufacturers 'pump'. Corken, based in Oklahoma USA is part of the IDEX group, based in Illinois, USA. Corken produces a very wide range of sliding vane pumps, turbine pumps and compressors for the gas,petroleum and chemicals industry.
Pump & Machinery had a few questions for Teck Yap (see image above), Regional Sales Manager, from Corken to help us get an in depth understanding of the structure and personality behind Corken:
Question 1: What can you tell us about Corken -
A: Corken was founded in 1924, Corken's exceptional reputation is built upon nearly 100 years of maintaining the highest quality products and customer service. This combined with a strong commitment to technological innovation has positioned Corken as a global leader in compression and pumping solutions. As a leading manufacturer of industrial compressors, pumps, bypass valves, and accessories, Corken specializes in custom compressor and pump skids designed for liquefied gas transfer, liquid transfer, air boosting, and vapor recovery applications for the process gas, energy, and transport industries.
Q2: Teck, Please tell us a little about yourself -
A: I have been with Corken for close to 30 years. I started as an application engineer servicing both domestic and overseas customers. I move into international sales role shortly after and also held several operation positions within Corken. Currently I am back in sales servicing selected domestic and overseas accounts and developing new markets.
Q3: What does the future hold for Corken -
A: The LPG market as a whole is fairly mature and stable in many places. The growth opportunity is very limited. This coupled with the worldwide pandemic, we are facing many challenges just like other corporations in the world today.
USA has become net LPG importer to an exporter of LPG. With the increase LPG production, and limited pipeline, rail transport is growing in USA. Corken has just launched a new product that is changing the way LPG is unloaded from Railcars (https://www.corken.com/propane-miser). This presents a new growth opportunity for Corken.
In this unusual time, we are able to develop new markets in the industrial sectors to help with our business to counter this tough economic period in history.
Future growth will come from the LPG rail transport and cannabis extraction markets.
Q4: What makes Corken Stand Out? -
A: In addition to our product quality and innovative design, our knowledgeable people with a passion to service our customers is our bigger differentiation from our competitors. Our distribution partners, such as Pump & Machinery are skilled with local expertise and stock
Q5: Where does New Zealand fit in? -
A: N.Z is self-sustaining due to its geography, thus it features a multi-faceted application spectrum, from foodstuff to paints. It is also a quality driven market where our customers are keen for fit, form and function. We have been particularly successful in NZ because we have partnered with the leading AODD pump supplier.
Q6: Please tell us a bit about yourself -
A: I like to stay active and love the outdoors. I like to play tennis, hike, jog and backpacking on mountains and back-country when I can
Q7: Who in history would you most like to have around for dinner -
A: I would like to have dinner with the 14th (current) Dalai Lama. I have read many of his books and could use a lesson, or Two or Three on living a stress-free life.
Q8: How does Corken help the community?
A: Corken organises many events throughout the year to help the under-privilege children and help feed the homeless families in our community. Our employees actively volunteer in many community projects and donate to care-drives.