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GF Piping Systems appoints new Global Head of Marine

Caption: Oscar Ovejero

The Swiss piping specialist GF Piping Systems wants to expand its business in the shipbuilding sector and has appointed Óscar Ovejero as Global Head of Marine.

As Global Head of Marine, Ovejero has been responsible for developing and implementing strategies for the Swiss flow solutions provider since January 2024. “With his extensive knowledge of the industry and success in leading global teams and driving sales, he will identify business opportunities and further drive the business development of GF Piping Systems,” the company is convinced. [ds_preview]

Ovejero holds a Master’s degree in Naval Architecture and a postgraduate degree in Marine Interiors from the Polytechnic University of Madrid (Spain). Since then, he has gained 18 years of experience in sales management in the maritime industry. “In this role, he has developed companies by creating a sustainable market presence on all continents. In particular, he has been able to strengthen the Asian markets and has established important connections with several Southeast Asian countries as well as China,” it says. Ovejero has worked for the Swiss chemical company Sika for the past 18 years, since 2014 as Corporate Head Marine.

“The entire sector is undergoing a transformation from traditional shipbuilding to a more sustainable future. I am convinced that GF Piping Systems, with its corrosion- and maintenance-free plastic solutions, global prefabrication and engineering capabilities, and comprehensive project support, can play a key role in this transformation,” comments Ovejero.

In the shipbuilding market, GF is currently looking to further promote its Cool-Fit system, a fully pre-insulated plastic piping system for air conditioning and refrigeration applications. Thanks to its pre-insulation and vapour-tight construction, the system reportedly offers 30% better insulation performance compared to post-insulated metal systems. It is also up to 60 % lighter and can be installed up to 50 % faster. Heat-Fit, the innovative fire-retardant solution for the PE100 ecoFIT piping system, offers fire protection for plastic solutions in L3 applications such as the transportation and treatment of ballast water. According to GF, the newly launched 565 Lug-Style butterfly valve is up to 60 % lighter than metal alternatives and expands the 565 product family with additional application possibilities in onboard water installations.

A year ago, GF Piping Systems had already strengthened its Marine division. Christian Ludwig, who moved from MAN to GF as Head of Marine in 2022, has held the position of Head of Global Industries at the company since August 2023.

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