Wednesday, 02 August 2017 09:06

Tungum Ltd recognises staff loyalty

Members of staff at Tewkesbury based Tungum Ltd, manufacturer of corrosion resistant alloy tubing, are celebrating more than 120 years of combined service.

Established in 1933 in Cheltenham, Tungum tubing is a cost effective and reliable alternative to stainless and super duplex steel alloys, and is used across the oil and gas, shipbuilding and dive industries.

Operations Director John Zbihlyj and Stores Supervisor Dave Kavanagh are the longest serving members of the team, with a combined 59 years of service, followed by Managing Director Ian Johnstone, who joined Tungum in 1998.

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Next in line is Ian Rickard, Technical Sales, and Sean Hammond, Sales & Marketing Director, who have clocked up 31 years of service between them, while Alison Keen, Credit Controller, marks nine years at Tungum.

The company is continuing to expand its team following the appointment of Ruben Muro, Vice President of Sales USA, in 2015 and Mick Hopkins, Technical Sales Engineer, in 2016. More recently, they have welcomed Sales Administrator, Hannah Robinson, who joins Tungum from an events management company, along with new Stores Operative, Dave Rawlins.

Ian Johnstone commented: “Over the past 19 years, we’ve seen a lot of change at Tungum, including our move from Cheltenham to our current location in Tewkesbury in 2006. The team has grown and developed, and the wealth of experience and knowledge relating to the industry sectors in which we work allows us to deliver a total solution for our customers.

“It’s a privilege to work as part of such a committed team that works hard to contribute to the success of the business. I look forward to continuing to see Tungum grow in the years to come.”

Corrosion resistant Tungum tubing has been proven to deliver safety critical, long lasting solutions in demanding environments across the world. For more information visit

Drass Galeazzi, a world leader in the design, manufacture and installation of saturation diving systems, has utilised Tungum tubing again as part of its state-of-the-art diving system rated to 300m on board a new Subsea 7 dive support vessel.

2017 08 02 085107The Seven Kestrel is a 125-metre long dive support vessel designed by Subsea 7 in collaboration with Hyundai Heavy Industries Shipyard in Ulsan, South Korea and Wärtsilä Ship Design, Norway.

Drass provided the vessel with an 18-man, twin-bell saturation diving system, equipped with 10 independent locks, two large transfer under pressure compartments, 2 x 18 man hyperbaric lifeboats, all with the latest cutting-edge operational technology, certified by DNV GL.

Drass worked closely with Subsea 7 on the material specification for the system and more than 10,000 metres of Tungum tube was used in the installation for the following reasons:

  • Oxygen compatibility - endorsed by IMCA, D 012, ASTM G124-10
  • Corrosion resistance to sea water , especially in the splash zones
  • Tungum lasts for the life time of the vessel
  • Cost effective related to competitive alloys
  • Ease of installation
  • DNV approval

For more information about corrosion resistant Tungum tubing, visit

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