CARROLLTON, Texas--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Varel International, a leading manufacturer of drill bits and global supplier to the oil, gas, mining and industrial drilling industries, announces it has been awarded ISO 9001-2008 certification for its Western Hemisphere operations. DNV (Det Norske Veritas) is the registrar for this certification.
Varel received its initial ISO certification on January 31, 1996 for its Dallas and Matamoros facilities. In April, 2008 the company was awarded an ISO certificate for new bit manufacturing at its Houston PDC manufacturing facility. The newly issued certificate includes the addition of the Western Hemisphere operations of the Houston Repair Center, the Carrollton, Denver and Edmonton Repair Centers as well as the addition of the company’s Brownsville warehouse and distribution center.
The scope of the new certification is, “The design, manufacture, repair, distribution, sales, marketing and research and development associated with providing PDC and Roller Cone rock bits to the oil, gas, geothermal, mining, water well and exploration industries.” It applies to company products shipped globally from the subject Western Hemisphere operations.
Guillermo Aponte, Vice President of Global Manufacturing and Lean for Varel commented on the achievement, “This certification affords Varel International a milestone marking the company’s standardization of processes, procedures and quality throughout all of our Western Hemisphere facilities.”
“We are especially delighted that although we had a strong quality system in place, our new scope extension now encompasses all areas of our Western Hemisphere business activities into one, single, globally recognized certification. This expanded certification is in addition to our ISO 9001-2008 certification registered by AFNOR certification which covers our drill bit design, manufacturing, and sales operations for the Eastern Hemisphere at our facilities in Tarbes and Pau, France.”
About Varel International
Founded in 1947, Varel International is the world’s largest independent supplier in the global oil & gas drill bit market. Headquartered in Carrollton, Texas, Varel services oil & gas, mining, and industrial markets with its comprehensive suite of roller cone and fixed cutter drill bits. The company employs more than 1,000 people and has manufacturing facilities in Carrollton, Texas; Houston, Texas; Matamoros, Mexico and Tarbes, France, as well as sales offices throughout the world. Varel’s proprietary design capabilities, efficient manufacturing, and global sales force uniquely positions the company to provide high-quality drill bits that deliver excellent performance and value to its customer base. For more information, visit www.varelintl.com.