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Thursday, July 28, 2011

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Two UK companies have reached an out-of-court settlement with California’s Rohrback Cosasco Systems, admitting that they misrepresented equipment supplied to oil and gas customers as having been manufactured by COSASCO.

Rose Corrosion Services Limited and Techtools (Morden) Limited have both admitted the deception, according to a statement by COSASCO, also known as RCS.

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Rohrback Cosasco Systems (RCS) was founded in 1950. Once owned by Masco Corp. and by Corrpro, the company became independent in 2003.

Rose and Techtools “have also accepted that the misrepresentations were calculated to lead and have in fact led to deception on the part of the public that products supplied by Rose were products manufactured or supplied by COSASCO,” the statement said.

The out-of-court settlement was reached just as the case was about to be decided in court, the company said.

Companies Decline Comment

Techtools, an import-export business based in Surrey, UK, has a website under construction and posts no information about itself.

Rose Corrosion, based in Berkshire, England, describes itself on its site as “a world class company specializing in corrosion monitoring and inhibition.” The company says it provides training and consulting services.

Neither Rose nor Techtools released a statement about the settlement.

RCS said the companies “have paid COSASCO an unspecified sum of money as monetary compensation, and will in future desist from passing off their products as original COSASCO products.”

The company said the dispute “arose after Rose, through Techtools, supplied sham corrosion monitoring products purported to be of genuine COSASCO manufacture to a Middle Eastern oil and gas operator.” It gave no other details.

Caught ‘Red-Handed’

COSASCO issued the following additional statement:

“We’ve known for some time that unscrupulous companies have on occasion passed off fake goods as COSASCO products, but we’ve been unable to catch them red-handed.  This is an important victory not only for us and our reputation, but also for our customers who rely on the unmatched quality of COSASCO to gain safe access to their high-pressure oil and gas systems.”

Established in 1950, Rohrback Cosasco Systems is a global provider of corrosion monitoring and chemical injection systems for the oil and gas, petrochemical, water treatment, chemical and other industries.

The company designs and manufactures corrosion monitoring systems and equipment, including instrumentation, probes, coupons, mechanical access systems, and integrated corrosion management servers and software.

At one time owned by Masco Corp. and then by Corrpro, RCS is now an independent company. In 1989, the company introduced its Integrated Corrosion Monitoring System (ICMS) product line to integrate its CORROSOMETER and CORRATER technologies. In 2009, it introduced the Microcor Wireless Transmitter for wireless corrosion monitoring in any process environment.

   

Tagged categories: Corrosion; Equipment; Laws and litigation; Pipelines; Quality control

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