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In the Worx

Solomon Elected to IPLOCA Board of Directors

We are pleased to announce that Vacuworx President Bill Solomon has been elected to the 2016-2017 IPLOCA Board of Directors representing Associate Members. 

IPLOCA (International Pipe Line & Offshore Contractors Association) is governed by a volunteer board of directors made up of 25 owners and senior executives of major pipeline contractors and service companies. Directors representing the Regular Members divided into geographic regions and directors representing Associate Members are elected by the members of the association and generally serve a term of two years.  Elections took place at the Annual Convention in Paris in September.

Vacuworx BOD


(Left to right) 
Front row: Jan Koop, Atul Punj, Andrew Ball, 
Rubén Kuri, Mesut Sahin, Juan Arzuaga
Second row: Doug Fabick, Jean Claude Van de Wiele, Georges Hage, Ma Chunqing, Oliviero Corvi, Bruno Guy de Chamisso, Alexander Kolikov
Third row: Adam Wynne Hughes, Brian Laing, Scot Fluharty, Bruno Maerten, John Tikkanen, Mark Barrows, Iosif Panchak, Steve Sumner
Fourth row: Albert Zakhem, Bill Partington, Bill Solomon, Fatih Can, Aqeel Madhi

Rubén Kuri (ARENDAL)
President; Director, Latin America

Andrew Ball (J. Murphy & Sons)
1st Vice President; Director, Europe Northwest

Mesut Sahin (Mannesmann Engineering & Construction)*
2nd Vice President; Director, Europe Central

Jan Koop (Bohlen & Doyen)
Treasurer; Director, Europe Central

Atul Punj (Punj Lloyd)
Immediate Past President


Oliviero Corvi (Bonatti), Director, Europe Mediterranean

Bruno Guy de Chamisso (Spiecapag), Director, Europe Mediterranean

Adam Wynne Hughes (Pipeline Induction Heat), Director, Europe Northwest

Fatih Can (Tekfen), Director, Europe Eastern

Alexander Kolikov (MRTS), Director, Europe Eastern

Bill Partington (Ledcor), Director, America North 

Scot Fluharty (Mears Group), Director, America North; Chairman of the New Technologies Committee

Jean Claude Van de Wiele (Spiecapag)*, Director, Latin America 

Albert Zakhem (Zakhem International), Director, Middle East & Africa

Aqeel Madhi (NPCC), Director, Middle East & Africa

Mark Barrows (McConnell Dowell), Director, East & Far East

Ma Chunqing (China Petroleum Pipeline), Director, East & Far East

Bill Solomon (Vacuworx), Director, Associate Members

Brian Laing (CRC-Evans), Director, Associate Members

Doug Fabick (PipeLine Machinery International), Director, Associate Members 


Georges Hage (The C.A.T. Group)

Bruno Maerten (Entrepose), Chairman of the HSE Committee

Iosif Panchak (Stroygazmontazh)

Steve Sumner (Lincoln Electric), Chairman of the Scholarship Committee

John Tikkanen (Shawcor), Chairman of the Client Engagement Committee


Juan Arzuaga 


*Appointed by the Board of Directors