NEUMAN & ESSER América do Sul The history of NEUMAN & ESSERinBrazil began with the decision made by Demag, in 1983, to shift production of piston compressors from Germany to Brazil. NEA took the opportunity and signed a contract with Demag in Vespasiano, which had produced NEA compressors from the V-series and vertical designs. More contract extensions in the following years included the modernization of Demag driving mechanisms and joint sales activities for both compressor brands in the US. However in 1997, Demag assumed complete construction of reciprocating compressors inBrazil. That was the birth of NEUMAN & ESSER América do Sul. NEA retained a staff of 15 experts from Demag. Since then Marcelo Veneroso has guided the fortunes of the company as Managing Director for Sales and Engineering, and Claudio Corrêa has been Vice President for the aftermarket sector, both of them experts from the "Demag-NEA era". Since then not only has the refinery company Petrobras inBrazil been one of their regular customers, but they also have other compressor operators in the chemical, petrochemical, natural gas and food industries in all South American countries, including Cuba. Success was not long in coming as NEA América do Sul was selected right at the beginning by Petrobras to modernize several Demag CO 2-compressors at the Urea plant. After this, several hundreds of orders followed from many parts of South America, which bestowed 13 years of continuous growth on NEA América do Sul. In 2007, the company moved, with 54 employees, to their new building in the Olhos D'Água Industrial Park in Belo Horizonte. The area, with a total size of 7,500 m², includes an office building of 800 m² and a workshop of 1,000 m² for packaging, assembly and smaller repairs. This site has the advantage of being able to combine engineering and management under one roof. Customer requests can therefore be met quickly and efficiently. Recent contracts awarded by Petrobras of 11 plants, which have the largest compressor sizes that have ever been built by a Brazilian company, show the extent of customer confidence inBrazilian technical competence. In 2007, close cooperation with Petrobras was con- firmed when a collaboration agreement was signed for the joint development of hydrogen compressors for diesel treatment. In view of the construction of new refineries in the Northeast of Brazil, and the upcoming expansion plans of production capacity, the future of NEA América do Sul looks quite promising. All the more so, if the forthcoming exploration of the largest oil field in South America, Tupi, off the coast of Rio de Janeiro and others such as Iara and Parque des Baleias are considered. "We accept the challenges offered to us as opportunities!" is the courageous credo of the Brazilian NEA team. NEAC Compressor Service Ltda With the increasing population of NEA compressors in the South American market, and the resulting growing corporate structure required for maintenance of these compressors, it was decided that NEA América do Sul’s aftermarket business should be outsourced to the newly established service company NEAC Compressor Service Ltda. This took place in March 2009 with the simultaneous appointment of Claudio Corrêa to Managing Director of the division, which had been in existence for a long time but was now becoming an independent entity. The service company officially became operative on Dec. 1, 2009, equipped with its own offices and a workshop on the company premises. The “new” NEAC inBrazil is responsible for all of the aftermarket business related services such as service, technical support, repairs, training and supplies to NEA compressors as well as to the lines of Chicago Pneumatic, Demag, Erhardt & Sehmer, Esslinger high pressure machines, Halberg, KSB, Linde, Mafa Wurzen and Borsig (compressors built in Berlin until the end of 1995) with OEM parts. Today NEAC Ltda already maintains a portfolio of about 1,000 NEA compressors. The staff consists of experienced professionals who since 1984 have been constructing and modernizing of Demag and NEA machines as well as young talent. The young technical team has been partially trained at the headquarters in Germany to ensure that all service processes are in line with NEA GROUP standards. The workshop was also certified according to requirements of the parent company at the highest rank, Level C. This confirmed, for the parent company, that NEAC Ltda is qualified and eligible to independently perform repairs on the technical "A" parts of the compressor such as crankcases, cylinders, crankshafts and cylinder valves, crossheads and piston rods. NEAC Compressor Service Ltda, as part of the NEA GROUP, thus shows a service profile of core competencies in compressor technology and technical equipment which is second to none in South America's compressor market.