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Valves News

Refinery service contract fully under way

By: Natasha Odendaal     6th May 2011 Engineering and technology corporation Metso has successfully completed planned maintenance services at two Rio de Janeiro-based refineries owned by energy company Petróleo Brasileiro (Petrobras), since signing a two-year service contract in mid-2010. 

SA valve and actuator market to show significant growth

     6th May 2011 The South African valve and actuator market will be worth over R3-billion by 2012 and will continue to grow steadily over the next five years. This is owing to the massive capital expenditure planned by the petrochemicals sector to expand the industry’s refinery and distribution facilities. 

Steel and engineering products supplier opens new branch

     6th May 2011 Steel and engineering products supplier Stewarts & Lloyds South Africa is opening a new valves product branch in Jet Park, in Gauteng. 

Valve Saver Fluid awarded first prize

By: Natasha Odendaal     6th May 2011 Netherlands-based liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) parts distributor JLM Lubricants’ Valve Saver Fluid has been awarded first prize in the LPG Fuel Additives category of the Inpro Awards, held at the International GasShow 2011 trade fair and conference, in March, in Poland. 

Valves show lowest level of compliance in plumbing industry – report

By: Natasha Odendaal     6th May 2011 Valves in the local plumbing industry have been shown to have only a 17% rate of compliance with standards such as the South African National Standards (SANS), ISO 9000/1/2, ISO 14000, American Petroleum Industry standards and occupational health and the South African Bureau of Standards (SABS)... 

Valves supplier introduces new ported knife-gate range

     6th May 2011 Valves specialist Omsa has launched its latest range of ported knife-gate valves specifically designed for heavy slurry applications. 

Valves supplier branches out into tanks market

By: Natasha Odendaal     6th May 2011 Control valve distributor FCE Technical Services (FCE) branched out with the introduction of bolted rolled tapered panel (RTP) tanks to the South African market, in January. 

Check valves aimed at critical pumping station applications

By: Dimakatso Motau     18th March 2011 Specialised oil and gas equipment distributor Energas Technologies says that it has completed a contract to supply a petrochemicals company with a Mokveld non-slam check valve for a pipeline project.  

Acquisition results in fluid conveyance product expansion

     5th November 2010 Piping solutions provider Incledon has expanded its portfolio of fluid conveyance products, which includes pipes, fittings, flanges, couplings, valves and pumps, following the company’s recent acquisition of industrial valve specialist Valves Technology & Repair (VTR).  

Company appoints 
regional distributors

     5th November 2010 The South African arm of German-based Gemü valves, Gemü Africa has established three regional distributors in South Africa in KwaZulu-Natal (KZN), Port Elizabeth (PE) and East London (EL). 

Distributor’s African branch shows positive growth 

By: Dimakatso Motau     5th November 2010 Distributor of associated valves and knife gate valves for various applications, CMO Africa, a subsidiary of Spain-based CMO, reports that it has generated millions in sales since the launch of its distribution outlet in Brackenhurst, Alberton, earlier in the year. 

Dual-valve controller for flow control in 
slurry lines

     5th November 2010 The dual-valve controller (DVC) for slurry valves from valve specialist company eDart improves the controllability of a slurry flow and reduces the wear on the seats of the valves by intelligently opening and closing valves to control the rate of flow change. 

Exhibition to provide growth opportunities for local valves market

     5th November 2010 Trading in a local market estimated at $549-million by 2014, South African valve manufacturers will find opportunities to increase growth at the Pumps Valves and Pipes Africa (PVPA) exhibition, scheduled to take place at the Gallagher Convention Centre, in Midrand, from June 7 to June 9 2011.  

Local valve manufacturer moves to new premises

By: Dimakatso Motau     5th November 2010 Local valve manufacturer Ithuba Valves has recently invested about R1,6-million on renovating its new premises, which it acquired in August, in Alrode, Alberton. 

Locally designed variable 
height extraction valve launched

     5th November 2010 Financial services company Caretell Investments has launched a practical variable height extraction (VHE) valve for sewage plants. 

Multiple projects on track

By: Dimakatso Motau     5th November 2010 Valve manufacturer United Valve Company (UVC), the black-economic empowerment sales and marketing division of valves company Ainsworth Engineering, reports that it is consecutively working on three projects, which will be delivered earlier than the expected deadlines. 

New advanced pressure
reducing valves

     5th November 2010 Valve manufacturer Dynamic Fluid Control (DFC) Water reports that it has introduced three new pressure-reducing valves (PRVs)for municipal demand management applications. 

New engineered valves factory

     5th November 2010 A foundation stone for technology supplier Metso’s new engineered valves factory has been laid in Vantaa, in Finland. The Finnish production of Metso’s engineered valves, as well as about 800 personnel in automation and power generation, in the Helsinki region, will move to the new factory and to... 

PLC lifting equipment for Medupi

By: Dimakatso Motau     5th November 2010 Hydraulic technology group Enerpac reports that it has supplied programmable logic controlled (PLC) lifting equipment to the contractors working on a R5,8-million ongoing contract for State-owned power utility’s Eskom Medupi power station, near Lephalale, in Limpopo. 

Pressure reducing valves control downstream pressure

     5th November 2010 Steam and boiler specialist company Spirax Sarco’s DP series of pressure reducing valves will accurately control downstream pressure, regardless of the upstream pressure or load variations.  

R5m investment in services, product expansion

By: Dimakatso Motau     5th November 2010 Valve manufacturer Premier Valves reports that it is focusing on investing over R5-million in expanding its services and product range over the next two years. 

Valve range popular in SA mining industry

By: Dimakatso Motau     5th November 2010 Mechanical pipe-joining systems manufacturer Victaulic South Africa, a part of the US-based Victaulic, reports that its range of Vic-300 MasterSeal Butterfly valves is gaining popularity in the South African mining industry. 

Wireless, predictive valve diagnostic system for 
process plants

     5th November 2010 Israeli wireless technology company Eltav Wireless Monitoring has installed a wireless, predictive valve diagnostic system at US silicate and zeolite producer PQ Corporation’s plant. The system delivers real-time information about the status of valves to reduce unexpected failures and had to be... 

Valve manufacturer's products receive SIL 3 certification

     22nd October 2010 Equipment manufacturer Virgo Engineers reports that several of its products, such as floating and trunnion-mounted soft- and metal-seated ball valves and TriTork triple offset valves, have received safety integrity level (SIL) 3 certification – safe for installation in plant such as Sasol’s –... 

New diaphragm 
actuator series released

     15th October 2010 Steam and boiler specialist company Spirax Sarco has released its PN9000-series diaphragm actuators. The company has also released a P5 positioner, which is a single acting unit that requires from a 0,2 bar to a 1 bar signal, for use with linear pneumatic actuators. 

New distributor for pump range

     1st October 2010 Hydraulic engineering company Bearing Man Group (BMG) Hydraulics, part of the BMG group, has been appointed as a distributor of hydraulic technology group Enerpac’s range of hydraulic cylinders, pumps and related products, throughout sub-Saharan Africa.  

Recovery for pumps industry in sight

     1st October 2010 The local pumps sector is expected to reach its pre-recession volumes by the third or fourth quarter of 2011, reports South African Pump Manufacturers Association (Sapma) chairperson Gavin Doran. 

SABS certification creates prized opportunity for high quality valve

     23rd July 2010 Gauteng-based VAG-Valves South Africa recently obtained certification from the South African Bureau of Standards (SABS) for its range of SABS 664 resilient seal (RS) valves. This category of RS valves is most commonly used in water pipelines and water distribution by the water supply boards... 

Actuator manufacturer launches new range

     7th May 2010 German actuator manufacturing company Auma reports that it has launched a new range of actuators and controls for the automation of industrial valves, which has been designed to cater for existing market needs and next generation requirements. 

Climate change spurs growth in valves industry

     7th May 2010 Desalination will play a significant role in the future, as water scarcity is increasing, says British learned society, the Royal Academy of Engineering. The reverse-osmosis process of desalination, a common process in such plants, uses high-pressure valves, pumps and piping.  

Digital valve controllers 
reduce expenditure

     7th May 2010 US automation and control manufacturer Emerson Process Management reports that its Fieldvue digital valve controllers are able to assist nuclear plants to avoid unplanned shutdowns and as a result, reduce expenditure. 

Isolation valve uses flipper technology

     7th May 2010 Measurement and control technology company Bürkert believes that its Type 6650 3/2 isolation valve, which uses flipper technology, sets a new benchmark for miniature solenoid valves used in clinical, life-science, analytical and fluid-handling equipment. 

Large valves for process control project

     7th May 2010 Valves distributor Voith Turbo South Africa (VTZA), representative of the German-based Martin Lohse range of valves, reports that it has secured an order for six large 400 mm diameter valves for the process control of liquid products at a prominent local liquid product processing plant. 

Modernisation keeps plants running for longer

     7th May 2010 South African automation company Metso Automation reports that the implementation of control valve modernisation at plants and operations are important, as it can result in monetary benefits in the long-term running of a plant. 

Multimillion dollar valve order for Chinese utility

     7th May 2010 Global supplier of flow control products and services Flowserve will be supplying the State-owned nuclear power utility State Nuclear Power Engineering Company (SNPEC), in China, in excess of $15-million of American Society of Mechanical Engineers Section III safety-related globe and gate valves... 

New products win 
international design award

     7th May 2010 Global supplier of pneumatic and electrical automation technology Festo has received the 2010 International Forum product design award for its VHEM manually actuated valves and VUVG solenoid valve. 

New range of sampling valves launched

     7th May 2010 International valves manufacturer Alfa Laval reports that it has introduced a range of sampling valves for use in the dairy, food and beverages, personal care and biopharmacuticals industries. 

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