GARLOCK GARNERS EPA AWARD
Garlock Sealing Technologies has received the U.S Environmental Protection Agency’s 2008 Clean Air Excellence Award
for using a more environmentally friendly solvent in the production of its industrial gasketing.
Established in 2000 at the recommendation of the EPA
Clean Air Advisory Committee, the award annually recognizes
outstanding efforts toward achieving cleaner air. Winners must
directly or indirectly reduce pollutant emissions, demonstrate
innovation, offer sustainable outcomes and provide a model for
others to follow.
FROM U.S. NAVY
Max Torque, a Cameron
business, has received the first
ship set order for operators the
company developed specifically
for the United States Navy’s
new aircraft carrier platform. The manual operators will be
used throughout the USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN-78) on over
1,200 high-performance butterfly valves as well as a number
of ball and control valves. The CVN-78 is the first of three of
the new Ford-class ships currently authorized.
Flowserve Corp. confirmed it had earlier received two significant orders from Westinghouse Electric Company for AP1000
nuclear power projects in China. In May 2008, Flowserve
announced that it received an order to supply main steam isolation valves for two Westinghouse nuclear power plant projects
in China. Since that time, Westinghouse has placed additional
safety-related valve orders to include main feedwater isolation
valves and motor-operated gate and globe valves for two
AP1000 Westinghouse nuclear projects in China.
Emerson Process Management has been awarded a contract
by energy company EDF to automate six new Combined Cycle
Gas Turbine units with Plant Web digital plant architecture.
The new installations, which are located in West Burton, UK
and the towns of Blénod-lès-Pont-à-Mousson and Martigues in
France, will enable EDF to satisfy future energy supply
requirements and meet its climate commitment.
MARKET FOCUS: INDUSTRIAL VALVES
Decline is forecast,
but turnaround expected in 2010
As in many industries, the U.S. and Canadian industrial valve
industry has seen a steady climb in sales and profits in recent
years. But valve and actuator shipments rise and fall with the
fate of the industries in which they are used, from power generation and chemical processing, to oil & gas and
water/wastewater. Now, with many of those industries on a
downward track, the Valve Manufacturers Association
(VMA) estimates a 5% decrease in industrial valve shipments
in 2009 — the first such decrease in a decade.
The valve industry typically doesn’t have highs and lows as
dramatic as other industries because different end-user markets don’t cycle up and down at the same time. VMA Chairman Sam Bennardo of AUMA Actuators explains that “we’ve
had years where a couple of key end-user markets are going
gangbusters, while others are in decline. And while this economic downturn is the worst most of us have ever seen, VMA
has more than 70 years of history — and statistics — that
show the valve industry will ultimately thrive because it supplies products for industries that are absolutely essential to a
growing domestic and world population.”
VMA does not expect the drop in valve shipments to continue for more than a year. With a huge number of infrastructure projects in the works, and some economists predicting a
bottoming out of the recession in late 2009, the Valve Manufacturers Association forecast calls for a possible turnaround
in the second quarter of 2010.
Distribution Forecast of End Users
in the 2009 Valve Market
Of the 15 markets tracked by VMA, in 2009 Water & Wastewater will account
for 18% of valves sold, followed by Chemical (16%), Petroleum Production
(12%), Petroleum Refining (12%) and Power Generation (11%)
Power Generation 11% Chemical 16% Iron & Steel 2% Pulp & Paper 6% Marine 1% Comm. Construction 5% Food & Beverage 2% Water & Wastewater 18%
1% Other 3%
Co-Generation 2% Gas Distribution 2% Oil & Gas Transmission 6%