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Metso Secures Major Coal Gasification Order in China

Metso has secured a large order for the coal-to-hydrogen revamping project for the oil quality upgrade by Sinopec's Jiujiang refinery in Eastern China. Once the plant is operational, all gasoline and diesel generated will meet the Chinese National Grade IV standards for vehicle fuel quality, classifying them as clean products. The order includes a wide range of Metso's high-pressure ball valves and is booked in Metso's second quarter orders received for 2014.

Pentair Valves & Controls Reports Third Quarter 2014 Results

Pentair Valves & Controls delivered third quarter 2014 sales of $613 million, flat versus the prior year quarter. Backlog decreased 6% to $1.3 billion compared to second quarter 2014.

Sales in the Energy vertical, which accounted for approximately 60% of Pentair Valves & Controls revenue in the quarter, decreased 3%. Sales to the oil & gas industry were up 3% while sales to the power industry decreased 13%. Sales to the mining industry decreased 6%.

Sales in the Industrial vertical, which accounted for approximately 40% of Valves & Controls revenue in the quarter, increased 5%.

Pentair Valves & Controls delivered third quarter operating income of $96 million, up 20% compared to $80 million in the same quarter last year. Third quarter operating margins increased 260 basis points to 15.7%. 

FSA Appoints Phil Mahoney as VP of Board of Directors

Phil MahoneyThe Fluid Sealing Association (FSA) has appointed Phil Mahoney as vice president of its Board of Directors. Mahoney is currently the design engineering manager for compression packing and mechanical seals for the A.W. Chesterton Company in Groveland, MA.

He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in marine engineering and a Master of Science degree in engineering management. With over 24 years of experience in the sealing industry, Mahoney has held various engineering positions including applications engineering, product management and new product development.

Mahoney currently serves the FSA as vice chair of the membership committee, as well as a member of the government affairs working group, the marketing committee, and the technical coordinating committee. He is the past chair of the compression packing division and the compression packing technical committee and has been active in the FSA since 2004. 

Powell Valves Restructures, Announces Three New Managers

Powell Valves will be changing its customer-service structure by dividing it into three primary areas: capital projects quotation and management; customer service, distribution and maintenance, repair & operations (MRO); and international customer service and business development.

“One of Powell’s greatest strengths is our ability to be nimble, flexible and quick to react to customer and market demands,” says Tim Fries, vice president of sales & marketing, North America and International. “We have designed a structure that enables us to quickly bolt on resources to scale our business to meet those demands quicker than anyone in the industry.”

Kate Boggs becomes manager/capital projects quotation & management. She will direct the capital projects team to execute the company’s corporate project strategy. She previously was capital projects quotation representative. Boggs, who has been with Powell for 14 years, is a graduate of the University of Cincinnati with a bachelor’s degree in finance and management.

Katie Rominger becomes manager/customer service, distribution and MRO. In addition to her responsibility to service the Southeast territory, Rominger will lead the team of customer service representatives and work closely with Powell’s partners to ensure that customer expectations are met or exceeded. She previously was customer service representative. Rominger has been with Powell for 11 years and is a graduate of Northern Kentucky University with a bachelor’s degree in management.

Jeff Sizer has been named manager/international customer service and business development. He will be responsible for servicing and expanding international partnerships, and executing Powell Valve’s international growth strategy. He previously was manager of customer service business development. Sizer, a Powell employee for six years, graduated from Ohio University.  

MSS Publishes Six Revised, One New Standard

The Manufactures Standardization Society (MSS) has announced the following six revised standards and one new publication:

Updated/Revised Publications

  • MSS SP-75-2014, High-Strength, Wrought, Butt-Welding Fittings
  • MSS SP-93-2014, Quality Standard for Steel Castings and Forgings for Valves, Flanges, Fittings, and Other Piping Components – Liquid Penetrant Examination Method
  • MSS SP-95-2014, Swage(d) Nipples and Bull Plugs
  • MSS SP-129-2014, Copper-Nickel Socket-Welding, Fittings, and Unions
  • MSS SP-136-2014, Ductile Iron Swing Check Valves
  • MSS SP-139-2014, Copper Alloy Gate, Globe, Angle, and Check Valves for Low Pressure/Low Temperature Plumbing Applications

Note: SP-75-2014 and SP-129-2014 includes a revised title.

New Publication

  • MSS SP-148-2014, Low Pressure Flanged or Lugged Carbon Steel and Iron or Ductile Iron, Cast or Fabricated, Bonnetless, Knife Gate Valves without Liners

This Standard Practice establishes requirements for carbon steel, iron or ductile iron, cast or fabricated, bonnetless, unlined knife gate valves with flanged or lugged ends from size NPS 2 (DN 50) through NPS 60 (DN 1500). The valves identified in this Standard Practice are intended for use in applications where shock loadings are not encountered.

New Products


Valve Magazine Digital Edition

14 SUM CVR 160x214Inside the Summer 2014 issue…

• Attracting Talent
• Advances in Machining
• Severe Service in Power Plants
• SIS Tests and Standards


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