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Velan Consolidating its Manufacturing Operations

Velan is taking measures aimed at improving its operational efficiency and optimizing its manufacturing footprint in North America. Velan will consolidate valve manufacturing facilities in Quebec from three plants into two. The completion of the consolidation is scheduled for the end of 2020 or the beginning of 2021, allowing for reasonable time for a proper transition and avoiding impact on current orders in progress.

Recently, Velan reorganized into strategic business units. This is in line with work over recent years, under the umbrella of the corporate strategy, Velocity 2020, to pursue additional efficiencies, decrease costs, upgrade systems, improve on time delivery and maintain a reputation for high-quality industrial valves. 

Metso Breaks Ground on Valve Technology Center in China

Metso Opens Valve Technology Center in ChinaMetso announced on October 26, 2018 its decision to invest in a new greenfield valve technology center in Jiaxing, China. The groundbreaking ceremony for the new plant took place on January 9, 2019. The new technology center will start operations in spring 2020 and will serve the local and global markets.

The new location is designed to be a workplace for a total of 400 valve technology professionals, and the focus is on producing high-volume standard products and parts for all Metso's valve plants. Metso's technology center in the Waigaoqiao Free Trade Zone in Shanghai is continuing its operations, with a focus on highly engineered products. 

Emerson Again Selected ‘Industrial IoT Company of the Year’

Emerson has been named the “Industrial IoT Company of the Year” by IoT Breakthrough for the second year in a row. The IoT Breakthrough Awards, which received more than 3,500 nominations in 2018, recognize innovators, leaders and visionaries from around the globe in a range of IoT (internet of things) categories, including industrial, smart city technology, connected home and others.

A recent Emerson study of industry leaders responsible for digital transformation initiatives showed that merely 20% of respondents had both a vision for digital transformation and a clear, actionable roadmap to implement. Absence of this practical roadmap was cited as the No. 1 barrier for digital transformation projects. 

Mueller Water Products Unveils New Brand Identity

new Mueller logoMueller Water Products, Inc. introduced its new brand identity and refreshed logo at the 2018 Water Environment Federation Technical Exhibition and Conference (WEFTEC) in New Orleans. The new brand identity aligns with the company’s focus on delivering exceptional value to its customers.

Mueller Water Products brands include Mueller®, Echologics®, Hydro Gate®, Hydro-Guard®, Jones®, Mi.Net®, Milliken®, Pratt®, Singer® and U.S. Pipe Valve & Hydrant. 

Garlock and Technetics Group Open Chinese Manufacturing Facility

Garlock and Technetics Group held the grand opening of a new manufacturing facility in Suzhou China, which officially took place on Friday, November 30, 2018. Over 100 guests from more than 70 enterprises attended the ceremony. Garlock and Technetics are sharing the facility with GGB and STEMCO.

Production was set up at the Suzhou facility in response to the increased demand for sealing and components throughout the Asia regions, with particular focus on China. Areas of strongest growth include the nuclear energy and general industrial markets. 

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