Mike Miazga 2015-08-10 03:11:02
F. W. WEBB DEBUTS PIPE AND FITTING SYSTEM F. W. Webb Co. Recently announced the domestic debut of a polypropylene pipe and fitting system for commercial, institutional and industrial needs. The NIRON PP-RCT pipe and fitting system had been in wide use for more than 30 years outside North America. F. W. Webb is the exclusive distributor of NIRON pipe, fittings and supplies in the Northeast and is serving as the master stocking and distribution point for NIRON products sold throughout the U.S. F.W. Webb also is providing installation training and support. F. W. Webb notes NIRON can be installed in place of copper and steel at a faster installation pace with less material waste and less overall cost. The company adds the product meets the highest industry standards and offers high-purity options for nontoxic applications such as food and beer production. WOLSELEY INDUSTRIAL SELLS EPG BUSINESS TO EMCO Wolseley Industrial Canada recently announced the sale of its Engineered Pipe Group to Emco Corp. With the purchase, Emco acquires Wolseley Industrial’s high-density polyethylene (HDPE) pipe, fittings and flanges, and fabricated vessels business, and welcomes all EPG employees. Wolseley retains the remainder of its industrial business, which includes industrial valves, specific application valves, valve actuation, and pipe, flange and fitting products. “The sale of our EPG business to Emco is a good move for both companies,” said Bryn Murray, vice president, Wolseley Industrial Canada. “Given the long-term goals of each company and Emco’s desire to grow its HDPE business, the transaction is beneficial for both parties and for EPG employees.” VALVE INDUSTRY FORECAST SLIGHTLY DOWNGRADED Valve Manufacturers Association President Bill Sandler told attendees of his Valve Industry Outlook presentation at the Valve World Americas Expo & Conference 2015 in Houston that growth projections for the industry this year have been lowered. “We had forecast an increase of 2. 5% in 2015,” he said. “We’ve lowered that somewhat to 1.5% to 2% for the year.” Sandler presented the results of a VMA member survey that painted a downward trend in the valve industry in line with the current overall climate in the industrial PVF sector. Thirty-four percent of respondents saw a drop in orders from June 2014 to June 2015. “People are beginning to see a slowdown,” Sandler said. Looking at the third quarter of 2015 compared to the third quarter of 2014, half of respondents expect a status quo situation, while 33% see a decline. For projected orders in the third quarter, 36% of respondents feel orders will be lower in 2015 than 2014, while 21% see an increase in orders this coming quarter. For the full year, more than 30% feel business will be down compared to 2014, while 36% feel it will be the same as last year. “We are coming off five straight years of growth,” Sandler said. “This year we are still saying shipments will be up, but not by a large percentage at all. Oil and gas have been hit hard and that accounts for the reduction.” A record total 3,718 visitors and delegates attended the show, which featured a record 192 exhibitors using 38,900 net sq. ft. Of exhibit space. CRANE CELEBRATES 160TH ANNIVERSARY Also at Valve World Americas, Crane ChemPharma & Energy celebrated the 160-year anniversary of Crane Co. During the July 15-16 expo at the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston. During Valve World, Crane showcased new products, participated in a panel discussion on valve design and commemorated its heritage with a presentation on the history of valves by United Valve President Greg Johnson. A cake and champagne toast also was held. “From the industrial revolution to the modern age, Crane has anticipated the challenges of the market and developed progressive solutions to address them,” Crane ChemPharma & Energy Global Director of Marketing Communications Aneta Stephens said. “Our 160-year anniversary celebrates Crane’s culture of innovation and steadfast commitment to our customers.”
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