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Velan Names Duc Tran Vice-President, Engineering

Velan Inc. has appointed Duc Tran as its new vice-president, engineering. Tran will be a key member of the company's senior management team and is succeeding Gil Perez, who has assumed a new mandate as vice-president, product technology and strategic initiatives. He will report directly to president and CEO Yves Leduc.

Duc Tran is a Canadian citizen and has been living in the U.S. since 1999. He has held successive senior leadership roles at other global valve companies, where he has gained a deep knowledge and experience in valve engineering and technology commercialization, as well as pressure control products. 


AIV and Gulf Coast Modification Opening NW Houston Facility

AIV, LP has announced plans for a new 320,000+ square-foot facility at NW Lake Drive, near Telge Road and Highway 290 in northwest Houston. The 32-acre construction site allows for the future expansion of up to 700,000 sq. ft. This facility will consolidate AIV and Gulf Coast Modification’s current 130,000 sq. ft. headquarters at 7140 West Sam Houston Parkway near Highway 290, a separate 28,000 sq. ft. modification facility focusing on mid-stream clients and a third 22,000 sq. ft. building that houses AIV’s automation division. They anticipate breaking ground later this year, and the project is scheduled for completion in late 2018.

The new facility will consist of two-stories of Class A office space to house the company’s sales and administrative personnel, expanded warehouse space for AIV’s extensive valve and actuation inventory, and the fabrication facility to accommodate Gulf Coast Modification. 

New Distribution Agreements Strengthen Metso's Presence in India

Metso strengthens its presence in India with the signing of four non-exclusive distribution agreements for its valve products. The agreements with Fluidline Systems, General Energy Management Systems Ltd, SB Enterprise and Proflo Systems expand the coverage of Metso's Neles and Jamesbury product families into different regions and industries in the growing markets of India. The distribution network will also provide support in services.

The agreements were signed during the first half of 2017. All the partnering distributors have already received orders for valves and positioners. Distributors will serve pulp, paper and several other process industries, such as refineries, chemical, fertilizer, steel, power and waste water. 

Rotork Contracted to Supply UAE Oil Field

Rotork has received an order for 220 pneumatic actuators for the NASR Phase II Full Field Development Project in the UAE. The aim of the project is to increase the field's oil production capacity to 65,000 barrels per day (bpd) from the existing capacity of 22,000 bpd.

Awarded by Hyundai Heavy Industries, the order included spring-return pneumatic actuators to operate 30" and 36" Class 1500 ball valves, with the specification that the maximum actuator output torque at a design pressure of 9.4 bar should not be in excess of 90% of the valves’ maximum allowable stem torque. 

Forum Energy Technologies Acquires Multilift

Forum Energy Technologies, Inc. has acquired the stock of Multilift from Pelican Energy Partners, a Houston-based oilfield services focused private equity fund, and management. Based in Houston, Multilift manufactures the patented SandGuard and the Cyclone completion tools; products that extend the useful life of an electrical submersible pump (ESP) by protecting it against falling sand and other solids after shutdown.

Forum president and CEO Prady Iyyanki commented, “The Multilift acquisition fits with our strategy of increasing our product offering in the artificial lift value chain to completions customers. We intend to leverage Forum’s distribution system to rapidly grow Multilift’s sales with additional customers and through geographic expansion. We welcome the Multilift employees to Forum.” 

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