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ValvTechnologies Successfully Completes NUPIC Audit

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ValvTechnologies, Inc. recently achieved NUPIC-approved suppliers list status, upon successful completion of the Nuclear Procurement Issues Committee (NUPIC) audit conducted at the Houston facility. NUPIC members include all domestic U.S. nuclear utilities as well as several international members.

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GE Oil & Gas Supporting ONGC’s Exploratory Drilling Campaign in India

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GE Oil & Gas has been awarded a multi-million-dollar frame agreement by Oil and Natural Gas Corporation Limited (ONGC), India’s largest exploration and production company. Under the agreement , GE will provide an estimated 55 subsea wellheads (SG5) over next three years for the operator&rsqu...

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Chemical Activity Barometer Suggests Accelerated Business Activity

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The Chemical Activity Barometer (CAB) expanded 0.4% in August following an upward revision for July. This marks the barometer’s sixth consecutive monthly gain. Accounting for adjustments, the CAB is up 3.2% over this time last year, the strongest year over year growth since January 2015. All d...

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Innovation Could Lead to Significant Cuts in Chemical Manufacturing Energy Use

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Scientists from ExxonMobil and Georgia Tech have developed a new technology that could significantly reduce the amount of energy and emissions associated with manufacturing plastics. If brought to industrial scale, this breakthrough could reduce industry’s global annual carbon dioxide emissions ...

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Manufacturing Productivity in U.S. Higher Than Other Nations

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“U.S. productivity unexpectedly declined for a third straight quarter in the three months through June, Labor Department figures showed. On a year-over-year basis, it fell for the first time since 2013,” Bloomberg reports .

But on a more positive note, “the U.S. still blows other natio...

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Durable Goods Orders Up 4.4%, a Six-Month High

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New orders for manufactured durable goods in July increased $9.7 billion or 4.4% to $228.9 billion, the U.S. Commerce Department announced. This increase, up following two consecutive monthly decreases, followed a 4.2% June decrease. Excluding transportation, new orders increased 1.5%. Excluding def...

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Flowserve Corporation Reports First Quarter Results

In the Flow Control Division (FCD) of Flowserve bookings for the first quarter of 2012 were $380.1 million, an increase of $2.8 million, up 0.7%, or 2.6% excluding negative currency effects of approximately $7 million. FCD sales for the first quarter of 2012 were $363.9 million, an increase of $26.3 million, up 7.8%, or 10.2% excluding negative currency effects of approximately $8 million.

FCD gross profit for the first quarter of 2012 increased to $127.2 million, up $11.6 million or 10.0%. Gross margin for the first quarter of 2012 increased 80 basis points to 35.0%, which was primarily attributable to favorable product line and maintenance, repair and overhaul mix, improved absorption of fixed manufacturing costs, continued progress on low cost sourcing initiatives and benefits from pricing actions taken in 2011.

FCD operating income for the first quarter of 2012 increased to $55.7 million, up $8.2 million or 17.3%, including negative currency effects of approximately $1 million. The increase was primarily attributable to the increase in gross profit, partially offset by an increase in selling, general & administrative expense (SG&A) due to increased selling expenses in support of increased sales and increased research and development costs. Operating margin increased 120 basis points to 15.3%.

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