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Ivan Velan: VMA’s New Leader Has Strong Family Roots

Ivan-croppedThe Valve Manufacturers Association welcomed its first chairman from a Canadian company when Ivan Velan, executive vice president, Velan, Montreal, Quebec, was sworn into office at the 75th annual meeting last fall. But Ivan Velan brings other unique factors to the position as well.

Valve Shipments This Year Will Reach a 5-year High

newvalvesIn 2014, the U.S. industrial valve industry will see the fifth straight year of increases in annual shipments. The industry will grow more than 2.1% during the year to reach almost $4.4 billion by year’s end, according to the annual forecast just released by the Valve Manufacturers Association (VMA).

 

VMA’s 75th Annual Meeting: Elections, Honors and Celebration

Commemorative-Program-coverAt its 75th Annual Meeting, held Oct. 3-5 at The Breakers in Palm Beach, FL, members of the Valve Manufacturers Association of America elected Ivan Velan, executive vice president of Velan to serve as 2013-14 chairman of the VMA Board of Directors, filling the slot held by 2012-13 chairman Mark Cordell of Cameron Valves & Measurement. Greg Rogowski of Mueller Co. is vice chairman, while Bob Kemple, ASCO Valve – Emerson Industrial Automation, is program chairman. Newly elected to the board for three-year terms are: Mark Nahorski, PBM; Bryan Burns, DeZURIK; Jeff Drees, Flowserve; and Patrick Dunn, Metso Automation USA.

Valve Basics Online Training Program Set to Launch

online-learning-fingerAlthough VMA’s entry-level basics seminars have been extremely popular since introduced to the industry in 2009, the association has worked for a long time toward a broader way to reach people hungry for knowledge. That goal has been accomplished in the form of VMA’s Valve Basics Online Program (VBOT).

VMA Participates in Successful Valve World Americas Event

VWA Basics SeminarThe Valve Manufacturers Association had an active role in this week’s Valve World Americas Expo and Conference in Houston, where a large contingent of VMA members exhibited. Members reported the increased size and new location at the George R. Brown Convention Center was a positive move for the exposition. One member described the first day of the exhibition as having non-stop traffic at his booth, and others also expressed enthusiasm at the high level of traffic—and high-quality leads.

Valves & Actuators 101 Course Set for Valve World Americas Event

Valve Ed and VWAThe second Valve World Americas 2013 Expo & Conference begins at Houston’s George R. Brown Convention Center on June 25, 2013, but the great opportunities for learning start even before the conference.

Valve Industry Growth to Continue in 2013

valves ready for shippingAccording to figures released by the Valve Manufacturers Association (VMA) as part of its annual market forecast, the U.S. industrial valve industry is expected to grow by 3% in 2013 with total shipments nearly $4.3 billion. In its fourth consecutive year of growth following the recession, the industry will surpass its previous 10 year peak set back in 2008.

2013 Technical Seminar Highlights Power Industry Changes and Challenges

powerplant techseminar2013While technological advances, like those developed for the fracing industry, have made possible many processes previously thought near impossible, there is still much work to be done by valve, actuator and control manufacturers and their suppliers to meet the continually changing needs of the power industry.

Many of these technical challenges and developments were covered during VMA’s March 2013 Technical Seminar, as were comprehensive analyses of the trends, technologies and influences affecting America’s power industry. One repeating theme from the presentations was that, while coal will not disappear as fuel to generate electricity, the potential for new coal plants in the U.S. is virtually non-existent. Additionally, because developed nations have basically reached the pinnacle of power requirements due to efficiency in production and use, developing nations will provide huge opportunities for the valve industry.

Distributors and Channel Partners: Completing the Valve Family Circle

valve distributionAfter preliminary approval by the VMA Board in January 2013, the full membership of the Valve Manufacturers Association has overwhelmingly approved a change in the VMA Constitution to expand the associate member category to include distributors and channel partners serving the industrial valve, actuator and control industry. While the change in the constitution required approval only by a simple majority of members, or 30 companies, 55 of the 58 full members voted for the change.

VMA Leadership Forum: Fugitive Emissions, API Standards and More

2013-Forum-AudienceEach year the Valve Manufacturers Association hosts a meeting specifically for member companies’ top executives. This year’s Valve Industry Leadership Forum, held Jan. 17-18 at The Adolphus Hotel in Dallas, covered numerous issues of importance to industry leaders. Among the subjects addressed: the latest on fugitive emissions, updates on new API standards, results of a major valve reliability study, an overview midstream business, trends in asbestos legislation and a Wall Street perspective.

VMA Looks Back at 2012 and Forward to 2013

VMA 75 circleContrary to dire predictions, the end of the Mayan calendar signaled only the end of one cycle and the beginning of another, while the end of 2012 signaled the end of another banner year for the Valve Manufacturers Association and the beginning of an exciting 2013.

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