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Emerson Wins 2020 Edison Award

Emerson’s Plantweb digital ecosystem has been named a 2020 Edison Awards winner in the Innovative Services category. The Edison Awards, named after inventor Thomas Alva Edison, recognize and honor the world’s best innovations that are at the forefront of new product and service development, marketing and human-centered design.

Emerson’s Plantweb was chosen as a winner by a panel of more than 3,000 business executives from the fields of product development, design, engineering, science, marketing and education.

“After a thorough review, the Edison Awards judges recognize Emerson’s Plantweb digital ecosystem as a game-changing innovation, standing out among the best in its category,” said Frank Bonafilia, executive director of the Edison Awards.


Spirax Sarco Appoints Next Chief Financial Officer

Spirax-Sarco Engineering plc has announced that Nimesh Patel will join the board as chief financial officer (CFO) and executive director. Patel will join Spirax Sarco before the end of July 2020 and will succeed Kevin Boyd as CFO and a member of the board following completion of the interim financial reporting process.

Patel is currently CFO of the De Beers Group, which is majority owned by Anglo American plc. He has over 22 years of experience in senior finance roles including his role with De Beers and as group head of corporate finance for Anglo American.

ValvTechnologies Names David Birks Regional Sales Director

ValvTechnologies has appointed David Birks as regional sales director for the Middle East and Africa. He will be based in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

With more than 20 years’ experience in the valve manufacturing industry, Birks brings extensive international sales and business management experience to ValvTechnologies. Most recently, he served as vice president of sales project pursuit for Emerson Valves. Prior to that, Birks was the vice president, fisher isolation valves at Emerson Fisher. Birks has also previously held management positions at Tyco Valves and Controls, Saudi Electric Supply Company and Keystone Group.

EGC Enterprises Now an ITAR Registered Manufacturer

EGC Enterprises has achieved certification from the Directorate of Defense Trade Controls (DDTC) as an International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) registered manufacturer, under ITAR Registration Code M41256. ITAR certification is the export control regulation which is overseen by the U.S. State Department. It is used to control items on the U.S. Munitions List and the Missile Technology Control Regime Annex and applies to defense-related applications for military end-use.

ITAR requires that all manufacturers receiving a customer request for defense articles are compliant. Certified manufacturers must annually receive or renew an application with the DDTC explaining the types of defense activities with which it will be involved and may not allow foreign nationals access to any data or information. It also requires that contractors and subcontractors working on component projects are ITAR compliant as well.

According to John Popovich, Vice President of EGC, “While EGC has long been in compliance with ITAR regulations, formalizing our registration opens up additional opportunities to serve the defense industry with our seals, gaskets and packings. Whether we are supplying seals for valves used on nuclear-powered aircraft carriers, or providing sealing components used on jet engines, we welcome the opportunity to work with customers that deal in ITAR controlled parts. Furthermore, we are especially proud to support defense related products that play a vital role in assisting the brave men and women of our armed services.”  

VMA Welcomes Rayson Company

Rayson ribbon cuttingRayson Company is VMA's newest associate/supplier member. Located in North Houston, Rayson focuses on supplying valve components to the global oil & gas industry. The company offers a variety of services including sawing, welding, turning, milling, CNC and assembly.

"We joined this wonderful organization for the resources it provides to a company like ours. VMA has a reputation of keeping the members informed on the latest industry developments, and the networking with valve industry companies, large and small, is incredible. The camaraderie shared by the company leaders is truly inspiring," said Jan Rayburn, owner/president.  

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