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Aker Wirth ships 250th mud pump
Following a successful trial run, Aker Wirth’s 250th TPK 2200 series mud pump is now on its way to South Korea where it will be installed as one of four pumps on Vantage Drilling’s Tungsten Explorer deep sea drilling vessel at the DSME shipyard.

Hitachi Plant Technologies expands in Middle East
Hitachi Plant Technologies Ltd is acquiring a 70% stake in Saudi Arabian industrial equipment maintenance service company Saihati Weir Engineering Services Co Ltd.

Regenerative turbine pump from Corken
LPG specialist Corken, a part of the IDEX Group, has developed a new model in its regenerative turbine Coro-Flo pump range.

Pump Industry Award deadline approaches
As 2011 draws to a close the deadline for entry submission to the Pump Industry Awards is looming, with 30th December the last date by which you can submit who you think should win an award at the prestigious show.

Lewa expands in Russia
German diaphragm pump manufacturer Lewa GmbH has opened a new subsidiary in Moscow to strengthen its presence in the Russian process and gas sectors.

LEWA metering pump available with PVC head
Lewa’s ecosmart range of metering pumps is now available with a PVC head.

Make your nomination for the 2012 Pump Industry Awards!
The Pump Industry Awards is back, so if a company, product, application or individual that you know of or work with, is worthy of recognition for a ‘job well done’ why not put forward an entry for one on the following categories.

New leadership at Sundyne
Jeff Wiemelt is to take over from Phil Ruffner as president of Sundyne Corp on 1 January 2012.

HI announces 2012 Annual Meeting
The Hydraulic Institute (HI) and Pump Systems Matter (PSM) has announced the date and time for its 2012 Annual Meeting.

HMS to supply pumps and project management for Siberian oilfield
Russian pump manufacturer HMS Group is to undertake a RUB1.8 billion turnkey project the Srednebotuobinskoe oil and gas condensate field in the Republic of Sakha.

Amarinth supplies pumps for Abu Dhabi water filtration system
Amarinth has delivered £750 000 worth of high alloy pumps to ZADCO on a short lead-time for a produced water filtration system at an offshore pilot plant in Abu Dhabi.

Submit your technical papers for the VDMA conference
The final date to apply for a technical paper to be presented at the VDMA’s International Rotating Equipment Conference 2012 is 10th December 2011. The complete text of the accepted technical paper must be submitted by 13th April 2012.

Wärtsilä to acquire Hamworthy in £383mn deal
Finland’s Wärtsilä Technology Oy Ab has made a recommended £8.25 per share cash offer for Hamworthy plc, valuing the pump, separator and water systems manufacturer at £383 million.

Process pump disc couplings from Power Transmissions
Power Transmissions International has launched a range of high speed disc couplings designed specifically for the process pump OEM market.

Help name the winners of the 2012 Pump Industry Awards
The organisers of the UK Pump Industry Awards are now welcoming nominations for the next awards ceremony, which takes place on 22 March 2012 in Solihull, UK.

HMS upgrades pumps for Transneft
Russian pump maker HMS Group has secured a RUB186 million contract with the Russian oil-trunk pipelines operator Transneft to carry out replacement, upgrade and overhaul of its pumping units.

South America for growth and diversity
One of the biggest areas of growth for the pump industry over the last two decades has been in the South American and Latin American markets, particular in the oil and gas, mining and power generation industries. This expansion is partly thanks to the NAFTA agreement, changes in customs regulations and the desire of major manufacturers to diversify. Keith Loria reports.

Ruhrpumpen launches magnetic driven centrifugal process pump
Ruhrpumpen has developed the SCE-M, a magnetic drive system and axial thrust balancing pump for the petrochemical industry.

Registration opens for Hydraulic Institute 2012 annual meeting
The Hydraulic Institute will host its 2012 Annual Meeting at the Renaissance Vinoy in St Petersburg, Florida from 8-14 February 2012.

Sulzer names interim CEO
Sulzer Corp chief financial officer Jürgen Brandt becomes interim chief executive officer of the company from 1 November 2011.

Europump becomes associate member of Orgalime
The European association of pump manufacturers, Europump, is now an associate member of Orgalime, the European engineering industries association.

Dover acquires Canadian progressive cavity pump maker
Industrial conglomerate Dover Corp has bought the Canadian progressive cavity pump manufacturer Oil Lift Technology Inc.

ClydeUnion to supply pumps for Takreer pipelines project
ClydeUnion Pumps has won a multi-million dollar contract from GS Engineering & Construction in Korea to deliver pumps for the Takreer Inter Refinery Pipelines (IRP-II) Project in the United Arab Emirates.

ITT expands in Australia with Blakers Pump acquisition
ITT Corp has signed an agreement to acquire Blakers Pump Engineers, a distributor of ITT’s Goulds Pumps brand in Australia.

Flowserve to acquire Lawrence Pumps
Flowserve Corp has entered into an agreement to acquire centrifugal pump maker Lawrence Pumps Inc.

Sulzer Pumps opens its first service centre in Russia
Sulzer Pumps has a pump service centre in Khimki, Moscow.

Flowserve unveils US$300mn share buyback
The Flowserve Corp board of directors has authorised a new program to repurchase up to US$300 million of its outstanding common stock.

Colfax in US$2.4bn bid to acquire Charter International
Colfax Corp has made a recommended offer to acquire Charter International plc in a US$2.4 billion cash and stock deal.

HMS gets RUB2.25bn credit line from Sberbank
Russian pump manufacturer HMS Group has secured a 3-year RUB2.25 billion credit line from the West Siberian branch of Sberbank.

Aker Solutions targets Swedish subsea market
Norwegian oil services company Aker Solutions has set up an office in Gothenburg, Sweden to grow its share of the Swedish subsea oil and gas market.

HI opens registration for 2011 autumn meeting
Registration is open for the Hydraulic Institute (HI)‘s fall (autumn) meeting, which will take place on 4–8 October 2011, at The Adolphus Hotel in Dallas, Texas, USA.

Heavy duty Blackhawk piston pumps
Blackhawk Technology Company has introduced two new heavy-duty models to its line of Apollo Electric Linear-Rod Pumps, which have solar and low-amp grid power options.

Lufkin Industries to acquire Quinn's Oilfield Supply
Oilfield pumping unit specialist Lufkin Industries is buying Quinn’s Oilfield Supply for approximately US$303 million in cash.

HMS Group seals Belarusian pump acquisition
Russia’s HMS Group has completed the acquisition of Bobruisk Machine Building Plant, a centrifugal pump manufacturer based in Belarus, in a US$9.6 million cash deal.

Hydromashservice wins multiphase pump station tender
Russia's Hydromashservice has won the tender to produce and supply Lukoil Trade House with an outdoor multiphase pump station for use in the Menzilinskoye oil field.

Blackmer introduces natural gas compressor line
Blackmer has developed a natural gas vapour recovery compressor that has been designed to handle wellhead operations in continuous duty or remote unmanned locations.

SPX to acquire ClydeUnion Pumps
Clyde Blowers Capital is selling ClydeUnion Pumps to SPX Corp for a headline price of £750 million.

Hamworthy plans new service centre in Brazil
Hamworthy is to open a new dedicated service centre in Brazil, with offices in Rio De Janeiro and planned workshops and warehousing operations in Macae.

2010 US pump statistics released
The latest Current Industrial Report covering pumps has been published by the US Department of Commerce.

Lewa establishes pump subsidiary in Dubai
German pump manufacturer Lewa has expanded its existing sales office in Dubai into a legally independent subsidiary.

SPX solves viscosity woes from low sulphur fuels
The EU directive calling for the use of marine fuels with a far lower sulphur content is causing pump manufacturers to examine how pumps that rely on the lubrication provided by heavier fuels can comply with this legislation. Rotary pump specialist PXhas responded by redesigning its triple screw pump.

PIA call for nominations now open
The organisers of the annual UK Pump Industry Awards (PIA), have announced that the call for nominations is now officially open.

HMS Group to acquire centrifugal pump company in Belarus
Russia’s HMS Group is acquiring 57% of the share capital of centrifugal pump manufacturer Bobruisk Machine Building Plant in a deal valued at US$9.6 million.

Weir to sell Cathcart site to ClydeUnion
Weir Group is selling its former Weir Pumps site at Cathcart, Glasgow to ClydeUnion for £25 million.

HMS supplies pumps to Vankor oil and gas field
Hydromashservice, a subsidiary of HMS Group, has delivered pumping equipment for the main transfer oil pumping station of Rosneft’s Vankor oil and gas field.

Senior appointments at Energy Recovery
Energy Recovery Inc has hired Ismail Nawaz as vice president, oil & gas product development and Baji Gobburi as director, water product development.

PTFE diaphragm for maximum pressures
An innovative pump head for the highest pressures features a PTFE diaphragm with special clamped support. The result is more cost efficient than conventional metal membrane pump heads, yet provides very high pressures for the latest oil and gas sector applications. World Pumps talks with Lewa's Martin Dreher.

Schlumberger CEO to retire
Schlumberger Ltd’s CEO Andrew Gould will retire on 1 August 2011.

Efficiency products from Wilden
Wilden has introduced two products for use with its Advanced Series of air-operated double-diaphragm pumps.

Oil-less piston pumps
Thomas, a Gardner Denver company, has developed the 319 Series of oil-less, WOB® Piston DC pumps and compressors.

KSB opens regional HQ in Dubai
KSB has officially opened its new KSB Middle East FZE facility in the Jebel Ali Free Zone (JAFZ) in Dubai.

HI announces mechanical seals webinars
The Hydraulic Institute (HI), in collaboration with the Fluid Sealing Association (FSA) and the International Sealing Distributors (ISD) will host a series of mechanical seals webinars, an overview of mechanical seals for pumps.

New VP of strategy integration at Pump Solutions Group
John Whalen has been appointed vice president of strategy integration at Dover Corporation’s Pump Solutions Group (PSG)

National Oilwell Varco to acquire Ameron in US$772mn deal
National Oilwell Varco Inc is to acquire Ameron International Corporation in an all cash deal valued at approximately US$772 million.

Flexible supply for extruder gear units
A European manufacturer of extruder gear units and vertical mills required individually configured, high capacity pumps to supply the gear units with lubricating and cooling liquid. Screw pumps proved succesful in meeting these elevated capacity requirements. The design avoids noise generation and provides a long service life by preventing premature wear to the pump.

Bran + Luebbe pumps with automated stroke length adjustment
SPX it is now supplying its Bran + Luebbe brand metering pumps with a fully automated stroke length adjustment device for operation in ATEX and flameproof areas.

Schlumberger acquires multiphase subsea pump specialist Framo Engineering
Schlumberger is buying the remaining 47.25% equity stake in Norwegian multiphase subsea pump and meter supplier Framo Engineering AS from Frank Mohn AS.

ITT and Saudi Aramco in pump procurement partnership
ITT Corp has signed a seven-year strategic partnership agreement with Saudi Arabian Oil Co (Saudi Aramco) to provide products and services, including pumps, for oil, gas and petrochemical projects in Saudi Arabia and internationally.

Colfax to shut Portland plant
Colfax Corp is closing its plant in Portland, Maine, with production of its Portland Valve products moving to the company’s facilities in Warren, Massachusetts.

Sulzer Pumps opens service centre in Saudi Arabia
Sulzer Pumps has opened a new service centre for engineered and pre-engineered pumps in Al Khobar, Saudi Arabia to serve the local petroleum, power generation and water markets.

Weir Group acquires Korean valve manufacturer
The Weir Group plc is acquiring a majority interest in the South Korean valve business formerly operated by HIM Tech Co Ltd.

Amarinth completes pump testing facility
Amarinth has completed its new test facility at the pump company’s Rendlesham site in the UK, providing additional capacity to handle its ever increasing order book.

Valve withstands pressures of 5400 psid
Lee Products, a UK producer of fluid control components has developed a high pressure relief valve designed for flow control applications that require a high relief pressure and a high flow.

Selection of gas compressors: part 1
Gas compressors find a wide range of uses, from internal combustion engines and industrial processes to domestic gas supply and refrigeration. In this first article of a nine-part series, Eduardo Larralde and Rafael Ocampo set out the basics, discussing the theoretical laws that govern the behaviour of compressors and the parameters fundamental to their design.

Sulzer loses CEO
Sulzer president and CEO Ton Büchner is leaving the company to become CEO of AkzoNobel, the coatings and specialty chemicals company.

AxFlow Finland acquires pump service company
Finland’s AxFlow Oy has bought the Finnish pump service and piping contractor TM-Palvelu Oy.

Hydromashservice tests pipeline pumps
HMS Group company Hydromashservice has successfully conducted acceptance tests of new trunk pipeline pump units to be installed in the Purpe-Samotlor and ESPO-2 pipelines.

Europump elects new president
KSB senior vice president Dr Sönke Brodersen is the new president of Europump, the European Association of Pump Manufacturers.

KSB pumps cool water in Qatar
KSB AG has secured a multi million euro order for pumps for one of the world’s largest seawater cooling plants in the industrial city of Ras Laffan in Qatar.

Baker Hughes wins Chevron Big Foot ESP contract
Baker Hughes Inc is to supply electrical submersible pumping (ESP) systems and production packers for seven producing wells for Chevron USA Inc's Gulf of Mexico deepwater Big Foot Project.

Groundwater remediation removes hydrocarbons
Oil skimmer specialist Abanaki Corp has developed six groundwater remediation systems designed for a variety of groundwater contamination applications with specific site requirements.

GE high tech for oil & gas sector
GE Oil and Gas provides turnkey solutions for refinery and petrochemical applications. World Pumps asked Claudio Materazzi, Chairman of the company, about the sectors it addresses and the rationale behind the company’s recently launched liquid CO2 re-injection pump, designed to remove oil from depleted fields

Amarinth strengthens UK OEM sales operation
Centrifugal pump maker Amarinth has appointed a new UK original equipment manufacturer (OEM) sales manager.

HMS Group supplies pump station to Surgutnaftegaz
HMS Neftemash has delivered a pumping unit to Russian oil and gas company Surgutneftegaz.

Amarinth wins its first pump order in Saudi Arabia
Just weeks after centrifugal pump manufacturer Amarinth signed GAS Arabian Services as its agent for Saudi Arabia, the new partnership has secured an order from Saudi International Petrochemical Co (Sipchem) for an API 610 petrochemical pump.

Bornemann Pumps develops subsea skimmer
Germany’s Bornemann Pumps has developed a subsea skimmer that can clean up deepwater oil leaks before they reach the surface.

Amarinth moves into Malaysian pump market
Centrifugal pump manufacturer Amarinth has secured Petronas approved vendor status and signed Geveke Oil & Gas Malaysia Sdn Bhd as its agent for Malaysia.

Wood Group divests Well Support division
Wood Group has completed the disposal of its Well Support division to GE Energy Manufacturing Inc.

Subsea electric motor tests a success
Flowserve has successfully completed the full load performance testing of a 6.6 kV, 3.5 MW, high-torque subsea electric motor.

Blackmer expands range of motor speed pumps
Blackmer has developed two new models in its LGL150 Series of motor-speed pumps, and upgraded a version of its LGL158B motor-speed pump.

Permira to buy BakerCorp
The private equity firm Permira is acquiring BakerCorp, a provider of containment, pumping, filtration and shoring equipment rental solutions, for US$960 million.

Using hybrids for flow maintenance
Using hybrids for flow maintenance Frank Hassert discusses why many applications benefit from using multifunction hybrid pumps, which combine side-channel technology with standard centrifugal pumps. The side-channel pump hydraulics enable the pump to achieve pump heads many times higher than those generated by a centrifugal pump.

John Crane secures significant first-fit order for Australian LNG project
John Crane GmbH has won a major new contract to supply engineered sealing technology solutions to a major Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) production project in Australia.

Framo Engineering wins major Chevron subsea pumping contract
Chevron USA Inc has awarded Framo Engineering the contract for engineering, procurement, manufacturing and delivery of complete subsea pumping systems for the Jack and St Malo fields in the Gulf of Mexico.

Flowserve makes wireless acquisition
Flowserve Corp has bought the assets of FEDD Wireless LLC, a small, privately owned wireless data acquisition company based in Houston, Texas, USA.

Weir SPM expands Fort Worth plant
Weir Oil & Gas is investing US$40 million to extend the capacity of its Weir SPM manufacturing and service facility in Fort Worth, Texas.

Pump Industry Awards 2011 - winners
The 2011 Pump Industry Awards Gala Dinner was held in Coventry, UK on Wednesday the 23 March.

KSB to exhibit at shipping fair
KSB Group plans to exhibit at the international marine technology fair, Nor-Shipping 2011, where it will showcase pumps and valves designed for employment on different types of ships.

HMS repays RUB3.3bn of indebtedness
Russian pump manufacturer The HMS Group has repaid RUB3.3 billion of its outstanding indebtedness.

Rodelta Pumps opens UK office
Centrifugal pump maker Rodelta Pumps International BV has opened a new sales office in the UK.

Maximising biogas production efficiency
The biofuels sector, including biogas, is a fast growing industry because it means less reliance on fossil fuels, and it is sustainable. However, biomass is a difficult media, so has to be broken down to allow pumping to take place efficiently and to maximize biogas production. Harald Vogelsang explains.

ClydeUnion Pumps forms joint venture in Indonesia
ClydeUnion Pumps has set up a joint venture with PT Duraquipt Cemerlang in Indonesia.

Weir funds research centre at University of Strathclyde
The Weir Group is investing almost £2 million in a dedicated research facility to be located in The University of Strathclyde’s newly established Technology and Innovation Centre in Glasgow, Scotland.

Pumps on show at PVP event
A number of important pump manufacturers will be showcasing their products at the Pumps Valves & Pipes Africa Exhibition, which takes place in Johannesburg, South Africa, from 7-9 June 2011.

Hydraulic Institute elects new 2011 board of directors and officers
The Hydraulic Institute, the largest association of pump manufacturers and suppliers to the pump industry in North America, has a new board of directors and officers for 2011.

Atlas Copco seals JC Carter acquisition
Atlas Copco Mafi-Trench has completed the acquisition of JC Carter’s pump business.

JC Carter delivers pumps for LNG terminal expansion in Portugal
Cryogenic submerged motor pump manufacturer JC Carter has supplied eight third generation, high-efficiency liquid natural gas (LNG) pumps to the Sines LNG terminal expansion in Portugal.

Netzsch opens offices in South Africa and the United Arab Emirates
The Netzsch Group's Pumps & Systems Business Unit has set up a subsidiary in South Africa and a sales office in the United Arab Emirates.

SPP Pumps forms new energy division
SPP Pumps says that its new SPP Energy Division can offer reductions in energy consumption and system running costs of more than 20%.

Low fuel lubricity in thin distillates
To meet future pollution control regulations, ships will be obliged to switch from viscous high-sulphur heavy fuel oil to poorly lubricating thin distillate fuels. By using seal-less pumps, two heavy lift ships working in northern waters are tackling the problems of premature wear, high repair costs and failure associated with distillates.

KSB to supply pumps for coal gasification in India
KSB AG will deliver 44 process pumps as well as various auxiliary systems and frequency inverters by April 2011 for a coal gasification plant in the east Indian state of Orissa.

Recent activities in MENA countries
The Middle East and North Africa (MENA) regions have, collectively, the world’s largest supplies of oil and gas. However, other industries such as desalination, water supply, mining and power generation also provide an important market for pump suppliers. James Hunt gives an overview of some of the latest activities in these areas.

Colfax Corp acquires Rosscor Holding
Pump specialist Colfax Corp has bought Rosscor Holding BV, a Dutch supplier of multiphase pumping technology (MPP) and related technologies for the global oil & gas market.

Wood Group sells Well Support division to GE
GE Oil & Gas is acquiring John Wood Group plc’s Well Support division, including its electric submersible pump business, in a US$2.8 billion deal.

HMS Group begins trading on the London Stock Exchange
Russian pump manufacturer HMS Hydraulic Machines & Systems Group plc has started trading on the London Stock Exchange under the ticker HMSG.

Weir Iraq cash supports water, humanitarian projects
Some of the money recently confiscated from the Weir Group for breaching UN sanctions on Iraq will be spent on Iraqi water projects.

New website from Ruhrpumpen
Ruhrpumpen has redesigned its website.

German companies host pavilion at PVP Africa
The Southern-African German Chamber of Commerce and Industry and the German-African Business Association will jointly host a pavilion at the Pumps, Valves and Pipes Africa 2011 Exhibition.

Wood Group considers sale of electric submersible pump business
Wood Group says that it is evaluating the possible sale of its Well Support division.

VDMA sets the date for 10th Pump Users International Forum 2012
The VDMA Pumps + Systems Association’s 10th Pump Users International Forum will take place in Düsseldorf, Germany from 27–28 September 2012.

Reducing avoidable pressure losses
Industrial plants frequently employ oversized pumps out of caution. Pressure losses, and consequently energy consumption, may thus be unnecessarily high. Dr Walter Schicketanz explains in detail how such avoidable pressure drops can be determined both theoretically and in the field, as well as examining how to reduce them.

JC Carter to supply 22 pumps for Singapore LNG terminal
JC Carter LLC, the cryogenic submerged motor pump company, is to design and manufacture 22 third generation pumps for the liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal that is being built on Jurong Island, Singapore.

PeopleFlo sells EnviroGear to Dover’s Pump Solutions Group
PeopleFlo Manufacturing Inc is to spin off its EnviroGear pump line to Dover Corp’s Pump Solutions Group (PSG).

Gabelli hosts 21st Annual Pump, Valve & Motor Symposium
Gabelli & Co Inc’s 21st Annual Pump, Valve & Motor Symposium will be held on 17 February 2011 in New York.

Gardner Denver partnership to improve blower motors
Gardner Denver has partnered with magnetic bearing specialist Synchrony, Inc which will add its high-speed motors on magnetic bearings into Gardner Denver’s new Hoffman Revolution line of high-speed aeration blowers for the water and wastewater treatment markets.

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Flowserve 2010 bookings up 8.8%
Flowserve Corp’s bookings for the full year 2010 were approximately US$4.2 billion, an 8.8% increase on 2009 levels.

Atlas Copco acquires cryogenic pump business
Atlas Copco Mafi-Trench LLC USA has signed an agreement to acquire JC Carter LLC’s pump business.

Weir celebrates 140th anniversary
2011 marks the 140th anniversary of the Weir Group plc.

KSB showcases waste water lifting units
KSB plans to exhibit its new generation of Ama-Drainer-Box waste water lifting units at the ISH show, which takes place in Frankfurt, Germany, from 15-19 March.

Amarinth adds new pump agent in Saudi Arabia
Amarinth, the centrifugal pump manufacturer, has signed GAS Arabian Services as its new territory sales and marketing agent for Saudi Arabia.

Mouvex introduces CC20 eccentric disc pump
Mouvex has introduced the CC20 range of Eccentric Disc truck transport pumps to the North American market.

Pump industry: merger & acquisition
Over the past ten years, the number of M&A transitions in the fragmented global pump industry proved it was not immune to the macroeconomic forces that stifled M&A activity in many other industries. Brendan Tierney presents an overview.

Hamworthy wins breakthrough offshore pump order in Brazil
Hamworthy has received a £30 million contract from the Brazilian shipyard Engevix Construcões Oceânicas SA to supply cargo pumping systems for eight Floating Production Storage and Offloading vessels (FPSOs).

Robbins & Myers completes T-3 Energy Services acquisition
T-3 Energy Services Inc is now a wholly-owned subsidiary of Robbins & Myers Inc.

Russian pump manufacturer plans London IPO
Russian pump maker HMS Hydraulic Machines & Systems Group plc has announced plans for an initial public offering (IPO) on the London Stock Exchange.

Armstrong offers smaller expansion system
Armstrong has launched Armex II, a new range of high volume pressurisation and degassing systems in its Armex range.

Dover acquires Harbison-Fischer
Dover Corp has bought Harbison-Fischer Inc, a manufacturer of down-hole rod pumps and related products, in a US$402.5 million deal.






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