Movers and Shakers: Emerson acquisition; new KROHNE facility; Grundfos’ HI approval

May 30, 2018

The Emerson acquisition is expected to close in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2018.

Mergers, acquisitions, expansions and partnerships

Emerson to buy Aventics from Triton

Emerson agreed on terms to acquire Aventics from Triton for 527 million euros. Aventics deals in smart pneumatics technologies that power machine and factory automation applications. The acquisition builds on Emerson’s capabilities in discrete and hybrid automation markets, including food and beverage, packaging, automotive assembly and medical equipment. Emerson’s offering creates a broad portfolio of fluid control and pneumatic devices that incorporate sensing and monitoring capabilities to improve system uptime and performance, enhance safety and optimize energy usage.

The Emerson acquisition is expected to close in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2018 subject to regulatory approvals, Aventics’ finalization of necessary consultations and other customary closing conditions. With central offices in Germany, Aventics has approximately 2,100 employees globally with five manufacturing locations and 2017 sales of $425 million.

KROHNE unveils flow and level instrument manufacturing facility

KROHNE Inc. opened its flow and level instrument manufacturing and calibration facility in Beverly, Massachusetts. The headquarters will produce a variety of new and existing flow and level products while continuing to serve as the main distribution hub to North American markets. Administration, sales, service and marketing and a new training center will also be located in Beverly. The production building will be connected to a two-story office building, tripling the floor space compared to the existing facility in Peabody, Massachusetts. Production and distribution operations will be transferred to the new space.

TUV SUD NEL completes multiphase flow test facility structure

Flow measurement research and development specialist TUV SUD NEL completed the building for its 16-million-euro Advanced Multiphase Facility. An extensive fit-out is the next phase in the project. Once finished, the facility’s test capabilities to replicate extreme production conditions will double. 

Gardner Denver opens Argentina facility

Gardner Denver Petroleum & Industrial Pumps opened Gardner Denver Sudamerica, SRL, an 8,000-square-foot facility in Neuquen, Argentina. The newest location can support hydraulic fracturing, drilling, well service and water jetting customers throughout the Vaca Muerta shale basin and throughout South America.

Assured Automation relocates for future growth

A new, updated facility in Clark, New Jersey, is Assured Automation’s new home. The company moved from Roselle, New Jersey, to allow space for expansion as it grows. Assured Automation Vice President Mike O’Neill said the plans to move to a newer facility have been in the works for a while.

"Yes, we wanted a newer, larger building that would provide our current employees with an enhanced work environment but the bigger concern was that the building be able to handle the expansion of personnel and inventory that we are projecting for the near future," said O’Neill.

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Barry-Wehmiller Design Group establishes office in Washington

Barry-Wehmiller Design Group opened a new office in Bellingham, Washington, to strengthen its presence in the Pacific Northwest. The new office is located near a concentration of major oil refineries and advances the firm’s plan to expand its presence in the oil refining, natural gas processing and petrochemical sectors. The Bellingham office will work in close coordination with Design Group’s other engineering offices in the Pacific Northwest, including Seattle; Portland, Oregon; Boise, Idaho; and Kennewick, Washington. The regional engineering team will also draw from technical resources from Design Group’s offices located across the U.S. and India.

Design Group provides engineering and IT consulting for companies through the efforts of 1,400 engineering and technical specialists. Barry-Wehmiller supplies engineering consulting and manufacturing technologies for the packaging, corrugating, sheeting and paper-converting industries.

NES Global Talent, Pink Petro support women in industry jobs

NES Global Talent, a staffing firm that specializes in technology and engineering recruitment across multiple industries, partnered with Pink Petro to support women professionals in energy industry jobs. Over the past 40 years, NES Global Talent built its reputation on providing the oil and gas industry. The partnership with Pink Petro reflects NES’ commitment to ensuring that talent pool is highly diverse.

The partnership with Pink Petro will provide professional development, coaching and mentorship opportunities for NES professionals and executives. It also unites the NES Global Talent team of 650 with Pink Petro’s community of 10,000 energy leaders. 

In 2018, the company reached its 40th year servicing the oil and gas industry. NES has 10,000 mobilizations, more than 8,000 active contractors, more than 750 employees and more than 45 offices that serve 45 countries. The company won the Best International Recruitment Agency award at the 2018 Recruiter Awards.

Graphic courtesy of AW-Lake Company


AW-LAKE appoints sales channel manager

AW-Lake Company appointed Brian Hayes to the new role of TRICOR sales channel manager. He will focus on building and managing the North and South American sales channel, developing new international business opportunities and satisfying customer requirements for TRICOR Coriolis Flow Meters.

With a background in instrumentation, process automation and industrial digitalization, Hayes spent time as export sales manager in the U.K. for ABB, focused on business development in China, Europe and North America. In addition to holding a chemistry degree from Rowan University, Hayes is pursuing a business management degree from Duke University.

Graphic courtesy of Conval

Conval names refining and chemical industry manager

Conval, manufacturer of U.S.-made severe service valves, announced the appointment of Brian E. White as refining and chemical industry manager serving the petrochemical industry in the Gulf states and elsewhere as needs arise.

White has more than 20 years of experience selling instrumentation and capital equipment to the oil and gas, chemical, fluid power, shipbuilding, power, biopharmaceutical, analytical and construction industries. He previously held management and sales positions at Rawson, Circor Instrumentation Technologies, Thermo Fisher Scientific, Swagelok and Illinois Tool Works.

Awards, milestones and achievements

Grundfos approved through HI Pump Test Lab Approval Program

The Hydraulic Institute (HI) introduced member company, Grundfos CBS, as the latest company to have its pump test laboratory approved through the HI Pump Test Lab Approval Program.

The HI program assists pump OEMs and other pump test laboratories improve their current procedures and policies by working with a third-party auditor to develop and maintain accurate, uniform and repeatable pump testing protocols. The program also helps participating organizations adhere to the requirements of the international test laboratory accreditation standard (ISO 17025) concerning test measurement equipment.

NAI launches outreach initiative in Mexico, China

NAI, manufacturer of global connectivity solutions for high performance systems used in the industrial technology, telecom, data and medical industries, launched a new community outreach initiative. Community service objectives are: supporting the local communities in which NAI employees work and live by attending to the unique needs of the communities, enhancing NAI’s "Employer of Choice" initiatives and continuing to meet more citizens in local communities and building an esprit de corps outside of NAI work environments.

This strategy has been initiated in China and Mexico. The human resources departments at each of the facilities in these regions are responsible for the planning and implementation of the local outreach programs.

Team OwnLabs wins Ericsson Innovation Awards 2018

Team OwnLabs from Senegal was selected as the overall winner of the Ericsson Innovation Awards 2018. The team, from the Ecole Supérieure Polytechnique de Dakar and the Université de Ziguinchor in Senegal, seeks to address the lack of school labs in Africa by offering physics, chemistry and biology classes in a virtual reality environment via a smartphone.

The simplicity of OwnLabs’ idea to help young people find truth through experimental science and reach their full potential was the motivation behind the jury’s decision.

Team OwnLabs from Senegal has been selected as the overall winner of the Ericsson Innovation Awards 2018. Graphic courtesy of Ericsson

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