MechChem Africa

At the Africa Automation Fair 2017 at the Ticketpro Dome last month, Metso Flow Control demonstrated its niche range of valves, actuators and its universal valve controller. MechChem Africa visits the stand and talks to Douglas McCrum, regional sales manager for Flow Control and Steve Clark Metso’s director for the Africa market area.

Metso Neles Globe ValveAccording to Clark, Metso Flow Control has its roots in the Metso automation division, which specialised in valves, process control, condition monitoring and analytical equipment for the pulp and paper industry. “Most of this division was sold off to Finland-based Valmet in late 2015, which remains involved in pulp and paper automation,” he tells MechChem Africa.

“The valves side of the business, however, was retained and combined with Metso’s Pumps division, which has now been renamed Metso Flow Control,” he adds. Product areas managed by Flow Control include pumps, valves, valve actuators and a range of intelligent devices and accessories, including Metso’s new Neles NDX valve controller.

“While our pumps are used primarily in the minerals processing markets on the slurry pump side – where they are used in numerous applications including processing facilities and mill circuits distributed all across of Africa – our valve products tend to service completely different markets: pulp and paper; petrochemical, oil and gas; and the industrial gas markets, for example,” says Clark.

Metso’s valve products were originally manufactured in Finland in the 1950s under the Neles brand for the pulp and paper markets. “As the company grew, Metso acquired a US-based company called Jamesbury, which manufactures soft-seated ball and butterfly valves along with an actuator range.

“In 2011, we purchased a company called Mapag, a Linde-owned German valve manufacturer of a specialised butterfly valve range engineered for the industrial gas industry. Their specialised butterfly valve range includes very high pressure valves with cryogenic capabilities,” Clark continues.

“More recently, in 2013, Metso acquired a globe-valve manufacturing company in South Korea. This was our first real move away from rotary valves and into the linear valve market for flow control,” he relates.

“This is significant,” continues McCrum. “Previously, we had always been a rotary valve specialist, but with this acquisition, we now have a broader product scope which can service the majority of industry applications, especially where the applications have very specific requirements for either rotary or globe technology. “Globe valves, however, have long been an ideal flow control solution because it is possible to adapt their trim to precisely suit the type of flow required: to provide linear/proportional, balanced or unbalanced trim configurations, for example,” he explains.

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