Pentair to expand Korean ball valves facility

Pentair Valves & Controls is expanding its Anseong manufacturing facility in South Korea, the company announced on Tuesday.

The plant will now also produce trunnion mounted ball valves under Pentair’s FCT brand, reflecting the company’s commitment to meeting customers’ needs in the region while helping to satisfy the demand for Korean-manufactured products.

The expanded facility enables Pentair to supply ball valves for local projects, offering Korean EPC customers high-quality products, shorter lead times and cost savings, according to company officials. 

Operations at the plant include valve manufacture, assembly and testing for critical applications in the on- and offshore oil & gas, marine and LNG industries. 

The plant will produce forged carbon steel and FCT-branded stainless steel ball valves, certified to API 6D and API 607, in sizes up to 24 inches. Superior design features, such as an anti-blow-out stem shouldered inside the body, and a three-barrier stem sealing, ensure complete fire safety and fugitive emission control for maximum protection and reliability. 

In addition, the valve’s true double block and bleed control at full rating with high trim resistance helps to provide a longer service life in critical process applications, such as water hammers, according to Pentair representatives.

“The expansion of our capabilities at the Anseong facility is an exciting development that will offer numerous benefits to meet the needs of our Korean customers,” said Luc Joosens, global business director for ball valves at Pentair Valves & Controls. “Increasing our manufacturing efforts in the Korean market demonstrates our commitment to working closely with customers, and serving their local needs to facilitate more efficient operations.”

The Anseong facility expansion builds on Pentair’s FCT valve technology and expertise from its FCT flagship plant in Saint Juery, France, as well as those in Rescaldina, Italy, Sharjah, UAE, and Chengdu, China.

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