ABO Valve - European Valve Manufacturer - Has Established Own Branch in China
ABO Valve, Ltd
Olomouc, Czech Republic
Press release date: August 9, 2013
Czech Republic Czech valve manufacturer – ABO – continues to concentrate on more distant markets in Asia. First branch in the South-East Asia region was established in Singapore in 2010. Following a rapid expansion in sales in the region, ABO has opened its branch in Shanghai, China in August 2013. ABO manufactures wide range of valves - from economic ones up to high performance valves with certificates including API 609-0068.
“Initial plans for establishment of a branch in mainland China date almost 3 years back. Finally now, we are very proud that we are present on this very promising market. To promote our presence on the Chinese market we are exhibiting our valves on 2 shows in the region – MICONEX Beijing and Valve World Asia in Suzhou. As an European manufacturer we face obviously certain price oriented pressures, nevertheless, we believe (and our satisfied customers prove it) that it is really worth it to pay a little premium in order to get European quality valves,” says Miro Student, Global Commercial Director of ABO.
ABO is already supplying both centric, as well as high performance butterfly valves to different water treatment projects as well as oil storage projects in China. Within the region, other projects were realized in Indonesia (water cooling systems for cement units, water treatment plants) and Vietnam, whereby ABO products were supplied into projects for Floating Production, Storage and Offloading Systems. Number of projects was realized by Singapore branch directly in Singapore – mainly in the areas of offshore rigs, tank farms, water treatment and marine industry.
“We have managed to grow during the last 3 years at an average growth rate of 27 % annually. Our sales growth is currently driven by high performance valves, which are supplied into complex projects in the area of water treatment, oil gas transportation and storage and also power generation. Our new branch in China, with the support of our established Singapore branch, will cover the promising Chinese market much more efficiently than without direct presence on the market,” continues the explanation Miro Student. Thanks to certificates such as Lloyd’s Register, DVGW and API Monogram 609-0068, ABO is able to offer valves into demanding conditions in the area of transportation of oil & gas, as well as shipbuilding projects.
More information about most important certificates
ABO obtained during 2012 four important certificates: API 609-0068, DVGW, AD 2000 and Lloyd’s Register. These certificates widen the company certificates’ collection which already includes e.g. ISO 9001, TUV, GOSTR, ROSTECHNADZOR or TA Luft. Currently ABO works on number of other certificates, e.g. certificate Fire Safe for bigger DN valves.
“Continual work on ABO valve certifications shows our customers that ABO emphasizes quality in order to guarantee high quality of its products. It also demonstrates our technological maturity and strengthens our position among valves manufacturers. Even though it is always a long-term and complicated process, it is worth it as we gain customers’ trust,” adds Miro Student.
1. API Monogram License No. 609-0068 awarded to ABO butterfly valves by American Petroleum Institute (API) has strengthened ABO’s position among main European valve manufacturers as currently, butterfly valves with API 609 Monogram are offered - apart from ABO - just by 4 other Europe-based producers. This certification encompasses high requirements on supplies into oil & gas industry.
2. DVGW certificate was issued to ABO centric butterfly valves Series 900 (DN 32–400, PN 10) designated for gas distribution systems mainly in Germany and other European countries.
3. AD 2000 certificate verifies and recognizes ABO as manufacturer of valves without welding according to the rules of AD 2000-Merkblatt HP0, AD2000-Merklblatt A4 and AD 2000-Merkblatt HP100R and it is especially applicable to German oil & gas industry.
4. ABO centric valves Series 900 and eccentric valves Series 2E-5 obtained international certificate Lloyd’s Register which is an important condition for usage of valves in oil & chemical tankers as it ensures meeting of demanding safety limits.
About ABO company
ABO valve, s.r.o. is the largest producer of butterfly and check valves for industrial applications in the Czech Republic. The headquarters as well as the production facility is located in Olomouc, Czech Republic. Through a net of branches ABO exports its products to more than 50 countries all over the world. ABO offers a wide product range of butterfly valves for general and industrial applications, including double and triple offset high performance valves, knife-gate valves, ball and safety valves for the most demanding applications. ABO production facilities are certified in accordance to ISO 9001 quality system, furthermore, several valve series have been awarded European and international certificates such as TUV, GOSTR, Lloyd’s Register, DVGW and also API 609-0068. More information can be found on www.abovalve.com.