Mcilvaine Insights


No. 123   October 22, 2019


Weekly selected highlights in flow control, treatment and combustion from the many McIlvaine publications.

·       POWER-GEN New Orleans Nov. 18-21 APC and Valve Tour Guides Updated


·       Market Research from Leonardo DaVinci to IIoW

·       Indian Valve Companies form an Association with Lots of Power Plant Experience


·       Coal Gasification Conference Next Month in India




POWER-GEN New Orleans Nov. 18-21 APC and Valve Tour Guides Updated


Power-Gen has  a number of courses, speeches and exhibits with useful information about air pollution control and valves. Last week we published the following tour guides to assist decision makers in their scheduling. This guide was updated this week and will be continually updated until November 16 and the latest version will be on display at


There are two purposes


·       Help suppliers with programs to pursue the international market.

·       Help end users make lowest cost of ownership decisions.


Helping suppliers pursue the international market: McIlvaine and three other speakers will conduct a course for suppliers on Monday afternoon on ways to pursue international markets. One of the recommendations will be that suppliers analyze the exhibition activity at Power-Gen Asia, Power-Gen India and other exhibitions. The tour guides are a valuable resource for this purpose.


There is a guide  on resources for air pollution control and valves  generally. But there are also some special guides which include


·       Dry and Wet FGD Scrubbers

·       Electrostatic Precipitators Upgrades

·       Turbine Bypass Valves

·       Gas Turbine Inlet Filters



Market Research from Leonardo DaVinci to IIoW

Market research is treated as a peripheral management tool but due to the abundance of available knowledge today, it can and should be used as the foundation of business plans.

There was a point in time when Leonardo DaVinci would have been the best market researcher for anything to do with art, medical science, or military engineering.  However, the world’s knowledge has been growing at exponential rates. Furthermore this knowledge is easily accessible as part of the Industrial Internet of Wisdom (IIoW).  Leonardo would be astounded to learn that you can analyze employment at a competitor’s pump factory by using google earth to count the cars in the parking lot; or that you can obtain a detailed description of the equipment in that plant from publicly available environmental and safety permits.

Market research in the combust, flow, treat industries can be likened to a criminal investigation. You start with eye witness descriptions of the perpetrator. Then you create a police sketch representing the knowledge available. If this leads to an arrest, the next step is to prepare comprehensive evidence.


Since market research is typically considered to be a peripheral tool companies are content with guesstimates by sales and management people or a top down report by someone who is not familiar with the products and processes.  This level of effort is similar to just gathering eye witness descriptions.

When higher accuracy is deemed appropriate a company may acquire a McIlvaine multi-client report or an expensive study from one of the consulting firms. This is common in mergers and acquisitions. McIlvaine reports each contain as many as 50,000 forecasts for eight years for each product in each industry in each of 80 countries and sub regions.  This information is much more useful but could be classified as a high quality police sketch.

If market research is going to be the foundation of the business plan it requires more detailed information and the input of subject matter ultra-experts. The typical McIlvaine multi-client  reports have forecasts for each of 80 countries and regions segmented into 13  industries.



Food can be further segmented.



The food oil segment can be then be segmented by oil type. This is quite important since palm oil and soybean oil are produced in different areas with unique processes.



Forecasts of purchases by companies comprising 70 percent or more of the market are provided with the multi-client reports.  This would include companies such as Cargill and ConAgra which are among the ten largest food industry purchasers of combust, flow, and treat products.



In the multi-client report forecasts are supplied for the two largest food oil producers among a total of ten food producers and 100 total purchasers of combust, flow and treat products.

In a further customized multi-client report just on the food industry, there would be ten food oil companies analyzed among 100 food companies.  A further custom analysis of food oil companies would provide forecasts for 250 producers.

If this level of analysis is pursued for each industry, forecasts are produced for several thousand companies comprising 90 percent of the purchases for most industries. This is because 99 percent of the purchases are made by companies which already utilize the type of product being analyzed.  This is not true in lithium recovery, biopharmaceuticals, and manufactured frac sands where there are many new entries.  However this new group represents less than 3 percent of the total market.

The approach  does also not adequately  cover industry segments which are going to be driven by new technology or regulations.  However, McIlvaine is involved with the new technology in many areas including recommending specific pursuits such as

Biomass Ready Coal Fired Plants and Massive Tree Planting will be the Compromise Climate Change Solution

The Future of Biopharmaceuticals will Depend on Perceived Value vs Cost

Join the Debate on Insitu Rare Earth Recovery

McIlvaine is also involved in those areas of the world where the most combust, flow and treat expansion is taking place.

India will be a Major Purchaser of Dry Scrubbers

This detailed market research makes sales leads obsolete and provides the basis for collaboration.

 Would You Rather Share Sales Leads with Your Allies or with Your Competitors?

More information on the multi-client market reports is found at and then click on markets.

Bob McIlvaine can answer your questions at  direct  847 784 0013 cell 847 226 2391


Indian Valve Companies form an Association with lots of Power Plant Experience


The Indian Valve and Actuator Manufacturers Association (IVAMA) was  formed this year  to support the betterment of the Indian Valve Industry. The objective of IVAMA is to be the “Voice of the Industry” to facilitate Growth Opportunities for its members and be a gateway to the Global Valve Community. IVAMA will offer its members an array of services ranging from Education & Training, Networking Opportunities, Access to Market Information, and Updates on Projects, Policy Advocacy & Conferences. IVAMA will work closely with Government agencies influencing policy framework.


IVAMA will be a platform to enhance business and develop newer markets by interacting with other Member Industries, Global Businesses, State & Central Governments. It will organize specialized conferences to nurture capabilities and sustain competencies in the Indian Valve Industry.


The McIlvaine Company has already been working with the group and with Mission Energy to explore opportunities for working with the Indian power producers. Here are some of the members and their activities in Power.


Advance Valves, Noida Uttar Pradesh


Advance has a wide range of valves to meet the requirements of the Power sector. It offers a  double-eccentric design for  butterfly valves for CW, FW & DM Water applications, and the high-performance Triple eccentric Butterfly valves for Steam-based and high-pressure applications. Dual plate check valves are a superior NRV option as compared to the swing-check valve.


The Triple Eccentric valve has an intrinsic fire-safe design, which makes it suitable for numerous applications, including steam-based applications where temperatures are in excess of 750 deg C. In fact, this valve can replace the bulkier Gate Valve as well, in certain applications. Advance  has recently supplied  an 1800 mm  Metal-Seated Triple Eccentric Butterfly to Bhushan Power Plant in Orissa. Clients in this sector include NTPC, BHEL, NPCIL, Bhushan Power, Alstom Power, Jindal Power, Larsen & Toubro, Tata Power, MSEB, BSES and many others, including those who have developed their own captive power plants.


AUMA, Bangalore Karnataka


AUMA recently  supplied nearly 2300 actuators for six large coal-fired power plants being built by NTPC, AUMA India provided  500 actuators for each of the three plants at Lara, in Chhattisgarh; Barh in Bihar and Gadarwara in Madhya Pradesh. Another 484 actuators were delivered to Malwa, also in Madhya Pradesh, 306 to two smaller projects at Meja in Uttar Pradesh and Solapur in Maharashtra.


The six projects range in size from 2 x 660 MW to 5 x 800 MW and all except the Lara plant are supercritical. The actuators are deployed for intelligent valve control across all processes within the plants, including feedwater treatment, steam generation, combustion air control, turbine control, flue gas management, and cooling water supply. 


GM, Metoda Gujarat


The company was founded in 1986 and is a diversified valve manufacturer serving the nuclear power, oil, gas, fertilizer and certain other industries. Clients include BHEL, Andhra Pradesh  State Electricity, and Gujarat State Electricity.


Kitz, Maharashtra


Trunnion-mounted ball valves are supplied to the power industry by distributors including  Concorde Valves in Mumbai.


L&T Valves, Chennai Tamal Nadu


L&T Power offers turnkey solutions for both coal- and gas-based power plants in addition to valves. Earlier this month the Power business of Larsen & Toubro (L&T) had successfully placed into operation two thermal power units of 660 MW each at NTPC’s Khargone Super Thermal Power Project in Madhya Pradesh and Tanda Thermal Power Station in Uttar Pradesh. This has enabled NTPC to add 1320 MW capacity to the national grid and has also demonstrated L&T’s capabilities in executing complex power projects in the country.


The 660 MW Khargone unit is the country’s first ultra-supercritical unit set up on a complete engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) basis. Ultra-supercritical units feature steam parameters of 600 degree Celsius and 270 kg/cm2 pressure resulting into higher efficiencies, enabling plants to consume less coal resulting in lesser emissions in comparison to sub-critical and supercritical power plants. The 660 MW Tanda unit is equipped with a supercritical boiler manufactured by L&T-MHPS Boilers Pvt Ltd, a joint venture company of L&T and Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems (MHPS), Japan. The Khargone and Tanda projects are each of 2x660 MW capacity.


Microfinish,  Hubli Karnataka


Established in 1971, Microfinish group is a  manufacturer of ball valves, bellows sealed globe valves, process pumps, gate globe and check valves, pneumatic actuator and automated units. Microfinish products can be found in many power plants installations. Valves are used in fuel lines, HP and LP steam, condensate, hot gas, flue gas, fly ash as well as utilities such as cooling water and compressed air.  The Microfinish knifegate valves are included in the following article.


Oswal Kalol, Gujarat


The company can produce 36,000 valves per year at its 110,000 m2 facility. It has a steel foundry making alloy castings. It specializes in globe, gate, and check valves.


Rotork, Chennai Tamil Nadu


The extensive, state-of-the-art Jigani plant, situated in Bangalore, was built in 2010. The Rotork plant provided  additional manufacturing capacity for the burgeoning Indian valve actuation markets, complementing the existing Rotork factory at Chennai, which  also received substantial investment for expansion.

The Jigani plant is designed to manufacture product ranges from Rotork Controls, Rotork Fluid Systems and Rotork Gears, including two assembly lines for the local manufacture of the  IQPro intelligent electric actuator range.

The latest generation of Rotork Skilmatic SI3 electro-hydraulic actuators have been supplied to one of India’s leading state-owned oil companies to operate 42" and 48" triple offset butterfly valves on vital safety-related tank farm duties.


SchuF, Coimbatore. Tamil Nadu


The SchuF Group designs and manufactures industrial valves that control, isolate, divert, or sample gases, liquids, slurries or powders. The range of industrial valves are ideal for difficult or severe service conditions found in the chemical, petrochemical, polymer, oil, gas, refining and offshore industries.


SchuF has developed five leading valve designs for coal gasification. From the very earliest coal gasification plants in South Africa (Sasol) to the latest installations in the USA (GE, and Valero) to Shell and Siemens in Europe, you will find SchuF valves.


Mission Energy is holding a conference on coal gasification the 27th and 28th of November in New Delhi.  Valves are crucial components in the many severe service applications  in gasifying coal to make syn gas or liquids. In light of the fighting and uncertain supply of Middle East LNG, India will be looking closer at the coal gasification alternative. So, this conference will be a good one for IVAMA members. 


TrilliumHubli, Karnataka


Trillium Flow Technologies (“Trillium”) was  formerly Weir Flow Control (“WFC”), until earlier this year. It  consists of the same 15 established global pump and valve brands servicing the power generation, oil and gas, water and wastewater, mining, and industrial sectors. These include: Sarasin-RSBD, Blakeborough®, Atwood & Morrill®, Hopkinsons®, SEBIM™, BDK™, Batley Valve®, AutoTork™, and Tricentric® for valves, and Gabbioneta™, WSP™, WEMCO®, Roto-Jet®, Floway®, and Begemann® for pumps.

Some years ago, Weir  purchased BDK. It is based in the southern state of Karnataka, BDK specializes in valve manufacturing for energy sectors. At the time the Weir Group already owned two other Indian facilities in the mining and power station sectors

In 2017 BKK secured a £1.4m contract to supply  Indian EPC contractor M/S Tata Projects Ltd with innovative butterfly valves. The valves are to be installed in the Sri Damodaram Sanjeevaiah thermal power station, a coal-based plant with 1600 MW capacity located near Andhra Pradesh. Weir BDK™ is working closely with M/S Tata Projects to ensure optimal service-life on their new valves and in turn, improve efficiencies across their power station.

This order comprises a range of specialized Butterfly valves with sizes up to 2900mm, featuring hydraulic cylinders, which are custom designed to deliver resilience in high temperature applications and dependable service-life.

VelanCoimbatore, Tamil Nadu


Velan operates a modern 100,000 FT2 valve manufacturing plant in India.  It incorporates the latest technologies such as robotic fusion  welding. There is an integrated cleanroom where final processing of valves required to be ultra clean are assembled. Details are explained in a YouTube video.


Velan Valves are used at Barth 1-3 Supercritical Units of National Thermal Power Corp. Technoprom Export purchased $20 million worth of valves from Velan Inc. for the three 660-MW units. The Velan German sales distribution subsidiary, Velan GmbH, booked the  order which  included high-pressure gate, globe, and check valves and steam traps manufactured by Velan, as well as safety valves with silencers, control valves, butterfly valves, and actuators manufactured by six other companies in Europe. Here are other details from the McIlvaine World Power Generation Projects: Location: India, Bihar’  Startup Date: 2013,Size: 1980 MW, Primary Fuel: Coal    


Coal Gasification Conference 
Next Month in India


GASIFICATION INDIA 2019 will be held November 28-29 in New Delhi.   


It is an all-inclusive, proficient platform that provides an in-detail analysis of extensive drivers, challenges, restraints, opportunities, present market trends and approach influencing the global gasification industry together with projections and forecasts. GASIFICATION INDIA 2019 covers processing technique, investment plan, services as well as network management. In addition, it discusses gasification supply chain, financial support, retailers' analysis, and marketing channels. Moreover, it describes gasification market entry strategies, opportunities and development challenges predicting the future growth of the gasification market across the globe by integrating the information with relevant findings.


In our Alerts in the last few months we have reported on the Chinese initiative to rely less on LNG and more on a $30 billion pipeline being built by Sinopec to move gasified coal to cities around the country as a fuel for turbines and furnaces. With the uncertain future in the areas of current LNG production this is a prudent decision. India is in a similar situation with little local availability of natural gas but abundant coal.


One of the challenges of successfully operating a gasification plant is to purchase reliable valves to handle the severe conditions. One of the gasification India sponsors is a valve manufacturer. Antiwear is a leading valve manufacturer that can produce ball valve, butterfly valve, double wedge gate valve, blow back valve, sliding plate valve, check valve, regulating valve, rotating disc valve and other special functional valves. Antiwear-supplied valves are widely used in the coal chemical industry. And Antiwear has been qualified by Shell-SCGPOMBPall and other gasifier process technologies.

Moreover Antiwear has many experiences supplying valves for GE-Texaco, Shell-SCGP, E-GASU-GASHY-GASR-GASHT-LTriggerSiemens GSPCHOREN and other gasifier technologies. Antiwear is appreciated by more and more clients due to perfect performance of the valves including lock hopper unit valve, oxygen service valve, BBV, metal and soft-seated ball valve, triple-offset valve and other functional valve.


After more than a year of operation, Shenhua Ningxia coal converts more than 4 million tons of coal-to-liquid products by indirect liquefaction. Antiwear provided over 300 sets of valves including ball and other types. The  double disk valve has performed without jamming, leaking or deterioration.


The project successfully broke the foreign monopoly on the coal chemical industry core technology due to performance of the valves compared to those from international companies.


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