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Severe Service

Our mission is to be the preferred solutions provider of high-quality engineered valves, flow control products and services through the unique combination of engineering know-how and technology to solve our customer’s toughest and most critical applications.

Technology Highlights

  • CCI supplying world’s largest gas to liquids plant

    To provide premium service DRAG Valves for the world’s largest gas-to-liquid (GtL) plant.

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  • Combined know-how overcomes operating problems at LNG plant

    One of the largest LNG projects in the world, focused on energy optimisation and the environment – turned to our Severe Service business to provide critical ball valves that can meet cryogenic temperatures of less than -162°C and provide 100% shutoff with proven reliability.

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  • Oil production company benefits from reliable solution to vibration control problems.

    Pan American Energy engages in the exploration and production of oil and gas in Argentina.

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Market Characteristics

For more than 50 years, Severe Service has been the leading provider of highly engineered fluid control solutions in the power generation, oil & gas, petrochemical, iron & steel and nuclear industries.

Each of these sectors faces a number of significant challenges including:

  • Urbanisation, the demand for resources is driving existing plants to be either more efficient or to upgrade for higher performance
  • Legislation, safety and quality regulations are getting stricter and more recently, compliance to fugitive emission standards demand better valve solutions
  • Emerging markets, higher demand for energy is driving the need for improved reliability in small capacity as well as super-critical plants, which have higher outputs and more stringent requirements, resulting in greater reliance on bespoke engineered valves

Our business is strategically placed to support all of our customers’ challenges, with proven technology, applications know-how and solutions that are sustainable and cost effective.

Engineering Advantage

We deliver Engineering Advantage to our customers through the unique combination of engineering know-how and fluid controls technology. At the heart of Engineering Advantage is customer value. Our staff of over 400 engineers worldwide understand how to convert industry knowledge, market insights, and our customer’s toughest challenges into solutions that give our customers a competitive advantage.

Knowledge & Experience

Our relentless drive to solve customer fluid control problems has resulted in the creation of two proprietary training programs:

  • The Valve Doctor® program, which is focused on developing world-class talent in the field of severe service flow control solutions, and
  • The Severe Service University, which is focused on furthering customer education on severe service solutions.

We have over 50 Valve Doctors® globally and we aim to identify an additional 50 people in the next year to ensure we lead the way with our application experience. They are the result of a comprehensive, multi-year programme that exposes these experts to real world issues where they work with our customers to anticipate their future needs. Our Valve Doctors® differentiate us because they have:

  • Decades of experience in the valve market
  • Commissioned Severe Service equipment at plants and as a result have detailed insights
  • Integral valve/plant knowledge to troubleshoot and solve customer problems

Our Severe Service University further helps to establish us at the forefront of valve technology and is for customers who want to understand more about how to achieve the highest levels of performance and reliability.

Global Reach

IMI Severe Service has over 200,000 valves in operation currently around the world supported by a global sales and service network. Additionally, we have factories located in 12 countries staffed by over 3,000 highly committed employees. We are unique in the industry for our direct sales approach and dedicated support for customers world-wide with the ability to supply parts at short notice, undertake major plant upgrades and overhaul and repair existing equipment.

At a Glance

  • Revenue 2013: £716m
  • Profit 2013: £116.8m
  • Employees: 4,300

Main Markets

  • Fossil power
  • Nuclear power
  • Liquefied natural gas (LNG)
  • Iron & steel
  • Petrochemical and refining

Location

We operate in five main regions. View our interactive map to find out where we operate.

Highlights

Acquisition of Grupo InterAtiva (“InterAtiva”), a Brazilian isolation valve business, for an initial cash consideration of £22m.

Acquisition of Remosa SpA and related companies, a leading engineering business specialising in valves and related flow control products for severe applications, for an enterprise value of approximately €100m.

Acquisition of TH Jansen Armaturen GmbH ('THJ') for an enterprise value of €17.5m.