A Look Back at 2015

Q1

Milestone

The Etanorm pump range is awarded an innovation prize in the “Pumps and Valves” category by the MM Maschinenmarkt trade journal. KSB has set standards internationally with this “mother of all standardised pumps”.

Logistics

The new central warehouse for standard products in Worms starts operations. It serves as a facility for handling and storing products that come from several European KSB factories and helps minimising delivery times and logistics costs.

FRANCE

A three-year contract is concluded between KSB and a major French company operating in the water industry. The contract covers the supply of pumps and mixers, as well as an agreement between the customer and the 29 KSB Service workshops in France.

Award

KSB receives an environment prize awarded by the Pump Industry Awards and the British Pump Manufacturers’ Association in 2015 for its “Pump as Turbine in Place of Pressure-Reducing Valve” solution. Pumps running in reverse can use hydropower to generate electricity while pressures are reduced.

Q2

Turkey

Staff and management celebrate the start of construction of the new mechatronics competence centre in Ankara. The centre will unite the production of circulators and state-of-the-art electrical and automation equipment. Production of pumps from the Smedegaard product range will commence in 2016 at the Turkish factory.

Luxembourg

The last boxes for a major valve order leave the factory of SISTO Armaturen S.A. in Echternach, Luxembourg. The valves are destined for use in the Taishan nuclear power station in China. The customer had placed an order for a total of almost 5,800 globe and butterfly valves which were supplied by SISTO within five years.

A world first

By using ultrasonic sensors, the new BOA-Control IMS offer shut-off, balancing and measuring functions in a single valve. A mobile or permanently installed computer can be used for storing and transmitting the recorded values.

Innovation

ACHEMA 2015 in Frankfurt sees KSB showcase the KSB Sonolyzer for the first time. Sonolyzer is a smartphone and tablet app used for analysing the energy efficiency of pumps on the go. In under 20 seconds, the application filters the motor’s exact speed from the noise spectrum, determines the torque, and analyses whether the pump is operated under low-flow conditions and thus running inefficiently.

Q3

KSB shares

2015 marks the 120th anniversary of the listing of KSB AG shares on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange. To celebrate the occasion, KSB’s two Board of Management members, Dr. Peter Buthmann and Werner Stegmüller, ring the bell on 30 July to signal the start of trading.

Energy pumps

KSB wins a multi-million euro order for the supply of boiler feed and booster pumps for the new Tanda coal-fired power station located in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh. These pumps will be manufactured by staff at our Indian factory in Pune.

Anniversary

KAGEMA Industrieausrüstungen GmbH celebrates its 25th anniversary. 70 members of staff manufacture pumps with diesel engines and electric motors as well as fire-fighting and control systems at the company’s Pattensen location.

Service

The KSB Service subsidiary Standard Alloys Inc. opens a new 1,400-square-metre factory in Deer Park, in the south-east of Texas. It is the company’s fourth repair centre and one of eleven service centres set up from scratch by KSB in 2015.

Major order

KSB books an order for a total of 200 pumps worth an eight-figure sum. The pumps to be manufactured at KSB’s Bremen, Frankenthal, Pegnitz and Pune factories will be installed in three new combined cycle power stations in Egypt.

Q4

MINING

GIW Industries, Inc. enters into a sales and service partnership with the Finnish company Outotec Oyj. As a cooperation partner, Outotec will be globally selling and servicing KSB pumps for hardrock mining in the future.

Inauguration

The new foundry of GIW Industries, Inc. is officially opened. White cast iron will primarily be produced by foundry staff in the new 4,650-square-metre building. The new foundry is part of a modernisation project at the Grovetown location into which KSB invests a total of 66 million euros.

Ballast water system

After successful completion of the tests on land KSB’s innovative ballast water management system is installed on a container ship. This marks the start of the prescribed tests to be conducted at sea.

Cooperation

KSB AG and China-based Shanghai Electric Group Co., Ltd. sign an agreement for strategic collaboration in the conventional energy market. The two companies intend to cooperate in international projects and to set up a new business model focussing on the retrofitting of power stations.

Triodis

The first butterfly valves from the TRIODIS range leave the newly constructed production site located in La Roche-Chalais, France. They have been designed to cope with high pressures and extremely low temperatures.

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