Ebara's new plant in Gambellara, Vicenza, Italy.
Ebara's new plant in Gambellara, Vicenza, Italy.
The national flags of the 2018 Fifa World Cup. Image courtesy of kovop58/Shutterstock.com.
The national flags of the 2018 Fifa World Cup. Image courtesy of kovop58/Shutterstock.com.
Sulzer employees celebrate 70 years in Brazil. Image copyright Sulzer.
Sulzer employees celebrate 70 years in Brazil. Image copyright Sulzer.
Image courtesy of chrupka/Shutterstock.com.
Image courtesy of chrupka/Shutterstock.com.
The Top 10 pump business news stories of 2018

Grundfos, Ebara, Xylem, Wärtsilä, Sulzer, Simmons Pump, Simflo Pumps and Terrestrial Energy all feature in the World Pumps website’s most-read business stories during 2018.

 

1. Grundfos posts record turnover for 2017

Grundfos reported a record turnover of DKK25 634 million in the 2017 financial year.

 

2. Ebara opens new pump manufacturing plant in Italy

Ebara Pumps Europe SpA moved pump production from Brendola, in northern Italy, to a new, larger facility in the nearby town of Gambellara.

 

3. Xylem opens new facility in Warsaw

Xylem Inc opened a new 1100 sq m commercial facility in Warsaw as part of the water technology company’s ongoing investment in Poland.

 

4. Wärtsilä divests its pumps business

Wärtsilä Corp divested its pumps business to the Scandinavian investment company Solix Group. Headquartered in Aalborg, Denmark, Wärtsilä Pumps designs, manufactures and markets niche pumps, primarily deepwell and in-line pumps, for the marine and oil & gas industries. Brands include Svanehøj, Hamworthy Pumps, Eureka and Dolphin.

 

5. Grundfos pumps play key role at World Cup stadiums

The 2018 Fifa World Cup kicked off in Russia with 736 players from 32 nations and almost 850 Grundfos pump units.

 

6. Sulzer celebrates 70 years in Brazil

Sulzer started operations in Brazil 70 years ago with its first manufacturing site in São Bernardo do Campo, São Paulo.

 

7. Simmons Pump acquires Simflo Pumps

Texas-based Simmons Pump LLC and Arizona’s Simflo Pumps Inc merged, creating a new combined company that will be headquartered in Lubbock, Texas and operate under the Simflo name and brand.

 

8. Terrestrial Energy awarded DOE funding to develop next-generation molten salt pump

Terrestrial Energy USA secured US$3.15 million in funding from the US Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) to develop a next-generation molten salt pump for use in its Integral Molten Salt Reactors (IMSR®) and other Generation IV advanced reactors.

 

9. Xylem partners with Manchester City Football Club on water technology

Xylem Inc entered into a global multi-year partnership with English Premier League Champions Manchester City to become the football club’s official water technology partner. Through the partnership, Xylem aims to raise awareness about global water challenges and solutions. Xylem will also work with the club on Xylem Watermark projects, such as building water towers in communities around the world without access to clean water.

 

10. Grundfos forms digital partnership with Augury

Grundfos is partnering with AI-based mechanical diagnostics provider Augury to bring continuous diagnostics to the Danish pump company’s current and future customers as well as co-developing smart diagnostics capabilities in future products.