Tyco Flow Control has completed a $25 million upgrade and expansion of its Sempell manufacturing facility in Korschenbroich, Germany. The factory makes valves for the fossil and nuclear power industries.

The new 2400 sq. m expansion to the production building includes an automatic storage warehouse system, which reduces the total man-hours for stock picking and kitting by around 50%. It also includes a larger assembly room for nuclear valves.

Investment in new automated machinery has improved both the safety and operational efficiency of the plant. The expansion has also created around 125 new jobs.

A decision will be taken in 2012 on whether to further expand the facility in 2018, according to Achim Trasser, vice president and general manager for Tyco Flow Control’s global power business, and CEO of Sempell AG.

Speaking at the opening of the Sempell facility extension on 16 September , executives explained how business remains strong, despite the responses to the Fukushima nuclear accident in Japan.

There is plant life extension work in Russia and Ukraine as well as new business from reactors to be built in China and South Korea, said Trasser.

“The globalization of the power industry represents opportunities for us. By investing in our operations now, we can continue to improve our processes, expand service capabilities and improve efficiency and lead time,” he added.

Sempell is currently making pressure safety relief valves for the Areva EPR under construction in Finland, and the Korean-designed APR-1400, Shin Kori 3.

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