Canadian Manufacturing

Emerson buys Indian valve maker

The newly-acquired company will operate in Emerson Process Management’s final controls business, serving customers in the energy and process-related industries.



ST. LOUIS—Engineering and technology firm Emerson has agreed to purchase Virgo Valves and Controls, LTD., a manufacturer of ball valves and automation systems based in Pune, India.

A privately held company, Virgo serves the oil and gas, power and mining industries world wide. In addition to ball valves, it manufactures high performance butterfly valves and severe-service valves for critical applications.

Virgo will operate within Emerson Process Management’s final controls business, serving customers in the energy and process-related industries. The deal is expected to close in October 2013.

“Virgo’s leadership in the engineered, on-off valve market is a great strategic fit within our business and strongly complements our Fisher control valve business,” said Steve Sonnenberg, Emerson’s executive vice-president who heads its Emerson Process Management segment.

“The alliance with Emerson, and in particular the Fisher line of products, is a continuation of our growth as a global brand,” said Mahesh Desai, co-founder and chairman of Virgo.

Virgo manufactures and sells engineered on-off valve products in more than 60 countries and posted 2012 revenue of about $250 million, more than 80 percent outside India.

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