Profluid Info – June 2016 – FDEN chooses VALCO Group to become a major developer in the Nuclear valve industry
The FDEN ( Fond de Développement des Entreprises Nucléaires ) held by BPI and other major nuclear actors such as french EDF, AREVA, ALSTOM, VINCI and EIFFAGE has entered into Valco’s shareholding of their brands Guichon, SNRI, Malbranque and V V S in the beginning of this year 2016. In charge of selectionning reknowned fabricants from each branch of the nuclear sector, FDEN has chosen Valco Group for their technical & industrial expertise in nuclear valves and in their continuing efforts and means in becoming a major participant.
‘’FDEN’s coming into Valco’s shareholding will enable us to increase our visibility and comprehension of nuclear markets and applications. Moreover than the financial in-flow that it constitutes, this strong expertise of french and international nuclear industries is a capital point from the start. The Group is growing and to do so with solid support and backing, the network that the Nuclear Fonds offers, is an incredible asset. Furthermore, this new arrival also symbolizes being recognized as an industry technical expert as well as for having an acute vision of future needs whether for nuclear or for general energy requirements, as the wide diversity of Valco’s product range today, enables a strong position even during market crisis. FDEN’s presence, visualized by the nuclear industry will be long-term support which targets to consolidate the domestic industrial community,’’ states Stéphane Galichet, Président of Valco Group France.
Today, Valco Group via its brands names / products SNRI, Malbranque and Guichon, is present in the totality of French nuclear power plants, (including EPR FA3) and also in Belgium, South Africa and China. The French fabricant proposes henceforth a complete range of qualified products from QC level to RCCM Q2: Check valve, Regulators, Back-flow Pressure valves, Globe valves, Control valves, Needle valves, Ball valves, Wedge Gate valves, Parallel or Taper Seat valves, Bleeding valves.
The acquiring end of 2015 of Guichon valves, specialized in customized products for nuclear applications and also technical studies, has come to strengthen wholly this business.
In addition to these brands and products, VVS (Valco-Valves-Services) is a specific part of the Group that services, maintains and renovates on-site whereas Guichon offers exclusive training and studies in the specific sector of nuclear valves.
About VALCO Group, France
Founded in 1949 and based in Ruffec (Southwest France), Valco Group France (VGF), owner of the Guichon, Malbranque, SNRI and VVS brands, and 320 employees strong, achieved a turnover of 50M€ in 2015. Valco is a world leader in the field of cryogenic valves for the Liquified Natural Gas ( LNG ) industry as well a recognized industrial expert in the nuclear, energy, petrochemical and polymer sectors with a widely installed network base.