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Half-century celebrations.

Alfa Laval is celebrating a significant milestone this year as it marks half a century as a provider of fluid conditioning and cleaning solutions to manufacturers of engines, powertrains and off-highway vehicles.

Theodore Esplin, manager, OEM Engine & Transport at Alfa Laval commented: "In our 50 years in this industry we have grown from a supplier of custom-designed shell-and-tube heat exchangers into a highly reputable, global and innovative supplier of heat transfer, filtration and separation technologies to engine and transport OEMs, while still retaining the focus on bespoke designs for our customers.

"Our advanced solutions ensure that today's state-of-the-art engines and vehicles used in mining, off-highway, construction, railway, marine, power generation and the military perform reliably and efficiently."

Alfa Laval had itself been a supplier to the engine and transport sector for some 40 years when it expanded its expertise and product portfolio through the acquisition of US company Champ Products in 2010. The acquisition of Champ, which traced its own history back to 1964, brought to Alfa Laval deep engine application knowledge, a dedicated facility with an OEM culture, and a shell-and-tube product portfolio. It also brought two technologies that were new to Alfa Laval--rubber tube sheet shell-and-tubes and shell-and-finned tube charge air coolers.

Alfa Laval's wide product range for OEM Engine & Transport today covers a large number of products for cleaning, heating and cooling fluids--both liquid and gas.

Looking toward the next 50 years, Esplin sees considerable potential for Alfa Laval to continue its success story within the OEM Engine & Transport sector: "The market is constantly changing, with new emissions legislation being introduced at regular intervals that calls for better cleaning and conditioning technologies and an even stronger drive now for fuel efficiency," he says. "That plays to Alfa Laval's strengths. Furthermore, total cost of ownership is growing in importance for end users, which is sure to increase demand for our robust and reliable filter, centrifuge and heat exchanger technologies."

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Publication:Plant & Works Engineering
Date:Aug 1, 2014
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