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FlowTimes - August 2009

Your Update on Flow, Temperature, and Pressure Measurement from Flow Research

Editor: Dr. Jesse Yoder; Volume 10, Number 3  - ISSN 1350-7204

Welcome to FlowTimes! This issue updates you on some important new developments in the world of flow. It also brings you up-to-date on some of our new and upcoming market studies. As you will see, the push for energy and the search for oil and gas is having an impact on the world of flow, and it is impacting our projects as well.

Oil and gas and the energy markets are a main focus of research at Flow Research. That's why I was especially glad to have the opportunity to visit the Middle East recently. I traveled to Abu Dhabi and Dubai in the United Arab Emirates. This was a unique opportunity for me to visit the region that is the origin of so much of the oil and natural gas in the world. The United Arab Emirates is a very beautiful and wealthy country, with desert, camels, and the most modern malls coexisting side by side. The country also boasts the world's tallest building, which is located in Dubai. You can read more about my trip in the Letter from the President

2. Worldwide magnetic flowmeter market projected to grow with a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 5.6 percent. This is the finding of our new study, The World Market for Magnetic Flowmeters, 4th Edition, which was published in May 2009. The leading European suppliers all showed substantial growth in this market. Growth is due to a greater need to measure water and water flow, to expanded supplier investments in China, and to a steady stream of new products from suppliers. Total market size is over $1 billion for the worldwide market. For more information on our new study and this exciting market, to www.flowmags.com

3. Emerson Acquires Roxar, ASA. Emerson, the parent company of Emerson Process Management, has announced its acquisition of Roxar ASA headquartered in Stavanger, Norway. Roxar is considered a leading supplier of products and services designed for the management and production optimization of oil and gas reservoirs. In particular, Roxar is one of the few companies that manufactures multiphase flowmeters. Multiphase flowmeters are used to measure the flowrates of fluids with two or more phases, such as mixtures of oil, gas, and water, without separation being required. These meters are used in oil & gas production.

Emerson, of course, already has an extensive product portfolio that includes a wide range of products, services, and solutions that measure, analyze, control, automate, and improve process-related operations.  The Emerson company includes a number of familiar product names such as Daniel, Fisher Controls, Micro Motion, and Rosemount. 

Emerson Process Management is already deeply involved in the oil & gas industry in topside and on-shore process management applications as a consulting, engineering, provisioning, and service firm.  The Roxar acquisition nearly instantly permits Emerson to now penetrate the lucrative and expanding oil and gas reservoir operations side of the energy industry through the established Roxar product line of test and measurement products.  For more information, see the Market Barometer for Q2 2009. For information on the Market Barometer, go to www.worldflow.com

4. Celerity's Mass Flow Controllers Acquired by Brooks Instrument . Brooks Instrument has acquired Celerity’s mass flow controller business.  Included in this acquisition are the Allen, Texas and Irvine, California facilities.  Celerity has been one of the top two suppliers of mass flow controllers to the semiconductor industry, along with Horiba/STEC.  Brooks is a leading supplier of mass flow controllers to the industrial and laboratory/research markets.

The name Celerity was introduced in 2002 as the new name for Kinetics Fluid Systems.  In November 2004, Texas Pacific Group (TPG), a private investment partnership, acquired Celerity.  At that time, Celerity claimed that its revenues were US$330 million worldwide.  In February 2006, Celerity acquired Entegris’ gas delivery product line, including mass flow controllers.  The Allen, Texas manufacturing facility, which now belongs to Brooks, was included in this purchase.  Brooks has acquired all of Celerity’s business except its integrated systems business. For more information, see the Market Barometer for Q2 2009. For information on the Market Barometer, go to www.worldflow.com

5. Flow Research has begun a new study on the worldwide vortex flowmeter market. This study is scheduled for delivery in September 2009, and is called The World Market for Vortex Flowmeters, 4th Edition. We plan to find out how the market has changed since the American Petroleum Institute (API) approved its standard for the use of vortex flowmeters for custody transfer applications. This approval occurred in January 2007. For more information, including an updated study proposal, go to www.flowvortex.com. This website also has links to nine articles on vortex flowmeters, including one recently published in the June 2009 issue of Flow Control.

6. Here is our study schedule for this year (drum roll please). By becoming a Founding Sponsor for these studies, you can participate in the research and also receive a significant discount:

  •            The World Market for Magnetic Flowmeters, 4th Edition - May 2009 (www.FlowMags.com(already published)

  •       The World Market for Thermal Flowmeters - August 2009 (www.FlowThermal.com)

  •       The World Market for Vortex Flowmeters, 4th Edition - September 2009 (www.FlowVortex.com)

  •       The World Market for Gas Flow Measurement, 2nd Edition - November 2009 (www.GasFlows.com)  

  •       The World Market for Liquid Analytical Measurement - December 2009 (www.FlowAnalytical.com)

7. Stay up-to-date on developments in the flowmeter and energy industries with a free trial subscription to the Worldflow Monitoring Service. Our Worldflow Monitoring Service includes quarterly reports and timely updates:

  •            Market Barometer – A quarterly report on the flow, temperature, and pressure markets

  •            Energy Monitor – A quarterly report on the oil & gas, refining, power, and renewables industries

  •            Flash Reports – Breaking news in instrumentation and energy

  •            White Papers – In-depth analysis of important issues

  •            Worldflow Online – 24/7 access to market data, strategies, and past Worldflow reports going back to 2002

 The Worldflow Monitoring Service features a website, www.worldflow.com, which serves as the launching pad for Worldflow Online. To receive a free trial subscription to this valuable service, go to www.worldflow.com and fill out the Free Trial Subscription Form, or send an email to info@flowresearch.com with your contact information. Please be sure to include your mailing address when requesting a free trial subscription.


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Dr. Jesse Yoderjesse@flowresearch.com 

Associate Editors: 

Belinda Burum – belinda@flowresearch.com

Norm Weeks – norm@flowresearch.com


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