The merger of two German companies – OHL and Gutermuth – in 1992 resulted in the origin of OHL Gutermuth Industrial Valves (OHL Gutermuth). In 1867, OHL was established in Limburg, and Gutermuth was formed in Frankfurt in 1923. OHL Gutermuth is headquartered in the city of Altenstadt, Germany, and produce tailor-made valves for specific industrial applications under the motto ‘Made in Germany’.
Decades of experience in the development of industrial valves offer the customers of OHL Gutermuth the certainty that they receive a product which is specifically tailored and manufactured to their requirements. “Providing individual consultation to our customers, right from the start, is at the centre of our efforts,” remarked Wolfgang Röhrig, managing partner, OHL Gutermuth. The company offers a broad range of products. Valves with nominal diameters of up to DN 4000, withstanding pressures of 200 bar and more, as well as temperatures ranging from -196°C to +1,300°C are manufactured by OHL Gutermuth. Shut-off valves, butterfly control valves, customised valves and accessories are also produced by the company.
“A convincing technology and the highest possible quality are the important elements, which enable us to fulfil the demands on quality management in accordance with ISO 9001 as well as ISO 14001 and the requirements of the Pressure Equipment Directive 97/23/EC Module H, as certified by the German TÜV,” Röhrig commented.
While supplying to the petrochemical industry, the company has products, which have received the Fire Safe Certificate in accordance with API 6FA and BS6755. The result is an increase of safety and security, and economic efficiency.
Broad range of applications
The valves for shut-off and modulating service manufactured by OHL Gutermuth are trusted by the oil and gas, chemicals and petrochemicals, and solar power industries. These valves are also used in the flue-gas treatment, refinery gas desulphurisation, metallurgy, and coke oven plants.
For an example, KX Safeflex – the metal-seated butterfly valves with triple eccentric design for shut-off and modulating service – combines properties, functions and a variety of uses, which are particularly cost-effective. These valves offer the highest standards of operational reliability and safety as well as longevity under high pressures, temperatures and dynamic strains.
In early 1970s, two companies – SNEA in France and Lurgi in Germany – developed a new process for flue gas desulphurisation called ‘Sulfreen’ process, which was tested for the first time in the Lacq region in France. The reactor valves had to be robust and metal-seated and equipped with a heating jacket in order to be able to heat, or cool the processes. An additional requirement was bubble-tight shutoff. OHL Gutermuth developed the valves for the prototype plant to these specifications. This successful start lead to the introduction of the world-famous CAM, CCM and CDM valves.
Optimisation is the key
For the last 10 years, OHL Gutermuth has been operating a sales office in Beijing. Another company was formed in Moscow, with a group of well-trained sales and service engineers. “In the past 40 years, we have supplied customised valves for more than 130 tail gas treatment plants, among them the largest in the world, in Europe, Russia, Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan, India, China, and in the Middle East as well as in the North and South America,” revealed Röhrig.
The continuous developments taking place in OHL Gutermuth are based on the experience the company has gained from the reference plants located all over the world. “The final products are subjected to permanent stress tests, reviewed and developed further on the basis of the latest findings,” Röhrig said.
OHL Gutermuth is consistently pursuing the aims of continuous optimisation of its performance and adaptation to the latest technological innovations. “Recently, we have been manufacturing valves with a unit weight of up to 15 tonnes. Moreover, the services of OHL Gutermuth are in demand for the world’s largest solar power stations,” concluded Röhrig.
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