Emerson to purchase Virgo Valves and Controls

Emerson has signed an agreement to purchase Virgo Valves and Controls, a ball valves and automation systems manufacturer based in Pune, India.

A privately held company, Virgo serves diverse markets worldwide, including the oil and gas, power and mining industries. In addition to ball valves, Virgo also 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.

"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. "We are excited about the synergy between our two companies and the opportunities for global business growth."

Mahesh Desai, co-founder and chairman of Virgo, cited the advantages of Virgo being part of Emerson, "The alliance with Emerson, and in particular the Fisher line of products, is a continuation of our growth as a global brand."

Since starting operations in 1986, Virgo has focused on the manufacture and sales of engineered on-off valve products, and today has manufacturing locations in Europe, the United States and India. Its sales in more than 60 countries last year were about USD 250M, more than 80% outside India. The deal is expected to close early next month.