City firm’s Chinese order hopes rise

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Hi-tech valve manufacturer Bestobell Marine is in the running for a major Chinese order after returning to Sheffield from Asia’s largest marine trade show.

Bestobell Marine travelled to Shanghai to attend the Marintec China with its agent Heathlead in a bid to develop its cryogenic valves business even further within the marine sector in Asia.

The valves are widely used on Liquified Natural Gas tankers, storage and offloading facilities and increasingly on eco-friendly LNG-powered vessels including ferries and oilfield maintenance craft.

Sales director Duncan Gaskin said: “We generated some exciting new sales enquiries and are hoping to secure a large order very soon for a major LNG carrier project at a leading Chinese shipyard, following discussions that took place at the show.”

China is at the forefront of developments in the use of LNG in the marine sector and is currently seeking to convert its fleet of Yangtze river vessels and coastal ships to burn LNG, in a bid to reduce pollution levels.

“Bestobell is looking to be a major supplier of cryogenic valves for this upcoming new market and will continue to develop our business for LNG carrier construction,” added Mr Gaskin.

Bestobell Marine is a world-leader in the manufacture of cryogenic valves, with over 15 years’ successfully supplying to the LNG marine markets.

The company designs and produces valves to meet specific requirements in the marine sector and has supplied cryogenic valves to a majority of the major shipyards building LNG Carriers internationally.

More than 50,000 visitors and 1,650 exhibitors attended the four day Marintec China exhibition.