Circor International Inc. is producing a variety of control valves and steam-conditioning valves at a new plant in India that it noted would be its “center of excellence” for manufacturing and engineering services. Circor is a Massachusetts-based designer and manufacturer of valves and other engineered products for energy, aerospace, and industrial markets, with operations worldwide.

It established Circor Flow Technologies India Pvt. Ltd. in 2009, and that unit’s new plant at Ponnandampalayam, Coimbatore, is a 60,000-sq.ft. ‘lean manufacturing’ operation (with room for expansion) that, besides producing valves will be an office for global sourcing, design, and applications engineering services.

Circor India has 150 employees performing machining, fabrication, welding, assembly, and testing. The plant is certified to ISO 9001:2008, OSHAS 18001:2007, and PED 97/23/EC.

Circor said its new operation would add new products and services over time, but did not offer further details. Circor India products will be supplied to power generation, oil-and-gas, and other industrial customers in the domestic market, and exported around the world.

“India is a key strategic growth market for Circor’s Flow Technologies segment,” stated Wayne Robbins, executive vice president. “We are excited to combine the rich heritage, products and capabilities of Circor’s prior facility in Ahmedabad with our state-of-the art campus in Coimbatore.

Robbins also is Circor’s COO, acting president and CEO

“The consolidation of our manufacturing operations and shared services under one roof in Coimbatore is an important milestone for Circor,” he continued. “We now have a much larger and more efficient operation capable of supporting our future expansion in the Asian power generation, oil & gas and other industrial markets.”