Ten Things You Didn’t Know About Alfa Laval

Alfa Laval is the most popular name in heat exchangers. Many people understand that they are the best in the business, but there are some other fun facts you may not have known. Let’s take a look at ten things you may not have known about Alfa Laval.


  1.  Alfa Laval has been around for over 130 years. The company was founded in Sweden in 1883. Today, the company headquarters is located in Lund, Sweden, but  over 16,000 people are employed in their branches located in 35 countries, including the Unites States, China, India, Japan, the Netherlands, and South Africa.


  1.  Alfa Laval produced their first heat exchanger in 1938. With nearly 80 years of experience in the industry, it is no wonder that Alfa Laval produces the best heat exchangers in the market. With worldwide manufacturing facilities to reduce shipping costs, the 32 main manufacturing facilities include 15 in Europe, nine in Asia, six in the United States, and two in Latin America.


  1.  Even though the company was started in Sweden, Alfa Laval has been operating in the United States for over 120 years. Of the 16,000+ personnel employed by the company, nearly 1,000 are in the United States. According to Alphalaval.us, there are subsidiaries in Richmond, VA; Warminster, PA; Kenosha, WI; Sacramento, CA; Wood Dale, IL; Carter Lake, IA and Sarasota, FL—as well as an International distribution center in Indianapolis, IN.


  1.  Alfa Laval is at the top of their field because they never stop striving to be the best. The Alfa Laval Test & Training Center is a massive facility in Aalborg, Denmark. It is being expanded to five times its current size. The new facility will be “the world’s most advanced test center for environmental and combustion technology – regardless of fuel type.” This means that as fuel, combustion, or energy sources change according to the industry, Alfa Laval will already be prepared to update your heat exchangers to maximize the efficiency of your operation.


  1.  Some of the smallest heat exchangers on the planet are produced by Alfa Laval, proving that they can provide a unit to fit any footprint. Their gasketed plate-and-frame heat exchangers are compact but still provide efficient heat transfer. They are favorites in the dairy, food, and pharmaceutical industries due to the tight spaces and insanely strict standards of these niches.


  1.  While Alfa Laval can fit heat exchangers into the tiniest of spaces, if space is not an issue they can accommodate your need for massive units as well. The world’s largest plate heat exchanger is the Alfa Laval Packinox which weighs in at 450 tons. Popular in refineries and petrochemical plants, one was recently placed in a gasoline refinery in India. Twenty-million dollars-worth of these behemoths are scheduled to be installed in a South Korean petrochemical plant in 2017.


  1.  Two of the main issues with heat exchangers are fouling and access. Too often heat exchangers need to be placed into tight quarters, so accessing them is nearly impossible. This makes cleaning and maintenance a costly and challenging chore. To make matters worse, most heat exchangers are also subject to constant fouling, which means maintenance and cleaning needs to be performed on a regular basis. Alfa Laval heard the issues and designed the DuroCore high-pressure heat exchanger. The DuroCore has a removable core for easy cleaning and repair; is highly resistant to scaling, fouling, and clogging; and comes in both stainless steel and titanium to maximize the possible fluid combinations. Because of its compact size, ability to handle high pressures, and ability to withstand huge temperature variances (-51F to 392F), it is a new favorite of the offshore oil and gas industry.


  1.  Alfa Laval CEO Lars Renström was named one of the top 25 CEOs in the world by Harvard Business Review. The rankings were based on “the increases their companies have seen in total shareholder return and market capitalization across their whole tenures.” Since Alfa Laval continues to be the class of their market, it is not surprising that their CEO would be so honored.


Not long after the HBR article was published, it was announced that Lars Renström would be retiring after 12 years at the helm, and Tom Erixon would be replacing him. Renström and Erixon worked together at Seco Tools before Renström came to Alfa Laval and Erixon became the CEO of OVAKO group.


According to the company’s press release, Erixon “holds a Master of Law from Lund University, Sweden and an MBA in Business Administration from IESE, Spain.” In short, your Alfa Laval products will still be made and maintained by the best heat exchanger company in the world.


  1.  In 2008, thieves pulled up two trailers to a secure Alfa Laval storage facility. They cut holes in the fencing and drove off with 80 metric tons of titanium. The insurance company did not want to settle the dispute, and the case spent the next several years in court. The courts finally agreed with Alfa Laval that their “all-risks property insurance” covered such an event. The insurance company will have to pay out just over $2.6 million dollars, plus interest and costs.


  1.  Innovation is the name of the game at Alfa Laval. The world’s first plate heat exchanger comprised of 100 percent stainless steel was designed to meet the rigorous demands of the food and pharmaceutical industry. The AlfaNova is extremely compact, corrosion resistant, hygienic, and nearly impossible to wear out.

Alfa Laval has been producing heat exchangers for nearly 80 years, Mahan’s Thermal Products has been distributing, maintaining, cleaning, and repairing them for 50 of those 80 years. Large, small, or custom built, when you are looking for a provider of genuine Alfa Laval heat transfer components, systems, parts or service, look no further than Mahans.


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