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Watts Water Technologies to Acquire Changsha Valve

By William McCartney
Nov 16, 2005


NORTH ANDOVER, MA -- Watts Water Technologies, Inc. today announced the signing of a definitive agreement to acquire the assets and business of Changsha Valve Works located in Changsha, China. Changsha Valve Works is a leading manufacturer of large diameter hydraulic actuated butterfly valves for thermo-power and hydro-power plants, water distribution projects and water works projects in China. This acquisition strengthens Watts' position in the fast-growing water market.

The acquisition of Changsha Valve Works is expected to close by the end of January 2006. The acquisition is subject to various closing conditions, including the approval of the government of the People's Republic of China and certain local government approvals and the establishment and licensing of a new wholly foreign owned enterprise by Watts.

Patrick S. O'Keefe, Chief Executive Officer, commented, "Changsha Valve Works is one of the leading companies addressing the water works and water distribution markets in China. It comes to us with a well-known brand name and a significant level of technical expertise. We believe that Changsha's direct sales force in conjunction with this expertise will provide many opportunities over the coming years to serve this fast-growing market."

Changsha Valve works was founded in 1958 and has approximately 385 employees, with annual revenue of approximately $8 million. Upon closing of the transaction, the Changsha Valve Works business will be operated as a wholly foreign owned enterprise of Watts.

Watts Water Technologies, Inc. is a world leader in the manufacture of innovative products to control the efficiency, safety, and quality of water within residential, commercial, and institutional applications. Its expertise in a wide variety of water technologies enables it to be a comprehensive supplier to the water industry.

Source: http://www.wattsind.com/