Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Compressor Corp. (MCO), owned by
Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd., has begun building
a 26-acre production facility in Pearland outside of
Houston, Texas that is slated to start up
in fall 2014.
The newly formed
subsidiary MHI Compressor Manufacturing LLC will manufacture
and service turbine-driven compressors in the U.S. market to
accommodate demand generated by rapid growth in shale gas and
The production and
servicing base will conduct knock-down production of
compressors using components manufactured and tested in Japan,
but future plans call for the Pearland plant to procure and
process raw materials through U.S. vendors, and to ultimately
become a full-scale production and testing center on a par with
comparable facilities in Japan.
In the fiscal year
ended March 30, Tokyo-based MCO received a record number of
orders for equipment to be used at U.S. ethylene, fertilizer
and propane dehydrogenation (PDH) plants. Further growth is
forecast for fiscal 2014, and the company has already received
a package order for compressors at a 1.5-million-ton-per-year
ethylene production plant.
Compressors use a wide variety of materials, including Grade
7050 aluminum, rolled steel plate, cast and fabricated carbon
and stainless steels, metal bolts and bearings, chrome and
copper. The casings alone for ethylene plant compressors can
weigh up to 345 tons.