Tyco Flow Control has officially opened a $25m extension to its Sempell facility in Korschenbroich, Germany.

The Sempell factory makes safety valves for the nuclear and conventional power industry and is seen as one of Tyco Control’s flagship operations.

David Dunbar, president of Tyco Vales and Controls – part of US-based Flow Control – told staff and customers at the plant on Friday that the extension “provides new capability and additional capacity to support our key markets with leading edge technology, testing facilities and research and development programmes”.

And alluding to Germany’s decision to withdraw from nuclear power, he added that Switzerland-headquartered Tyco Valves and Controls was “here to support the industry in whatever direction it decides to go in”.

The Sempell upgrade includes a new clean room for nuclear valves, a testing area for all products and an advanced automatic storage warehouse.

US conglomerate Tyco today (Monday) announced plans to split into three independently traded public companies, of which Flow Control would be one. The others focus on residential security and fire fighting systems.