Semiconductors, Ships, and Petrochemicals Leading This Year’s Anticipated Three Percent Export Growth S. Korea’s exports in 2019, the trend is expected to be sluggish and within a narrow range when compared to last year. This is due to a series of negative factors including trade conflict between the United States and China, a rise in interest rates by the United States, the possibility of financial crises in developing nations, etc., in spite of the gradual growth trend of global economy and a steady global demand on IT.
The nation’s exports and imports in 2019 are expected to rise by 0.3 percent to US$625 billion and 3.7 percent rise to US$557 billion, from last year, respectively, accomplishing US$1 trillion in trade for three years in a row.
By item, exports of semiconductors are expected to reach US$130 billion, the nation’s first among single items, spurred by the demand increase for the servers of data centers and the new market growth including artificial intelligence (AI), Internet of Things (IoT), and self-driving automobiles.
The export increase rate of semiconductors is, however, expected to be much more sluggish, from the thirties last year to five percent this year, caused by the decrease of semiconductors’ unit costs. The export increase rate of ships is predicted to reach 10 percent thanks to the delivery of orders received over the past two years and the base effect. Petrochemicals are anticipated to see a 5.2 percent increase in exports with the help of the increase of export volume by the operation of the domestic new facilities.
Moreover, general machinery and computers are also expected to enjoy increased export volume, due to the investment increase in infrastructure in major nations including China, the United States, and India and the increased demand for SSD used in cloud servers for enterprises and personal PCs, respectively.
For automobiles, exports are expected to reach the record levels of last year, due to the potential financial crises in developing nations affected by the rise in interest rates, in spite of some positive factors including the release of some new car models, the increased demand for some eco-friendly cars and SUVs. The export of display is expected to decrease to 2.2 percent, caused by the decrease in price affected by the oversupply of liquid crystal display (LCD) taking 60 percent of the whole, despite the anticipated upswing in the demand for organic light emitting diode (OLED).
For wireless communication devices and home appliances, the decrease trend of exports is expected to continue. As for steel, the decreased trend is expected to expand, caused by some factors including the restriction of exports by the United States. | Blog Magazine of korean-machinery, brands and Goods

Valve Actuators[INQ. NO. 1805M11] KVA Co., Ltd. was established in 2003 to respond to the demand for valve actuators for the oil & gas, and petrochemical plant industries, which previously depended on the technologies from the USA and Europe. Under the motto of “Become the Best Valve Actuator Company in the World,” KVA has been providing air-operated valves (AOV) and motor-operated valves (MOV) manufactured by using the authentic Korean technologies to the domestic and foreign market for 15 years, receiving a complimentary market evaluation. In 2017, the company acquired the IECEx, an international certification system for explosion-proof electrical devices, and is advancing strongly into overseas markets.
KVA’s valve actuators are categorized into AOV (KA-series), designed to reduce the risk of explosion, and MOV (KE/ KQ-series) depending on the application. The air-operated AOVs can be driven only by the supply of instrument air in the existing plant facility, thus having the advantages of simple and easy installation and maintenance. The motoroperated MOVs can be installed in a facility where the supply of electricity is available. In addition, it has obtained Ex db IIC T4, the highest grade of explosion-proof certification, securing high-level stability even in poor environments regarding oil & gas and petrochemical plants.
Over the past 15 years, KVA has provided a total of about 6,000 units to domestic and overseas oil & gas, petrochemical, waterworks, power plants, etc. and proved its high stability. It provides the most suitable solution for customers’ needs by offering higher cost-effectiveness compared to existing products from Europe and the USA and by adopting a flexible response through its affiliated technological research center. | Blog Magazine of korean-machinery, brands and Goods

Seal Units[INQ. NO. 1803M03] Seal units are used in semiconductor frontend process and petrochemical fields – especially, large OLED devices, CMP devices in semiconductors and reactors, and mixers in petrochemicals. It plays a critical role in this field.
Seal units are divided into two categories of mechanical seals and magnetic seals. These can be applied to different fields. Mechanical seals are used in pressured conditions and usually are applied in the petrochemical industry and must be used with a lubricant supply system. Magnetic seals, on the other hand, are used in vacuumed conditions based on ferrofluids. They are usually applied to semiconductor industries that use vacuum seals a lot. For this reason, seal (feedthrough) manufacturers generally target just one field, petrochemicals or semiconductors.
Sealink’s seal, however, can use both fields and make up for the weak points of mechanical seals and magnetic seals. Sealink has various kinds of seal units, with rotary & linear feedthrough among the most prominent items. There are rotary feedthroughs in the market, and these can just rotate. Therefore metal bellows should be used if the customer wants rotation and linear motion. Sealink products, however, are very simple and compact. It can do all this at the same time with just one unit.
Sealink offers customized sealing units to meet customers’ application requirements as well as standard sealing units for a wide range of industries including semiconductor, LCD and OLED industries, pharmaceutical and chemical processing industries, etc.
All its products are manufactured under strict quality control and in ISO 9001 / ISO 14001 certified manufacturing facilities in Korea, and Sealink is committed to continue improving its products and technology for further customer satisfaction.
Sealink Corp. was founded in March 2014, and has since then been expertly developing and designing sealing solutions for vacuum and pressure. It supplies mechanical seal units, rotary unions to petrochemical, semiconductor, steel, heavy industry, etc.
Sealink founder Rhee Hee Jang explains, “I founded the company and I was on a roll based on experience of working at small-medium research as a researcher and an employee. There, however, were some problems so I closed down the business. Then in 2013, I got new knowledge and inspiration for restarting the business.” Taking this opportunity, he succeeded in taking on new challenges in 2014.
Although Sealink was founded not too long ago, CEO Rhee has been in the seal field over 30 years and he improved the technology, supplying the Samsung mass production line and Intel U.S.A. Also he achieved recognition of Sealink’s potential from POSCO Capital, Samsung Venture Investment, Rechallenge Angel No.1 Fund, and Industrial bank of Korea by getting new investments. | Blog Magazine of korean-machinery, brands and Goods