Engineering solutions provider Bearing Man Group (BMG) has improved its valve-manufacturing capabilities with its acquisition of Krugersdorp-based valve manufacturer Klep Valves in October last year.
BMG fluid technology manager Wayne Holton tells Engineering News that the group’s journey into valve manufacturing and supply started with the acquisition of engineering products manufacturer and supplier OMSA in 2012.
“Through the OMSA acquisition, BMG entered into a niche valves market. OMSA used many of its brands on the systems it has built and has always focused on niche applications in the marketplace,” he recounts.
Holton points out that, in 2013, BMG decided to grow its valves market share in South Africa by expanding the company’s valve product offering and by making its valves more accessible to customers by improving valve stockholdings throughout BMG’s dealer network, which extends into Botswana, Mozambique, Namibia, Tanzania, Swaziland and Zambia.
“Klep Valves formed an important part of this decision and BMG acquired the distribution rights for these valves in June 2013. Klep’s range of diaphragm valves, pinch valves and wedge-gate valves achieved early success and its range complemented the combination of knife-gate valves and butterfly valves and the range of thermoplastic valves that BMG secured through its acquisition of OMSA,” he states.
Klep valves are all manufactured at the company’s factory in Krugersdorp.
Holton asserts that, while BMG is a relative newcomer to the valves market, the company sees significant opportunities to improve its market share and will continue to improve the range of valves it offers at a competitive price.
BMG’s national branch network comprises more than 130 branches, which support the Klep Valve range through a technical advisory and support service to ensure enhanced efficiency and an extended service life for every valve.