http://www.engineeringnews.co.za
  SEARCH
Login
R/€ = 13.13Change: -0.06
R/$ = 11.56Change: 0.01
Au 1262.45 $/ozChange: 3.15
Pt 1228.50 $/ozChange: 11.00
 
 
Note: Search is limited to the most recent 250 articles. Set date range to access earlier articles.
Where? With... When?








Start
 
End
 
 
And must exclude these words...
Close Main Search
Close Main Login
My Profile News Alerts Newsletters Logout Close Main Profile
 
Agriculture   Automotive   Chemicals   Competition Policy   Construction   Defence   Economy   Electricity   Energy   Environment   ICT   Metals   Mining   Science and Technology   Services   Trade   Transport & Logistics   Water  
What's On Press Office Tenders Suppliers Directory Research Jobs Announcements Letters Contact Us
 
 
 
RSS Feed
Article   Comments   Other News   Research   Magazine  
 
 
Aug 03, 2012

Imports of cheap hose, fittings detrimental to industry

Back
Agriculture|Gold|Africa|Components|Forklifts|Gates|Ghana|Hydraulics|Industrial|Jachris|Mining|PROJECT|Resources|Safety|System|Systems|Testing|Africa|Europe|China|Ghana|South Africa|United States|Building|Equipment|Hose Manufacturer|Hydraulic Oil|Powered Machinery|Product|Products|Rubber|Systems|Drilling|Warwick Bouwer|Roughneck System|Far East|Range Uses One-piece-fitting Technology
Agriculture|Gold|Africa|Components|Forklifts|Ghana|Hydraulics|Industrial|Mining|PROJECT|Resources|Safety|System|Systems|Testing|Africa||Ghana||Building|Equipment|Products|Rubber|Systems|Drilling||||
agriculture|gold|africa-company|components|forklifts|gates-company|ghana-company|hydraulics|industrial|jachris|mining|project|resources|safety|system|systems-company|testing|africa|europe|china|ghana|south-africa|united-states|building|equipment|hose-manufacturer|hydraulic-oil|powered-machinery|product|products|rubber|systems|drilling|warwick-bouwer|roughneck-system|far-east|range-uses-one-piece-fitting-technology
© Reuse this



The vast hose industry, which comprises both small and significant players, is undergoing a phase of consolidation, says specialised hose and coupling supplier Jachris COO Warwick Bouwer.

He adds that finding the right balance between product quality and price, as well as safety, is crucial.

Bouwer notes that cheap product imports are having a significant negative impact on the industry.

“Cheap imports from the Far East have resulted in the presence of countless small players selling poor-quality assemblies that comprise hoses and fittings from different manufacturers,” he says.

Bouwer urges end-users not only to place strong emphasis on product quality and safety but also to insist that hoses and fittings used in an assembly are from the same manufacturer.

To promote the use of high-quality products and accelerate growth, Jachris obtained the sole distribution rights, in 2009, to market US hose manufacturer Gates’ range of hydraulic hoses and fittings in most of Africa.

The components are used in the manu- facturing of assemblies that are used in earthmoving equipment, drill rigs, forklifts and most hydraulically powered machinery to safely transfer hydraulic oil at various pressures.

In terms of the distribution agreement, Jachris is entitled to financial assistance, linked to sales targets, from Gates. The funds are directed towards human resources and advertising.

Gates products are manufactured in various facilities in the US, Europe and China. Jachris supplies them through its six branches in South Africa and one in Ghana.

Bouwer notes that the Gates range uses one-piece-fitting technology, in which the fitting and ferrule are one, unlike other manufacturers whose products use a two-piece fitting, where the ferrule is separate from the fitting.

In keeping with its reputation for innovative products, Gates developed a Roughneck System to assemble high-pressure drill hoses. The system was developed for distributors that deal with the needs of oilfield customers and use Gates products, such as the Black Gold Rotary assembly and the Vibrator Drilling Hose assembly.

The Roughneck System also delivers a full line of industrial hoses, hydraulics and belt drive systems, all of which are designed, manufactured and tested to improve uptime and keep rigs drilling faster and more safely for longer.

Meanwhile, Jachris has commissioned what it believes is the most modern cus- tom- or hand-built rubber hose plant in Africa, where production is slowly being ramped up to meet increasing demand.

“We are running six building tables with one autoclave on two shifts, with a maximum output of about R3-million in products a month. We are also adding four new building tables, as well as another autoclave, which will increase our capa- city to R5-million in products a month on two shifts, says Bouwer.

The plant, which is situated at the company’s head office, in Springs, was commissioned in November 2010. Jachris invested R10-million in the plant and will invest another R7-million on Phase 2.

“Custom- or hand-built rubber hoses are used primarily in the mining and agriculture sectors and are made to order in a fairly labour-intensive process,” explains Bouwer.

To provide a steady supply of products in remote areas, Jachris deployed fully equipped containerised hose workshops that serve as mini branches for project sites to meet the needs of mines and contractors.

Hydrostatic hose testing is performed at each of these workshops and at the company’s main branches to ensure that product safety, productivity and reliability standards are met.

The company also supplies the Gates GlobalSpiral and MegaCrimp couplings ranges.

Edited by: Chanel de Bruyn
© Reuse this Comment Guidelines (150 word limit)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Other Quality Assurance News
Article contains comments
ALASTAIR DE WET Small businesses can potentially work together with software companies to buy and use products legally
Engineering software specialist company Autodesk has implemented special prices, including rental options, to make its widely used engineering design and manufacturing software programs available to small business in Africa. The most significant reason why companies...
There is a need to regulate engineers in South Africa to ensure the safety of citizens from a public works perspective, newly appointed Engineering Council of South Africa (ECSA) CEO Sipho Madonsela tells Engineering News.
Master engineer and engineering consultant Bert Chapman has created an educational disc of engineering training materials based on real engineering problems, including their solutions, for engineers entering industry. The disc covers more than 35 electrical,...
Article contains comments
More
 
 
Latest News
SAA acting CEO Nico Bezuidenhout, Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene and SAA chairperson Dudu Myeni
Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene has assured that loss-making national carrier South African Airlines (SAA) will not receive another bailout from government, noting that the most recent R6.4-billion government guarantee had only been provided in support of an intensive...
South Africa's cumulative trade deficit was R95.3-billion in 2014, the South African Revenue Service (Sars) said on Friday. In 2013, it was R71.4-billion, Sars said in a statement.
Certain regulatory approvals remain outstanding in Telkom’s proposed R2.67-billion takeover of JSE-listed Business Connexion (BCX), the parties said in an update to shareholders on Friday. BCX noted in the statement that the Competition Authority of Botswana had...
More
 
 
Recent Research Reports
Construction 2015: A review of South Africa’s construction sector (PDF Report)
Creamer Media’s Construction 2015 Report examines South Africa’s construction industry over the past 12 months. The report provides insight into the business environment; the key participants in the sector; local construction demand; geographic diversification;...
Liquid Fuels 2014 - A review of South Africa's Liquid Fuels sector (PDF Report)
Creamer Media’s Liquid Fuels 2014 Report examines these issues, focusing on the business environment, oil and gas exploration, the country’s feedstock supplies, the development of South Africa’s biofuels industry, fuel pricing, competition in the sector, the...
Water 2014: A review of South Africa's water sector (PDF Report)
Creamer Media’s Water 2014 report considers the aforementioned issues, not only in the South African context, but also in the African and global context, and examines the issues of water and sanitation, water quality and the demand for water, among others.
Defence 2014: A review of South Africa's defence industry (PDF Report)
Creamer Media’s Defence 2014 report examines South Africa’s defence industry, with particular focus on the key participants in the sector, the innovations that have come out of the sector, local and export demand, South Africa’s controversial multibillion-rand...
Road and Rail 2014: A review of South Africa's road and rail infrastructure (PDF report)
Creamer Media’s Road and Rail 2014 report examines South Africa’s road and rail transport system, with particular focus on the size and state of the country’s road and rail network, the funding and maintenance of these respective networks, and the push to move road...
Real Economy Year Book 2014 (PDF Report)
This edition drills down into the performance and outlook for a variety of sectors, including automotive, construction, electricity, transport, steel, water, coal, gold, iron-ore and platinum.
 
 
 
 
 
This Week's Magazine
The international Square Kilometre Array (SKA) radio telescope – which is to be jointly hosted by South Africa and Australia with, later, outstations in other countries – may not yet exist, but international scientific working groups are already deciding what...
A free Web-based solar power plant capacity-planning tool offers project planners and developers, as well as governments, a means to assess the solar energy potential of thin-film solar PV power over an area of land. The tool was developed by thin-film solar...
As yet, no specific methodology, timeline or costs have been finalised to remedy the water ingress, excessive to contractual specifications, into the Gautrain tunnel between emergency shaft two (E2) and Park Station, says Bombela Concession Company technical and...
ASTRAPAK The group highlighted that executive strategic interventions and other group-wide business improvement imperatives were progressing favourably
The “seriously disruptive” electricity outages in South Africa have cost packaging group Astrapak more than R2-million in “irrecoverable downtime costs”, the company said on Monday, adding that the power cuts were negating some of the benefit of energy saving...
Bakkies and more affordable cars dominated South Africa’s new vehicle market in 2014. Unaudited data from the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) shows that South Africa’s most popular vehicle in 2014 was the Toyota Hilux, selling 37 562 units.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Alert Close
Embed Code Close
content
Research Reports Close
Research Reports are a product of the
Research Channel Africa. Reports can be bought individually or you can gain full access to all reports as part of a Research Channel Africa subscription.
Find Out More Buy Report
 
 
Close
Engineering News
Completely Re-Engineered
Experience it now. Click here
*website to launch in a few weeks