Aug 03, 2012
Imports of cheap hose, fittings detrimental to industryBack
Agriculture|Gold|Africa|Building|Components|Forklifts|Gates|Ghana|Hydraulics|Industrial|Jachris|Mining|PROJECT|Resources|Safety|System|Systems|Testing|Africa|Europe|China|Ghana|South Africa|United States|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
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 Pipes, Tubes and Hoses News
To provide mine and general industry technical staff with the opportunity to view the inside working and dynamics of a slurry pumping system, pumps manufacturer KSB Pumps and Valves has produced and showcased a fully transparent operational slurry pump loop model....
Recent Research Reports
Steel 2015: A review of South Africa's steel sector (PDF Report)
Creamer Media’s Steel 2015 report provides an overview of the key developments in the global steel industry and particularly of South Africa’s steel sector over the past year, including details of production and consumption, as well as the country's primary carbon...
Projects in Progress 2015 - First Edition (PDF Report)
In fact, this edition of Creamer Media’s Projects in Progress 2015 supplement tracks developments taking place under the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme, which has had four bidding rounds. It appears to remain a shining light on the...
Electricity 2015: A review of South Africa's electricity sector (PDF Report)
Creamer Media’s Electricity 2015 report provides an overview of State-owned power utility Eskom and independent power producers, as well as electricity planning, transmission, distribution and the theft thereof, besides other issues.
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.
This Week's Magazine
Today’s organisations execute projects within increasingly complex environments – particularly in the engineering sector. The ability to successfully execute these projects is what drives the realisation of successful projects and, ultimately, the achievement of...
South Africa’s distribution grid is a twentieth-century relic, which must be changed to serve the country’s modern electricity needs, says South African National Energy Development Institute (Sanedi) Smart Grid Programme manager Dr Minnesh Bipath. “What we are...
There is a disparity in government funding provided to integrated transport networks – bus rapid transit (BRT) networks ¬¬– and that given to conventional bus services, says Putco executive director Thys Heyns. “We have neglected and strangled conventional bus...
The Johannesburg Social Housing Company (Joshco) is building 502 rental housing units, valued at R200-million, in Dobsonville, Soweto, which are scheduled for completion in June 2016.
Automotive component manufacturer and distributor Metair is centralising its research and development (R&D) work in Turkey, in an attempt to bolster the company’s ability to produce affordable start/stop batteries. The new R&D centre is part of an expansion plan in...
Next ArticleMidrand stormwater piping installation progressing