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Pumps News

Solar pumps to come under the spotlight at Joburg expo

By: Mary-Anne O’Donnell     26th November 2010 In recent years, solar-powered pumps have emerged as a potential sustainable alternative to traditional diesel pumps. 

Pump range gets premium efficiency motors

By: Henry Lazenby     8th October 2010 Water engineering specialist ABS Wastewater Technology (Pty) Ltd reports that it will have replaced its entire range of pumps of up to 350-kW capacity with premium efficiency motors, by the first quarter of 2011. 

Centrifugal chemicals pump for restricted spaces

     1st October 2010 The close-coupled, magnetically-driven thermoplastic centrifugal chemicals pump, introduced by chemicals pumping specialist Vanton Pump, can be used in restricted spaces and can be removed for maintenance without the need to disturb existing piping, says Vanton Pump sales and marketing manager... 

Emergency response team fights gulf oil spill

     1st October 2010 Pump developer and supplier Thompson Pump mobilised its emergency response team (ERT) to provide pumping equipment, supplies, work power and tactical knowledge to areas devastated by the Gulf of Mexico oil spill, within a few days of the incident on the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig. 

Global financial crisis 
brings change to the pumps industry

By: Schalk Burger     1st October 2010 The global nature of the manufacturing and distribution of pumps has both positive and negative developments for the local pumps industry, says pressure solutions company Incledon Pumps & Irrigation regional MD Romeo Giannone. 

Heat pumps reduce power costs in the home

     1st October 2010 A heat pump can deliver the same heat output as an electrical element, to geysers, for about one-third of the electricity consumption, Chas Everitt International property group CEO Berry Everitt. 

Heavy-duty submersible 
pumps with extended service life

     1st October 2010 Pump manufacturer Alert Pumpmor manufactures a range of heavy-duty submersible pumps, for underground and surface applications in mining, sewage and industrial applications, which operate efficiently and have an extended service life, says Alert Pumpmor product manager Fanie Nel. 

In-line, real-time vacuum pump monitoring

     1st October 2010 Vacuum pump monitoring specialist company Measure Metrix has developed an in-line performance data measurement method that measures the suction port of the pumps to calculate pumps’ operating capacities, the company reports. 

New distributor for pump range

     1st October 2010 Hydraulic engineering company Bearing Man Group (BMG) Hydraulics, part of the BMG group, has been appointed as a distributor of hydraulic technology group Enerpac’s range of hydraulic cylinders, pumps and related products, throughout sub-Saharan Africa.  

New series of diaphragm pumps

By: Schalk Burger     1st October 2010 Pump supplier Verder Pumps has released a new series of diaphragm pumps, which use less air and have higher fluid output and lower pulsation, are based on the reliable Verderair design and are easy to repair. 

Oil sensor feature 
prevents engine 
seizing

     1st October 2010 The new PTX series of Subaru pumps is powered by the EX-series Subaru overhead cam (OHC) engine and is sold with a three-year guarantee on the engine, says equipment supplier Goscor Power Products national sales manager Mark Bester. 

Packaged pumpstations for Drakensberg estate

By: Eleanor Seggie     1st October 2010 Pumps supplier ITT Water & Wastewater (ITT) has supplied and installed three plug-and-play wastewater treatment pump stations, from its submersible sewage pumps range, for the first construction phase of the Nondela Drakensberg Mountain Estate, in KwaZulu-Natal. 

Promising pumps industry for SA and Africa

By: Schalk Burger     1st October 2010 The pumps and water supply industry in South Africa and the broader continent shows promise, with a number of projects under way and greater demand in the foreseeable future, says pumps manufacturing specialist company Grundfos marketing manager Lorraine Smart. 

R1,3m order for 
nonmetallic pump sets

By: Eleanor Seggie     1st October 2010 Pump supplier Fluid in Motion Pump & Allied has been awarded a R1,3-million order for 26 non-metallic pump sets for the Luisha copper/cobalt mine, in the Democratic Republic of Congo.  

Range suited for high pressures and viscosity applications

By: Eleanor Seggie     1st October 2010 Minerals processing company MIP Process Technologies (MIP) supplies Moyno positive displacement pumps, with a specialised, patented screw-type rotor that limits leaks and is ideal for applications with high pressures and viscosities, particularly the petrochemicals industry. 

Recovery for pumps industry in sight

     1st October 2010 The local pumps sector is expected to reach its pre-recession volumes by the third or fourth quarter of 2011, reports South African Pump Manufacturers Association (Sapma) chairperson Gavin Doran. 

Short lead times for 
split-casing rubber-lined 
slurry pumps

By: Schalk Burger     1st October 2010 Pump specialist company Ecochem and mining equipment supplier Becker Engineering South Africa have teamed up to supply a range of split-casing, rubber-lined slurry pumps within a short lead time of two to three months, says Ecochem MD Ed Lemke. 

Variable-speed drives save energy and water

By: Schalk Burger     1st October 2010 Variable-speed drives (VSD) are becoming ubiquitous in the pump industry because of their reduced energy consumption, ability to reduce water loss through limiting waste that occurs because of pressure faults, and improved durability, says pressure solutions company Incledon Pumps and Irrigation... 

Efficient processes will result in competitive industries

By: Schalk Burger     21st May 2010 Efficient production processes and good support industries are needed to ensure that the medical and pharmaceuticals industries in South Africa are competitive and produce good quality medicines at affordable prices, says pump designer and manufacturer Verder Pumps South Africa (VPSA) marketing... 

Courses promote pumping principles and practice

By: Petronel Smit     19th March 2010 The South African Pumps Manufacturing Association (Sapma) reports that it will present an introductory and advanced course on the principles and practice of pumps on a two monthly basis during the year, in an effort to eliminate the considerable misunderstandings of pump principles and theory in... 

Facility to provide comprehensive service

By: Janice Healing     19th March 2010 Johannesburg-based pump company KSB Pumps & Valves has established a dedicated service facility in order to offer customers a comprehensive after-sales service. KSB service manager Stanley Steenkamp says that the logic behind expanding the service operation last year was twofold.  

Future prospects show positive signs

By: Janice Healing     19th March 2010 The growth prospects for KSB Pumps & Valves are very bright, says marketing and business development manager Clinton Harris.

“Since we were officially established in South Africa 50 years ago, we have transformed from a medium-sized company to a large company, one which is starting to play a... 

High energy prices and water scarcity could affect industry

By: Petronel Smit     19th March 2010 Supplier of pumps and accessories Verder Pumps reports that the increase in electricity prices is likely to divert funds from product development to basic operating costs in the pumps industry. However, the shortage of water can be an even more significant challenge to the development of the... 

International player focused on research and development

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     19th March 2010 International pumps manufacturer Weir Minerals, previously known as Weir Warman, reports that it aims to increase its market share and scope of products in industry through ongoing research and development (R&D) initiatives. 

Italian concrete pumps for African market

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     19th March 2010 “Our staff has been trained on the use, maintenance and the installation of the Sermac pumps onto the trucks. We also have a very strong service facility which, should we experience any problems with the pumps, will assist us in the service and repair of these pumps,” says Pan Mixers director... 

Lean manufacturing concept implemented

By: Janice Healing     19th March 2010 Between 6 000 and 7000 standard pump units are produced each year by KSB Pumps & Valves, the South African subsidiary of the global KSB Group based in Germany. Operations manager Paul Timms explains that last year the company introduced a lean manufacturing system, which runs according to... 

Local mechanical drive pumps go global

By: Janice Healing     19th March 2010 The South African subsidiary of the global KSB Group is a world manufacturing centre for magnetic drive pumps according to API 685 standards. 

Locally designed vertical spindle pumps introduced

By: Petronel Smit     19th March 2010 Manufacturer and distributor of pumps Walter Meano Engineering (WME) has introduced its new locally designed and manufactured vertical spindle range of pumps for mine dewatering, the VSE 50, VSE 80 and VSE 100. 

Manufacturer taps into SA’s air-conditioning market

     19th March 2010 Pump distributor Wilo Salmson South Africa reports that the company is tapping into the local air-conditioning market with an energy-efficient range of advanced pump systems. 

Mining sector offers good growth potential

By: Janice Healing     19th March 2010 The renewed global demand for base metals and the resultant upsurge in activity within the mining sector is good news for equipment suppliers such as KSB Pumps & Valves. Sales manager David Jones says that while the demand for its products from the mining industry has been subdued, the pace... 

Partnership to enhance competitive edge

     19th March 2010 Peristaltic pump manufacturer Watson-Marlow Bredel South Africa has entered into a partnership agreement with its Danish sister company Watson-Marlow Flexicon, which manufactures peristaltic aseptic filling systems. 

Product diversity, emerging markets key for recovery

By: Petronel Smit     19th March 2010 Pump manufacturers with a diversified product porfolio and a strong focus on emerging markets, such as the alternative energy, geothermal, power, water and wastewater markets are expected to recover from the recession, reports growth consultancy firm Frost & Sullivan. 

R40m pumpstation 
upgrade for Johannesburg

     19th March 2010 Construction of the new Zandspruit sewerage pump station and a 5,4-km long rising main has been completed, relieving the capacity and spillage issues that have affected residents and businesses in the Johannesburg’s northern suburbs of Bloubosrand, Craigavon and Fourways. 

SA makes its mark in global group

     19th March 2010 When the global KSB Group reported its financial results for the year ending December 31, 2009, the performance of the South African operation was noted. The group reports that the companies in the Middle East and Africa regions jointly achieved double-digit percentage growth in sales revenue as... 

SA pump maker sets its sights on Africa

By: Janice Healing     19th March 2010 German-manufactured KSB pumps first arrived on South African shores in 1904, and today, more than a century later, local subsidiary KSB Pumps & Valves has entrenched its position as one of the country's foremost pump manufacturers.  

Safer explosives pump on the market

By: Petronel Smit     19th March 2010 Manufacturing company Unique Engineering has developed the Eco XP pump series, a pump with significantly improved safety standards for the explosives industry. 

Steady growth for centrifugal and positive displacement pumps market

     19th March 2010 Growth consultancy firm Frost & Sullivan reports that, while the local centrifugal and positive displacement pumps market has experienced a slowdown owing to the global economic recession, it is still growing steadily as a result of the ongoing infrastructure projects in the water and... 

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