MD Juan van Kerkhoven reports that the company is involved in environmental control, air-pollution control systems, and sewage and effluent systems.
The company’s environmental technology applies to all process organisations: mining, chemical, the food and beverage industry, or anything involving a process.
On the other hand, Famsystems has a variety of standard products on offer, such as pumps, flowmeters, and plastic and fibreglass tanks of its own manufacture.
“I feel that the broadening of the exhibition will be a good thing as it would reach a wider, more targeted market,” reports Van Kerkhoven.
He adds that there is no engineering show at present and, with so many small exhibitions throughout the year, it has become too expensive to attend them all.
He hopes that this exhibition will attract many people from the process industries due to its mixed composition.
A wide spectrum of companies will be exhibiting, ensuring that there is something on offer for everyone.
Famsystems will be dividing its stand in two to show the combination of its well-known products on the one side, and its technologies on the other, in order to demonstrate how these interlink to produce lower prices without compromising on quality.
Research is not done locally, as the company has tied up with individual specialists in Europe that supply the specialist know-how or technology in a basic form.
All detailed engineering is done in South Africa, so that the cost of the international technology is actually inexpensive.
Van Kerkhoven points out that Famsystems exhibited in Germany last year at the Envitech exhibition so as to start penetrating the world market in the environmental field.
He feels that the company is competitive internationally as it has combined international technology with South African engineering.
“We are focusing on Africa, Asia and South America, as they are purchasing from Europe at the moment,” explains Van Kerkhoven, adding that the cost of transport from Europe to these markets, and from South Africa to these markets, is the same, offering Famsystems an advantage in engineering costs.
Although focusing on the export market for the last year, this will be a long-term process.
“We will not be exhibiting anything new to the market, but it will prove interesting, as most customers are unaware of all of our capabilities,” continues Van Kerkhoven.
He assures that there will be a number of people manning the Famsystems stand to ensure quick response, as the exhibition has been reduced to three days, and will only be on until 17:00.
“I believe that Engineering Technologies could grow into a good exhibition, as a good exhibition needs two things to succeed: good management, and to hit the right market in giving something to everybody,” comments Van Kerkhoven.
Looking at the latest developments on its product side, the company has reported a significant increase in fibreglass-tank requirements, as fibreglass is becoming cheaper when compared to other materials.
Bulk storage is also becoming more important throughout the industry.
The company indicates that it will be spending a lot on tank design and materials in future, as well as the confirmation of the company’s activities on the chemical-scrubbing side.
It will provide information on work done on chemical-scrubbing plants, which are all manufactured in South Africa, and the applications on offer on the removal of chemical pollutants such as chlorine, nitrous oxide and sulphur dioxide.
Van Kerkhoven states that these problems are prevalent everywhere, and are increasing.
He points out that Famsystems can offer a reasonable price on solutions.
The company also manufactures and installs small complete sewage plants using fibreglass and plastics as the construction material.
It has done a number of plants recently, both for mining applications and housing developments, and the company believes that there is a growing need for sewage plants.
The benefits of these sewage plants are that they can grow with the development of the surrounding community by building a plant to suit present requirements and adding on later, so as to reduce initial capital costs.
Operation is simple, and can be carried out by any unskilled person who simply invests some care into his or her function.
It can also be done quickly, involving no long engineering process, while it is possible to have a plant up and running within two to three months.