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Pumps News

Key focus on technical competence as competition rises

By: Schalk Burger     31st August 2012 The number of medium- and heavy-steel projects in South Africa and globally should ensure medium growth for industrial holding company VBV Holdings, but the company must remain globally competitive to grow, says VBV Holdings chairperson Gary van den Berg. 

New focus for PSV as it sells pumps business

10th August 2012 Industrial engineering company PSV Holdings has sold its pump business to WPIL Limited. The sale involved of 100% of the issued share capital of PSV Services, PSV Zambia, APE Pumps and Mather + Platt, as well as the associated properties from which these companies operate and all claims on loan... 

Gorman-Rupp eyes African expansion with new Joburg branch

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     2nd August 2012 New York-listed pumps manufacturer and distributor Gorman-Rupp on Thursday launched its African branch in Johannesburg and announced the acquisition of a 74% stake in local distributor Pumptron. Known as Gorman-Rupp Africa, the new division would primarily focus on the planned expansion of... 

Vacuum pumps used at Moatize coal project

By: Anine Kilian     13th July 2012 Liquid ring vacuum pump and compressor manufacturer Vac-Cent Services, which holds the local manufacturing licence for Gardner Denver Nash products, has supplied six pumps for Phase 1 of Brazilian mining group Vale’s Moatize coal mine, in Tete, Mozambique. 

Pumpmaker’s academy hosts class of 2012 graduation

By: Nomvelo Buthelezi     29th June 2012 Multinational pump manufacturer Grundfos South Africa recently held a graduation ceremony for the class of 2012 that has completed the six-month full-time course.  

Sewage pump impeller design improved

By: Chantelle Kotze     30th March 2012 Water technology provider Xylem Water Solutions South Africa, formerly ITT Water & Wastewater South Africa, has introduced the Adaptive N-hydraulics submersible sewage pump range to the South African market. 

Potential for pumps exports into Africa growing

By: Leandi Kolver     23rd March 2012 The pumps industry is buoyant, with specific growth potential for exporting more products to the rest of Africa, reports the South African Pump Manufacturers Association (Sapma).  

Demand for pumping system increases

By: Leandi Kolver     23rd March 2012 Recent increases in electricity costs and water shortages have led to higher demand for pumps manufacturer International Slurry Pumping Solutions’ (ISPS’s) Phoenix pumping system, says MD Dr Murray Bredin. 

Concrete pumps manufacturer merger will not negatively affect clients or company

By: Leandi Kolver     23rd March 2012 The buy-out of concrete, mortar and industrial pumps manufacturer Germany-based Putzmeister Holding by China-based Sany Heavy Industry Company will have no negative effect on Putzmeister’s customers, assures Putzmeister South Africa CEO Ludwig Geyser. 

Equipment solutions provider reveals new projects

By: Sashnee Moodley     23rd March 2012 To ensure that it retains its competitive edge and continuously improves its operations, slurry equipment solutions provider Weir Minerals Africa has rolled out a number of new projects at its foundry over the past 18 months as well as designed three new pump ranges. 

Pumps specialist diversifies

By: Leandi Kolver     23rd March 2012 Over the past two years, pumps specialist Ecochem Pumps has diversified from originally only focusing on dosing pumps to include the manufacture of complete skids and doing turnkey dosing projects, says MD Ed Lemke. 

Water technology provider introduces new range

By: Sashnee Moodley     23rd March 2012 Water handling and treatment solutions provider Xylem Water Solutions South Africa, formerly ITT South Africa, has launched its Godwin Dri-Prime self-priming pumps range, while reinforcing the availability of its popular Flygt range. 

German company opens SA branch

23rd March 2012 German pump company Netzsch’s Pumps and Systems business unit has set up a subsidiary in South Africa and a sales office in the United Arab Emirates.  

Company warns against fraudulent pump engines

23rd March 2012 Pump and engine distributor Goscor Power Products, the sole Southern African distributor of Robin Subaru engines, has warned that fraudulent Robin pump engines are being imported into South Africa. 

New diaphragm pump for high-capacity customers

23rd March 2012 Industrial pumps manufacturer Tapflo is extending the T-series’ metal pump capacity with the launch of the new T820 S, a compressed air-powered diaphragm pump made from American Iron and Steel Institute-approved stainless steel 316L.  

Customised pump station designed for Kenyan golf course

By: Sashnee Moodley     23rd March 2012 Engineering supplies specialist Incledon Pumps & Irrigation (IPI) has developed a customised pump station for the Thika Greens golf course in Kenya. The system is en route to Nairobi and will be commissioned this month. 

Erbacon sells 80% stake in small plant unit

By: Henry Lazenby     14th March 2012 JSE-listed construction firm Erbacon on Wednesday reported it had disposed of its 85% interest in BO’s Hire and Sales, formerly known as Erbacon Small Plant (ESP), for R30-million to Imbewu SPV4, on February 29. ESP, which is based in Durban, hires out small plant to companies engaged in... 

TCTA calls for prequalification bids to build KZN water infrastructure

By: Henry Lazenby     9th January 2012 State-owned bulk water provider the Trans Caledon Tunnel Authority (TCTA) has invited companies to prequalify for the construction of a new 8.5 MW pump station and 14 km pipeline as part of the Mooi Mgeni Transfer Scheme Phase 2 (MMTS-2) project in the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands. The MMTS-2 involves... 

Threat of nationalisation rippling through all industries

By: Jessica Hannah     30th September 2011 Although the South African pumps industry is experiencing a busy period, South African Pump Manufacturers Association (Sapma) chairperson Gareth Langton points out that this is being driven mostly through projects outside of South Africa.  

Pumps industry skills requirements changing

By: Jessica Hannah     30th September 2011 The skills required to sell pumps to industry is changing, and providing value-added engineering consultancy and advisory services is needed for pump companies to survive, says pump manufacturer and supplier Wilo South Africa MD Errol Cornelius. 

Pumping equipment rental continues to grow

By: Idéle Esterhuizen     30th September 2011 Water handling and treatment solutions provider ITT Water & Wastewater says it is experiencing steady growth in its pumping equipment rental division. 

Smaller pumps have competitive capacity

By: Idéle Esterhuizen     30th September 2011 Local pump manufacturer Watson-Marlow Bredel South Africa says its range of 120 cased peristaltic pumps offers the benefit of being at the bottom of the peristaltic flow rate range, while having the equivalent quality and reliability of its larger dosing pumps. 

Nuclear energy to boost pumps market

30th September 2011 The number of nuclear power plants being built in the Asia Pacific region, especially in China and India, are expected to continue driving demand for reactor coolant pumps, while growth will further be driven by the replacement of such pumps in North America and Europe.  

Pump VSDs have advanced in leaps and bounds

By: Jessica Hannah     30th September 2011 Variable speed drive (VSD) technology in the pumps industry has advanced in leaps and bounds, says pressure solutions company Incledon pumps and irrigation regional MD Romeo Giannone. 

Pumps company launches first new pump in a number of years 

By: Jessica Hannah     30th September 2011 Pump manufacturer and supplier Weir Minerals has launched a new centrifugal slurry pump, its first new heavy-duty slurry pump to be offered to the market for a number of years.  

Distributor develops new fertiliser pump

By: Idéle Esterhuizen     30th September 2011 Pump and engine distributor, Goscor Power Products (GPP), has developed a new long-coupled liquid fertiliser pump unit, where the pump is separated from the engine. 

Pumps play key role in sewage disposal

By: Jessica Hannah     30th September 2011 The average individual does not realise the extent to which sewage is increasing in South Africa, says pumps supplier Tsurumi Pumps South Africa MD George Bath. 

Pumps suited for use in extreme weather

30th September 2011 South African mine dewatering pump manufacturer Pioneer Pump has launched its new 300 hp to 600 hp mine dewatering pump sets featuring its Rock & Rain weather protection system for use in mines that experience extreme weather conditions. 

Correct application of dosing pumps crucial

By: Idéle Esterhuizen     30th September 2011 It is crucial that companies realise the importance of using the correct type of chemical dosing pump for specific applications, says pump specialist company Ecochem Pumps MD Ed Lemke. 

Solar-powered pump motor designed 

By: Jessica Hannah     30th September 2011 Pump manufacturer Grundfos has developed a motor, the MGFlex motor, which is able to run off solar power or mains, when necessary, for solar-powered surface pump booster applications. 

New cast-iron pump for SA industry

By: Jessica Hannah     26th August 2011 Pump supplier Zilmet is importing a new range of cast-iron submersible pumps from Italian pump manufacturer Ebara. The new DML Submersible pump range is suitable for dirty water, sewage and other general wastewater applications. 

Franklin Electric unveils high-efficiency end-suction pumps

By: Mary-Anne O’Donnell     24th June 2011 Pumping systems and solutions supplier Franklin Electric South Africa (FESA) has launched its new range of high-efficiency end-suction pumps for the agriculture and industrial markets. 

Pumps designed to meet EU environment laws

17th June 2011 German pump manufacturer Wilo SE says it is the first company to meet stringent new European Union (EU) environmental protection regulations governing the use of electric motors to power pumps. 

Three trade exhibitions to be hosted simultaneous in June

27th May 2011 The simultaneous hosting of the Pumps, Valves & Pipes Africa, WaterTec Africa and Petro.t.ex Africa 2011 conference and exhibition offers a platform for stakeholders to formulate strategies and solutions for the African continent.  

Consortium gearing up for construction of Medupi low-pressure systems

By: Eleanor Seggie     29th April 2011 The LP Services Consortium, which won the engineering, procurement and construction contract for the supply of the low pressure services for State-owned power utility Eskom’s Medupi project, in Lephalale, Limpopo, reports that it is gearing up for the construction phase of the installation. 

Agricultural association concerned over Karoo gas exploration plan 

By: Eleanor Seggie     1st April 2011 Agri SA plans to ask the Minister [of Mineral Resources] to place a moratorium on the further exploration and production of natural gas in the Karoo by oil giant Shell. 

Positive outlook for pumps industry in 2011

18th March 2011 The South African Pumps Manufacturers Association (Sapma) says that the pumps industry in South Africa is in a fairly good state at present. 

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