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Pumps News

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... 

Ultrahigh-pressure pumps increase safety, efficiency

     19th March 2010 Hydraulic engineering company BMG Hydraulics says that its ultrahigh-pressure pumps are designed for efficient operation and increased safety in harsh operating applications that demand continuous heavy-duty cycles.  

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... 

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. 

Submersible pump more user-friendly

By: Petronel Smit     19th March 2010 ITT Water & Wastewater business unit manager for mining Klint Bawden says that the submersible pump is more user friendly, requires less supportive infrastructure and is more efficient and quieter in operation. 

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... 

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. 

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. 

Submersible sewage pumps enters market

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     19th March 2010 Submersible pump manufacturer and distributor ABS has introduced a new range of pumps, the ABS EffeX range late last year.  

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... 

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. 

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. 

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. 

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. 

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.  

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... 

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. 

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... 

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.  

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... 

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... 

Strong growth flows at fluid systems division

By: Janice Healing     19th March 2010 The fluid systems division within KSB Pumps & Valves, has developed from a one-man operation in 1998 into a team of 11 individuals, boasting a significant yearly turnover. Based on vast experience in hydraulic solutions, KSB can offer additional value beyond the supply of a pump or a pump... 

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... 

New heavy-duty sewage pumps enter African 
markets

By: Carla Thomaz     2nd October 2009 Pump manufacturer Grundfos has introduced the SE1/SEV pump ranges to the African market. 

Variable-speed drives effective in controlling motor speeds

     2nd October 2009 Power and automation technologies provider ABB reported at the third International Pump User Conference, recently held in Johannesburg, that variable speed drives (VSDs) in pump applications were the most effective way of controlling motor speeds and could reduce energy bills by as much as 60%. 

Misconceptions in industry result in inefficiency 

By: Petronel Smit     2nd October 2009 Engineering software developer and pump specialist TAS Online reported that safety factors applied at the design stage frequently lead to pumps being overdesigned for required duties and operating below best efficiency zones. 

Incorrect vapour pressure could lead to pump damage

By: Petronel Smit     2nd October 2009 Engineering company Fluor South Africa process engineer Sarel Duvenage reported at the third International Pump User Conference, recently held in Johannesburg, that incorrect vapour pressure assumption may be an underestimated cause of pump damage. 

Upgrade to improve water and energy conservation

By: Petronel Smit     2nd October 2009 Two popular South African golf courses, Houghton, in Johannesburg, and The Metropole, in Cape Town, have upgraded their pump and irrigation control technology to improve water and energy conservation. 

Stadiums supplied with potable water systems

By: Petronel Smit     2nd October 2009 Pump distributor Wilo Salmson South Africa has been contracted to power the water-transfer systems for two new 2010 FIFA World Cup stadiums, Port Elizabeth’s (PE’s) Nelson Mandela stadium and the Green Point stadium in Cape Town. 

Power consumption of pumps can be reduced

By: Petronel Smit     2nd October 2009 Pump solutions provider Verder Pumps South Africa reported that power consumption in pumps can be reduced by improving the design of the process and controlling the interaction between the pump and the process. 

Energy efficient compact mixer
launched

By: Carla Thomaz     2nd October 2009 ITT Water & Wastewater launched its Flygt 4650 line-started permanent magnet (LSPM) high-efficiency submersible compact mixer to the local market at international water, waste and environmental exhibition Afriwater 2009. 

Seal manufacturer experiences growth in tough times

By: Carla Thomaz     2nd October 2009 While many businesses have been negatively affected by the current global financial crisis, mechanical seal manufacturer John Crane has experienced a successful year through its robust growth strategy. 

SA’s first pump rental store to open in Middelburg

By: Carla Thomaz     2nd October 2009 Specialist provider of slurry processing equipment Weir Warman Africa will be opening South Africa’s first pump rental store, in Middelburg, Mpumalanga province, on October 15. 

Cautious optimism for the local pumps industry

By: Carla Thomaz     2nd October 2009 The global economic crisis has lead to a slowdown in the local pump industry with the focus shifting from spending capital expenditure on new equipment to the refurbishment and upgrading of existing equipment. However, opportunities still exist that will benefit the pump industry, says the South... 

Bearings 
manufacturer sees opportunity in underwater 
applications

By: Carla Thomaz     2nd October 2009 With end-users becoming more discerning in the current global economic downturn, self-lubricated bearings manufacturer Vesco Plastics is raising the profile of its range of underwater bushings as the need for reliable and efficient equipment for underwater applications continues. 

Concrete pumps enter local market

By: Carla Thomaz     2nd October 2009 Concrete block, brick and paving machinery manufacturer Pan Mixers has launched the new range of international manufacturer Sermac’s concrete pumps into the local market. 

Pump company showcases product diversification

By: Darren Parker     28th August 2009 The diversification of pump company Grundfos South Africa’s product range and expertise into applications such as wastewater, bulk water, commercial buildings and dosing has provided the company with added stability in the wake of the global economic recession. 

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