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Press Office - Voltex


Voltex is a leading stockist and reseller of a vast and comprehensive range of electrical and lighting products, including local and international suppliers and their brands. Voltex is a proudly Bidvest company and is a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Bidvest Group Limited, a company listed on the South African stock exchange. Voltex forms part of Bidvest Electrical and enjoys a level 2 BBBEE rating. The group is divided into specialised supply and distribution business units. Our six supplier divisions namely Atlas Cable Suppliers/Voltex T&D, Versalec Cables, Cabstrut, Voltex LSis, Voltex Lighting and Waco Industries ensure a well-balanced and extremely comprehensive product range.


Sun shines on South Africa’s clean energy future

     21st April 2017 Substantial ultra-violet radiation levels and excellent wind conditions have allowed South Africa to diversify its energy generation mix from one that previously relied heavily upon fossil fuels towards a national grid network that is now supported by “green” renewable energy (RE). In line with... 

Despite slower growth, China still key market for miners and Africa

By: Keith Campbell     21st April 2017 There can be no doubt that, for the past two decades-and-a-half or so, the biggest single influence on the global mining industry has been China. Between 2002 and 2012, that country experienced an annual average real gross domestic product (GDP) growth rate of 10.4%, compared with India’s 7.6%,... 

Africa’s largest scissor lift launched

By: Mia Breytenbach     21st April 2017 Mobile elevated work platform rental company Goscor Access Rental launched Africa’s largest scissor lift at its Montague Gardens facility, in Cape Town, last month. The HL-275 D27, manufactured by Netherland-based industrial equipment supplier Holland Lift, has the highest working height and... 

Bodangora Wind Farm project, Australia

By: Sheila Barradas     21st April 2017 Infigen Energy has secured a power purchase agreement with EnergyAustralia for 60% of the output from the proposed wind farm project. 

Glyn Rhonwy pumped-storage scheme project, UK

By: Sheila Barradas     21st April 2017 The project will be the first new grid-scale power storage facility built in the UK in more than 30 years. 

Pay-as-you-go microgrids seen offering rural electrification alternative

By: David Oliveira     21st April 2017 Pay-as-you-go solar microgrid solutions, coupled with energy storage, is proving to be a boon for the African communities they power and offers opportunities to entrepreneurs to tap into this growing market. South Africa has highlighted the potential of this system through the government Green... 

Solar, liquid-energy storage solution seen having big off-grid potential

By: David Oliveira     21st April 2017 Containerised liquid-energy storage machines, or flow machines, coupled with solar photovoltaic (PV) power generation, could provide Africa with the most cost-effective and energy efficient off-grid electricity generation solution, said UK-based energy storage solutions company redT CEO Scott... 

Franklin Electric 4” NextGen submersible motors available after four years of development

     20th April 2017 Following a two-year design and laboratory test phase and a further two years of field testing, the new generation of Franklin Electric’s 4” submersible motors was launched into the southern African market last year. The new design, which was introduced to the European market in 2012, includes... 

Cutting-edge machine tools supplies come alive at industry event

     20th April 2017 Local machine tools suppliers together with their international principals will be showcasing the latest technology and innovation at Machine Tools Africa. Taking place at the Expo Centre in Johannesburg from 9-12 May, visitors will see machine tools in action with many daily demonstrations... 

Siemens enters into local manufacturing agreement with black industrialist firm

By: Anine Kilian     19th April 2017 German electronics manufacturer Siemens has entered into a local manufacturing agreement with Cape Town-based black industrialist company Electro Inductive Industries (Eii). Through this partnership, Eii will benefit from internationally recognised skills and knowledge transfer, while Siemens... 

SIDENOR places order with SMS group for modernization of bar mill in Basauri

     19th April 2017 The Spanish company SIDENOR ACEROS ESPECIALES, S.L. has placed an order with SMS group for the modernization of its bar mill in Basauri. The goals of the modernization are to achieve a more effective rolling process and an improvement in material properties. The SMS group scope... 

Transforming the African energy landscape

     18th April 2017 Siemens has entered into a local manufacturing agreement with Electro Inductive Industries (PTY) Ltd (Eii), a Cape Town based Level 2 B-BBEE black industrialist company that specialises in the manufacturing of transformers. Through this partnership, Eii will benefit from... 

A new light shines brightly in the Voltex Group

     18th April 2017 Voltex is proud to announce the opening of its specialised commercial, industrial, professional and residential lighting branch in Weltevreden. The new branch is also the new home of Voltex Lighting (Lascon) who is a leader in the field of lighting design, manufacturing and distribution,... 

Voltex shines bright at Africa’s largest power and energy show

     18th April 2017 Power and Electricity World Africa is the largest, longest running energy conference and trade show that provides a platform for exhibitors and a meeting place for buyers, sellers and their partners to negotiate the caliber of deals that drive Africa’s burgeoning energy sector. Voltex, currently... 

PTM reviews strategic alternatives as Maseve’s underperformance leaves a hole in pocket

By: Henry Lazenby     18th April 2017 Canadian precious metals miner Platinum Group Metals (PTM) has cut its 2017 guidance from 100 000 oz of platinum, palladium, rhodium and gold (4E) to 85 000 oz 4E, saying it is working with BMO Capital Markets and Macquarie Capital to review and assess corporate and asset-level strategic... 

Osisko picks future Windfall Lake mill site in Lebel-sur-Quévillon, Quebec

By: Henry Lazenby     14th April 2017 Montreal-based Osisko Mining has identified a site near Lebel-sur-Quevillon, in Quebec, for the future mill complex that will treat ore from its flagship Windfall Lake gold project. Osisko stated Wednesday it intends to evaluate the site location through the environmental assessment process and... 

HFO plant’s commissioning process under way

By: Nadine James     14th April 2017 Specialised oil and gas equipment supplier Energas Technologies started the commissioning process last month for the heavy fuel oil (HFO) storage facility it specifically designed for multidisciplinary engineering firm DRA Global. Energas’s scope for the project included the fabrication,... 

Increased demand for SD flooring

By: Marleny Arnoldi     14th April 2017 Static control solutions provider Altico completed two static dissipative (SD) flooring installations last month for the electronic repairs franchise weFix at Balito Lifestyle Centre, in KwaZulu-Natal, as well as at the Vaal Mall, in Gauteng. 

South Africa’s hydrogen fuel cell programme making steady progress

By: Keith Campbell     14th April 2017 The Department of Science and technology (DST) is pleased with the progress being made by the Hydrogen South Africa (HySA) research, development and innovation (RDI) programme. This is a natural resources beneficiation project, aimed at increasing the market for the country’s platinum reserves by... 

Statute of limitations

By: Terry Mackenzie-hoy     14th April 2017 In South Africa, for some crimes, the right to institute criminal proceedings lapses 20 years from the time the offence was committed. And so I am going to tell you about some of the things I did 20 years ago. They are not crimes, let me add – just things I did. I worked with a guy called B. He... 

Codelco awards design contract for eighth phase of Talabre tailings expansion to SNC-Lavalin

By: Henry Lazenby     13th April 2017 TSX-listed engineering and construction group SNC-Lavalin has been awarded a contract by Corporación Nacional del Cobre de Chile (Codelco), one of the largest copper producers in the world, to provide detailed design services for the Talabre tailings expansion Phase VIII project, located in the... 

South Africa’s hydrogen fuel cell programme making steady progress

By: Keith Campbell     13th April 2017 The Department of Science and Technology (DST) is pleased with the progress being made by the Hydrogen South Africa (HySA) research, development and innovation (RDI) programme. This is a natural resources beneficiation project aimed at increasing the market for the country’s platinum reserves by... 

Khobab and Loeriesfontein wind farm projects, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     13th April 2017 Construction at the Khobab Wind Farm has begun in earnest with the arrival of various wind turbine components. 

5th Annual African Construction and Totally Concrete Expo scheduled for 23-24 May 2017

     10th April 2017 The 5th Annual African Construction and Totally Concrete Expo is taking place at Gallagher Convention Centre, Gauteng from 23 to 24 May 2017. With an expected 45 countries participating, this is Africa’s mega construction and infrastructure show and biggest gathering of 9 000 qualified buyers and... 

Utilizing High-Volume; High-Head; Medium/High Voltage Submersible Pumps For Acid Mine De-Watering

     10th April 2017 The harsh mining conditions in Southern Africa require submersible pumps to pump high volume of liquid containing solids at high heads and which have led to the design and development of the world’s first Medium/High Voltage Submersible Slurry Pump capable of pumping high volumes of liquids... 

Long-running oscilloscope provider upgrades tools

     7th April 2017 After 17 years of leading the 20 MHz and 40 MHz hand-held industrial oscilloscope category, electronic test tool company Fluke’s 123, 124 and 125 models of ScopeMeter test tools are being replaced by the 120B series which includes new models namely the 123B, 124B and the 125B. 

Medupi power station project, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     7th April 2017 Eskom announced on April 3 that Unit 5 had reached commercial operation. 

Metair in multiyear deal to supply enhanced batteries to Germany’s Daimler

By: Irma Venter     7th April 2017 Manufacturer, distributor and retailer of energy storage solutions and automotive components, Metair, has secured a multiyear supply agreement, from 2018 onwards, for the supply of enhanced flooded start/stop batteries to German car maker Daimler, in Europe, says MD Theo Loock. Speaking in... 

New fastening solution introduced onto market

By: Johane Turkstra     7th April 2017 To mitigate welding, bolting and clamping, construction company Hilti introduced to the South African market its Threaded Stud S-BT technology for multipurpose fastenings, including grating, onto coated structural steel in mildly and highly corrosive environments. “Welding channel mounts or... 

Reflections on the IRP2016

By: Terry Mackenzie-hoy     7th April 2017 You probably do not know, but there has been much discussion concerning the Integrated Resource Plan of 2016 (IRP 2016). I am sure you have heard people discussing it at cocktail parties and children giving their views to one another in the playground during big break. In fact, just the other... 

Testing of world’s first fuel-cell-powered train under way

By: David Oliveira     7th April 2017 Railway systems and equipment company Alstom successfully completed an 80 km/h test run of the Coradia iLint, the world’s first fuel-cell-powered passenger train, at the company’s test track in Salzgitter, Germany, last month. An extensive test campaign will be conducted in Germany and the Czech... 

Africa’s Largest, Tallest Scissor Lift Launched By Goscor Access Rental

     4th April 2017 In keeping with its philosophy of introducing the most technologically-advanced equipment locally from leading international manufacturers, Goscor Access Rental is launching the continent’s largest scissor lift, boasting the highest working height and biggest deck of any comparable machine. The... 

Orbite Technologies to file for bankruptcy protection

By: Henry Lazenby     4th April 2017 Quebec clean-technology firm Orbite Technologies has filed a notice of intention (NoI) to make a proposal under the Bankruptcy and Insolvency Act, thereby imposing an automatic 30-day stay of proceedings that will protect the company and its assets from the claims of creditors while the company... 

High-temperature reactor phoenix emerging from PBMR ashes? 

By: Terence Creamer     3rd April 2017 Early-stage research into the possible revival of the Pebble Bed Modular Reactor (PBMR) has yielded a revamped reactor concept that incorporates an entirely new operational philosophy, as well as the use of construction materials and manufacturing techniques that were either not considered or... 

Murray & Roberts Proves It Can On Fast Track Refurb Contract

     3rd April 2017 Working to exact measurements, a fast-track construction programme, unprecedented rainfall, operating within 100 metres of a premier Sandton Hotel and having two tight site boundaries are a few of the challenges faced by leading building contractor, Murray & Roberts Buildings, on its contract at... 

Eskom’s Jacob Machinjike appointed 2017 president of the SAIEE

By: Anine Kilian     31st March 2017 Eskom transmission grids manager Jacob Machinjike has been inaugurated as president of the South African Institute of Electrical Engineers (SAIEE) for 2017. His term will end at the institute’s next annual general meeting in March 2018.     “Machinjike has 30 years’ experience in the engineering... 

Flotation Level Measurement Techniques

     31st March 2017 The requirement for good level control of flotation machines is well established and documented. In this article we will focus on the more common level measurement options available in the market in the flotation plant today, including the pros and cons associated with each one. All level control... 

Wind farms cause drought

By: Terry Mackenzie-hoy     31st March 2017 I quote from an obituary (of Nancy Wertheimer, which refers to her partner, Ed Leeper – both were American): "In 1979, Wertheimer and Leeper reported that children living near high-current electrical wiring had a higher than expected rate of leukaemia. At the time, the association was seen as a... 

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