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Pumps News

Concrete pump manufacturer sees turnaround in 2010 

By: Mary-Anne O’Donnell     5th February 2010 Concrete pump manufacturer Putzmeister South Africa (PMSA) CEO Ludwig Geyser tells Mining Weekly that, during 2009, the company, like many others, experienced a decrease in turnover of nearly 50% despite the build-up to major events such as the construction of the 2010 FIFA World Cup stadiums and... 

Customised material increases wear life

     5th February 2010 Slurry equipment specialists Weir Mineral Africa’s Warman AH range of heavy-duty pumps is the recognised and accepted range of slurry pumps for mining engineers in Africa. 

Groundwater pumping, reliability on the rise

     5th February 2010 Although clean and safe water is always the first priority, cost efficiency is a parameter that is of pressing concern for water suppliers and their stakeholders. 

Japanese quality is competitively priced

By: Mary-Anne O’Donnell     5th February 2010 A high-quality submersible pump, manufactured in Japan, is being sold and marketed throughout Sub-Saharan Africa by pump supplier Tsurumi Pumps South Africa. 

Namibia mine water
pipeline on stream

     5th February 2010 Construction of the pipeline which will carry desalinated water 48 km across the Namib desert from the Atlantic coast to uranium miner UraMin’s Trekkopje uranium mine, is pushing ahead on schedule, with all three pump stations nearing completion. 

Practical pump 
protection for 
all applications

     5th February 2010 Motor protection specialist NewElec has introduced the UCR 80 undercurrent protection relay, which complements existing protection where overloading protection is already available for a pump. 

Pump manufacturer reports promising outlook for 2010

By: Mary-Anne O’Donnell     5th February 2010 Peristaltic pump manufacturer Watson-Marlow Bredel (W-M) reports that the company was left nearly unaffected by the 2009 economic downturn and, instead, saw a 3% to 4% increase in turnover. 

Pump manufacturer opens its 2010 training academy year

By: Mary-Anne O’Donnell     5th February 2010 Multinational pump manufacturer for engineering and mining solutions Grundfos South Africa opened its 2010 student training academy programme last month. 

Three-year pump maintenance contract signed

     5th February 2010 Specialist provider of slurry processing equipment Weir Minerals Africa of Witbank has secured a pump replacement contract with State-owned power utility company Eskom’s Duvha power station which covers the refurbishment, supply and exchange of ash pumps as and when required. 

Tough pumps for heavy-duty applications

     5th February 2010 Severe duty applications call for tough pumps which offer above average wear life. The Warman MC pump, engineered using hard alloy and elastomer technology, can easily manage the large size particles in dense abrasive slurries and harsh mining applications. 

Bumper year for local entity

By: Carla Thomaz     27th November 2009 Despite the current global economic downturn, manufacturer of engineered products Sulzer South Africa has been awarded a number of prestigious contracts. 

Foundry group casts 
for Sulzer at Kusile

     27th November 2009 Foundry group Steloy Castings has received another multimillion-rand order from South African pump manufacturer Sulzer Pumps South Africa for the supply of chrome steel components for the pumps for State-owned utility Eskom’s new 4 800-MW Kusile power station, in Mpumalanga province. 

Group obtains quality certifications

By: Carla Thomaz     27th November 2009 As part of its ongoing commitment to quality, manufacturer of engineered products Sulzer South Africa’s Hydromining and Pump companies have recently obtained their ISO 14001 and OHSAS 18001 certifications. 

New order for Medupi 
power station

     27th November 2009 Global drive component specialist, Voith Turbo, has received an order from pump manufacturer Sulzer for the supply of Vorecon drives to State-owned power utility Eskom’s Medupi power station.


Operation reconciliation

By: Carla Thomaz     27th November 2009 The current global economic downturn has led to a shift in local pump manufacturer Sulzer Pumps’ five-year strategy away from growth and towards sustainability. 

Project Samba bearing fruit

By: Carla Thomaz     27th November 2009 Local pump manufacturer Sulzer Pumps South Africa has been awarded the contract for three large bare shaft vertical pumps for pump manufacturer Sulzer Pumps Brazil as part of its project Samba, a formal programme between the two companies to create synergies between the two countries.


Proudly serving industry for 175 years

By: Carla Thomaz     27th November 2009 Global technology corporation Sulzer is celebrating its 175th anniversary this year, after proudly serving the global industry for this length of time. 

Compressor-primed pumps seen as playing major role in mine dewatering

By: Julian Kraft     6th November 2009 International solution provider, manufacturer and supplier of auto-primed pumps, Sykes Group, of Australia, established a presence in South Africa to market its compressor and vacuum-primed pumps throughout Southern Africa, mainly for use in the dewatering of open-pit mines. 

Control panel reduces down time, saves costs

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     28th August 2009 With the continued need to reduce unscheduled downtime and increase the meantime between pump failures, mines are looking at pump installations that include the pump and a customised control panel says pump supplier ITT Water & Wastewater (ITT) dewatering manager Klint Bawden. 

Electric power pump 
ideal for high-pressure 

     28th August 2009 Simplex hydraulic and mechanical equipment, exclusively distributed by diversified engineering company Becker Engineering, which is part of the Becker group of companies, has introduced a range of electric power pumps designed for high-pressure mining maintenance applications. 

Merger has positive 
outcome for pumps 

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     28th August 2009 Specialist provider of slurry processing equipment Weir Warman Africa (WWA) says that, despite the economic downturn, the company has not compromised on its service to customers or its product range. 

New condensate pump ensures reliability

     28th August 2009 Diversified engineering and instrumentation company Spirax Sarco has introduced a new pump for the removal of condensate from steam systems. The pump is capable of pumping up to 18 000 kg/h in rapid-cycling process environments under elevated pressure and temperature conditions.  

Pump copes with debris without blocking

     28th August 2009 There are clear pollution guidelines for dealing with industrial effluent, but complying with these regulations can be hindered by the notorious unreliability of the pumps used in the waste disposal process. 

Pump manufacturer to expand 
distributor network

     28th August 2009 Pump manufacturer Tsurumi Pumps is to expand its distributor network and increase its market share in Africa’s mines. 

Pump manufacturer 
enters Russian market

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     28th August 2009 South African slurry pump manufacturer Hazleton Pumps believes that pumps play a significant role in the mining process, as pumps assist most underground mines owing to the incapacitating factor water brings to the mining process. 

Pumps supplied to vanadium extraction operation

     28th August 2009 Diversified mining company Xstrata Alloys vanadium extraction operation Rhombus Vanadium (Rhovan) has installed a new pump at the operation’s precipitation plant. 

Upgraded pump equals 
safer mining environment

     28th August 2009 Auto prime pump manufacturer Sykes South Africa believes that underground mining needs a safer, more reliable and a more cost-effective method of removing water from the drilling face. 

Fasteners company expands local footprint

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     19th June 2009 Stockist of stainless steel fasteners in the Western Cape Boltfast is planning to expand its footprint to other regions in South Africa.  

Business growth inspires service expansion

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     12th June 2009 With the biggest portion of its business in the mining sector, pump and mixer supplier ITT Water & Wastewater has grown up to 150% over the last three years. The business includes dewatering, wastewater handling, bulk water extraction, booster stations, slurry pumping, sludge handling and... 

Exhibitors introduce new products at pump show

     12th June 2009 The pumps, valves and pipes industry is one of the few sectors of the economy in which demand has not taken a serious knock. With the high number of infrastructure and mining projects currently in progress, demand for pumps, valves and pipes will continue to be strong, despite the current... 

Heavy-duty slurry 
pump includes a back suction design

     12th June 2009 Heavy-duty slurry pumps manufactured locally by pump manufacturer Becker Alert Pumpmor has a back suction design that can efficiently cope with medium, heavy and severe duty slurry pumping, as well as large and fibrous solids transfer 

Money-saving approach secures R2m contract

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     12th June 2009 Pumps and accessories supplier Verder Pumps SA (VPSA) has been awarded a contract to supply slurry pumps for the Chemwes gold and uranium plant in Klerksdorp. 

New pump technology and manufacturing 
facility unveiled

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     12th June 2009 Dutch pump manufacturer and design giant Weir Minerals Netherlands unveiled the new Geho positive displacement pump technology at the Achema exhibition in Frankfurt, Germany. 

New technology pumps life into mines

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     12th June 2009 Pump manufacturer Wanner Engineering, of the US, has deployed the new Kel-cell diaphragm position control (DPC) technology in its Hydra-Cell pump. The Kel-cell DPC ensures that the diaphragm does not tear under cavitation.  

Proper sealing systems sustain pump life

     12th June 2009 Swedish bearing manufacturer SKF emphasises that proper specification and selection of sealing systems for centrifugal pump power frame applications can help sustain the service life of pumps and avoid the need for pump replacement or rebuilds and their associated costs in time and money. 

Pump distributor broadens delivery capacity

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     12th June 2009 As South Africa faces the likelihood of future water shortages, pump distributor Salmson South Africa has broadened its delivery capacity in water transfer in mining and sewage applications with a new combination of high-tech pumps, says Salmson MD Errol Cornelius. 

Pump range upgraded 
for better efficiency

     12th June 2009 International provider of steam and industrial fluid control systems Spirax Sarco reports that its range of MFP14 pumps have been upgraded to be more efficient. Several design changes on an automatic mechanical pump ensures that the pumps will offer long and reliable service, even in the most... 

Pump selection for any application made easy

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     12th June 2009 Choosing the right pump for mining projects is made easier by using an electronic pump-selecting program. The Windows-based computer-aided product selection program, Wincaps, available trough a subsidiary of the largest pump manufacturer in the world Grundfos South Africa, gives a buyer the... 

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