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Pumps News

Standardised pumps reduce costs

By: Tracy Hancock     27th August 2010 Pumps supplier SPP Pumps’ Patrick Hindry reports that the company’s practice of pump range standardisation gives users the benefit of stocking fewer spares, reduces the cost of spares and enables easy maintenance procedures.  

New mining division 
for manufacturer

By: Tracy Hancock     27th August 2010 Danish pumps manufacturer Grundfos has formalised a mining division at its South African offices, in Johannesburg, to cater for the mining industry in Africa.

“Grundfos has never specifically focused on the mining industry in South Africa in the past, but our production range has been used in... 

Pump increases safety, reliability and efficiency

By: Tracy Hancock     27th August 2010 n the past three months, explosives supplier Bulk Mining Explosives (BME) has supplied about 11 Mobile Charging Units (MCUs) to mines in Africa, fitted with its specialised Mobile Pearton Pump, with increased safety, reliability and efficiency features when pumping ammonium nitrate based emulsions.  

Despite challenges, pumps industry ready for AMD threat

By: Tracy Hancock     27th August 2010 South Africa’s pumps industry has undertaken a significant amount of work in providing solutions to the relevant consultants that are dealing with the critical and urgent issue of acid mine drainage (AMD). However, one of the key issues for the AMD challenge is a lack of funding, says South... 

Minister says Grootvlei water-quality investigation ongoing

By: Loni Prinsloo     20th August 2010 South African Water Affairs Minister Sonjica Buyelwa confirmed on Friday that investigations regarding the quality of the water discharged at the troubled Aurora's Groovlei mine near Springs were still under investigation by the police and the Blue Scorpions. She said in a written response to a... 

Pumps contribute to cost savings, boost production

By: Dimakatso Motau     20th August 2010 Supplier of pumps and accessories Verder Pumps South Africa (VPSA) says that the use of the VF125 pump range contributes to cost savings and increased productivity at platinum mines. 

Pump company expands into Africa and Canada

By: Eleanor Seggie     11th June 2010 Manufacturer and distributor of VersaFlo pumps Walter Meano Engineering (WME) MD Detlev Börner says that figures from April this year show that sales of these pumps have increased compared with the previous two years.  

Supplier ensures submersible pump stock is available

     11th June 2010 Pump supplier Tsurumi Pumps is holding sufficient stock of submersible pump models for distributors to meet the demand for immediate deliveries. 

Warm response to new pumps

By: Eleanor Seggie     11th June 2010 Minerals solution provider Weir Minerals Africa has released seven units of its newly launched centrifugal or expeller seal, which can be retrofitted to its Warman AH pumps, a heavy-duty slurry pump range.  

Mines should consider more-efficient pumps

By: Eleanor Seggie     11th June 2010 Pumps with greater efficiencies consume less energy, so it is essential to select and invest in the appropriate pump for any given application, reports pump and mixer supplier ITT Water & Wastewater (ITT). 

New contracts 
for pump 

By: Eleanor Seggie     11th June 2010 Pump manufacturer Becker Alert Pumpmor is involved in a number of mining contracts to supply pumps, to both the local and international markets.  

Fault and event recording for motor protection relays

By: Eleanor Seggie     11th June 2010 Motor protection specialist NewElec has released a new pump motor protection relay that keeps a record of faults during a pump’s operation and also measures the power consumption of the pump’s motor. 

New player enters the pump market

By: Eleanor Seggie     11th June 2010 Nozzle and pump supplier Monitor Engineering (Monitor) is focusing on providing new chemical pumps to the local mining and power-generation industries imported from pump manufacturer Wanner Engineering in the US. 

Pump manufacturer to open Rustenburg branch

     11th June 2010 Pump manufacturer Watson-Marlow Bredel South Africa (W-MBSA) has bought back its distribution agreement for the Rustenburg/Thabazimbi area in North West province from holding company Walter Becker South Africa, a member of the international Becker Mining Systems Group. 

Supplier starts 
manufacturing pumps locally

     11th June 2010 Pumps and spares for original South African and UK pumps are now locally manufactured by pumps and products supplier Mather+Platt South Africa, under the leadership of JSE-listed industrial engineering holding company PSV Holdings.  

New reconditioning facility for pump seals opens

     11th June 2010 To enhance its range of seals for pumps and other applications, industrial consumables and engineering firm Bearing Man Goup (BMG) has introduced a new reconditioning facility for mechanical seals.  

New pumpsets target market demands

     11th June 2010 Pump manufacturer Pioneer Pump introduced three new pumpsets this year, which will further enhance its range of vacuum-assisted self-priming centrifugal pumps and can be used in mining applications.  

Ceramic pump impellers reduce costs

     11th June 2010 Specialist manufacturer of high-density and alumina ceramics Multotec Wear Linings, part of the Multotec group, offers a range of ceramic impellers for slurry pumps in the coal, andalusite, platinum and other related industries.  

New technology to slash gold miner's energy bill by up to 70%

By: Jonathan Faurie     16th April 2010 Diversified engineering company Turbo Air will achieve a proposed maximum of 70% energy saving through the instillation of unique technology for a major gold-mining group, reports the company. The installation of the equipment is due to start in the coming weeks. 

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. 

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. 

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. 

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. 

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. 

Chopper pump stops 
blockages, reduces down time

     5th February 2010 Blockages in wastewater transport applications can cause extensive downtime and impact on downstream processes, often bringing plants to a standstill while sumps are cleared. 

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. 

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. 

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. 

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... 

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. 

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. 

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. 

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. 

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.


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. 

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.


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. 

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