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Pumps News

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. 

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. 

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.  

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. 

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. 

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. 

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. 

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. 

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. 

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. 

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.  

Pump training programmes chase skills deficit

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     12th June 2009 The South African Pump Manufacturers Association (Sapma) plans to expand its training programmes to increase skills in the industry, says Sapma administrator Fiona Knell. 

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... 

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. 

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. 

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... 

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... 

Rental division programme saves mines money

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     12th June 2009 Slurry pump supplier Weir Warman Africa (WWA) entered the pump rental market earlier this year as many of the current, and potential customers are no longer able to purchase pumps. This is as a result of the current global economic downturn and the consequent reduction in capital expenditure by... 

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. 

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 

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. 

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.  

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... 

Submersible pumps introduced

12th June 2009 South African pumping systems and solutions supplier Franklin Electric, has launched a new FPS SR series stainless steel 6” turbine range of submersible borehole pumps. 

Exhibition to showcase newest pump technology

6th February 2009 Pump industry stakeholders have the opportunity to attend the Pumps, Valves and Pipes Africa (PVPA) exhibition of 2009. The exhibition is taking place from June 9, until June 11, 2009. 

Pump provider simplifies mine dewatering

6th February 2009 Specialist provider of slurry processing equipment Weir Warman Africa has developed its range of Geho positive displacement pumps as an alternative to traditional multi-stage pumps used in deep mine dewatering applications. 

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