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Pumps News

Sea-floor mining 
project halted

By: Beth Shirley     6th February 2009 Canadian miner Nautilus Minerals announced in December 2008 that the construction of the equipment for the Solwara 1 mining sytem has been deferred, with various contracts awarded for the construction of the mining system either being terminated or delayed. This system includes a subsea slurry... 

Pump producer on 
top of the world

By: Beth Shirley     6th February 2009 Pump supplier Watson-Marlow Bredel (W-MB) is aiming to achieve double-digit real term growth in 2009, says W-MB GM Nico van Schalkwyk. 

Optimistic outlook for mine pump industry

By: Beth Shirley     6th February 2009 Pump industry participants seem to be optimistic about the future outlook for the pump market in mining applications in South Africa and Africa 

Japanese pump manufacturer teams with local distributor

6th February 2009 Japanese pump manufacturer Tsurumi is aiming to consolidate a share in the mine dewatering market by teaming with fluid control specialists Dynamic Fluid Control (DFC). 

Motors run the pump show 

By: Beth Shirley     6th February 2009 Electric motor company Alstom Machine’s LS4 high-specification (hi-spec) motor is a significant component in pumps used for mining applications. 

Pump supplier now has a 

6th February 2009 Pump supplier ITT Water and Wastewater is the exclusive distributor for ITT Vogel pumps in sub-Saharan Africa. 

Mining companies opt for specialist pump

By: Beth Shirley     6th February 2009 Specialist pump manufacturer Discflo’s disc pump is in operation in several of diamond giant De Beers’ mines across Southern Africa. 

Mining industry finds solution in dewatering pumps

By: Beth Shirley     6th February 2009 Pump manufacturer Becker Alert Pumpmor supplies slurry pumps designed for operation in diverse water engineering applications in the mining sector. 

Company urges use of correct pumps in mine dewatering

By: Guy Copans     30th January 2009 Pumps used in mine dewatering should follow a horses-for-courses approach, with a specific pump used for a specific application, says pump company Weir Warman Africa. 

Ontario promotes mining equipment, services in Mexico

By: Liezel Hill     16th October 2008 Representatives of Ontario's Ministries of Northern Development and Mines and International Trade and Investment will be in Mexico next week to promote the Canadian province's mining equipment and services sector. The Ministries are cohosting a booth at the Expo-Minera Sonora 2008 trade show,... 

New general industry pump due for launch

29th August 2008 Two new eco-friendly, non-hazardous lube-free, locally-designed and manufactured, double diaphragm pumps for use in general industry will be launched at this year’s Electra Mining by engineering company Unique Engineering. 

Miners should always think about the ‘after life’ of operations, says mining engineer

By: Leandi Kolver     15th August 2008 Many of these impacts are not envisaged by the designers of the mines when putting together options for companies for a particular commodity. Mining professionals have a big role to play in improving the way mines interact socially and ecologically with the environment, says Limpitlaw. 

Peristaltic hose pump range handy in underflow applications

By: Rozanne Cloete     13th June 2008 Local pump manufacturer, Verder Pumps South Africa (VPSA), sold its 40th Verderflex 125 pump in May this year, which makes it the leader in Verderflex 125 pumps sales in the Verder group worldwide, VPSA marketing manager Kasha Wos says. 

Water treatment plant operated by local manufacturer’s pump range

By: Rozanne Cloete     13th June 2008 Process technology company, Atomaer, has contracted pump manufacturer, Verder Pumps South Africa (VPSA), to supply the pumps at the acid mine water treatment pilot plant in Randfontein, VPSA marketing manager Kasha Wos reports. 

German pump range equipped to handle dense slurries

By: Rozanne Cloete     13th June 2008 German pump manufacturer, ABEL Pump Technology, introduced its range of pumps to extend the offering of Verder Pumps South Africa (VPSA). The German range has been well received in South Africa since VPSA became its sole distributors earlier this year. 

Imported hydraulically driven pumps offer solutions to mining applications

By: Rozanne Cloete     13th June 2008 Local pump distributor Oasis Trading, offers a number of imported hydraulics pumps from Italian manufacturers Neron International and DOA Hydraulic Tools that have applications in the mining industry, Oasis Trading GM Sean Doorigan says. 

Local manufacturer launches pneumatic pump

By: Rozanne Cloete     13th June 2008 Pneumatic equipment manufacturer ATS has launched a pneumatic submersible vortex pump, which has been specifically developed to operate under severe mining conditions, with the lowest possible weight, as well as noise and air consumption, pump distributor Oasis Trading GM Sean Doorigan says. 

Distributor offers peristaltic pump alternative

By: Rozanne Cloete     13th June 2008 Local distributor of processing solutions and mixing specialists African Mixing Technologies (Afromix), is now distributing its range of Afroflex low maintenance (LM) series peristaltic pumps. 

New generation of soft starter technology improves pump performance

By: Darren Parker     13th June 2008 New Zealand soft starter specialist, AuCom, launched in May the latest addition to its line of products, the EMX3. The anticipated new soft starter, supplied locally through low- and medium-voltage motor control equipment company CHI Control Components, introduces adaptive acceleration control,... 

Pumping fine particles with the help of mixers

13th June 2008 When looking at pumping applications in a mining environment, the idea of dewatering is top of mind, says diverse international engineered water management group ITT Water & Wastewater business unit manager of dewatering Klint Bawden. 

Tried and tested pump stil proving valuable

By: Darren Parker     13th June 2008 Engineering works and casting specialist, KEW Foundries (formerly known as Kimberley Engineering Works), has supplied two Cameron pumps for use on the platinum mining company Impala Platinum's (Implats) No 17 shaft in Rustenburg. 

Ongoing support crucial to customer satisfaction

13th June 2008 Earlier this year, engineering solutions specialist, the Weir group acquired the pump manufacturing CH Warman pump group to reunify the Warman brand, and deliver world class products and technology with a strengthened service offering in Africa. 

Pumping knowledge into the industry

By: Darren Parker     13th June 2008 World-renowned pump expert Larry Bachus, otherwise known as The Pump Guy, says that technology developments in the pump industry are lagging behind other industry developments, and that the pump industry is in need of revitalisation, both in terms of pump design and operation. 

Zambian copper mines benefit from local stock

By: Darren Parker     13th June 2008 The JSE AltX-listed engineering group, PSV Holdings, has further entrenched its influence in African territories through a five-year vendor-held stock (VHS) contract for servicing the dewatering pumps at Mopani copper mines in Zambia.  

Weir Group completes acquisition of mining pump company

By: Dennis Ndaba     28th March 2008 UK-listed company Weir Group has completed the acquisition of South Africa-based mining pump manufacture CH Warman (CHW) Pump Group after receipt of regulatory clearance from the South African competition authorities. 

New submersible pumps designed for better dewatering efficiency

By: Guy Copans     8th February 2008 Following extensive research and development, Pump company ITT Flygt last year launched a new range of dewatering pumps, called the Flygt 2600 Series. ITT Flygt says that the range sets new standards in dewatering pump technology. 

Acquisition to greatly benefit pump companies

By: Guy Copans     8th February 2008 UK based pump company Weir PLC (Weir) has purchased South African pump company CH Warman Pump Group (CHW). The new company will be called Weir Warman, with the two operations being run in South Africa, one being the current South African operation called Weir Envirotech, and the other being the... 

Pump associations training programmes crucial to development

By: Guy Copans     8th February 2008 Having, in the past, only run one course a year, the South African Pump Manufacturers Association (Sapma) has successfully offered three training courses in 2007 and is planning to run five introductory courses, five advanced courses, and two specialist courses covering pumps and applications for... 

Seal manufacturer launches upgrade

By: Guy Copans     8th February 2008 Seals specialist AESSEAL (AES) in November launched an upgrade of many of its mechanical seal support systems, after discovering that on several of its vessels, the side-glass was being accidentally damaged at plants, causing breakdowns. The upgrade entails a welded pad side-glass on its vessels.  

Pump distributor to expand in 2008

By: Guy Copans     8th February 2008 Pumping equipment company Pumpco Engineering (Pumpco) has substantial expansion plans for 2008. It is building a new factory on its premises, as well as a new office block. Three new directors will also be in place within the next two months.  

Pump manufacturer celebrates five years of growth

By: Guy Copans     8th February 2008 Pump manufacturer Verder Pumps South Africa (VPSA) recently celebrated its fifth birthday, having been founded in December 2002. Verder SA General Manager Keith Gass says that Andre Verder, together with Daan Louw, decided to open a branch in South Africa after seeing a gap in the market for... 

Pumping powerhouses taking load off SA’s shoulders

8th February 2008 State-owned power utility Eskom has asked its biggest customers to reduce their electricity usage by between 10% and 15%, to prevent load shedding, said CEO Jacob Maroga. 

Stainless-steel pump fills market gap

8th February 2008 Dynamic Fluid Control (DFC) will continue to roll-out it’s Tsurumi stainless steel in-line booster pumps in 2008. The pumps were launched into the South African market in October 2007. These Japanese manufactured pumps are of single and multi - vertical centrifugal design. 

Tough German transfer pump now available in South Africa

8th February 2008 Pumps manufactuer Kracht has introduced a new gear pump to its range, called the BT Niro, which was introduced at the Hannover Trade Fair in Germany. 

Weir pumps installed at world's highest diamond mine

8th February 2008 The Letseng diamond operation, in Lesotho, has opted for Weir Minerals process water pumps for a second treatment plant, which will double production when it is commissioned during the first quarter of 2008. 

Peristaltic pump manufacturer flexes its muscle

By: Loni Prinsloo     8th February 2008 The South African branch of peristaltic pump manufacturer Watson -Marlow Bredel has targeted KwaZulu-Natal as a significant growth node by opening a new branch office at Mahogany Ridge, in Pinetown. 

Pump group expands its services to motor manufacturing

By: Loni Prinsloo     8th February 2008 The South African owned Hazleton-Pumps has acquired the motor manufacturing company Femco. The motor manufacturer supplied certain critical components to the Hazelton-Pumps that was used in the manufacturing of the Hippo submersible slurry pump range. 

Training academy curbing skills shortage in pump industry

By: Loni Prinsloo     8th February 2008 The local division of multi-national pump manufacturer Grundfos South Africa is opening its doors once again for students in South Africa. 

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