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Valves News

Covid-19 a wake-up call on import over-dependency – Madala

By: Martin Creamer     27th March 2020 The outbreak of Covid-19 internationally should be a wake-up call on the impact of South Africa’s dependency on imported products, Madala & Associates CEO Dilley Naidoo said on Friday. He urged that policies parallel to what was being implemented in the automotive sector should be prioritised in... 

Supplier expands footprint

By: Darren Parker     6th March 2020 Valves supplier Invincible Valves has bought another property to expand its operations, along with accompanying plant equipment and machinery. The new property, in Germiston, is on the same street as the current facilities. 

Supplier expands footprint
Photo by Creamer Media
PAM DU PLESSIS The new premises and satellite branches will make operations more efficient

Valves body hopes for surge in course enrolments

By: Darren Parker     6th March 2020 The South African Valve and Actuator Manufacturers Association’s (Savama’s) valves training courses are poised for increased enrolments this year through a renewed effort to raise awareness. Savama has three online correspondence courses available, all of which initially were accredited by the... 

Valves body hopes for surge in course enrolments
EMPLOYMENT INLET The training courses are particularly valuable when seeking employment in the valves sector

Local company becomes authorised Saunders distributor

By: Darren Parker     6th March 2020 Transmission products distributor Bearings International (BI), in conjunction with sister hydraulic and pneumatic engineering company Ernest Lowe, have become authorised distributors for the Saunders valve range. The distribution arrangement came into effect in 2019. 

Local company  becomes authorised Saunders distributor
“A” VALVE The Saunders A series weir-type valve design is now available through Bearings International and Ernest Lowe

Valves industry continues to struggle

By: Darren Parker     6th March 2020 The valves sector in South Africa has shrunk every quarter since 2017, with about 9 000 jobs lost since the start of 2020. South African Valve and Actuator Manufacturers Association (Savama) chairperson Pam du Plessis tells Mining Weekly that the outlook for 2020 is bleak. 

Valves industry continues to struggle
MANUFACTURING COOLDOWN Numerous South African foundries and smelters have doused their furnaces and shut their doors, leading to job losses in a number of manufacturing sectors

New valves premises on the cards

By: Darren Parker     6th March 2020 Industrial valves supplier Brimis Engineering is planning a new facility in Middelburg, Mpumalanga, which will include a new head office, and will be strategically positioned to service the surrounding industries, including steel, energy petrochemicals and mining. Brimis Engineering will complete... 

New valves premises  on the cards
MOEKETSI MPOTU The new premises will include improved repair and refurbishment capacity

First glimpse into Mining Indaba 2020 programme 

By: Martin Creamer     26th September 2019 The twenty-sixth Investing in African Mining Indaba – scheduled to take place in Cape Town from February 3 to 6 next year – will offer delegates new insight into issues facing Africa’s resources sector. “We’re building on the success of the 2019 Mining Indaba in terms of the high level of... 

First glimpse into Mining Indaba 2020 programme
Investing in African Mining Indaba.

New pumps and valves to be used in mine water purification

By: Khutso Maphatsoe     23rd August 2019 As heavy-duty industrial valve manufacturing and services provider Flowrox continually develops and improves its product and service offering using state-of-the-art technology, the company has developed various new products for use in acid mine drainage and wastewater treatment in mining. These... 

New ventures to boost flow offerings

By: Halima Frost     9th August 2019 The combination of Metso’s minerals business with technology company Outotec and the creation of an independent listed company for Metso’s flow control business, which was announced last month, is considered a good opportunity to seize further growth opportunities in flow control. Notably,... 

New ventures to  boost flow offerings
CONTROL FREAK Metso's flow control business will be fully operational by the second quarter of next year

Company obtains certification for valves

9th August 2019 Specialist valve manufacturer AVK Southern Africa has been awarded certification according to the Pressure Equipment Directive (PED) 2014/68/EU-Module H for the manufacturing of two of its valves. The directive regulates the manufacture of pressure equipment, including steam boilers, pressure... 

Company obtains certification  for valves
ON THE BALL The CEM, IPV one-piece ball valve is one of the two valves to achieve the European standards certification

Valves division revamped to boost mining visibility

By: Halima Frost     9th August 2019 The South African division of global manufacturer KSB Pumps and Valves has embarked on a modernisation programme and revamp of its valves division to reassert its capabilities in the mining sector, and other market sectors, in South Africa and sub-Saharan Africa. The updated valves division will... 

Valves division revamped  to boost mining visibility
Photo by Creamer Media
LOCALLY MADE The revamped valves division will contribute to KSB's 70% local-content manufacturing capability goals

Order intake and sales increase for valves manufacturer

8th March 2019 Multinational valves producer KSB Group increased both order intake and sales revenue in 2018, compared to the previous year. This is shown by the interim figures for the company for the past financial year. The amount of incoming orders booked by KSB increased by €38.2-million to €2.304-billion... 

Order intake and  sales increase for valves manufacturer
ORDER INTAKE GROWTH Adjusted for currency translation effects, order intake for all regions grew, while currency-adjusted growth of the group was 6%

Slurry, thermoplastic valves up for mining task

By: Cameron Mackay     8th March 2019 Engineering consumables and components distributor Bearing Man Group (BMG) will continue to be prominent in the mining sector, as the company’s range of industrial slurry valves are suitable for harsh mining conditions. “BMG’s range of industrial valves, including the butterfly and knife gate, as... 

Slurry, thermoplastic valves up for  mining task
FLUID POWER RANGE BMG is working on new projects and solutions for historical issues regarding the pumping and conveying of slurries in the mining sector

Engineering company to offer mobile service for valves from September

By: Cameron Mackay     8th March 2019 Valve repair and engineering consulting company Brimis Engineering plans to introduce mobile repair and testing facilities for clients, particularly mining companies, which will be operational from September of this year. This will enable the company to combine the convenience of being on site... 

Engineering company to offer mobile service for valves from September
MOBILE VALVE REPAIR SERVICES Brimis plans to take its mobile valve-repair and testing services to the various refineries from September

RFID technology solution ideal for mining industry

By: Thabi Madiba     18th January 2019 With radio-frequency identification (RFID) technology being ideal for inspecting assets at a mine, screening and vibrating-equipment solutions provider Aury Africa has enlisted RFID specialist Thembekile Asset Management Solutions (TAMS) to develop a solution specific to the requirements of the... 

RFID technology solution ideal for mining industry
FUNCTIONAL The microchips in the tags can be embedded into different types of attachments

Company expands offering to include hydraulics test, measurement

By: Marleny Arnoldi     16th November 2018 Amid a “recessive mining market”, industrial equipment and services provider Hydromine Projects & Marketing has expanded its offering by opening a test and measurement division that caters for valves in hydraulic systems.  

Company expands offering to include hydraulics test, measurement
AUTOMATION READINESS Hydromine Projects & Marketing has added test and measurement expertise, such as condition monitoring and equipment and installations on site, to its service offering

Valve testing to ensure reliability, longevity

10th August 2018 As control valves play a key role in process quality and reliability, “extreme care” must be taken to avoid costly premature failures, resulting in substantial loss and even plant shut-down, states industrial testing equipment supplier AT Technical Services. Periodic service and testing allows... 

Valve testing to ensure reliability, longevity
TESTING IN THE HORIZONTAL The horizontal positioning of the valve allows for accurate testing

Combined actuator process more cost effective

By: Halima Frost     10th August 2018 Flow control supplier Rotork Africa has aligned two of its leading valve and damper products to maximise cost savings for maintenance applications. The Rotork Skilmatic electric valve actuator, made specifically for the mining and petrochemicals industries, has been integrated with the Rotork... 

Combined actuator  process more cost effective
SKILLFUL MONITORING The Skilmatic actuator is effectively integrated to monitor performance and maximize safety

IDC facilitates empowerment initiative in valves sector

By: Halima Frost     10th August 2018 Through an initiative funded by the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC), valve manufacturer Ainsworth Engineering and its sister company United Valve Company (UVC) will, under new ownership, be upgraded to Level 1 broad-based black economic-empowerment status. The initiative, in its final... 

IDC facilitates empowerment  initiative in valves sector
STRENGTH IN NUMBERS Ainsworth Engineering and United Valve Company will continue to support each other under new ownership

New-configuration valve creates export potential

By: Halima Frost     10th August 2018 South African thermoplastic valves supplier Astore Keymak has placed an order for about 30 redesigned FK industrial butterfly valves (FK d90) from its Italy-based supplier Formatura Iniezione Polimeri (FIP) Valves, with first shipment expected later this year. The valves will be added to the... 

New-configuration valve creates  export potential
THE MORE THE MERRIER The new hole configuration of the FK d90 industrial butterfly valve allows for better placement

First ‘Resources for Future Generations’ conference to be held in Vancouver

By: Henry Lazenby     13th April 2018 The Resources for Future Generations conference (RFG2018) is scheduled to make its debut on the Canadian resource conference circuit between June 16 and 21, in Vancouver, and is shaping up to be an event unlike the myriad of competing forums held in Canada throughout the year. RFG2018 chairperson... 

First ‘Resources for Future Generations’ conference to be held in Vancouver
Photo by Resources for Future Generations Conference
RFG2018 chairperson John Thompson

Chemical-resistance valves an imperative for processing plants

By: Marleny Arnoldi     9th March 2018 To meet mines’ and processing plants’ continuous need for robust and chemical-resistant products, thermoplastic pipeline products supplier Astore Keymak will start supplying Italian thermoplastic valve manufacturer Formatura Iniezone Polimeri’s (FIP’s) flanged DIALOCK (DK) diaphragm valves to the... 

Chemical-resistance valves an  imperative for processing plants
MULTIPLE MATERIALS The DK valves are available in unplasticised polyvinyl chloride, chlorinated polyvinyl chloride, polypropylene homopolymer and polyvinylidene fluoride

Thermoplastic valves lightweight and cost saving

By: Marleny Arnoldi     9th March 2018 Where steel valves do not meet mines’ process requirements, engineering consumables and components distributor BMG says thermoplastic valves, such as those of UK-based manufacturer SAFi Thermoplastic Valve Solutions (SAFi), can be offered instead.  

Thermoplastic  valves lightweight  and cost saving
MINING READY SAFi’s lightweight polymer materials are integrated with a robust valve design to handle abrasive materials in demanding industries

Zone valves provide effective fire protection, reduce system cost

By: Marleny Arnoldi     9th March 2018 Fire-protection equipment supplier Fire & Security Techniques (FST) has introduced its Fire-Eater ZSV-25 local zone valve (ZSV-25) to the local market for use in systems where multiple zones in mines are protected by one fire-extinguishing cylinder bank.  

Zone valves provide effective fire protection, reduce system cost
FREE-FLOWING The ZSV-25 valve acts as a selector valve, directing the flow of Inergen fire-extinguishing agent to the correct zones, should a fire break out

World's biggest mining show draws huge crowd, signalling mining investment optimism

By: Henry Lazenby     7th March 2018 The Prospectors & Developers Association of Canada's (PDAC's) 2018 convention, in Toronto, drew an international crowd of 25 606 people, in what is widely considered as a clear sign that optimism is returning to the mineral exploration and mining industry following several years of turmoil.... 

World's biggest mining show draws huge crowd, signalling mining investment optimism

Mining-specific staff recruitment, management app developed 

By: Mia Breytenbach     6th March 2018 To refine and improve the execution of recruitment within the mining industry, mining and engineering professionals recruiter TrueVine Consulting has developed a new, innovative online recruitment platform, called Digger. “Digger is a digital recruitment, talent management and staff retention... 

Mining-specific staff recruitment,  management app developed
Innovative mining-specific staff recruitment, management app developed. Editing: Darlene Creamer and Christo Greyling.

Leon expects mining industry to have a future under Ramaphosa’s Presidency

By: Nadine James     16th February 2018 Herbert Smith Freehills partner and Africa co-chairperson Peter Leon is cautiously optimistic that the changes signalled by newly elected President Cyril Ramaphosa will benefit South Africa’s economic recovery. In a speech to the British Chamber of Business in South Africa on Thursday evening, he... 

Leon expects mining industry to have a future under Ramaphosa’s Presidency
Photo by Duane Daws
Herbert Smith Freehills partner and Africa co-chairperson Peter Leon

Showcase of SA's manufacturing prowess to debut in 2019

By: Donna Slater     2nd February 2018 To showcase the best South Africa has to offer in terms of local manufacturing and South African-produced capital equipment, capital equipment manufactures lobby group the South African Capital Equipment Exporters Council (Saceec) has partnered with exhibition organisers Specialised Exhibitions... 

Modular Reflux Classifier launched

By: Mia Breytenbach     10th November 2017 Minerals and cement industry equipment and services supplier FLSmidth has officially launched its modular Reflux Classifier (RC) plant, which is suitable for fines gravity separation applications. This integrated engineered modular solution is based on a fundamental component – FLSmidth’s... 

Modular Reflux Classifier launched
Photo by Duane Daws
DEON DE KOCK With this modular plant, we can really live our vision by delivering that extra value

South Africa spending less than its peers on mining research and development

By: Mia Breytenbach     20th October 2017 While South Africa had increased its investment in mining research and development (R&D) since 2014, the country’s investment was still below that of its peers, delegates heard during a panel discussion on ‘Technological Innovation and Advancements in the Mining Industry’ at the Joburg Indaba... 

Atlas Copco

20th October 2017 A world-leading provider of sustainable productivity solutions, Atlas Copco is characterised by focused businesses, a global presence with direct sales and service, a strong, stable and growing service business, professional people and an asset-light and flexible manufacturing setup. “We are... 

Atlas Copco

Offshore capital equipment markets come in handy amid ‘turmoil’ in domestic mining sector

By: Donna Slater     29th September 2017 South African capital equipment manufacturers that are exporting, and which have survived the ongoing turmoil in the mining industry and domestic economic environment, have showed resilience and bear testament to the lifeline provided through exporting products and not relying solely on sales... 

Offshore capital equipment markets come in handy  amid ‘turmoil’ in domestic mining sector

Proper process control components increase processing efficiency

By: Marleny Arnoldi     8th September 2017 With technology and equipment used for mineral processing well established and generally highly automated, slurry control valves manufacturer eDART is focused on the efficient use of energy and the improved reliability of components.  

Proper process control components increase processing efficiency
FLUID CONTROL eDART uses computational fluid dynamics to design splitter boxes for increased efficiency and controlling the flow distribution in a minerals processing plant

Mining to continue to support valves industry

By: Nica Schreuder     11th August 2017 Mining will remain the primary long-term source of revenue for the valves industry on the African continent, says valves and actuator technology manufacturer and supplier AR Controls director Julien Van Niekerk. He is confident that, with the cyclical nature of commodities, prices will improve... 

Mining to continue to  support valves industry
WHAT GOES AROUND COMES AROUND Commodity prices are expected to improve and give rise to a massive mineral-processing plant expansion across Africa

Growth aids new sales platform

By: Nica Schreuder     11th August 2017 There is cautious optimism worldwide in the future demand for valves, owing to investment in major industries, such as, besides others, mining and oil and gas, as well as related infrastructure, which has prompted growth in the valves industry this year. Industry players are hoping that this... 

Growth aids new sales platform
COMPLEXITY Despite the sophisticated nature of valves, ValveConnect emphasises that they are still commodity items accessible through an online platform

Local valves company employs competitive strategy

By: Nica Schreuder     11th August 2017 Over the past two years, the African valves market has experienced trying conditions when dealing with the mining industry; however, the business environment is now slowly recovering as a result of improved commodity prices, South African valves industry manufacturer AR Controls director Julien... 

Local valves company  employs competitive strategy
JULIEN VAN NIEKERK AR Controls has invested heavily in IncoValve & Controls to stimulate new product development

Low-pressure hydraulic valve to offer adaptability

By: Marleny Arnoldi     21st July 2017 Valves manufacturer Hydromine Projects will take its latest in-development low pressure, pressure-reducing valve to market within the next two months, after ironing out the last issues during a recent trial period at a deep-level gold mine in Klerksdorp, in the North West. The design of the... 

Low-pressure  hydraulic valve  to offer adaptability
ALLEVIATING PRESSURE Hydromine Projects’ stainless steel pressure reducing stations maintain downstream pressures at a pipeline installation in Australia

Valves range to cater for smaller flow applications

By: Marleny Arnoldi     21st July 2017 Hydraulic solutions supplier Turnkey Hydraulics will in the fourth quarter launch German control technologies manufacturer Bucher’s Hydraulic Design Series-24 (HDS-24) flow-sharing directional valves.  

Valves range to cater for smaller flow applications
LESS IS MORE The HDS-24 operates at 130 l/min and is a smaller version of Bucher’s widely used HDS-34 valve bank, which operates at 180 l/min
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