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Valves News

Helping world transition to net-zero carbon is mining's biggest opportunity, says Minerals Council president 

By: Martin Creamer     5th October 2022 The biggest opportunity mining has as an industry is to help the world to transition to a net-zero carbon world, Minerals Council South Africa president Nolitha Fakude said on Wednesday. Fakude, who is also chairperson of Anglo American's management board in South Africa, highlighted this during... 

AZ-Armaturen continues to engineer fast, dynamic solutions to customer specification

By: Simone Liedtke     30th August 2022 During the 50 years that industrial equipment supplier AZ-Armaturen has been in existence, it has continuously developed its portfolio to meet the increasing demands of globally active customers. “The tradition of being a partner and meeting the highest demands of our customers is inextricably... 

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Pictured is some of AZ-Armaturen's industrial equipment that's available to customers

South Africans called on to apply for funding to build South Africa’s hydrogen economy 

By: Martin Creamer     19th August 2022 A call for funding applications to be submitted for the development of the hydrogen economy is made in an advertisement placed today by South Africa’s Technology Innovation Agency (TIA), an entity of the Department of Science and Innovation (DSI). The call is for funding applications to be... 

Call for applications for funding for developing the hydrogen economy in South Africa.
Call for applications for funding for developing the hydrogen economy in South Africa.

Environmental, social and governance elevating to safety-equalling status, mining webinar hears  

By: Martin Creamer     11th August 2022 The shift from linear to circular value chains has the potential to impact all aspects of mining and requires a rethink, Anglo American Platinum sustainable impact head Stephen Bullock has told a Southern African Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (SAIMM) webinar. In a presentation on the... 

Anglo American Platinum sustainable impact head Stephen Bullock.
Southern African Institute of Mining and Metallurgy webinar covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Commodities surge boosts demand

By: Tracy Hancock     5th August 2022 The global increase in commodity prices is motivating local mines to spend capital on new and existing projects, while the long delivery times of imported products have shifted their focus to South African-manufactured valves, says slurry-related valves manufacturer Abrasive Flow Solutions (AFS)... 

SUPPLY STRATEGY
AFS offers better lead times compared with those associated with imported products, by carrying more stock of components that generally have a lengthy lead time
SUPPLY STRATEGY AFS offers better lead times compared with those associated with imported products, by carrying more stock of components that generally have a lengthy lead time

Local demand lower than rest of Africa

By: Tracy Hancock     5th August 2022 The demand for valves specified for mining applications in the rest of Africa is much higher than demand in South Africa, says valve manufacturer RGR Technologies MD Marinus Ras. “New underground mines are starting to come on stream in certain parts of the continent, where greenfield construction... 

CUTTING COSTS
RGR Technologies has developed products that are less costly to manufacture as price is the determining factor when mining companies procure equipment and not local content
CUTTING COSTS RGR Technologies has developed products that are less costly to manufacture as price is the determining factor when mining companies procure equipment and not local content

Manufacturers feeling pressure as payment delays continue

By: Tracy Hancock     5th August 2022 Local valve manufacturers continue to struggle with delayed payments from the mining industry, which comprises 55% to 60% of the South African valve manufacturing market, says South African Valve and Actuator Manufacturers Association chairperson Pam du Plessis. Implemented during the Covid-19... 

OVER BORDER OPPORTUNITIES
South African manufacturers are looking to export their valves in light of the volatile local business environment as the rest of Africa presents huge opportunities
OVER BORDER OPPORTUNITIES South African manufacturers are looking to export their valves in light of the volatile local business environment as the rest of Africa presents huge opportunities

President Ramaphosa’s got it right, says ex-Eskom CEO on new energy plan  

By: Martin Creamer     1st August 2022 African Rainbow Energy and Power CEO and former Eskom CEO Brian Dames concurs fully with the energy plan unveiled by President Cyril Ramaphosa. “I think he’s got it right,” was Dames's summing up of the President's energy initiative during a discussion at the Coal & Energy Transition Day, covered... 

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Coal & Energy Transition Day covered by Mining Weekly's Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Firm revamps pumps to support miners

17th June 2022 Revamping its distributorship base in recent years has given submersible pump specialist Integrated Pump Technology a solid foundation to support customers around sub-Saharan Africa. A key focus has been on mining areas, and the expansion has included new distributors in a number of Southern... 

 	An image of a man fixing a water pump
SMOOTH SUPPLY The company focuses heavily on the mining sector

Hydrogen can be stored in existing fossil fuel infrastructure for years, world webinar hears  

By: Martin Creamer     26th May 2022 Hydrogen can be stored in existing fossil fuel infrastructure for years if need be, giving it the potential to become a universal energy carrier in the same way as oil is now but without the environmental impact, World Hydrogen Leaders webinar heard this week. Allowing hydrogen to make use of... 

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Hydrogenious LOHC Technologies strategy and implementation head Dr Andreas Lehmann.

Platinum-boosted South African hydrogen electrolyser leaps ahead   

By: Martin Creamer     25th May 2022 The proof-of-concept of the platinum group metals-boosted advanced alkaline electrolyser – the AAE ­– has been successfully completed by Hydrox Holdings of Randburg in a pioneering achievement that offers the potential for South Africa to enter the fray as world demand for hydrogen electrolysers... 

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Hydrox CEO Corrie de Jager interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer.

World Coal Association favours just energy transition to net zero future  

By: Martin Creamer     5th May 2022 The World Coal Association, and its member companies, are in favour of a just transition to a net zero future, World Coal Association chairperson July Ndlovu said on Thursday. In his keynote address to the Southern African Coal Conference, Ndlovu emphasised the sincerity of the association’s... 

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World Coal Association chairperson July Ndlovu

President Ramaphosa to deliver keynote address at Mining Indaba 2022

By: Martin Creamer     20th April 2022 President Cyril Ramaphosa will deliver a keynote address at the 2022 Investing in African Mining Indaba, which takes place in Cape Town from May 9 to 12. The attendance of Ramaphosa, who will speak on Tuesday, May 10, signals the continued importance of mining to the South African economy as a... 

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President Cyril Ramaphosa.

Greater fuel cell adoption would be a massive boost for South Africa’s platinum group metals  

By: Martin Creamer     13th April 2022 The enactment by more governments of policies to enable greater hydrogen fuel cell mobility would be a massive boost for South Africa’s platinum group metals (PGMs) sector, Mining Weekly can today report. Adoption of hydrogen fuel cell mobility has already been significantly enabled by the German... 

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PGMs Industry Day webinar covered by Mining Weekly's Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Green finance taxonomy to help investors make green project decisions – law firm 

By: Martin Creamer     5th April 2022 South Africa’s first green finance taxonomy will help investors and financial institutions make more informed decisions on ‘green’ projects, say Webber Wentzel’s Patrick Heron and Joon Chong. Heron and Chong describe the taxonomy, launched by National Treasury last Friday, as an official... 

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Patrick Heron (left) and Joon Chong.

Control valves offer multiple advantages

11th March 2022 Triple Eccentric Valves, also known as Triple-Off-Set valves (TOV), are gaining  popularity owing to interest in zero leakage valves for open/close functionality. German valves manufacturer Zwick developed its TRI-SHARK Triple-Off-Set valves to extend its range and create an efficient high... 

An image of Zwick's TRI-SHARK Triple-Off-Set valve
TRI-SHARK TRIPLE OFF-SET VALVE The valve has many advatages including zero leakage and maintenance-free operations

German actuators brought to South African shores

By: Nadine Ramdass     11th March 2022 The increase in demand for low-voltage, failsafe electric actuators prompted actuator supplier DEMCA Actuation Solutions’ collaboration with Germany-based actuator manufacturer PS Automation GmbH, to bring the latter’s smart actuator range to South Africa. DEMCA Actuation Solutions sales and... 

DEMCA Actuation Solutions supply of PS Automation GmbH's smart actuator range
SMART ACTUATORS MEET DEMAND Electricity instability has led to increased demand for low-voltage actuators

Water pretreatment can protect RO plants

11th March 2022 Reverse osmosis (RO) is a separation technique that is suitable for a wide range of applications, especially when salt and/or dissolved solids need to be removed from a solution. It is one of the most common types of water treatment.   South African boiler manufacturer and water treatment... 

Coatings key to optimal -operation

11th March 2022 Local mechanical seals, pumps and complementary pump products supplier Mechanical Rotating Solutions (MRS) commends the Belzona 1321 two-part ceramic-filled epoxy coating for its ability to provide erosion- and corrosion-resistance in metal surfaces. Recently, MRS was called to repair a badly... 

An image of a swing check valve prior to MRS repairing it
SWING CHECK VALVE PER-REFURBISHMENT The valve had cavitation damage which could result in process failures

Automation trend prompts actuation range introduction

11th March 2022 The growing trend of automation has led to stainless steel and valves supplier EMV Africa introducing its own actuation range. The company is preparing for the eventuality that many processes involving valves will become fully automated. 

An image of EMV Africa's valve
AUTOMATED FUTURE EMV Africa anticipated that processes involving valves will become automated

Company helps mines manage water

30th July 2021 Valves and allied product supplier Macsteel Fluid Control understands that water is a strategic natural resource for South Africa and for the mining sector and as such, equipment reliability, water resource management and operational efficiency are essential in ensuring sustainable, long-term... 

Company’s products doing well in mining market

By: Khutso Maphatsoe     30th July 2021 Valve manufacturer Dynamic Fluid Control (DFC) is supplying valves to several mine projects, mainly because technological advancements in valve and pipeline solutions offer an alternative to using trucks to transport minerals from mining sites. Distance is no longer an issue, as there are... 

Dynamic Fluid Controls RF control valve.
WORST CASE SCENARIO A valve that is too small or too big can even cause the pipeline to implode or explode

Valve products reliable in harsh conditions

30th July 2021 Engineering Solutions provider BMG and valves manufacturer Abrasive Flow Solutions (AFS), which are part of the specialist distributor Engineering Solutions Group (ESG), play a significant role in the local valves sector through the design, distribution, supply and support of a range of... 

EFFICIENCY IS KEY BMG’s valves meet stringent quality and safety specifications and are highly efficient at mines to control and isolate abrasive slurries
EFFICIENCY IS KEY BMG’s valves meet stringent quality and safety specifications and are highly efficient at mines to control and isolate abrasive slurries

Mining sector requires support from government

By: Khutso Maphatsoe     30th July 2021 The adoption of the Mining Charter III has led to some confusion in the mining sector, specifically on the local-content verification process, which means further insight and understanding of Charter requisites are required throughout the mining value chain, says industry body South African Valve... 

Mining vital to economy, can help guide country's path – President 

By: Martin Creamer     5th July 2021 Mining is vital to the South African economy and the opportunities that exist in mining can help guide the country’s path to a more inclusive and equitable economy, President Cyril Ramaphosa stated on Monday. Writing in his From the Desk of the President column, Ramaphosa placed mineral and... 

President Cyril Ramaphosa
President Cyril Ramaphosa

Specialised valves business established

5th March 2021 Consumable products distributor Engineering Solutions Group (ESG), which is part of Invicta Holdings, has established a new company – Abrasive Flow Solutions (AFS) – that specialises in the design and manufacture of slurry related valves. “ESG’s strategy to further expand its fluid technology... 

EXTENSVE SUPPLY
Through BMG’s broad branch and distributor network, industry has easy access to a comprehensive portfolio of locally manufactured and imported valves
EXTENSVE SUPPLY Through BMG’s broad branch and distributor network, industry has easy access to a comprehensive portfolio of locally manufactured and imported valves

Improved valve design, helps mine save water

By: Cameron Mackay     5th March 2021 Local valve supplier Ultra Control Valves (UCV) is manufacturing a valve based on the Valvtron Titan design and has incorporated improvements to make “one of the most abrasive-resistant valves currently available”, says UCV managing member Peter Telle. He explains that local valves company Natal... 

GOING WITH THE FLOW
UCV supplies a range of ratio-reducing valves, which reduce pressure in a ratio between upstream and downstream pressures
GOING WITH THE FLOW UCV supplies a range of ratio-reducing valves, which reduce pressure in a ratio between upstream and downstream pressures

After baptism of fire, empowered valves manufacturer on road to recovery 

By: Terence Creamer     19th January 2021 After fulfilling, in November 2019, all the conditions precedent to finally consummate the R165-million acquisition of valve manufacturer Dynamic Fluid Control (DFC) from Aveng the new black owners faced a true baptism of fire. CEO and co-shareholder Tumi Tsehlo, who previously headed the South... 

Tumi Tsehlo
Tumi Tsehlo

Stanfra Trading launches first South African-made 100 mm quarter-turn segmented ball valve

By: Donna Slater     11th September 2020 Launched on September 10 during the Electra Mining Africa 2020 Connect virtual event, machining manufacturer Stanfra Trading showcased its new fully South African 100 mm quarter-turn ball valve. Stanfra Trading CEO Francois Marais states that this type of valve is the first to be produced in... 

Electra Mining Africa 2020 going digital with Connect – and it’s free of charge 

By: Martin Creamer     20th August 2020 The Electra Mining Africa Connect week will enable exhibitors to promote their products and services free of charge alongside industry-related informative webinars, media activations and product showcase opportunities from September 7 to 11. For the first time in 48 years, Electra Mining Africa... 

Specialised Exhibitions MD Gary Corin.
Specialised Exhibitions MD Gary Corin outlines Electra Mining Africa 2020 Connect plans to Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Awesome new proudly South African face mask kindling international interest   

By: Martin Creamer     13th August 2020 An awesome new proudly South African face mask, with a replaceable filtration system at its heart, is attracting international interest. The innovative and timely Hudaco Air Mask is a lockdown-period product of the Johannesburg Stock Exchange-listed Hudaco Industries group. (Also watch attached... 

The Hudaco mask assembly.
Hudaco CEO Graham Dunford and Hudaco’s executive consultant Mike Allnutt discuss the new Hudaco face mask innovation with Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Local industry pressurised by ‘cheap imports’

By: Mamaili Mamaila     31st July 2020 As multinational corporations continue to make inroads into the South Africa market, the thermoplastic valves sector is finding it challenging to compete in an already difficult business environment. 

EXCLUSIVE VIBES 
Astore Keymak is the sole South African distributor of the Italian-manufactured FIP thermoplastic valves range
EXCLUSIVE VIBES Astore Keymak is the sole South African distributor of the Italian-manufactured FIP thermoplastic valves range

New technology increases valve life

By: Theresa Bhowan-Rajah     31st July 2020 With more than 28% of valves used and supplied to the metals and mining sector in South Africa, industrial valves supplier Brimis Engineering is collaborating with Swiss engineering company VENTRADEX AG and incorporating DISTRAN leak detection technology to service several mining projects. 

MOEKETSI MPOTU 
The DISTRAN Ultra Pro imaging device is being used by the largest air-separation plant globally
MOEKETSI MPOTU The DISTRAN Ultra Pro imaging device is being used by the largest air-separation plant globally

Local sourcing of valves reduces impact of lockdown

By: Theresa Bhowan-Rajah     31st July 2020 Owing to the company’s ability to source products from local manufacturers, neither its operations nor its customers have been impacted on by the pandemic, says Valve Solutions Africa sales director Niven Persad. 

BRIGHT HORIZONS
RGR Technologies aims to increase its product offering for the heavy-duty services and applications sector going forward
BRIGHT HORIZONS RGR Technologies aims to increase its product offering for the heavy-duty services and applications sector going forward

Mining trending toward thermoplastic valves

31st July 2020 Industrial manufacturing company BMG’s Fluid Technology division works closely with the mining sector in sub-Saharan Africa to ensure that all valves, strainers and flow control equipment supplied, meet the exact requirements of every application. 

INNOVATIVE PLASTIC
A SAFi installation in the hydro-metallurgical sector was at a copper mine, where thermoplastic valves provided a solution for the storage and transport of sulphuric acid
INNOVATIVE PLASTIC A SAFi installation in the hydro-metallurgical sector was at a copper mine, where thermoplastic valves provided a solution for the storage and transport of sulphuric acid

Parts analysis, diagnostic tools avoid downtime

31st July 2020 Using structured control valve spares analysis and diagnostic tools enables a plant to identify its critical assets and plan for, rather than react to, valve maintenance needs. The result can be dramatic improvements in plant reliability and availability. 

This year's Electra Mining cancelled

By: Donna Slater     29th May 2020 Organisers of Southern Africa’s mining, manufacturing, automation, electrical and power trade exhibition Electra Mining Africa, Specialised Exhibitions, reports that the 2020 edition of the trade fair has been cancelled as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic. This year’s show had been scheduled to... 

Mining may resume at 50% capacity – Minister 

By: Martin Creamer     16th April 2020 All mining operations, excluding collieries supplying Eskom which have been permitted to operate at full capacity throughout national lockdown, may now resume at 50% capacity during the remaining lockdown days, Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe said on Thursday. Thereafter,... 

Mineral Resources Minister Gwede Matashe during virtual media conference.
Photo by Veronica Creamer
Mineral Resources Minister Gwede Matashe during virtual media conference.
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