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Valves

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. 

New technology increases valve life

By: Theresa Bhowan     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. 

New technology increases valve life
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     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. 

Local sourcing of valves reduces impact of lockdown
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. 

Mining trending toward thermoplastic valves
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. 

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

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
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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

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

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

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

Restructuring ahead of expected mining boom

By: Victor Moolman     10th March 2017 Valve supplier and manufacturer AR Controls is positioning itself during the lull of the prevailing commodity slump, to ride it out and take advantage of the next mining surpercycle, predicted by the company to start in 2018. 

Restructuring ahead of expected mining boom
SEVERE SERVICE The DeZurik KSV valve is being used at high-altitude locations that require piping systems to pump slurry up or down mountains

Certification grows company’s sales, ups market share

By: Victor Moolman     10th March 2017 Valve and steel supplier Stewarts & Lloyds South Africa (S&L SA) has grown its market share in South Africa after receiving South African National Standards (SANS) certification for its RSV gate valves, reporting a 40% increase in SANS-approved valve sales since receiving certification last year. 

Certification grows  company’s sales,  ups market share
SERVICE DELIVERY Stewarts & Lloyds attributes its strategically located branch network to always being able to ensure minimal downtime for customers

Facility set to boost skills, grow industry after slump

By: Victor Moolman     10th March 2017 Valve manufacturer AVK Southern Africa’s new R200-million training academy, in Alrode, Gauteng, will train 1 500 people by the end of the year. 

Facility set to boost skills,  grow industry after slump
Photo by Duane Daws
SKILLS TRANSFER The students trained at AVK’s Alrode facility are from technical schools and universities and professionals from the valves industry

Control valves market value over $13m by 2022

5th August 2016 The global control valve market is expected to reach $13.67-million at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 7.6% from 2016 to 2022, according to a new report published by Allied Analytics market research and business consulting wing, Allied Market Research. 

Valve in operation on tailings line for four years

5th August 2016 A Delta Industrial knife gate valve from slurry equipment solutions provider Weir Minerals has been operating at a large international mining company for four years without any unscheduled maintenance, says Weir Minerals valves global product manager John Abbott. 

Valve in operation on tailings line for four years
GREATER RELIABILITY The Delta International valve manufacturing process employs tight tolerances and minimum clearances to ensure reliable performance
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