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Valves

Replacement valves supplied to gold and coal mines

By: Tracy Hancock     5th August 2022 South Africa-based valve manufacturer LVSA Group completed the manufacturing of valves for a Ghanaian gold mine and a South African coal mine last month. The orders, comprising of knife gate, pinch, diaphragm, and RSV gate valves for slurry applications, were placed in April, says LVSA marketing... 

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

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

Valves prove advantageous for local mining

By: Khutso Maphatsoe     30th July 2021 Manufacturing company GF Piping Systems launched its Plastic Butterfly Valve 565 in April at its headquarter in Schaffhausen, Switzerland. The 565 valves, manufactured in Seewis im Prättigau, Switzerland, arrived in South Africa on July 1. 

GF Piping Systems Barracude DN200 valve
FIRST-HAND EXPERIENCE Georg Fischer Piping Systems has had to physically show customers how the plastic valve looks, how it feels and the benefits of the valve

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... 

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

Additional government support could boost industry growth

By: Cameron Mackay     5th March 2021 Mpumalanga-based industrial valve specialists Brimis Engineering technical director Moeketsi Mpotu emphasises the significant growth opportunities available through government’s offering support to the mining valves industry. He states that the local industry has remained on a “positive upward... 

DESIGNATING LOCAL VALVES
Brimis Engineering aims to offer locally manufactured valves, in some highly specialised applications, while ensuring that all global standards are met
DESIGNATING LOCAL VALVES Brimis Engineering aims to offer locally manufactured valves, in some highly specialised applications, while ensuring that all global standards are met

Support needed for black owned downstream players

By: Cameron Mackay     5th March 2021 Black-owned businesses and industrialists in the local mining valves industry need better domestic coordination and support to protect them, while black industrialists who want to own and manage such businesses should be encouraged, says valves manufacturer Dynamic Fluid Control (DFC) CEO Tumi... 

RF PINCH VALVE
The RF pinch valve has a rubber sleeve with proprietary technology that includes a tube fold design
RF PINCH VALVE The RF pinch valve has a rubber sleeve with proprietary technology that includes a tube fold design

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. 

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. 

PAM DU PLESSIS
The new premises and satellite branches will make operations more efficient
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... 

EMPLOYMENT INLET 
The training courses are particularly valuable when seeking employment in the valves sector
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. 

“A” VALVE
The Saunders A series weir-type valve design is now available through Bearings International and Ernest Lowe
“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. 

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
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... 

MOEKETSI MPOTU
The new premises will include improved repair and refurbishment capacity
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,... 

CONTROL FREAK Metso's flow control business will be fully operational by the second quarter of next year
CONTROL FREAK Metso's flow control business will be fully operational by the second quarter of next year

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... 

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

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... 

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