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Valves

Joint venture partner celebrates its 30th birthday

15th August 2003 One partner of the United Valve Company (UVC) joint venture, Ainsworth Engineering celebrates its sixtieth year of service to the South African valves industry. 

Finnish pinch valves for abrasive environments

15th August 2003 Downtime is a costly overhead that process companies wish to avoid, but when dealing with extremely abrasive or corrosive substances, it can often be seen as inevitable. 

Modern casting opens many new doors

15th August 2003 Technology-assisted casting has opened many doors in metal manufacturing, facilitating the manufacture of intricate designs limited only by the imagination – and without incurring exorbitant costs. 

Stainless-steel castings gaining ground

14th March 2003 Stainless steel castings have become the choice in the manufacture of valves for the mining industry – and foundries such as Steloy Castings are subsequently expanding their horizons in local and export markets. 

Valves to protect pumps

14th March 2003 Boiler feed-water leak-off valves from local supplier Mitech are said to protect boiler feed-water pumps from operating at too low a flow rate, that can cause damage to the pump through cavitation and valve-washout during closing. 

Importer turns its hand to manufacturing

14th March 2003 With the exchange rate now in favour of the local currency, it has become more competitive to manufacture valves locally as opposed to importing, observes process control valve manufacturer Autovalve. 

New range of valves introduced

14th March 2003 Manufacturer of hydraulic tools and system components Enerpac South Africa has introduced a line of modular directional valves and accessories specifically designed to meet all system requirements. 

Despite high manufacturing costs, there is still potential

By: nkolola halwindi     14th March 2003 Although the South African Valve and Actuators Manufacturers Associ-ation (Savama) is making frantic efforts to promote locally-manufactured valves as opposed to imported ones, the industry faces a double challenge as a result of escalating steel prices. 

Importer turns its hand to manufacturing

By: nkolola halwindi     14th March 2003 With the exchange rate now in favour of the local currency, it has become more competitive to manufacture valves locally as opposed to importing, observes process control valve manufacturer Autovalve. 

Company in drive to grow beyond power generation industry

By: nkolola halwindi     14th March 2003 In its drive to become South Africa’s largest specialised valve supplier, catering for the full industrial spectrum and not just power generation industry, Hopkinsons South Africa, a division of Weir-Envirotech, has acquired yet another agency, Burgess-Manning Europe, in its third agency... 

R60-million turnover targeted in a marketing joint venture

By: nkolola halwindi     14th March 2003 A joint venture called United Valve Company (UVC) has been formed between Premier Valves and Ainsworth Engineering, two major valve manufacturers, in order to act as a one-stop valve-marketing company. 

Imports versus South African made valves battle continues

By: nkolola halwindi     14th March 2003 In its efforts to promote locally manufactured valves, the Southern African Valve and Actuator Manufacturers Association (Savama) is currently negotiating with local mining giants on the increased use of locally-manufactured valves. 

Valve-makers petition for SA-made products to receive preference

By: marisa rodrigues     16th August 2002 In line with the local valve industry’s drive to increase the use of locally-manufactured valves by end-users, the South African Valve and Actuator Manufacturers Association (Savama) is organising a series of road shows to showcase local products to the relevant industries. 

Company aims to increase exports

By: marisa rodrigues     16th August 2002 South Africa’s only local manufacturer of metal-seated high-performance butterfly valves, Gunric Valve Manufacturing, is looking to further expand its already-active export market this year. 

Increase in demand for stainless-steel castings

16th August 2002 The increasing demand for sophisticated stainless steel and other castings for valves used in the mining industry has reportedly lead to Steloy Castings becoming a preferred supplier to the industry. 

Company slams valve import duties

By: marisa rodrigues     16th August 2002 The South African Valve and Actuators Manufacturers Association (Savama) is currently engaged in a campaign to promote the use of locally- manufactured valves and, as part of the campaign, is supporting a tariff barrier currently placed on imported products. With the barrier, importers have to... 

Supplier acquires two agencies

By: marisa rodrigues     16th August 2002 In order to provide its customers with a more complete package, Hopkinsons Valves, a division of Weir-EnviroTech, acquired two agencies earlier this year. 

Growth possible for rotary actuators

By: marisa rodrigues     16th August 2002 Used for the positioning of ball, butterfly and plug valves, ventilation dampers and automatic doors since the 1950s, Kinetrol rotary actuators continue to offer service to industries across the globe in any application where a component needs to be rotated 90 

Export market beckons a local manufacturer

By: Zonika Botha     15th March 2002 Having serviced the mining, power generation, petrochemical, process, water and steel refinery industries for the past 13 years, Gunric Valve Manufacturing, of Robertville, in Gauteng is one of the leading companies in the local butterfly-valve market. 

Platinum mining holds promise

By: Zonika Botha     15th March 2002 Insamcor, of Edenvale, Gauteng, is the leading knife-gate valve manufacturers in South Africa. 

Platinum and diamond orders climb steadily

By: Zonika Botha     15th March 2002 One of the leading pinch-valve manufacturers in South Africa, Atval, of Gauteng, has established a significant foothold in the South African mining industry, sales manager Andy Cadman reports. 

Valve manufacturers have joined forces

By: Zonika Botha     15th March 2002 In reaction to difficult local market conditions and pressure from importers, two of South Africa’s leading valve manufacturers, Premier Valves and Ainsworth Engineering, have consolidated their sales and marketing operations to form a new joint venture company called United Valve Company... 

Buyout augurs bright future

15th March 2002 A successful management buyout of Dorbyl Water Solutions from Dorbyl at the end of last year has set the stage for positive growth and an exciting future, maintains Dynamic Fluid Control (DFC) executive director Brian Holford. 

Importers overshadow local manufacturers

By: Zonika Botha     15th March 2002 The South African valve industry is being overshadowed by an influx of imports from China, the UK and the US, reports the South African Valve and Actuator Association (Savama). 

Sole agency secured

15th March 2002 Local company DLM has secured an exclusive distribution deal with international valve manufacturer Hattersley Newman Hender for Millcentric, eccentric plug valves. 

Butterfly valve dampens noise

17th August 2001 A new valve has been launched into Hopkinsons Valves, a division of Weir-Envirotech’s range, the Batley Varidiff butterfly valve, which can be used in applications where problems relating to cavitation and noise generated by conventional butterfly valves exist. 

Firm continues its exporting spree

17th August 2001 After attending a trade show in Canada, business enquiries directed at Johannesburg firm Corflex Engineering have resulted in the sale of two hydraulically-operated 500 mm pinch valves to be used in a tar sand project in Canada. 

Competition pinches valve industry

17th August 2001 The South African valve industry is highly competitive at the moment, with a far greater supply base than ten years ago. 

Outsourcing leads to new orders

17th August 2001 A decision to outsource all marketing and sales responsibilities has resulted in phenomenal growth for Johannesburg firm RGR Technologie’s valve division. 

Website available for valve seekers

17th August 2001 An Internet site is available to engineers, contractors and consumers looking to find varied types of valves. 

Knife valves ensure trouble-free control

17th August 2001 Selecting the correct valve for control applications normally poses many challenges to control engineers. 

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