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New appointment – Kevan Moodly – Welcome Back

We are very pleased to welcome Kevan back, and to announce his appointment as Internal Sales Manager – Gauteng & Inland. Kevan will provide sales & technical support to industries throughout this region. Kevan Worked with V&A from 2007 to 2011. After leaving V&A, he worked for 13 years a Sales Manager – National Projects with a large international company. Has 30 years experience with valves, actuators and allied flow related equipment. We welcome Kevan back to our …

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New appointment – Fanie Jacobs

We are very pleased to announce the appointment of Fanie Jacobs to the position of Sales Representative for Richards Bay & North. Fanie will provide sales & technical support to Mondi, Foskor, Mpact and other industries throughout this region reporting into the Durban Regional Office. Fanie Acquired his experience in Pulp & Paper, Food & Beverage and Mining industries and most recently with John Crane on mechanical seals supporting these industries. Attended school at Pretoria W…

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Arca – Refurbished as good as new

Before and after servicing of the Arca compressor blow off valves. 48″ x 24″ class 150 (DN1200xDN600) KVS 6000 4,500kg each These Arca control valves with low-noise trim are required mainly during start-up and shut-down of the compressor. In critical operation or if the compressor must provide constant revolutions during fluctuation in consumption, excess air is either diverted or blown off. The most important task of the surge limit control valve, however, is to serve as safety va…

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HCL Burner Commissioning – On Site with Johan

Our Regional Manager Johan Jacobs on site commissioning our equipment with one of our favorite clients, a global leader in Sustainable Packaging and Paper with operations around the world. This phase was 120 + pieces of manual, on/off and control valves. More that 1,000 pieces supplied over the last few years on various chemical plant upgrades on this site. Valve supplied this phase, Richter KN series lined ball valves & KNR Lined control valves Richter RSS lined globe control valves Richte…

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SAFETY VALVES IN STOCK – BESA SHIPMENT UNPACKED

Safety Valves in Stock Our latest shipment of Besa safety valves has just been unpacked. Ready to deliver anywhere in South Africa. Service and repairs Our valve repair centers in Secunda and Durban are able to do servicing and repairs of all makes safety valves. Technical Support Talk to our technical specialists today to see how we can assist with fast deliveries on safety valves. To find out more about the Besa series 240 that has just arrived.   …

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V&A WINS HCL BURNER CHEMICAL PLANT UPGRADE

After the success of phase 1, 2 & 3 of the chemical plant upgrade, V&A was awarded the manual, on/off and control valves for the HCL chemical plant upgrade. Our Client for >32 years Is a Global Leader of Sustainable Packaging and Paper with operations throughout the world. Previous Phases Read more about the phase 1 upgrade Read more about the phase 2 & 3 upgrades HCL Burner Phase This phase of the chemical plant upgrade involved debottlenecking and replacing ageing infrastruc…

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New appointment – Jaco Koekemoer

We are very pleased to announce the appointment of Jaco Koekemoer to the position of Technical Sales Specialist for Secunda and Mpumalanga. Jaco will provide sales & technical support to industries throughout this region reporting into the Secunda Regional Office. Jaco Has passed his trade test as a Fitter including Machining (Red Seal). Started his career as a drilling supervisor with Sasol. He later moved to Atlas Copco as a technical supervisor, where he was later promoted and provided s…

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Arca in Space – Ariane 6 Rocket

ARCA were also part of the team at the start of the latest launcher generation ARIANE 6. Engineering Excellence is in demand here, near the city of Kourou in French Guiana. A reliable supply under the highest loads has to be guaranteed at the rocket launch pad of the European Space Agency ESA. Our control valves are installed in the fuel filling system, where they ensure that helium, oxygen, nitrogen and hydrogen are fed reliably into the fuel tanks of the rockets. Read more in the latest ARCA-R…

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New appointment – Etienne Mathee

We are very pleased to announce the appointment of Etienne Mathee to the position of Technical Sales Specialist for the Vaal Triangle. Etienne will provide sales & technical support to industries throughout this region reporting into the Gauteng Regional Office. Etienne Has acquired extensive experience over the last 6 years selling control valves, isolation valves and steam equipment solutions. Has worked with major clients like Sasol, Mittal, AECI, NCP and Natref to name a few, solving is…

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Productive Day with Sappi Representatives

We were delighted to host Zolani Mbindwane (Commodity specialist – Sappi) and Zakhona Shange (Intern/Trainee – Sappi) on 1st August 2023 for our vendor assessment. We have been a supplier to Sappi for >30 years and are always very happy when Sappi representatives come through to any of our offices. The V&A team on hand to provide Zolani and Zakhoma with all information requested were, Greg Woolfuth (Operations Director/General Manager) Johan Jacobs (Regional Manager KZN &…

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ANOTHER SUCCESSFUL ISO 9001 AUDIT

We successfuly completed latest ISO 9001 Audit Well done to all the V&A staff involved in the audit at our Secunda, Johannesburg and Durban sites. Your hard work and ongoing efforts are greatly appreciated. We love this system as everyone in the supply chain understands the requirements and we can raise non-conformences and corrective actions, tracking them through to closing off. We love continuous improvement. Download our latest ISO 9001 : 2015 certificate …

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New appointment – Janneman Strydom

We are very pleased to announce the appointment of Janneman Strydom to the position of Regional Manager – Gauteng & Inland. Janneman and his Gauteng team will provide sales & technical support to industries throughout this region. Janneman Has extensive experience on pumps and flow related equipment having worked for an international German pump & valve company for the last 7 years. Is an experienced project sales engineer having worked on multi-million Rand projects both locally …

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Schroeder International Sales Meeting – Reliably Together

Greg Woolfuth Operations Director recently attended the Schroeder Valves ISM in Germany together with distributors from 32 countries. Greg reports that key highlights were Schroeder’s investment of € 600,000 in solar panels for the Germany factory. In excess of 200 pieces of the SIP have aleady been manufactured.  The SML being the replacement for the Schroedahl SUL are doing extremely well and now also being manufacured in India for the Indian market. Another high pressure pump has be…

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New Appointment – Renier van Rooyen

We are very pleased to announce that Renier van Rooyen has joined our national sales team as a Technical Sales Specialist based in Durban where he will provide sales & technical support to industries in and around Durban. Renier Is a qualified Mechanical Fitter (Red Seal). Has extensive experience on valve reconditioning and maintenance having worked in Cabinda Angola on Oil Rigs and FPSO as well as the Workshop Foreman for a local valve reconditioning company in Prospecton. Has extensive e…

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Another DN500 / 20in NAF-Torex – Oxygen Cleaned to EIGA

DN500 / 20in actuated NAF-Torex metal seated butterfly valve after seat leakage testing, prior to oxygen cleaning, being admired by Simon Zimba. RJ Ferreira (Regional Manager) holding screen open for Secunda team members Gideon Brown, Simon Zimba and Mackson Sepipi. Final pic with valve after oxygen cleaning and plastic wrapped. Call our technical team today, to see how we can assist with you oxygen cleaning requirements. …

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Another successful shutdown – Control actuator repair

Our Durban workshop repair team has just completed the full service and painting of NAF-Turnex control valve actuators for a local chemical cellulose mill. As they are all control valves the client was satisfied that the valves were all still in good working order and wanted us to focus on the control actuators. Valves in the pictures are NAF- Torex, metal seated butterfly valve for control of liquids, steam and gases. NAF-Setball, ball sector valve for control of media that contains solids, pu…

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New EIGA Oxygen Cleaning Facility

Our new Secunda EIGA Oxygen Cleaning Facility Now Operational In the picture you see the first 4 x DN500 Class 150 NAF-Torex metal seated butterfly valves for Nitrogen service that have passed the oxygen cleaned process according to EIGA standards. Both Blue Light and White Light were used together with lint free cloth to ensure no dust, rust, grease or foreign particulars were visible on the body and seat arrangement area. A 2 ton hoist was used to lift the valves into the container that was b…

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V&A VISITS VALVE WORLD 2022 IN GERMANY

Greg Woolfuth our Operations Director, and Desmond Delport our National Sales Manager visiting the Zwick stand at Valve World 2022 this week. What an amazing supplier where everyone from sales to production to the MD go out of their way to help us and our amazing clients. Deliveries are on time every time and they have a huge stock of castings in both Germany and USA which ensures shorter deliveries. We are proud to represent Zwick in South Africa. Talk to us about replacing you leaking gate val…

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NEW APPOINTMENT – GREG WOOLFUTH GENERAL MANAGER

We are pleased to announce that Greg Woolfuth has been appointed General Manager for Valve & Automation (Pty) Ltd effective 1 January 2023. History with V&A Greg joined V&A in 1990 and has held numerous positions in the company including Durban Branch Manager and Operations Manager. Greg has extensive experience in import and freight forwarding and for many years has been our Operations Manager where he oversees all national operations and shared services between the branches. Traini…

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We are back home at 14 Elmfield Place

After the devastating fire of 2021, then insurance approvals and a 7 month rebuild we are finally back home. Thanks to so many people for making the rebuild and relocation a success including, Our brilliant, amazing and fantastic staff. Our wonderful clients Mondi, Sappi, Sasol and so many more. Our amazing European suppliers Actreg, NAF, PMV, Richter and Zwick who replaced stock that was lost in the fire in record time. Our brilliant insurers Compendium Insurance Group who ensured we received …

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The Superhero’s, The Profibus Positioner’s & an African Gold Mine

Tuesday 31st May 2022. It was a dark and stormy night. Ok just kidding but another day at V&A where we want to make our clients thrilled and delighted. The super heroes wearing the capes in this story are Viresh Girharie (Internal Sales Manager) and Greg Woolfuth (Operations Director). 08h30 Viresh receives a call from a client asking for 11 x Profibus Positioners. 08h45 Viresh checks stock as we keep 55+ PMV positioners at any one time comprising from 4-20mA to HART and Profibus. 4-20mA and…

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Schroeder Valves – Germany Comes to South Africa

After the loooong Covid isolation, it was an absolute pleasure to host pump protection specialists Heike Flick and Roland Pütz in South Africa for in house and client training as well as technical support to Sasol, Eskom, and KSB Pumps. Of great importance was the the Schroeder SIP, which is an Automatic Recirculation Valve that protects pumps during low flow conditions and is ideal for applications with pressures between 120 and 250 bar in systems with continuous operation, even at load poi…

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ARCA NAMED MAIN CONTROL VALVE VENDOR

ARCA ONCE AGAIN NA­MED AS BASF’S “MAIN VAL­VE VEN­DOR” (MVV4) ARCA has once again been named as BASF’s MVV partner (MVV4) for the period from 2021 to 2026. After the conclusion of the award process, the pleasing news came that ARCA will continue to be MVV4 supplier for the Awarding Cluster Unlined Global Control and both sides are looking forward to continuing the current cooperation. The framework agreement will shortly be finalised and signed. Arca is thus one of two global key supp…

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V&A HELPS THOSE EFFECTED BY FLOODS

V&A is doing their bit to help those effected by the severe floods in KZN recently. Thanks to our Operations Director Greg Woolfuth and his wife Neritha who came up with this initative. So far Greg and his team have distributed 1,500 x 5 litre bottles of drinking water to devastated areas including Isipingo and Chatsworth. Well done Greg & Neritha for this great initative. You show that your heart is in the right place. …

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SCHROEDER NEW PUMP PROTECTION CATALOGUE

Schroeder have updated their main catalogue covering valves that protect your high value multi-stage pumps which can be damaged during dry running or low load / low flow operation. Talk to one of our technical specialists today. They can assist you to select the correct ARC valve to protect your high value assets, or download the latest catalogue.   …

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New Appointment – Pascale Pillay

We are pleased to announce the appointment of Pascale Pillay as our expeditor in Boksburg North / Johannesburg regional office. Pascale Pillay lives on the East Rand almost walking distance to our Airborne Park offices and is happily married with two little children. Pascale loves spending time with her family. Pascale brings extensive experience on sales order management and expediting having worked with the Ingersoll Rand pump division for more than 10 years. We are delighted to have Pascale w…

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Schroeder Improves Quality With New Welding Robot

Schroeder in Germany a world leader in the manufacture of automatic recirculation valves for the protection of centrifugal pumps has recently installed a new welding robot. The new welding robot forms part of the continious improvement programme and will optimise the welding process improving welding quality, ensuring repeatability and consistency. Watch the video Download the welding robot story Visit Schroeder ARC Valve Type SSV …

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SA I&C Magazine Front Cover Jan 2022

Many refer to the Zwick Tri-Shark as “The Untimate Control Valve”. Read all about it in the Jan 2022 edition of SA Instrumentation & Control magazine. Zwick triple offset valves are used extensively in South Africa by companies like Sasol, Sappi, Eskom, Mondi, Sapref, Engen, Tongaat Hulett, Illovo Sugar and many others. Download the Jan 2022 article. …

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RJ FERREIRA IS APPOINTED REGIONAL MANAGER MPUMALANGA

We are very pleased to advise that RJ Ferreira has been appointed to the position of Regional Manager for the Mpumalanga province. We have always worked hard to develop from within where we see leadership potential, which we certainly see in RJ. RJ has proven to be outstanding at solving problems for major clients like Sasol where he has investigated problems and come up with solutions which have added value to their business. RJ is a very capable leader with huge potential to grow our footprin…

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Secunda – New Valve Repair Centre – We Are Open for Business

Exactly on time, we are in our new premises just outside the Sasol main gates in Secunda. This new Valve Repair Centre boasts A 10 ton overhead crane in addition to our 3 ton forklift capacity Jib cranes with electric hoists for faster lifting onto workstations. Hydraulic Torque Wrench for faster stripping and reassembly. Expanded Valve Actuation Facilities. Expanded Seat Leakage & Hydrostatic Testing Facilities. Expanded Final Acceptance Facilities and Spray Booth. Meeting & Training f…

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Secunda – New Valve Repair Centre – 1 Week To Go

After 18 monhs of planning and 4 months of construction our New Valve Repair Centre is almost complete. Inside all complete, 10 ton crane installed and load testing done, paving outside being completed. Generator, spray booth and compressors go in 2nd November and we then move in from the 3rd. By 5th November 2021 we will be up and running. We are just outside the main Sasol Secunda gate and just behind Builders Warehouse at 18 Kingfisher Street, Ext 57, Secunda. Talk to our technical speciali…

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New Secunda Valve Repair Centre >50%

Construction of our new Valve Repair Centre in Secunda is >50%. Deon and Victor of Fast track Construction Services (FTCS) are still doing a great job managing this project for us. The project is still ahead of schedule and the 10 ton crane will be installed during September. Project completion is still planned for end October 2021. To find out more about our Valve Repairs Centres and our capabilities.  …

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Successfull FAT on a 16″ ARCA Globe Control Valve

Our Gauteng team recently completed another successful FAT on a 16″ #300 Arca globe control valve for Sasol that will be used to protect critical process equipment. Body material is A351CF8M. Thank you RJ, Desmond and Gideon for taking care of a very special client. Contact our team of technical specialists to see how we can assist with your process control applications.   …

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New Maintenance Videos for The Actreg Rack & Pinion Actuator

5 new maintenance videos have been released for the Actreg RP series rack & pinion valve actuator. Take time to view these short videos to see how easy it is to do maintenance. Visit Actreg RP Series rack & pinion valve actuator page Maintenance Video – Actuator disassembly & spare parts assembly Maintenance Video – Actuator reversal from Fail Close to Fail Open Maintenance Video – Changing the spring configuration Maintenance Video –  Adjustment of stroke r…

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The New Storagetech P.V.R.V. Video

The new Storagetech (P.V.R.V.) Pressure Vacuum Relieve Valve video shows where it is used and the cut away shows how it operates internally. The Storagetech Model 100 Pressure Vacuum Relief Valve also known as a Pressure Vacuum Vent or Conservation Vent, is a safety device designed to protect storage tanks or pressure vessels against overpressure pressure or excessive vacuum and to reduce the evaporation of the tank contents to the atmosphere. To visit the Storagetech P.V.R.V. product page To se…

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V&A WINS PHASE 2 & 3 OF CHEMICAL PLANT UPGRADE

The original news update was done on 8th July 2020 when we won the 1st phase of the chemical plant upgrade. So much has happened since the 1st phase, with phases 2 and 3 now having been won covering the brine plant, electrolyser and recovery boiler.     As of May 2021 the following valves have been supplied Richter fully lined ball, butterfly, plug, check valves and sight glasses NAF ball and butterfly ball and butterfly control valves Arca globe control valves Total pieces supplied …

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ARCA – THEIR NEW 2021 MAGAZINE IS HERE

Read about the following in the latest magazine BASF Chemical Plant in Germany supplied with 250 pieces Arca globe control valves. Arca bypass steam stations for paper mill. Arca receives silver medal in Ecovadis Awards. New steam conditioning station for chemical plant. Any so much more. To find out more download the latest Arca 2021 magazine.   …

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NEW APPOINTMENT – WORKSHOP SUPERVISOR VEREENIGING

We are very pleased to announce the appointment of Gideon Brown to the position of Workshop Supervisor Vereeniging Branch Valve Repairs. Gideon’s extensive experience will add value to both V&A and our valued clients. Gideon, Started his career at East Driefontein Gold Mine. Worked in the Sasol Synfuels Valve Shop as a Control Valve Specialist for 5 years. Has extensive experience with valve repairs arround the world having been a Supervisor and Control Valve Specialist for companies …

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Johannesburg Office Gets a Facelift

Even though we have limited staff at the office and social distancing is still in force we have given our Johannebsurg office a facelift. New breakaway area with sofas as well as product banners, motivational pictures and pictures of various Sasol chemical plants. We look forward to welcoming you for a cup of coffee when restrictions are lifted. …

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Actreg – Actlock Partial Stroke Testing (PST)

Emergency valves remain in their position and are actuated only in the case of emergencies. Often PST devices require complex software, a positioner with a PST function that requires special training and has fragile wiring and connections. The patented Actreg Actlock provides mechanical PST with a fully automated system reducing overall dimensions for the final control element compared with other solutions. It is simple, integrated with the actuator and a 100% reliable mechanical solution. It of…

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The HX Story – Greater Demands Calls For Action

In 2011 Stafsjö was faced with a request from a well known international OEM supplier with a strong foundation within the Pulp and Paper Industry. They wanted a technically fast and reliable valve capable of operating within a broad range of pressures, pulp concentrations and temperatures. The develop ment team at Stafsjö got down to work and the story of the 20 bar rated HX valve began. The production volume at pulp and paper mills across the globe are increased, new mills are being built ca…

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PMV-D30 Intelligent Valve Positioner

SA Instrumentation & Control Magazine – Front Cover Jan 2021. While pumps and valves frequently get most of the attention, it is often the actuators and positioning solutions that are running the show. Over the last few decades, the process plant instrument technician’s day in the plant has become busier. They see an increased work load in combination with increased pressure for plant uptime and reduced maintenance cost. Their knowledge base must today span from mechanics to pneumati…

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New Storagetech Flame Arrestor Video

Storagetech Flame Arrestors are safety devices that are designed to inhibit flame propagation in a gas piping system as well as low pressure tanks that contain flammable liquids. Specifically designed to meet the high standards of the Oil & Gas, Chemical and Petrochemical industries, it has a flame barrier with a large number of defined passage gaps. This new video shows you with exploded views how it is assembled and also where it should be installed and what it ultimately does to protect…

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RICHTER – QMD™ MAGNETIC DRIVE PUMP

Richter Chemie-Technik Germany, a global leader in PFA lined pump and valve solutions, recently launched the QMD™ magnetic drive pump. The Richter QMD series of magnetic drive pumps were designed to anticipate the fast growing Asian market. The main objective was to serve the local chemical market with a competitive pump with the typical Richter signature of high quality. The pump series complies with the requirements of the local standard GB 5662. This can be equated with ISO 2858 and is des…

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Zwick Tri-Shark Bares It’s Teeth

In the latest issue of MechChem Africa the leading industry magazine for mechanical and chemical equipment, Valve & Automation South Africa presents the features and advantages of the Zwick Tri-Shark control valve with Throttling Trim Cartridge, a valve that combines the advantages of leak-free triple-offset valves (TOVs) with high-performance control valves into a single valve solution. To find out more, download the latest magazine article or view the Zwick Tri-Shark technical data.  …

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More Zwick Triple Offset Valves for National Tank Farm

The Client & Application Our client a leader in chemical and fuels required Triple Offset Valves (TOV) for their national tank farms to tie in to the Transnet Multi Product Pipeline. Their numerous other chemical plants throughout the world as well as their local refinery already use hundreds of Zwick Tri-Con valves, so they had a proven track record to draw on when making their final decision on what TOV to select for their tank farm tie ins. Currently their local production plants use Zwic…

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V&A WINS CHEMICAL PLANT UPGRADE

Our client a Global Leader with operations throughout the world chose Richter fully lined valves for the recent chemical plant upgrade based on the success they had with Richter and V&A over the last 30 years. The existing chemical plant which handles Chlorine Dioxide, Hydrochloric Acid and Brine needed to upgrade the Iron Exchange and Richter was the valve of choice for this project on isolation, on/off and control.   Prior to the chemical plant upgrade – Richter‘s increased re…

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Richter – MNK Magnetic Drive Pump

THE BIGGEST LINED MAG DRIVE PUMP GOT EVEN BETTER Richter Chemie-Technik GmbH, a global leader in PFA lined pump and valve solutions, have introduced a new feature for the MNK 200-150-315 pump. Richter Chemie-Technik Germany have developed the world’s largest fluoropolymer-lined, magnetically driven centrifugal pump. This pump made it possible to move flow rates up to 600 m3/h and achieve delivery heights up to 60 m. Being able to control these operating conditions with this new product inevi…

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ARCA delivers control valves for biomass heat and power plant

Kronospan, a global manufacturer of chipboards, MDF boards, OSB panels, laminated flooring and worktops have been working with the “Factory Of The Future “, EU’s project to reduce CO² emissions and environmental impacts of production plants substantially. To achieve this, a biomass heat and power plant was commissioned. For the construction of the biomass power plant, CHP2, ARCA supplied almost all of the control valves and desuperheaters for the water-steam-condensate including all valv…

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This is the kind of work we do. Well done Valve Repair Team

Jannie and his Valve Repair team have done us proud again. Make sure you look at the before pic first then see what is looks like when delivered yesterday.  The valve is a 14in (350mm) Piviviesse ball valve used by Sasol.               We have factory accredited facilities are available in both Vereeniging and Durban where skilled technicians with knowledge and extensive experience carry out the required valve repairs and reconditioning using OEM components.…

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SCHROEDER VALVES PROTECT PUMPS AT THYSSENKRUPP STEEL EUROPE

The Client Thyssenkrupp Steel Europe AG has opted for Schroeder pump protection valves during the recent overhaul of Unit 4 of its power station, “Hermann Wenzel”, in Duisburg Germany. These Pump Protection Valves are also known as Automatic Recirculation Valves. The Previous Valves That Caused Problems The valves that were installed previously, came from another supplier and repeatedly caused problems because the minimum flow control was carried out by two valves. This design often led …

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RICHTER EXPANDS VALVE PRODUCT RANGE TO INCLUDE QUARTER TURN PLUG VALVES

Richter – Your Safety Is Our Goal. Worldwide. Richter Chemie-Technik GmbH, a global leader in fully lined pump and valve solutions for 60 years, has expanded its product range to include quarter turn fully PFA lined plug valves & non-lubricated PTFE sleeved plug valves. With more than 600 Chlor-Alkali plants worldwide and a market share of more than 20%, in addition to the proven range of lined pumps and valves Richter can now offer both fully PFA lined and PTFE sleeved plug valves to thes…

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Stafsjö – The MV Standard Knife Gate Valve

Do you want to try the MV performance? This all-round valve with a proven global track record on dry solids or wet fluids… The MV valve’s ideal internal clearances lowers the friction and makes it easy for the bevel edge gate to cut through and seal tight on media such as pulp stock up to 7%, black liquor, white liquor, sludge, biomass, granules and water. When the gate reaches its final stage of closure it stops on the cast and precision machined body cams to avoid jamming on difficult med…

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