AVK Valves Southern Africa is helping key players in the in the water and wastewater treatment sectors comply with the Department of Trade and Industry’s (DTI) requirements for local content.
Since 2016 following a R300-million local investment drive that included the acquisition of Premier Valves, Gunric Valves and Cementation Engineering, as well as upgrades of its local manufacturing facilities that now manufacture various AVK products previously exclusively imported from Denmark, AVK Southern Africa offers a local content specification programme of 84%. This far exceeds the DTI’s local content designation for valve products and actuators of 70%.
It means state-owned entities, municipalities, utility boards and other suppliers in the water treatment industry have complete access to world-renowned, internationally accredited valve technologies, while simultaneously being able to advance their compliance with local content requirements.
This includes a complete portfolio of AVK, Premier Valves, Gunric Valves, IPV and Baker Control Valves for plant works, distribution and transmission in the water treatment industry and for collection, outlet and treatment systems in the wastewater industry.
“We feel that there are further opportunities to grow local industry and increase sustainability by creating business for the local foundries and supply chain, which will further advance job creation and enterprise development,” explains AVK Valves Southern Africa Group Managing Director, Patrick Jantjies.
Supporting skills development in South Africa
Aligned with South Africa’s skills development strategy and development initiatives, AVK Southern Africa offers the country’s only ECSA-accredited valves training courses. In addition to in-house training of its local workforce, the AVK Training Academy has now certified over 700 engineers, distributors and students.
This two-day training course consists of two parts, the Valves Fundamentals Course and the Advanced Valves Course, which each contribute 2 CPD points.
Developing the export market
AVK Southern Africa is also supporting the South African Government’s Export Programme by actively developing export opportunities of the company’s locally manufactured Gunric Valves and Premier Valves brands through the AVK International Infrastructure network.
Having attained its PED in meeting designation standards, AVK Southern Africa is seeking to grow its supply of locally manufactured products in the UAE, Saudi Arabia, UK, Malaysia, India, Zambia, Malawi, Botswana, Mozambique and Kenya.
By investing in modern, lean production layouts, engineering processes, state-of-the-art machinery and improved manufacturing expertise AVK Southern Africa is supplying proven valve technologies to the water and wastewater treatment industry that simultaneously meet the DTI’s policy objectives of re-industrialising South Africa.