Valve manufacturers in South Africa have recently received a much needed boost in local industry. On 3 March 2014, an Instruction Notice for the designation of the local valves came into effect. The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), along with the Valve and Actuator Manufacturers Cluster of South Africa (VAMCOSA), have stipulated that government-owned companies aren’t allowed to import valves without giving local manufacturers the chance to quote.
The goal of this designation is to boost the local valves industry to promote the local production of valves and decrease importations. Imported valves don’t always conform to the standards we have in South Africa or provide serviceability.
The VAMCOSA Designation is ultimately expected to create jobs throughout the value chain through an increased need for locally manufactured valves as well as foreign suppliers setting up operations in South Africa due to higher import tax. It will also stimulate the economy and increase economies-of-scale and in so doing improve the competitiveness of local manufacturers in the global market.
Steloy Castings has played a role in the VAMCOSA Designation from the beginning in a supportive role to the government, advising on the ability of the local foundries to produce these valves. Though we are not directly involved, we are positioned to support the valve industry and to assist with the directive and pressure certificates, foundry technology and QC testing technologies.
“We will see emphasis being placed on product development and various innovations as well as the introduction of new technologies, which will assist in growing the industry and adding to our overall competitiveness.” Greg Walker, current Champion for VAMCOSA.