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15 July, 2014

Davey Water Products signs pump distribution agreement with Safequip

Davey International Business Development Manager Gary Dryden says the company saw many similarities between the Australian and South African market conditions and realised that it could grow its footprint in this country by entering into a strategic partnership with a distributor that is well-positioned and already operates within key market channels.

Dryden says that SafeQuip was its obvious choice for distributor as the two companies have an existing business relationship and that SafeQuip meets all the benchmarks we look for in a partner.

"SafeQuip is well-known locally and will promote our product to suitable channels such as agriculture, forestry, fire-fighting, construction, domestic use and many others," notes Dryden.

The 5255H Davey Firefighter pump with Honda GX160 engine  seen on the left and the 5155H with the same engine  seen on the right

The 5255H Davey Firefighter pump with Honda GX160 engine
seen on the left and the 5155H with the same engine
seen on the right

He adds that the SafeQuip management team are prepared to invest in creating product awareness, warehousing of stock and spare parts, developing product support and training for customers as well as staff.

"What Davey looks for is a partnership that will help build the brand in such a way that market expectations are met in a sustainable and profitable manner. The correct partnerships are essential as the manufacturer, distributor and client all have to benefit from the relationship in order for it to be a success."

SafeQuip Brand Manager for Davey Malcolm Corns was appointed to develop brand awareness in South Africa and to solidify the companies' working relationship.

The implementation of the agreement is now taking place with business structures being developed to expand the product ranges offered and at the same time building up the level of stock and dedicated support materials. Eight SafeQuip employees have already visited the Davey factory for product training in Australia.

Product range

Dryden says Davey's expectations for the success of its product range in South Africa are high.

"There are enough similarities in the market to suggest that if we get it right in terms of product quality supported by excellent service offered by SafeQuip with us supporting their efforts we will be successful in this market.

"Our goal at this stage is to get the product support structure correct. After that work on getting the other business in place will continue."

The company reports that it will not be making its whole range of products available in South Africa, but selected only the products which it believes will strive locally.

The product range includes household pressure and booster systems, firefighter pumps, floodfighter pumps, pressure tanks, shallow and deep well jet pumps, sump pumps, water treatment units, rainwater harvesting and purification equipment as well as pond pumps, submersible borehole pumps and vertical multistage pumps.

Corns explains that many of the Davey products are especially useful in the forestry, sawmilling and woodworking industries for fire-fighting, irrigation and water treatment applications.

Fire-fighter pumps

The Davey portable firefighter pumps are ideally suited for South Africa as they can be loaded onto bakkies and maneuvered into difficult terrain. These pumps can move water directly from dams or containers.

Davey's fire-fighter pumps, which are part of the Davey Engine Driven Pump range, are well-known in South Africa and they come in various configurations to suit applications such as boom spraying, sheep jetting, deep well applications using a jet pump and general water transfer as well as the traditional Fire Fighting function.

These pumps all have a unique impeller design for longer seal life, reduced engine wear and easy access. Independently floating neck rings ensure optimal performance is maintained even after long periods of abuse. A thrust balance drum and equalisation holes in the impeller extend the engine life of the pump.

Various configurations include:

  • Single stage and twin stage models for higher and lower performance needs
  • Honda petrol or dedicated diesel engine options, making it ideal for areas without electricity
  • Hand (recoil) and electric start
  • Viton seals as an option for extended life in spraying applications
  • Choice of suction sizes of 3.8 cm to 5 cm
  • Bayonet style priming and drain ports for fast and easy access

Pressure boosters and Torrium 2

The pressure boosting systems are used to increase the pressure of a stored water source being supplied through a pipe and pump system. In forestry these products are useful to boost water pressure in rural areas such as temporary settlements built for forestry workers.

Pressure boosters can also be used in irrigation systems in nurseries while woodworking factories and sawmill can benefit from an immediate high pressure water release from the sprinkler system in case of a fire.

The pressure boosting products include the Davey HP, Davey HS, Davey HM, Davey XP, Davey XJ and Davey CT, which all feature the Davey Torrium 2 smart controller. The controller is designed to supply pressure boosted water at a constant flow and also incorporates high level pump protection.

Other features of the Torrium 2 include:

A quick cut-in for even water pressure: It senses water demand quickly ensuring there is no lag in the supply, cutting in when the pressure has dropped to 80% of the previous top (shut-off) pressure.

Great hydraulic performance and dry run protection: It is designed with large pathways and has no moving parts. The design reduces energy waste and ensures the pumps performance is unaffected at high flow rates. Dry run protection prevents damage when the pump runs dry by stopping the pump.

Auto-retry and adaptive starting: Auto-retry enables the pump to reset itself after a loss of water, reducing system downtime. Adaptive starting adapts to reduce cut-in pressure when a small leak is detected.

Washdown and irrigation pumps

Davey also offers washdown and small irrigation water transfer pumps.

The washdown pumps are ideal for cleaning agricultural operations or heavy equipment. For washdown applications the pump provides high pressure while using little water.

The pumps are also great for providing properly pressurised irrigation inside the forestry nursery.

The full range includes the Dynaflow 6000, SS series, XF series, CY series and JY series pumps as well as the Mukmova.

Vertical multistage pumps

These versatile pumps can be used individually or ganged together in various applications such as agriculture, turf watering, pressure boosting, high pressure washing, water treatment, boiler pressurisation as well as water supply for domestic, rural and industrial uses.

The VM series offers a full range of vertical multistage centrifugal pumps with all stainless steel hydraulic parts. The 56 models provide flow rates from 0,4m3 an hour and pressures up to 230 m to suit a full range of domestic, farm and industrial applications. Standards pumps operate at 50 Hz.

Meanwhile, Davey also supplies water treatment and filtration products which can be used to convert stored water into safe drinking water. This is also especially useful in temporary or rural forestry settlements. The filtration products include the Aquashield filtration units and Aquasafe, a unique product formulated to protect stored water from contamination helping to ensure a safe water supply.

SafeQuip's knowledgeable staff are able to provide the best advice for choosing the correct pumps and water-related products for small to large operations in different industries ranging from agriculture to water conservation.

Contact: Malcolm Corns
Brand Manager
SafeQuip / Davey RSA

Source : WoodSA & Timber Times