Electrical Products – Divisional News – Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality

Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality

2011-07-22

ep-nelson-mandela-bay-jul-11-lrgACTOM Electrical Products wins its biggest-ever lamps order from Nelson Mandela Bay municipality

ACTOM Electrical Products, the ACTOM group’s electrical equipment wholesaler, landed its biggest ever order for lamps recently when Nelson Mandela Bay (NMB) Metropolitan Municipality awarded it a contract to supply 400 000 spiral compact fluorescent lamps (CFL’s) for free distribution to householders in the municipality.

The R5-million supply contract, which was awarded in February this year, forms part of a drive that NMB has embarked upon to reduce power consumption in the area under its jurisdiction.

“The municipality will free-issue the lamps to domestic consumers throughout the municipality on the basis of offering the new energy-efficient lamps in exchange for those currently being used by householders,” explained Prevan Moodley, Sales Manager of ACTOM Electrical Products’ Port Elizabeth branch.

NMB is the first municipality in the country to launch such an energy-saving programme, which is funded by the National Department of Energy.

The first of three shipments of the 400 000 CFL’s, which are manufactured by leading international lighting specialists GE Lighting of Europe, was delivered to NMB in June and the remaining two shipments will follow shortly thereafter.

Moodley said the spiral CFL’s being supplied are of high quality. “They are among the most energy-efficient lamps of their type in the world and also very environmentally-friendly, due to the reduced mercury content. Being CFL’s they last six to eight times longer than an incandescent lamp,” he stated.

ACTOM (Pty) Ltd is the largest manufacturer and distributor of electrical equipment in South Africa, employing about 6 000 people and with an annual order intake in excess of R5bn. It is a black empowered company with 33 operating units, 27 production facilities and 28 distribution centres throughout South Africa.

ACTOM partners Alstom France for environmental equipment and in serving the maintenance, upgrade and retrofit market for larger boilers, as well as for railway transport activities.

ACTOM holds exclusive distribution, technology and representation rights for Alstom Grid (formerly the Transmission business of Areva T&D) in Southern Africa and maintains management, technical and commercial links to Alstom Grid business units in Europe.

Following the acquisition by Schneider Electric of the global Distribution business of Areva T&D, the distribution, technology and representation agreements that existed between ACTOM and Areva will remain in place until such time as a new agreement has been concluded.

ACTOM formerly traded under the name Alstom South Africa and re-branded to ACTOM in September 2009.

For further information contact Vera Gravett, ACTOM Electrical Products
PO Box 678 Germiston 1400
Tel (011) 878-3000 Fax (011) 878-3002
E-mail vera.gravett@actom.co.za
Press release compiled by Julian Kraft, J Kraft Public Relations
PO Box 2826 Wilropark 1731
Tel (011) 472-6686 Fax 086-613-9657
E-mail mwkraftj@mweb.co.za

Date:  July 21, 2011

Caption:  Tyronne Ferndale (right), Project Manager of Energy Efficiency for Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality, accompanied by Prevan Moodley, Sales Manager of ACTOM Electrical Products’ Port Elizabeth branch, displays one of the spiral compact fluorescent lamps after the Municipality took delivery of the first of three shipments of the total 400 000 energy-efficient and environment-friendly lamps.