MV Switchgear Divisional News – Regional Roadshow

Regional Roadshow


Regional ‘roadshow’ gives customers insight into specialised MV switchgear products on offer

ACTOM MV Switchgear recently staged a “roadshow” around South Africa and in Botswana to bring customers up to date with the company’s product offerings.

The roadshow comprised one-day seminars, dubbed “Medium Voltage Switchgear Solutions”, staged on consecutive days at the beginning of May in Johannesburg, Durban, Cape Town and Gaborone.

The seminars focussed mainly on products recently introduced into the local market that are produced by Areva T&D of France, ACTOM MV Switchgear’s international principal and technology partner. The speakers included five technical experts from Areva T&D and the seminars were attended by, among others, senior managers and technical personnel from municipalities, consultants, Eskom and other utilities.

Greg Whyte, ACTOM MV Switchgear’s Marketing & Customer Services Strategy Manager, who also participated as a speaker in the seminars, said the roadshow proved highly successful. “Feedback received afterwards from many of the people who attended was very positive. They said it gave them a much clearer picture of the range of products we have on offer,” he added.

Discussing the products covered, he explained: “In some instances ACTOM MV Switchgear has local as well as imported solutions to offer for similar applications. In these cases the two alternatives are actually complementary in the sense that the locally designed and manufactured product is perfectly well suited for normal applications in its category and fully complies with global quality and the latest IEC standards, while the equivalent Areva T&D product is available for applications in which higher performance or more specialised requirements are applicable and comes at a premium compared with the local item.”

This double offering applies to two categories of products offered by ACTOM – air-insulated switchgear and outdoor circuit breakers. “In air-insulated switchgear the local product is our long-established, well-proven SBVE range, while the Areva T&D product is PIX, which we are on contract to supply to Eskom for the new Medupi power station and have also won other contracts recently,” Whyte commented.

“In outdoor circuit breakers we offer a locally manufactured kiosk product, plus Areva T&D’s VOX outdoor breaker, which has recently been introduced into the local market.

“Other Areva T&D products that were also covered in depth in the seminars are two gas-insulated switchgear products from Areva T&D called GMA and GHA. In addition we have two brands of Areva T&D compact switchgear for secondary distribution known as FBX and Flusarc, both of which we have been marketing locally for a couple of years.”

ACTOM (Pty) Ltd is a black empowered electrical engineering company that employs over 6 000 people and has an annual order intake in excess of R5bn. It has 27 operating units, 22 production facilities and 25 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 Areva T&D in Southern Africa and maintains management, technical and commercial links to Areva T&D business units in Europe.

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

For further information contact Greg Whyte, ACTOM MV Switchgear
PO Box 13024, Knights 1413
Tel (011) 820-5140 Fax (011) 820-5212

Date:  June 30, 2010