Power Conversion – ACTOM HVAC – Saudi-Arabian sugar refinery

Saudi-Arabian sugar refinery

2012-04-16

hvac-frank-lrgLeading local industrial HVAC supplier wins Saudi-Arabian sugar refinery dehumidification contract

Luwa SA, which will change its name to ACTOM HVAC Systems with effect from the beginning of May this year, recently won a contract from a large food producer in the Middle East to manufacture and install a dehumidification plant in an existing sugar refinery in Jeddah, Saudi-Arabia.

The name change of the company follows its acquisition by the ACTOM group in early-2011. “While our close links with our technological principals Luwa AG of Switzerland remain unchanged, the change of name confirms our identity as part of the influential ACTOM group,” commented Frank van Dongen, Luwa SA’s General Manager.

“ACTOM’s excellent reputation in the marketplace, including its BBBEE credentials, also assists us in reinforcing our credibility in the markets we serve,” he added.

Luwa SA is a leading local designer, manufacturer and supplier of industrial heating, ventilation and air-conditioning (HVAC) systems in the local market, the main industrial sectors it serves being the paper, pharmaceutical, textile and food industries. It has manufacturing plants in Pinetown, Kwazulu-Natal and Brackenfell near Cape Town. Luwa AG of Switzerland is a leading international manufacturer and supplier of industrial HVAC systems.

Van Dongen said the Jeddah sugar refinery contract was won directly by Luwa SA, arising from similar contracts it has executed. The company installed a pressurisation and ventilation system for the same Saudi-Arabia based food company for one of its sugar refineries in Egypt four years ago.

The new contract, awarded in early-February this year and due for completion in July, is a fast-track contract involving the design, manufacture and installation of a dehumidification plant for the drying of refined sugar at a the Jeddah refinery, which has a production capacity of 800 000 tonnes per annum.

ACTOM (Pty) Ltd is the largest manufacturer, repairer and distributor of electro-mechanical equipment and turnkey solutions in Southern Africa, employing about 7 500 people with an annual order intake in excess of R7.5bn. It is a black empowered company with 42 operating units, 43 production, service and repair facilities, and 36 distribution outlets throughout Southern Africa.

ACTOM holds numerous technology, distribution and value added reseller agreements with various partners, both locally and internationally.

For further information contact Frank van Dongen, ACTOM HVAC Systems
PO Box 413, Pinetown 3600
Tel (031) 700-3286 Fax (031) 700-4101
E-mail frankv@luwa-sa.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:  April 9, 2012

Caption:  Frank van Dongen, General Manager of Luwa SA, which has been renamed ACTOM HVAC Systems.