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Altron’s Powertech Transformers collaborates with government to launch a new product to South Africa

Released: 19th August 2014

Powertech Transformers, a subsidiary of the JSE listed Altron Group has broken new ground by successfully designing, building and testing new shunt reactors exclusively specified for the South African market. The new range is following international standards and covers the 30MVAr/132kV, 40MVAr/22kV and 30MVAr/22kV range. These designs are the result of extensive studies of international technologies, however uniquely adapted and perfected for Eskom and the local grid. The success of the project is as a result of the collaboration between Powertech Transformers, Eskom, the Department of Science and Technology (DST), through the Technology Localisation Implementation Unit (TLIU), administrated by the CSIR. A team of young local engineers was sponsored by the TLIU to assist with the development of the product under the guidance of the Research and Development Specialists from Powertech Transformers’ Technology Division. The most advanced 3D simulation tools (ANSYS and Infolytica) were used to research and develop the shunt reactors, with all simulations verified by external consultants. Bernard Meyer, CEO of Powertech Transformers says, “We are thrilled that Eskom is supporting Powertech Transformers by believing in our technology development capabilities and partnering with us to bring a brand new world class product to South Africa.” Eskom has ordered three new shunt reactors from Powertech Transformers based on the new specifications. Currently, there are no other local suppliers with the capability to design, build and test these shunt reactors. The units have undergone six (6) days of rigid testing each and are ready for use. Meyer says the development of skills, as well as technology, was vital to this project. “We acquired international knowledge and transferred it to South Africa. Our young local engineers were the key players in developing this. He concludes, “The new shunt reactors open a niche market for us in South Africa as well as abroad. There is also strong demand for refurbishment of existing old shunt reactors which we also offer.” Powertech Transformers is 80% owned by Power Technologies (Pty) Ltd (Powertech), the largest power-electrical group in Southern Africa and 20% owned by Power Matla (a local black empowered company). Its main business is the design, manufacturing and selling of a complete range of power and distribution transformers for the African continent. Powertech Transformers’ factories in Pretoria West, Johannesburg and Cape Town are state of the art world class facilities, amongst the best in the Southern hemisphere boasting ISO9001, ISO14001 and OHSAS18001 quality, environmental and health and safety listings respectively as well as a laboratory and test facility which has SANAS accreditation. Powertech Transformers is a Level Three Contributor to BBBEE and their rating was re-certified in July 2014. For more information please visit For additional information contact Ipelegeng Thibedi, Altron, Group Manager PR & Advertising, 011 645 3615 or 082 481 9594 Or Regula Niehus, Altron, Corporate Client Manager, 011 706 7184 or 083 442 6777

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