Quality water management starts with quality pumps

SAPMA was established 54 years ago and was registered as an employers’ organisation in 1981, and is federated to the Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa (SEIFSA). One of the primary objectives is to look after the interests of the pump manufacturing companies in South Africa.

The primary membership of the SAPMA includes members who are actively engaged in the manufacture, fabrication and/or assembly of pumps. Provision is also made for Second, Associate/Individual and Affiliate Membership.

One of SAPMA’s primary members, SPP Pumps has led the design and manufacture of centrifugal pumps and engineered pumping solutions for over 130 years.

SPP Pumps operates R&D, manufacturing, test facilities and service sites in the UK, USA, India, France, South Africa, UAE and Egypt, and local sales offices in Singapore, Italy, Poland, Holland and The Czech Republic. Over 500 staff, including 50 specialist engineers, ensure round-the-clock advice and support for critical pumping operations.



Designed and developed specifically for the varying applications and continuous operation demands of the water industry SPP Pumps products ensure compliance with mandatory UK and European regulations and approvals such as WRAS (the Water Regulation Advisory Scheme), DWI (the Drinking Water Inspectorate), ACS (Attestation de Conformité Sanitaire) and the EuP (Energy Using Products) directive.

The full lifecycle support of a pump

Routine mechanical maintenance significantly improves pump reliability. But so do other factors. Poor or incorrect installation, poor pump and system matching or changing operating parameters after commissioning can all lead to premature problems and potentially costly failure or down-time. Pump installation is a specialist skill not always available from general mechanical installation companies. SPP Pumps offers a full installation and commissioning service including supervising the installation process.

Every pump is tested in SPP Pumps’ own extensive facility, rigorous duty tests, witnessed by customers and contractors where required, ensure the performance criteria are met.  Boasting a 1.2 million litre well six metres deep, engineers can test pressures up to 50 bar; flows up to 2000 l/s; and at 50Hz powers up to 800kW at 415V and 2MW at 11kV, 10kV, 6.6kV, 5kV, 3.3kV – with generators available for even higher powers or voltages.

Multi-stage pumps

Ideal for high head applications, SPP’s range of Horizontal and Vertical Multistage pumps is designed for applications that require a heavy duty long life pump. A variety of construction material options and generously rated bearings meet the demands of both water and industrial applications. CFD-tuned hydraulics and state of the art manufacturing techniques optimise efficiencies and minimise running costs, whilst rigid, heavy duty, fabricated steel baseplates prevent distortion. Configuring ring section diffuser casings in either horizontal or vertical configuration.

Engineered to save

Over the last 15 years life cycle cost analysis and total expenditure (Totex) considerations have changed the way operations view capital projects to replace pump systems and plant. The rising cost of energy, government levies imposed on CO2 production and the expense of service outages mean that, in most instances, capital cost is barely 10% of the total life cycle spend.

Incorporating both split case and vertical suspended bowl pumps, SPP Pumps’ Lowest Life-cycle Cost range has been engineered to provide the most efficient, minimal maintenance, lowest cost solution over a pump’s typical 25-year lifetime.

Lowest life-cycle cost range

Around 13% of the UK’s total annual electricity is consumed by pumps. SPP’s Lowest Life-cycle Cost pump range has the potential to save millions of pounds and dramatically reduce carbon footprint.

Benefits include:

  • Superior operating and energy efficiency
  • Extended bearing and seal life expectancy
  • Minimised shaft deflection across a wide operating range
  • Ease of maintenance designed-in

With energy costs alone accounting for up to 90% of Totex, annual power and CO2 savings with lowest life-cycle products, especially for large pump systems that run continuously, are substantial. For example, a 1% efficiency improvement on a 200kW pump will save per annum the CO2 equivalent to a car driving 20,000 miles.

SAPMA endorses its member’s success and aptitude to be innovative, key industry players, the association promotes ethical business practices and takes on projects that are designed to benefit the industry. SPP pumps is an example of the calibre members the association hosts.

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