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Growing need for rental services in Namibia

Industrial equipment supplier and rental company Renttech South Africa has been meeting a growing demand for its rental equipment in Namibia’s mining industry, particularly its range of diesel generators and welding equipment.

The company reported in June that it had been supplying a major greenfield project since mid-2014 at one of Namibia’s uranium mines, providing the necessary equipment and consumables for the construction of a process plant and on-site technical support for the duration of the project. The project went smoothly and was finalised in mid-2016.

“Being able to offer on-site technical and project support for as long as required is an important part of Renttech’s customer service offering. “To date, we have ensured an on-site presence [at] the mine since the beginning of the contract, ensuring all equipment and consumable requirements are being met daily and that there is, therefore, minimal downtime. “This is part of our ‘total package’ solution,” says Renttech South Africa MD Gerrit van Zyl.

Welding equipment supplied by Renttech for the uranium mining project includes the company’s engine-driven, multiprocess welding machines; inverter welding packages; the Harris and Gentec ranges of gas welding and cutting equipment; as well as various welding consumables such as torches, stainless flux-cored wires and a variety of shielded metal arc welding and gas tungsten arc welding consumables.

Also in demand are Renttech’s diesel generators and diesel compressors, gouging machines and personal protection equipment. In addition, the company has supplied various abrasives, power and hydraulic tools to the mine’s on-site operations.

Renttech’s own UniLift range of lifting and rigging equipment is also being used extensively on site. At its manufacturing facility, Kelmeg Lifting Services, in Germiston, Johannesburg, lifting accessories such as polyester slings, web slings and endless round slings can be customised to meet specific on-site requirements. Renttech also supplies a host of other lifting and rigging equipment such as chain blocks, wire ropes, beam clamps, lever hoists and shackles.

The company says its Pan-African expansion strategy is well on track with its branch in Walvis Bay, Namibia, trading as SA Welding since mid-2014.

Renttech is focused on Namibia’s mining industry; however, it is also well positioned to service the maritime, engineering and civil industries along the west coast and further afield.

The company’s portfolio includes products from welding expert Lincoln Electric, metalworking products supplier Harris and gas flow control systems company Gentec, as well as Renttech’s UniArc and UniLift ranges.

With versatility, cost-savings and energy efficiency always in mind, Renttech says it has ensured that its product range is able to withstand harsh, outdoor environments, with special applicability to Pan-African mining operations.

The company’s MultiArc 350 A inverter is a robust yet lightweight unit, offering the user an easy transition between multiple welding processes.

“The MultiArc 350 is ideally suited to various mining operations: it is robust, compact and generator-compatible while having a built-in arc-safe function to meet the relevant mining safety specifications addressing acceptable open-circuit voltage limits for welding machines,” notes Renttech’s Namibian business development manager, Johan van Breda.

Further, Renttech says it took versatility to a new level when it introduced a new dual-purpose welder-generator unit to the market which was officially debuted at Electra Mining 2016. It is able to meet both on-site power generation and welding needs in environments with unreliable power sources.

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