17 September 2020

Werner Pumps, leading South African design, manufacture, supply and maintenance specialist in high-pressure jetting equipment, is positioned to meet the requirements of customers beyond the borders of South Africa. With interest in its products from Nigeria, Ethiopia, Kenya, Zimbabwe and Namibia, the company is actively investigating opportunities throughout the African continent.

Managing Director, Sebastian Werner, says that given the performance of many emerging market currencies in the wake of COVID-19 against the US dollar or the euro, which has affected exchange rates, Werner Pumps is able to offer competitive pricing structures. “We also manufacture our units 100% in South Africa, and we have a better understanding of operations on the continent than say a manufacturer in China or Europe that exports their equipment here. Our equipment is an African solution for an African environment, and is built to be robust and easy to maintain. We are also able to custom-make to fit specific chassis types, or per customers’ requirements, which is a competitive advantage for us.”

Werner Pumps is able to tailor high-pressure jetting and vacuum equipment for a wide range of industries and requirements, whether for an oil refinery in Nigeria or a sewerage maintenance contractor in Namibia.

“Our units are fully customisable, and we are always willing to adapt to our customers’ needs,” Werner says. “For example, we are able to offer fully electronic units, which means that the jetting or vacuuming operator can work with a wireless remote, and we can even supply what’s known as an ‘explosion-proof’ jetting unit for refinery applications.”

Werner Pumps offers an in-house design service to facilitate the customisation process, and offers training to local and international clients at its premises in Gauteng, South Africa, as well as sending a trained operator to check on the equipment on-site if required.

“Many of our African leads are companies that have found us online,” says Werner. “In this new post-pandemic world, we’re working more digitally than ever before, which opens up the world to us. But at the same time, COVID-19 has shown people how logistics can be severely affected, and we’re finding companies that may previously have looked to China or Europe for their jetting equipment are now open to exploring options within the African continent. At Werner Pumps, we’re hoping to make the most of these opportunities to service more and more customers both within South Africa and beyond.”

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