If you talk about high quality pumps, you can not ignore Pleuger Industries:
Friedrich-Wilhelm Pleuger, founder of the company almost 90 years ago in Berlin, invented and revolutionized the underwater pump. Since then, Pleuger products have been instrumental in thousands of projects across many markets and applications. Pleuger pumps are a recognized standard - and stand for the highest quality in submersible motor pumps, reciprocating pumps, decoking systems and marine propulsion systems.
Under its new Motto "Power - Pumps - Propulsion" Pleuger Industries presented its extensive portfolio of special pump solutions for offshore applications at the 50th Offshore Technology Conference in Houston, Texas USA at the beginning of May.
Since Pleuger is currently pushing ahead with the establishment of its US subsidiary and would like to offer powerful on-site support, the mission was clear: to start conversations as a German medium-sized company, independent and global player on the US market. The German Pavilion of the Federal Ministry of Economics and Energy offered a prestigious stage for this.Da Pleuger derzeit den Aufbau seiner US-Located close to renowned German exhibitors, Pleuger's sales team presented a comprehensive portfolio of high-tech products that are used in many applications of the offshore industry worldwide. The host of the pavilion was the Federal Ministry of Economics and Energy, which is an important partner for Pleuger to expand its contacts in the world market. To serve this market even better, Pleuger's primary goal is to further expand its network of sales representatives, distributors and service partners. The participation in the OTC therefore also served to make the company known and establish contacts.
Pleuger underwater motor pumps, which are operated with a water-filled motor and are used as durable and maintenance-free products in many offshore applications, were the focus of the trade fair appearance. Pleuger offers manufactured units of submersible motor pumps as well as plunger pumps. Both types are offered in standard configurations and customized to guarantee maximum operational safety and performance under the most adverse conditions.
As the traditional Pleuger brand had been integrated into major global groups for several decades, the trade fair was a good opportunity for Pleuger Industries to present itself in the USA as an independent medium-sized company. With years of experience in the industry for customized solutions and standard pumps, Pleuger Industries lives up to its reputation as the manufacturer of submersible motor pumps. "Numerous communications with customers in Houston showed us that the name Pleuger is perceived in the industry as a quality guarantee for pumps. To meet this demand in the future as well, we are currently investing in the establishment of a US subsidiary. Our goal is to provide our customers with effective on-site support and customer service," says Frank-Ulrich Szittke, Managing Director of Pleuger Industries, summing up his impressions of the trade fair.
The Chilean Collahuasi Mine in the Pica district of the Tarapacá region produces more than 5,000 tons of fine copper per year, making it one of the largest copper mines in the world.
The acceptance of the six hand-made aggregates, to which the technical management of the mine together with the pump distributor Wellford had travelled from Chile to Hamburg, took a week. This is not unusual when one considers the significance of the new submersible motor pumps for the processing of copper sulphide: The 10-inch pumps are used to dewater the copper sludge in the "flotation" process and extract the copper concentrate. If the pumps fail, the production process comes to a standstill until the pumps are repaired. Reliability therefore has top priority. The decision in favour of a pump manufacturer is therefore less a question of one-time costs than of confidence in the technical know-how of the engineers. The company Wellford from Chile, Collahuasis pump supplier, brought Pleuger Industries into play because the German pump manufacturer has decades of experience in designing pump units for the special requirements of the mining sector. Pleuger's engineers have acquired their expertise in various customizing projects around the globe, which the Hamburg-based company continuously uses in the construction of its engines.
Process pumps used in copper production operate under extreme conditions: Copper, a semi-precious metal dissolved in water, quickly oxidizes the materials from which pumps are usually made. In order to counteract this process, the engineers at Pleuger Industries rely on a corrosion protection concept specially adapted to the customer when designing the pumps. In addition, the new pump systems must be energy-efficient, because Collahuasis copper production follows an energy management system based on international standards.
After eighteen years in the Flowserve group, Pleuger Industries, the German manufacturer of submersible motor pumps,
is once again represented on the market as an independent company.
An American investor bought the brand and transferred the strategic management to German hands.
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