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Expanding the world of vacuum technology

THIS may be a bold statement but every industry can benefit from Busch Vacuum and Blower technologies. Its products are designed with a focus on customer peace of mind, offering increased production efficiencies, reduced maintenance costs, and lower energy and water consumption. Compared to many of the older installed vacuum technologies, Busch delivers up to 60% reduction in the total cost of ownership.

Busch Vacuum Solutions is a family business founded in 1963 by Dr. Karl Busch and his wife Ayhan, and their focus has always been on helping the customer. They set out with the aim of increasing production in factories, improving healthcare in hospitals and clinics, delivering better hygiene and packaging efficiency in the food industry to name a few focus segments.

As more and more new sectors were identified so the need for the Busch range to expand was clear and so a high spend on R&D delivered specific sector focussed products and the range expanded to serve the pharmaceutical, oil and gas, chemical, water and waste water, woodwork, dairy and automotive sectors, and more recently with the addition of Pfeiffer Vacuum they now enter the high and ultra-high vacuum market as well.

Over it’s more than fifty years of existence Busch has become the supplier with the widest range of products to the widest range of sectors.

Busch in Africa

Over the years many Busch Vacuum pumps and blowers were installed into the Africa market, and in 2009 a decision was made to open a full subsidiary company, Busch Vacuum South Africa (Pty) Ltd, based with head office in Johannesburg and with dedicated service centres in Cape Town, Durban and Accra Ghana. There are also agency representations in Gqeberha (Port Elizabeth), and Cairo, as well as many distribution partners throughout Africa.

Manie Fourie -Sales Director for Africa comments on the Cape Town region specifically  “The Cape Town operation has expanded three times since its original establishment in 2012, the latest being earlier this year and we now occupy a modern service centre on the corner of Tee Jay and Taurus streets in Brakenfell, with Branch Manager Awee van der Merwe”.

He continues -“Our original foothold in South Africa was through the vacuum packaging and pharmaceutical industry but that quickly spread to diverse industries like medical facilities, water treatment, printing, plastics, wood and many more segments in the local market in Cape Town. The water and wastewater treatment & medical sector have especially proven to be a dominant sector for our products, and with a growing population of installed pumps and equipment it is critical that Busch can offer local expertise in the servicing and maintenance of these products.

Water and wastewater treatment shows good growth

“Modern technological developments in the water and particularly the wastewater sectors, where mechanical rakes in settling tanks have given way to fine bubble aeration processes, has introduced Busch to this sector in South Africa. The blower technology offered is well established for many years in Busch Europe where they developed a wide range to suit market requirements. Over the years Busch Africa has now developed strong relationships with all industry players such as engineering consultants, contractors and municipal plant managers regarding the operation, maintenance requirements, benefits, and advantages of the Busch vacuum blower range.

Medical market as a growth area

Fourie adds “Another growth area of our business has been in medical services such as hospitals where attention is now being paid to the upgrading of central medical vacuum plants in existing and new greenfield hospital facilities. This sector also receives regular technology updates and support directed at consultants, contractors and managers of these facilities”

Furthermore, he sees the hospital sector as a major growth area for the company throughout Africa where many countries are shifting focus to building new hospitals and /or upgrading existing facilities, often via World Health Organisation initiatives and other interventions. It is one of the drivers for opening the Busch Ghana branch which incorporates a sales office and service centre. The facility will serve as the hub for direct OEM support within the West Africa region. Plans are in place to open an East Africa office in 2022 and then an office in Egypt in 2023.

Always near you

A major advantage to customers in South Africa is having a dedicated Busch service centre close to their businesses where direct contact can be had with Busch specialists rather than working with 3rd party re sellers.  Busch Africa can supply most vacuum pumps, blowers and spare part kits ex stock and are fully geared to service and overhaul pumps in their workshops or to carry out service work and commissioning at a customer site. Service of competitor products is also offered with full warranty.

Busch Engineers have extensive vacuum application experience can assist with all vacuum system designs for skids or centralised vacuum systems. Support from Busch centres of excellence in Germany, England and the Netherlands for detailed system design and construction is always available and a designs, drawings and documentation are completed to the highest standards.

With Busch Global acquiring a majority share in Pfeiffer Vacuum in the last few years, Busch Africa was awarded the Pfeiffer distributorship for the African continent. With Pfeiffer part of the portfolio, it is now able to offer a wider range of technologies in the high and ultra-high vacuum markets. This coupled with Pfeiffer’s market leading Leak detecting and gas analyser equipment.

  • Feel free to contact the Busch Cape Town Team for a free vacuum audit or assistance on any vacuum or blower service requirement
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