South Africa, Pretoria: Powertech Transformers opened its small power transformer facility, covering the manufacture of 20 MVA to 60 MVA 123 kV units. The facility was specially designed to speed up the flow of transformers through the manufacturing process, reducing production lead times.
The facility will double the small power transformer (SPT) capacity from 2,200 MVA to 4,400 MVA which equates to 120 transformers per annum (40 x 20 MVA + 60 x 40 MVA + 20 x 60 MVA). Total factory capacity, including medium and large power transformers is 13,680 MVA per annum.
Bernard Meyer, CEO says, “This major investment confirms the confidence we have in manufacturing in South Africa. We have nearly doubled our capacity in this market sector in anticipation of a ZAR 250 million ($ 22 million) potential increase in the export market. The new facility is also perfectly timed with new growth opportunities in the renewable energy and rail market sectors. Lastly, and most importantly, we have created additional employment opportunities for much skilled, semi-skilled and professional young talent.”