Wilson provided insight into the activities of the cluster over the last year, paying particular attention to some of the challenges. The most significant of which, has been the varying understanding and interpretation of designation and the local content requirements.
A considerable amount of time has been spent on monitoring advertised tenders, awarded tenders and exemption applications. The alignment of SOC’s at a procurement level to designation and the promotion of local content as a mind set is an on-going “work in progress” activity of the cluster in close collaboration with the dti.
Transformation and skills development, VAMCOSA, has taken the steps to develop future talent at school level, with members actively involved at the Fumana Secondary School in Katlehong. Addressing transformation issues through Enterprise Development, looking at off take opportunities for new business that will be sustainable in relation to the industry going forward.
Opportunity development for the valve sector in projects such as the nuclear build and refurbishment of valves currently installed at the Koeberg power station, VAMCOSA is working with both Eskom and NECSA.
Certification requirements of customers such as Eskom, PetroSA and Transnet, continues to be a barrier of participation for the local industry especially within the value chain and this has an impact on the foundry sector and impacts export potential.
A sector wide initiative funded by the TLIU, which VAMCOSA is pleased to announce, is the Valve Testing Facility to be built in Pretoria and will be available for hire by any Valve Manufacturer. The test facility will meet the testing and certification requirements of State and private buyers.