Locally-made superior quality transformers for Africa and beyond



SGB-SMIT POWER MATLA is a local transformer company with factories in Pretoria and Cape Town. The company was formed when SGB-SMIT, the pure-play transformer specialist from Europe and Power Matla, a locally owned black-empowered company with investments within the renewable energy, ICT, mining and power utilities markets, launched the new operation on 1 August 2018.

The joint venture with SGB-SMIT will result in the most advanced transformer products being delivered to the company’s customers, supported by superior technical solutions and services, thereby enhancing the company’s value proposition in an increasingly competitive environment.

This partnership will enable SGB-SMIT POWER MATLA to deliver on customer expectations in Africa and beyond. Leveraging on SGB-SMIT’s technical capabilities will assist it to become more efficient and cost effective. The company’s order book reflects its strong position in the market and is fully supported by the anticipated infrastructure spend by Eskom and municipalities within South Africa, as well by other African customers.

The company has over 70 years’ experience in successful design, manufacturing, testing, installation and commissioning of a full range of power and distribution transformers. Its laboratory for the testing of various materials, including transformer oil, is SANAS accredited. The company also offers its laboratory services to external companies.

The factory in Pretoria, known as Large Power Transformers, manufactures the full range of power transformers with ratings from 10 to 800 MVA, 420 kV; furnace transformers; rectifier transformers; traction transformers; shunt-reactors and related equipment. The factory has a fully accredited transformer test facility where routine and type tests (in accordance with IEC 60076) are undertaken for the full range of products which the company manufactures. These tests prove compliance with the customer’s specifications in terms of the main transformer parameters.

The test equipment has been designed to handle the largest high voltage transformers capable of being produced by the factory. Three-phase auto transformers with ratings of 800 MVA 400/275/22 kV, single-phase auto transformers with ratings of 333 MVA 400/275/22 kV and 795 MVA 22/420 kV double-wound generator transformers have been successfully tested in the transformer test bay. The test facility can also test transformers according to ANSI specifications, and special tests can be done to meet specific customer requests.

The factory in Cape Town, known as Distribution Transformers, manufactures distribution transformers from 16 kVA to 5 MVA 66 kV; miniature substations; LNERs; NECRTs and other related equipment.

Every SGB-SMIT POWER MATLA product is custom-made from standardised design elements and uses uniform manufacturing operations. This flexible, but well-coordinated approach ensures the highest quality of design and construction for all transformers and makes the best possible use of the valuable knowledge and experience gained over the years and best practices developed.

An important focus for the company this year will be supplying transformers into the renewable energy market. SGB-SMIT, which has been supplying transformers to turbine manufacturers for many years, offers this range of products either onshore or offshore and the technology is based on oil-immersed transformers from the company’s factory in Neumark, Germany; or cast-resin transformers from its factories in Germany, USA, India or China; or compact substations which are manufactured in Neumark, Germany. Transformers for solar parks are also supplied from Germany.

In October 2018, the company’s B-BBEE score was independently verified as a Level One Contributor.

Contact Jacqui Burn, SGB-SMIT POWER MATLA, Tel 012 318-9802, pwm.communications@sgb-smit.group

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