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owden Africa was established in companies to focus on supplying a range of Johannesburg in 1952, to supply market-leading products to applications where fans for the mining and power performance and reliability are paramount. generation industries, just under The Howden business units located in Africa a century after the Scottish are Howden Power, Howden Fan Equipment, engineer and inventor James Howden set Howden Projects and Donkin Fans. What sets up the parent company in Glasgow. Howden Howden Africa apart from its competitors is was an innovator par excellence, but his most that many of the technologies used in these successful invention was a forced draught industries, including mine ventilation and system that dramatically improved the cooling, were first conceptualised by Howden performance of steam boilers. itself. The business units are supported by two Today Howden and its many subsidiaries world-class manufacturing centres designed have a long history of innovation in the air to service their particular needs, both located and gas handling field. It has grown to become in South Africa. The Johannesburg operation a worldwide organisation handles a range of large with over 4,200 employees scale engineered plant and products, including the design and companies in 17 countries. Its equipment can and fabrication of turnkey be found in virtually every projects. It manufactures industry, but particularly equipment including fans, The year Howden Africa heat exchangers, furnaces and in those such as power was established cooling systems, gas cleaning generation, petrochemicals, solutions and dust scrubbers. mining, steelmaking and cement manufacture, where the most arduous The Port Elizabeth centre is responsible air and gas handling duties are to be found. for the design and manufacture of the So Howden has been a major engineering comprehensive range of Donkin preforce in Africa for over 60 years – well over engineered fans and accessories. Howden in fact, since as early as 1925, Howden customers thus have the benefits of a companies were supplying main surface fans personal service and a presence in Africa to South African, Zimbabwean and Zambian with all the additional advantages of access mines. In early 2012, the Howden Global to an international network of world-class holding company Charter International was technological and engineering skill. Its acquired by the global manufacturing group involvement in the past development of Colfax Corporation of the United States. Africa’s industrial infrastructure is in this way Though the customers probably did not detect matched by its commitment to the future. any immediate change in the service they Howden Power has supplied virtually all receive, the synergies with Colfax’s existing the boiler Forced Draught (FD), Induced fluid handling capabilities will help both Draught (ID) and Primary Air (PA) fans for

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