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An International JV That Will Illuminate S.A’s Mining Industry


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Image: Power Matla Innolumis CEO Kgathola Ngoasheng Image: Power Matla Innolumis CEO Kgathola Ngoasheng

Power Matla Innolumis (Pty) Ltd, a new company formed between the Power Matla Group (Pty) Ltd and the Netherlands based Innolumis Public Lighting BV, was established in South Africa in March 2017 as a black owned company. This is, amongst other things, an energy saving initiative that will provide world-leading LED lighting solutions to the Public, Mining and Industrial sectors.

The formation of the company brings with it a number of advantages, the most significant being the leveraging of the existing operations of the Power Matla Group in the electrification sector and the international backing and technology transfer of a leading Dutch LED street lighting company Innolumis.

CEO Kgathola Ngoasheng says: “Our range of tried and tested LED out-door and area lighting products provide our mining clients with a price, performance and quality value proposition that meet the mines’ on-going need to reduce energy consumption and non-core maintenance costs. At the same time it achieves effective lighting levels with long-lasting lifecycles and minimal light pollution. We have unique special colour LED light sources, standard across our range of lights, for special application lighting with a maximum return in safety, security and general area application.  For example, our Golden Green Mesopic light colour in a perimeter fencing  application, guarantees the most visible video surveillance result, minimal light pollution, 80 000 hrs constant lumen output (CLO) with no maintenance over life-time, at the lowest energy consumption.”

LED technology at its best 

“As technical specialists in LED lighting known for our pioneering Mesopic light colours,” continues Ngoasheng “our luminaries are also used in environments where flame proofing, like that required in mining, is of critical importance to our clients. Whether it be our flood light, general area, street or perimeter light, we have an Ex rated solution to fit our clients requirements, and if not, with global access to quick-time R&D. We can deliver such special applications quickly. This, combined with 8 years of our products running in harsh mining sites conditions across Africa, means clients purchase not only leading energy efficient technology, but also peace-of mind.”

Mining specific deliverables

Mining and Industrial clients no longer base their LED purchase decisions just on the amount of electricity cost reduction that can be achieved, this is a given in the industry. As Ngoasheng says, they require products with a price, performance and quality value proposition that meets their needs. Further to that, mining clients require: guaranteed performance over the entire product lifetime; lighting inventory & energy consumption base-line establishment; little to no maintenance; sub-sourcing of lighting installation; effective service back-up; financing assistance; Internet of Things (IoT) integration and they have a preference for real localisation. Power Matla Innolumis can offer all off this as a comprehensive lighting solution.

A perfect partnership

Since 2008, Innolumis Public Lighting BV has lead the way globally with LED technology and world-pioneering Mesopic light colours (designed to emulate the way human eyes perceive colour and contrast in night time conditions).  “Innolumis has been active in South Africa since 2010 when our products were distributed by NTL Lemnis Africa under the Pharox LED brand. Due to the growth in the LED market in Africa though, we have decided to invest directly into South Africa and Power Matla proved to be the perfect partner for this venture,” says Gert Grolleman, CEO of Innolumis.  “We now have installation sites at municipalities, mines and various industrial and commercial sites across South Africa and Botswana.”

The new company’s shareholding is made up by a majority share (60%) held by Level 1 BBBEE Power Matla Consortium, 35% Innolumis Public Lighting BV and the remaining 5% by the executive management.  The Power Matla Innolumis’ offering includes:

  • A comprehensive lighting solution to the Public, Mining and Industrial sectors.
  • A full product portfolio covering all applications for outdoor, street, and area lighting, including complete off-grid application.
  • An approved installer/contractor base plus an own installation and maintenance management service.
  • Baseline infrastructure audits, including light counts and energy analysis.
  • Access to and assistance with various project funding/finance solutions.
  • Local SKD manufacturing and fully fledged local manufacturing.
  • Introduction of the integrated smart city solution.

For more information about Power Matla Innolumis, visit www.powermatlainnolumis.com or contact +27 11 234 0008.

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