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Tsurumi Pump’s Bill Davidson recently visited Australia for the second time in two years to work with Australian Pump Industries .
 
Davidson has been responsible for putting the Osaka, Japan-based Tsurumi in a prominent position in North America’s mining, construction and rental pump markets.
 
Davidson’s considerable experience in submersible pumps has been driving Tsurumi’s development of a range of products that are broader in scope and feature genuine engineering advantages to provide longevity and reliability to the user. Tsurumi Pump is a world-leading manufacturer of submersible pumps with their robotised Kyoto plant offering a capacity of one million pumps a year.
 
Australian Pump was appointed by Tsurumi as their exclusive distributor for Australia and Papua New Guinea around 2½ years ago.
 
According to Aussie Pump’s product manager Craig Bridgement, the company decided to slash prices by 40% across the board to make these world-leading products more competitively priced in Australia. Aussie Pumps was able to do this by committing to significantly larger volumes than the previous distributor, with cost savings generated by bulk buying and reduced freight rate helping to lower prices.
 
During his visit Davidson chaired a number of forums for business leaders in the mining, quarrying and concrete industry. He also undertook training for Aussie Pump’s growing Tsurumi distribution network.
 
The Tsurumi product range includes three-phase pumps developed specifically for the North American mining market where cost of ownership is an important factor.
 
Davidson describes the LH series of three-phase deep well dewatering pumps as the backbone of Tsurumi’s product range as they not only offer great performance but also feature a slimline design that allows operation in tight spaces.
 
The Tsurumi product range includes big submersible pumps that offer up to 250m head capacity and flows of up to 300,000 LPM.
 
Tsurumi pumps incorporate a number of features that enhance the life expectancy and reduce maintenance cost. These include a unique anti-wicking cable gland that makes it virtually impossible for water to enter the motor through the cable. A double silicon carbide mechanical seal arrangement where both seal surfaces are submerged in oil, well away from the pump liquid is a standard Tsurumi feature.
 
Davidson explains that these two simple features alone virtually knock out the two biggest single failure points on any submersible pump.  
 
Tsurumi is also a major manufacturer of cutter, grinder and sewage pumps in addition to submersible aeration equipment that offers simple installation and reduced operating expenses.
 
Australian Pump offers a full range of training courses in the use and application of Tsurumi submersible pumps. Courses can be delivered by local distributors or by attending the regular seminars held at Aussie Pump’s headquarters in Sydney’s Norwest business district. Tsurumi Pump sees Australia as key to expansion in the South Pacific markets.
 
Tsurumi plans to introduce state-of-the-art 1,000-volt dewatering pumps and explosion-proof pumps to Australia’s underground coal mining industry.

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