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British cameras destined for South Africa

30 March 2010

CorDEX, the British developer of portable equipment for explosive atmospheres, has just received confirmation that two models in its Centurion digital camera range have been certified by Explolabs, a South African Government Approved Inspection Authority for use in the country’s mines, petrochemical and processing facilities.

British cameras destined for South Africa
British cameras destined for South Africa

This development certainly boosts export potential of this Scarborough-based operation. With only small oil deposits, South Africa relies on coal production for most of its energy needs. Indeed the country’s economy is structured around large-scale, mining and primary minerals. As well as being the world’s largest gold producer, its mineral commodities account for nearly half of the country’s total export value. Copper, chromium, vanadium, platinum and of course diamonds are major contributors to this quota.

The commercial opportunities for the CorDEX Centurion XPG and XPM2 cameras in South Africa are therefore substantial. "This certification is similar to our ATEX approval," explained CorDEX’s Marcus Halliday. "Obtaining South African Certification will certainly open many doors for us via our agent in the country."

Both digital cameras are specifically designed for use in their respective hazardous environments and bring a host of benefits for the user. By comparison with alternatives they remove the need for time-consuming protocol, provide far greater flexibility in use and above all make imaging easier, quicker and more cost-effective.

The Centurion XPG is designed for the capture of visual images in petrochemical and chemical applications and the Centurion XPM2 provides the same facility in the mining environment. Both are world-first introductions.

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