Hernic Ferrochrome Gets New Data Network


At a glance:
  • Hernic Ferrochrome implements state-of-the-art Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise data network with 3G Consulting
  • Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise data solution will enhance the user experience while delivering stability, reliability and ease of management

Company insight and value proposition

South AfricaHernic Ferrochrome (Pty) Ltd, the fourth largest integrated ferrochrome producer in the world, recently chose 3G Consulting to implement a state-of-the-art Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise data network solution. With speed and stability being as the major requirements from Hernic Ferrochrome, the new Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise core solution will provide overall stability for the network, and provides faster processing speeds on applications and while transferring large CAD files.

From an IT standpoint, personnel will be able to set policies segregating traffic in advance, an option that was not previously available to Hernic Ferrochrome earlier. Moreover, users can now identify the congestion on the network and resolve the matter in a matter of seconds.

The contract includes two Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise OmniSwitch 6900 switches, that serve as the backbone of the network, and transceivers as well as Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise’s OmniVista, which uniquely combines the full set of end-to-end network operations, security management and data center capabilities within a single cohesive platform. The new solution also offers better network design, allowing data to travel more efficiently through the network by segregating traffic.

The solution was deployed at the company’s two-kilometer sized headquarters in South Africa that contains over 1,500 employees. Hernic Ferrochrome is located in the Bushveld Complex, one of the world‘s largest chrome ore deposits, and operates four furnaces including the largest ferrochrome furnaces in the world. 


Phillip Hepke, IT manager at Hernic Ferrochrome: “Our industry is constantly changing, and we are in need of a network that is easily adaptable to its environment and upgradable. Having worked with 3G Consulting before, who managed to optimize my existing network configuration via Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise solutions, we saw a benefit to our partnership not only from a quality point of view, enhance user experience while delivering stability, reliability and ease of management, but also from a cost efficiency angle as well.”

Ravin Naidu, Regional Director, South & East Africa, Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise: “Customers have learned that they can depend on Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise for innovative solutions that anticipate their technology needs. Hernic Ferrochrome’s headquarters currently contains 78 switches in total. They have selected Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise because of the feature rich solutions, which meet their current needs while also positioning them for the future.

Kreason Govender, Managing Director of 3G Consulting: “We are glad to have partnered with Hernic Ferrochrome who have chosen us for our data solutions experience in the market. The Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise network portfolio is strong and sufficiently scalable to grow as the client’s business grows and requirements increase.”

Hernic Ferrochrome (Pty) Ltd is the world’s 4th largest integrated ferrochrome producer based in the North West Province, South Africa. It is located in a part of the western limb of the Bushveld Complex which is one of the world‘s largest chrome ore deposits. Hernic operates 4 furnaces including the largest ferrochrome furnaces in the world.

Ferrochrome, also known as charge chrome, is an essential ingredient in producing stainless and specialty steels. Ferrochrome increases mechanical properties and corrosion resistance.

Hernic is well positioned to participate in the expected world growth in the stainless steel industry, and yet, Hernic is striving for more than corporate success. Giving back to the community, protecting the environment, and taking care of its people are key values driving the company’s strategy.

Hernic is the pioneer in the conversion of semi-closed/open furnaces to closed furnace technology. This conversion brings many benefits, including a reduction in particulate matter in atmospheric emissions, better thermodynamic efficiencies and a better work environment for personnel.