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Pipes & Tubes News

Necsa plans to restart nuclear pebble-fuel production

By: Keith Campbell     22nd September 2017 The South African Nuclear Energy Corporation (Necsa) is reactivating its ability to manufacture nuclear pebble fuel, originally created to support South Africa's Pebble Bed Modular Reactor (PBMR) programme. The corporation is also looking for a strategic equity partner for its speciality... 

Black investor acquires majority stake in precision manufacturing firm

By: David Oliveira     8th September 2017 A recent acquisition of 51% of Johannesburg-based precision manufacturing company Bay Engineering by Black Industrialists Group (BIG) for R6.5-million is being held up as an example of transformation in the manufacturing sector. Bay Engineering MD Etienne Labuschagne points out that the deal,... 

High-quality weld preparation for oil and gas industry

     8th September 2017 Orbital cutting and bevelling machines for high-purity piping from international weld preparation products supplier EH Wachs are now available in South Africa from industrial equipment supplier Dowson & Dobson Industrial, a division of Actum Industrial, to serve the unique needs of the oil and... 

High-quality weld  preparation for oil  and gas industry
SAFETY AND PRECISION The cold cutting process eliminates the risks associated with torch cutting and produces a stronger weld joint

Thermal spray coatings provide protection for refineries

     8th September 2017 Thermal spray coatings can produce significant cost savings for refineries by reducing the amount of piping maintenance required to guard against the consequences of corrosion under insulation (CUI), says wear solutions provider Weartech director Adam Wintle.  

Thermal spray  coatings provide  protection for refineries
PROTECTIVE LAYER Coatings produced with thermal spraying are formed when millions of particles are deposited on top of each other and are bonded to the substrate

Bentley Systems releases update for AutoPIPE Connect edition

By: Ilan Solomons     18th August 2017 Global infrastructure software manufacturer Bentley Systems has released the most recent update of its AutoPIPE Connect edition, which supports ASME B31J piping code document calculations. AutoPIPE Connect edition provides engineers with a comprehensive and advanced software application for pipe... 

Bentley Systems releases update for AutoPIPE Connect edition
Photo by Bentley Systems
MAINTAINING EFFICIENT WORKFLOWS The addition increases the accuracy of the stress intensification factors for tees based on the work done with FEA 2012 and newer ASME B31.1 and B31.3 codes

Company supplies piping for water treatment expansion project

By: Marleny Arnoldi     18th August 2017 Thermoplastic piping company Plasti-Tech supplied a range of piping, custom fittings and flanges to Zululand district municipality’s Usuthu purification plant expansion infrastructure project to increase output by 20 M a day.  

Company supplies piping for water treatment  expansion project
MEGA SUPPLY Plasti-Tech supplied R1.8-million worth of piping and fabricated fittings for the Usuthu water purification plant expansion project

Process Pipes

By: Zandile Mavuso     18th July 2017 With 47 years’ expertise in the pipes industry, wholesale carbon and mild steel pipes, fittings and flanges wholesaler Process Pipe has established a national footprint in South Africa, with branches in Gauteng (Alrode), KwaZulu-Natal (Jacobs) and two branches in the Western Cape (Belville and... 

Acquisition creates larger industry opportunities

     30th June 2017 In April, construction and civil engineering contractor Esor acquired trenchless technology specialist Tuboseal, renaming it to Esor Tuboseal, which creates larger industry opportunities. 

Acquisition creates larger industry opportunities
CIPP PIPE A pipeline after CIPP has been installed using trenchless technology

Company provides pipes for various industries

     30th June 2017 Geosynthetic products manufacturer and comprehensive supplier Fibertex supplies a range of components for advanced subsoil drainage systems, designed for use in various industries, including civil engineering, construction and agriculture. 

Company provides pipes for various industries
WOVEN PIPES Drainex pipes are available in several different sizes

First local policy for gas pipes released

     30th June 2017 Southern African Plastic Pipe Manufacturer’s Association (Sappma) has released the local industry’s first policy statement for the supply of gas fuels using polyethylene (PE) pipes, in order to ensure that the application and use of PE pipes conforms to South African National Standards (SANS) ISO... 

First local policy for gas pipes released
GAS PIPELINE New policy will act as a guideline for any new gas pipelines being built

High-quality products and superior service provide competitive edge

By: Victor Moolman     30th June 2017 As a means to overcome competition from larger plastic pipe providers, plastic pipes, fittings and welding machines company Plastitech offers superior service levels and a complete range of high-quality pipe products. 

High-quality products and superior service provide competitive edge
LARGE RANGE The company can deliver pipes anywhere in Southern Africa given enough time

New factory increases monthly production

By: Victor Moolman     30th June 2017 14 new plastic extruder machines have been moved to plastic pipes manufacturer DPI Plastics’ new factory in Roodekop, Johannesburg, which is next to the already existing Roodekop polyvinyl chloride (PVC) pipe factory. The extruders can produce 2 200 t/m of new high-density polyethylene (HDPE). 

New factory increases monthly production
PELLETS Waste material from the production is being recycled in the factory

New measuring devices available through local company

     30th June 2017 Instrumentation engineering business Kobold – represented locally by instrumentation and measurement product supplier Instrotech – now offers the highly precise pressure measuring devices the HND-P121 or P231 up to the HND-P127, which has integrated pressure sensors.  

New measuring  devices available through local company
KOBOLD The HND-P121 or P231 up to the HND-P127 from Kobold is available locally

Pipe supply for Tekwane project ongoing

By: Victor Moolman     30th June 2017 Fluid conveyance solutions provider Incledon is supplying 6 km of PE100 800 mm steel-reinforced, spirally wound high-density polyethylene (HDPE) pipe for the Tekwane South integrated human settlement project in Nelspruit, Mpumalanga, which will cost about R12-million upon completion. 

Pipe supply  for Tekwane project ongoing
MANAGEABLE LENGTHS The pipes are manufactured to be 6 m or 12 m long

Weld purge monitor required to measure oxygen accurately

     16th June 2017 In order to accurately read the residual oxygen level inside a tube, pipe, welding chamber or enclosure during the act of purging, weld purging experts Huntingdon Fusion Techniques (HFT) has designed a range of weld purge monitors, including the PurgEye Desk, the PurgeNet and the Purge Monitor,... 

Weld purge monitor  required to measure oxygen accurately
MEASUREMENTS The PurgeEye is capable of measuring oxygen levels accurately

Industry trends shift towards efficient, intelligent strategies

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     9th June 2017 The main feature of global demand for energy is a shift to maximising efficiency through delivering energy at the lowest cost per kilowatt per hour, says independent process industry consultant Santosh Gunpath. He tells Engineering News that this was evident from his interactions with industry... 

Industry trends shift towards efficient, intelligent strategies
Photo by Bloomberg
EFFICIENCY PRIORITISED With energy integral to every process, the objective should be to maximise the efficiency of delivering the necessary energy at the lowest cost per kilowatt per hour

Full range of corrosion control products available in Southern Africa

     2nd June 2017 Corrosion control product supplier JST International’s (JST’s) cathodic protection and impressed current cathodic protection systems and corrosion resistant pipe supports product ranges have been expanded to include the full range of corrosion control coatings and wrappings in Southern Africa. 

Full range of corrosion control products available in Southern Africa
Photo by Duane Daws
CORROSION CONTROL JST has several products that can be used to control the corrosion of wood, steel and concrete

New tube-bending machine launched at MTA 2017 

By: Mia Breytenbach     26th May 2017 In collaboration with international tube-bending technology specialist BLM Group, cutting consumable and capital equipment supplier First Cut launched the latest version of the E-TURN32 tube-bending machine at trade exhibition Machine Tools Africa 2017, held in Johannesburg, earlier this month.... 

New tube-bending machine launched at MTA 2017
The E-TURN32 as it is a fully electric, computer numerically controlled machine, with all axes using Siemens drive technology and servo-motors. It can bend in 15 axes movements, roll and punch different sizes of tube up to 50.8 mm in diameter, and in any material, such as ferrous, non-ferrous and specialty metals, except plastic

Sewer manual to be published next month

By: Marleny Arnoldi     28th April 2017 Plastic pipes manufacturer DPI Plastics will publish its comprehensive sewer product manual next month that provides detailed information on its range of polyvinyl chloride (PVC) pipe applications and installations in the sewage and effluent sector.  

Sewer manual  to be published  next month
RENIER SNYMAN A properly designed and installed sewer system can last an excess of 50 years

Tribunal finds pipe manufacturers guilty of collusion

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     27th March 2017 The Competition Tribunal has found Dawn Consolidated Holdings (DCH), through its subsidiary DPI Plastics, and Sangio Pipes guilty of colluding to divide markets in South Africa between 2007 and 2012. The Competition Commission referred the collusion case against the two manufacturers of regular... 

Stainless steel body hopes to boost product demand at event

By: Nadine James     17th March 2017 Industry body and lobby group the Southern Africa Stainless Steel Development Association (Sassda) hopes to drive demand for stainless steel products by exhibiting at Water Show Africa 2017, which runs alongside Power & Electricity World Africa held at the Sandton Convention Centre on March 28... 

Stainless steel body  hopes to boost product  demand at event
JOHN TARBOTON The Eiffel Tower competition will be launched for the first time at the event and first prize is an all-expenses-paid trip to Paris

Supplier delivers products for chemical conveyance system

By: Nadine James     10th March 2017 Thermoplastic products supplier Astore Keymak – formerly Astore Africa – supplied and delivered several polymer plastic products to assist with the installation of a conveyance system at Omnia Group’s chemical subsidiary Protea Chemicals’ plant, in Wadeville. The project, a result of a... 

Supplier delivers products for chemical conveyance system
PROTEA CHEMICALS The installation project is the result of a long-standing working relationship between Astore Keymak and Protea Chemicals

New duties on steel products indicative of South Africa’s ‘value-chain’ approach to protection 

By: Terence Creamer     6th March 2017 The International Trade Administration Commission of South Africa (Itac) confirms that it has recommended increased protection on several downstream steel products and that it is also considering recommending duties on a range of other value-added steel products in future. In addition, the... 

New duties on steel products indicative of South Africa’s ‘value-chain’ approach to protection

Growth in HDPE market boosts manufacturer production

     20th January 2017 Fluid conveyance solutions provider Incledon notes a growing trend towards the use of high-density polyethylene (HDPE) pipe solutions in the water infrastructure sector, which presents a major growth opportunity that the company has begun to grasp. 

Growth in HDPE market boosts manufacturer production
PRODUCT APPROVAL The products manufactured by Incledon are all approved to strict certifications

HDPE pipe manufacturing facility to open in February

By: Nadine James     20th January 2017 Plastic pipes manufacturer DPI Plastics will launch its new Germiston-based manufacturing facility in February. The facility will manufacture high-density polyethylene (HDPE) pipes from 16 mm up to 1 000 mm in diameter. DPI technical and product manager Renier Snyman says the facility will enable... 

HDPE pipe manufacturing facility to open in February
NOT A PIPE DREAM DPI's new facility will enable it to supply pipes to South Africa's burgeoning gas market.

Market needs education on plastic pipe advantages

     20th January 2017 The South African market is not well educated to look for, and know, the difference between high-quality plastic pipes and low-quality plastic pipes, says plastic producer DPI Plastics technical and product manager Renier Snyman. 

Market needs  education on plastic pipe advantages
PIPE THICKNESS The thickness of a pipe influences the overall quality of a pipe

New range to ensure clean tube and pipe welds

     20th January 2017 Pipe welding purging systems specialist Huntingdon Fusion Techniques (HFT) has introduced the PurgElite low-cost range of tube and pipe purging systems to achieve a clean, oxide free, zero colour weld in tubes and pipes, which can be used in any other industry where stainless steel or titanium is... 

New range to  ensure clean tube  and pipe welds
SAFER WELDING The new system will allow welders to create higher quality welds by sealing certain parts of pipes

Pipe strainers inexpensive option to protect equipment

     20th January 2017 Pipeline strainers can be seen as an “inexpensive insurance policy” as they help to protect piping systems, say liquid filtration manufacturers Flow Clear Filtration. 

S African manufacturer of steel tube and pipes commissions new mill

By: Victor Moolman     20th January 2017 The new capital expenditure (capex) project to replace two older mills with one new mill at steel tube and pipe manufacturer Robor’s plant, in Elandsfontein, in Johannesburg, will be concluded in early 2017 with the installation of a fully automated mill capable of producing 60 000 t/y of pipe at... 

S African manufacturer  of steel tube and pipes  commissions new mill
PIPE MILLING The new mill will manufacture structural, mechanical and conveyance products between 114 and 219 outer diameter

Company supports plastic waste management  

By: Sascha Solomons     25th November 2016 As part of its corporate social responsibility (CSR), plastic pipes manufacturer DPI Plastics will sponsor the inaugural African Marine Waste Network (AMWN) conference next year.   The AMWN was launched in July this year by the Sustainable Seas Trust (SST), plastics industry representative... 

Company supports plastic waste management
Plastics SA sustainability director Douw Steyn and DPI Plastics technical and product manager Renier Snyman discuss the importance of environmental and waste management, as well as the plastics industry’s contribution to environmental protection. Camerawork: Nicholas Boyd. Editing: Lionel da Silva

Plastic pipes integral to water infrastructure

By: Kimberley Smuts     7th October 2016 The plastic pipe industry is arguably one of the most important in South Africa as infrastructure such as water distribution, waste disposal, irrigation, telecommunications and a myriad of other services rely on pipe infrastructure to work effectively, says Southern African Plastic Pipe... 

SaaS solutions reduce water loss

By: Kimberley Smuts     7th October 2016 With almost 40% of municipal water supplied in South Africa being lost before it even reaches the public, information and communications technology solutions provider Jasco Group states that there are tools and technologies available, such as big data, analytics and Software as a Service (SaaS),... 

Sewer pipes’ difference key in fitting and installation

By: Kimberley Smuts     7th October 2016 Polyvinyl chloride (PVC) and high-density polyethylene water reticulation and drainage pipe and fitting systems manufacturer DPI Plastics warns that the South African market needs to be aware of the differences between PVC sewer fittings and polypropylene (PP) sewer fittings, as a fitting... 

New pipe and flow calculator app to allow for accelerated pipe design

By: Mia Breytenbach     23rd September 2016 In enabling future generation customers to be part of the smartphone and digital application (app) future, pipes manufacturer DPI Plastics is developing its own internal pipeline design and flow calculator app to assist design, consulting and civil engineers in designing, implementing new and/or... 

New pipe and flow calculator app to allow for  accelerated pipe design
ONGOING INVESTMENT To boost the quality and productivity DPI Plastics has invested in an ongoing mould replacement programme at its Roodekop manufacturing facility

International interest in small SA firm’s inspection robot

By: Keith Campbell     15th July 2016 Barely launched on to the market, a South African designed and developed inspection robot has already won local orders and attracted international interest, with potential overseas clients set to come to this country to examine it. The machine is the Ryonic Modular Inspection System, or RMIS,... 

New header designs to be showcased at Power-Gen Africa

By: Robyn Wilkinson     8th July 2016 Engineering, manufacturing, construction and maintenance services provider Steinmüller Africa will showcase two header models at this year’s Power-Gen Africa event, which will be held at the Sandton Convention Centre from July 19 to 21. 

New header designs  to be showcased at  Power-Gen Africa
FLUCTUATING COAL QUALITY Steinmüller Africa has been investigating the impact of varying coal quality on boiler operations at Hendrina power station

More support needed for local steel industry

By: Robyn Wilkinson     1st July 2016 While government has increased import tariffs to protect the local steel market from low-cost Chinese imports, steel products manufacturer and supplier LionSteel CFO Pierre Willemse believes that more needs to be done to support the South African steel market. 

More support needed for local steel industry
SUCCESSFUL ACQUISITION LionSteel CFO Pierre Willemse and Captial Star Steel CEO David Scheepers at the Capital Star Steel mill in Mozambique
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