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Pipes & Tubes News

Application emphasised for efficient use

     24th June 2016 Hose and coupling products manufacturer and supplier of Dixon Group Europe, based in the north-west of England, points out that when industrial hose and couplings are properly specified for the task, these assemblies perform their function flawlessly. However, the company warns that potential... 

Company’s new design opens more doors for pipe manufacturers

By: Sascha Solomons     24th June 2016 Amid government spend on big water projects and the ongoing, urgent need for water infrastructure development, pipes manufacturer DPI Plastics’ latest addition to its existing 630-mm-diameter range, the new 630 Class 16 modified polyvinyl chloride (mPVC) pipe, has enabled the company to make... 

Confusion regarding certification explained

     24th June 2016 Owing to the confusion within municipalities and the general public regarding the meaning of a certification body within the pipes industry,  Southern African Plastic Pipe Manufacturers Association CEO Jan Venter highlights the misperceptions by explaining the differences between the South... 

Confusion regarding  certification explained
JAN VENTER Most of the pipes specifications are now done by SANS and are either nationally developed or adopted from International Organisation for Standardization standards

Damage to tube and pipe weld purging systems eliminated

     24th June 2016 Welding metallurgy and gas physics specialists Huntingdon Fusion Techniques (HFT) have designed Argweld heat resistant covers to eliminate damaging or bursting inflatable dams on tube and pipe weld purging systems owing to exposure to high temperatures. HFT distributor support Luke Keane notes... 

Damage to tube and pipe weld purging systems eliminated
HEAT RESISTANT COVERS Eliminate damaging or bursting inflatable dams on tube and pipe weld purging systems

Ensuring relevancy by remaining competitive

By: Sascha Solomons     24th June 2016 Apart from being heavily committed to educating various industries on the benefits of using high-quality branded and approved products, engineering supplies specialist Incledon also strives to remain abreast of the latest trends and developments in the industry by remaining competitive. Incledon... 

Ensuring relevancy by remaining competitive
LEADING EDGE Represents the top brands, the longevity of the company, and the active role it assumes in the industry

Innovative technology boosts productivity and job site safety

By: Sascha Solomons     24th June 2016 Mechanical pipe manufacturer Victaulic has introduced the FireLock Installation-Ready Fittings system to the pipe and fire protection industry, which reduces installation time and job site inventory, boosting productivity and safety. Victaulic Africa regional manager Barry van Jaarsveld asserts... 

Innovative technology boosts productivity  and job site safety
FIRELOCK INSTALLATION-READY Reduces installation time and job site inventory, boosting productivity and safety

International company sees local potential

     24th June 2016 Earlier this year Reelcare was proud to announce the expansion of its successful UK business as the company now have an operation based in South Africa. The company has set up its hose and cable reel business in a fully stocked warehouse facility located in Wadeville in Gauteng. Reelcare sales... 

New technology tailored to clients’ needs

     24th June 2016 Tailored fluid solutions and line systems hose components supplier ContiTech has developed a high-temperature Conti Excelsus hose with external reinforcement which can be precisely tailored to relevant applications.  ContiTech explains that flexibility allows the new Conti Excelsus... 

No-dig pipeline renovations an efficient alternative

By: Sascha Solomons     24th June 2016 Needle punch products manufacturer Fibertex asserts that the Fibertex KAVI felts, which is a textile that is produced by matting, condensing and pressing fibres together, has numerous advantages over conventional open trench pipe repair procedures. Fibertex South Africa business development... 

No-dig pipeline renovations an efficient alternative
FIBERTEX KAVI FELTS Manufactured from polyester fibres, which form the basis for effective coating, and installation of cured-in-place pipe

Stringent specs for plastic pipes in gas pipelines

     24th June 2016 South Africa’s gas industry is on the cusp of great growth and expansion in light of a potential global oversupply of shale gas. As a result, local plastic pipe manufacturers have to ensure that the pipes used in gas pipelines have been manufactured according to stringent specifications and... 

Stringent specs  for plastic pipes  in gas pipelines
HDPE High-density polyethylene pipes are widely used for the distribution of natural gas

Piping fabricators assist in Sasol projects

By: Nadine James     17th June 2016 Pressure vessels and piping fabrication specialists and construction fabrication consortium Hydra Arc Group, is one of the subcontractors assisting with the construction of an air separation unit for energy and chemicals company Sasol. The project’s main contractor, multinational gas and services... 

Piping fabricators  assist in Sasol projects
D DAY Hydra Arc delivered preassembled plant modules to Sasol’s Secunda complex for the Coal Tar Filtration East project

Pipes manufacturers take on SABS over unfulfilled mandate 

By: Samantha Herbst     6th May 2016 The Southern African Plastic Pipe Manufacturers Association (Sappma) has taken legal action against the South African Bureau of Standards (SABS) to address the standards body’s alleged failure to perform in terms of its mandate and to meet its obligations, as prescribed in the Standards Act.... 

Pipes manufacturers take on SABS over unfulfilled mandate

Sewage pipes company joins Sappma

     22nd April 2016 Supply and installation specialists plastic pipe manufacturer Pexmart, which manufactures pipes of between 20 mm and 800 mm and fits high-density polyethylene (HDPE) pipes for the water, sewage and industrial pipes industries has joined the Southern African Plastic Pipe Manufacturer’s Association... 

Sewage pipes company joins Sappma
NEW MEMBERS Close to 90% of all plastic pipes produced in South Africa are now represented by Sappma

Current trends shift company’s focus to IPPs

By: Simon Sonnekus     15th April 2016 Current market conditions and trends within the power sector have enabled heat exchanger supplier Kelvion to focus on supplying replacement heat exchange equipment and maintenance products within the existing power plant installed base as well as focusing on independent power producers (IPPs),... 

AMSA insists market changes, not protection behind April steel hikes 

By: Terence Creamer     16th March 2016 Steel producer ArcelorMittal South Africa (AMSA) informed its customers this week that it would be increasing prices on a range of steel products by up to 11% from April 1, but the JSE-listed group insisted that the hikes had nothing to do with recent increases in tariff protection from 0% to 10%... 

AMSA insists market changes, not protection behind April steel hikes

SA company supplies urethane product to Moroccan project   

By: Kimberley Smuts     12th February 2016 South Africa-based polyurethane manufacturing company Urethane Moulded Products (UMP) successfully completed and supplied polyurethane lining for the Jorf Lasfar slurry pipeline project in Morocco. The project won best project in the International Projects Category at the South African... 

SA company supplies urethane  product to Moroccan project
Pipeline service specialists Aptec explains and highlights the details surrounding the Aptec Sure-Liner pipe lining system.

Association pushes for water-saving solutions using plastic pipes  

By: Malusi Mkhize     15th January 2016 The Southern African Plastic Pipe Manufacturers Associations (Sappma) has been pushing for long-term water-saving solutions over the past four years through its promoting that the existing water pipeline network infrastructure, which comprises old cement, steel and asbestos pipes should be... 

Association pushes for water-saving solutions using plastic pipes
WATER PIPELINE UPGRADING PVC and HDPE pipes provide long-term water-saving solutions, reducing the impact of insufficient rainfall

Equipment suppliers bring tube-bending tech to local market

     15th January 2016 Local industrial equipment, electrical and mechanical components supplier Elquip Solutions together with Taiwanese manufacturer YLM, is bringing the best in global tube-bending technology to the local industry. YLM is a specialised computer numeric control (CNC) and conventional tube, pipe... 

Manufacturer partners with industry bodies to improve standardisation

By: Malusi Mkhize     15th January 2016 Most of the South African national standards for plastic pipe manufacturing are considerably outdated, which is why plastic pipes manufacturer Marley Pipe Systems has decided to partner with key organisations in South Africa to assist in formulating the manufacturing standards specific to the... 

Manufacturer partners with industry bodies to  improve standardisation
QUALITY PIPING Marley Pipes is playing an integral role in trying to improve manufacturing standards in the plastic pipe industry

New HDPE coupling joins pipes in seconds

     15th January 2016 Mechanical pipe joining systems producer Victaulic has launched the Style 905 Refuse-to-Fuse high-density polyethylene pipe (HDPE) coupling. The new installation-ready coupling, launched locally in November installs up to ten times faster than traditional fusing systems and is installed with an... 

New HDPE coupling joins pipes in seconds
QUICK JOIN The Style 905 Refuse-to-Fuse coupling joins high-density polyethylene in seconds

Pipe manufacturing body looks into independent mark scheme

By: Malusi Mkhize     15th January 2016 Representative body of the precast concrete industry the Concrete Manufacturers Association (CMA) says, it has decided to investigate the possibility of starting an independent mark scheme for its members in response to their battling to renew their South African Bureau of Standards (SABS) marks... 

Pipe manufacturing body looks  into independent mark scheme
Photo by Bloomberg
MARK OF APPROVAL The Concrete Manufacturers Association's proposed independent mark scheme could alleviate SABS mark renewal woes for concrete pipe manufacturers

Piping systems provider offers comprehensive HDPE solution

By: Malusi Mkhize     15th January 2016 Over the past three years, piping systems provider Sinvac Piping has emerged as a ‘one-stop-shop’ for all high-density polyethylene (HDPE) piping solutions, which has provided the South African piping manufacturing company a significant competitive advantage over other manufacturers in the... 

Piping systems provider  offers comprehensive HDPE solution
HDPE PIPING SOLUTIONS Sinvac Piping supplies its HDPE products and services to the market through a number of distribution channels

Free State gas to be used soon for transporting miners, school children 

By: Terence Creamer     23rd November 2015 Alternative energy investment holding company Renergen expects its natural gas venture in the Free State to begin producing revenues during early 2016 when a bus company starts using its gas to operate a new fleet of compressed natural gas (CNG) vehicles, which will be used to transport miners... 

Free State gas to be used soon for transporting miners, school children
Drilling under way on the Free State property

BIM enhances HVAC installations

By: Dylan Stewart     18th September 2015 Building information modelling (BIM) enables quicker, more economical and more sustainable installation of heating, cooling and ventilation (HVAC) systems, says mechanical pipe-joining service provider Victaulic, which has helped in the BIM stage of development of numerous projects, including the... 

BIM enhances  HVAC installations
INTERSECTING EXPERTISE BIM promotes collaboration between architects, engineers, contractors and owners

End-to-end operation optimises all chilled water plant components

By: Dylan Stewart     18th September 2015 Up to 40% of the energy consumed by a building’s cooling system can be saved by designing an end-to-end solution that monitors, controls and operates all the components of the system, says Johnson Controls Building Efficiency Africa GM Neil Cameron. 

End-to-end operation  optimises all chilled  water plant components
NEIL CAMERON Johnson Controls aims to question the practicality of most cooling systems

New pipes manufacturing facility to be completed by year-end

By: Kimberley Smuts     20th July 2015 Sasolburg-based pipes manufacturer Africa Pipe Industries (API), which supplies helical welded pipes used in the water and oil and gas industries, has started the construction phase of a new manufacturing facility in Mokopane, Limpopo. API sales and marketing director Jan Jansen van Niewenhuizen... 

New pipes manufacturing facility to be completed by year-end

Engineering specialist supplies pipes to Engen

     26th June 2015 The stability of fuel supply in Southern Africa is set to increase significantly, following the completion of petrochemicals company Engen’s depot terminal upgrade project, which involved connecting a pipeline from the Engen depot in Beira, Mozambique to the Companhia Do Pipeline... 

Engineering specialist  supplies pipes to Engen
PIPING INFRASTRUCTURE Incledon was contracted to supply a range of products to Engen’s depot terminal upgrade project

Glass-reinforced plastic pipes ensure prolonged life span

     26th June 2015 Abrasion-resistant pipes made from glass-reinforced plastic (GRP), can prolong a piping system’s life span in many high-abrasion piping applications, most notably slurry pumping, says evaporative water cooling company and GRP solutions provider Industrial Water Cooling (IWC). 

Glass-reinforced plastic pipes ensure prolonged life span
GLASS-REINFORCED PLASTIC Pipes made from glass-reinforced plastic can be designed to withstand abrasion that occurs externally

Manufacturer upgrades municipal sewerage line with PVC pipes

     26th June 2015 A comprehensive range of Durodrain unplasticised polyvinyl chloride (uPVC) pipes valued at R4.4-million have been supplied by water reticulation, drainage pipe and fitting systems manufacturer DPI Plastics to the City of Matlosana, in the North West, for its R16-million sewerage upgrade project. 

Manufacturer upgrades municipal sewerage line with PVC pipes
Photo by Duane Daws
SUPERIOR MATERIAL Polyvinyl chloride is a more cost effective material with a longer life expectancy compared with industry standard steel, concrete and high-density polyethylene

Pipe oversupply creates fierce competitiveness

By: Dylan Slater     26th June 2015 A current oversupply of high-density polyethylene (HDPE) pipes in the domestic and export markets is leading to fierce competition between local suppliers and manufacturers, says Pretoria-based plastic pipes manufacturer Pipeflo. 

Pipe oversupply creates  fierce competitiveness
OVERSUPPLY ISSUE If demand continues to be unfavourable, the sustainability of manufacturers will be under pressure

Pipes manufacturer guarantees void-free HDPE fittings

     26th June 2015 Driven by the need to provide a holistic quality piping solution, plastic pipes manufacturer Marley Pipe Systems is focusing on the manufacture, supply and guarantee of void-free fabricated high-density polyethylene (HDPE) fittings. 

Pipes manufacturer  guarantees void-free  HDPE fittings
Photo by Duane Daws
VOID-FREE FITINGS Void-free fittings are essential in complex piping systems

Study finds plastic pipes have lowest environmental impact, energy costs

     26th June 2015 When comparing manufacturing costs, long-term maintenance, transportation costs and recyclability of various piping systems, plastic pipes have come out on top, according to a recent study conducted by the Southern African Plastic Pipe Manufacturers Association’s (Sappma’s) technical committee. 

Study finds plastic pipes  have lowest environmental  impact, energy costs
RECYCLING POTENTIAL Plastic pipes are being recycled on a large scale because of the high value of polymer used in the manufacturing process

Large stainless steel localisation potential in power generation industry

By: Dylan Slater     29th May 2015 The production of specialised products, such as stainless steel heat-exchanger tubing, for the industrial power generation industry could hold significant benefits for local stainless steel manufacturer Fischer South Africa (SA). 

Large stainless steel localisation  potential in power generation industry
MARKET POTENTIAL Fischer SA will receive an additional tube mill by 2016 to complement the current five mills at its Centurion-based factory

Manufacturer looking to open plant in South Africa

By: Pimani Baloyi     8th May 2015 Chinese pipes and valves manufacturer Youfumi Valve and Pipe (Youfumi), which will showcase its products to the Southern African market at the 2015 South Africa Industrial and Technology Fair (Indutec), tells Engineering News that plans to investigate the viability of opening a manufacturing... 

Manufacturer looking to open plant in South Africa
LOCAL BASE Youfumi is focused on finding ways to grow its market share in Southern Africa

Flexible pulsation dampener to reduce pump noise and vibration

     20th March 2015 Heavy-duty industrial valve manufacturing and services provider Flowrox has launched the Flowrox Expulse flexible pulsation dampener, which is designed to assist during pump and dampener maintenance by reducing noise and vibration, which can lead to pipe damage that can cause breakage and incur... 

Flexible pulsation  dampener to reduce  pump noise and vibration
ENERGY EFFICIENCY The Expulse dampener can reduce energy consumption in an operation by up to 10%

Polysulfone paddle to monitor flow in larger pipe sizes

     20th March 2015 Germany-based technology company Kobold Instrumentation has manufactured a polysulfone paddle switch (PPS) that can monitor flow for nominal pipe sizes greater than NW 32. Kobold develops, manufactures and sells instruments for monitoring, measuring and regulating the physical quantities of flow,... 

Polysulfone paddle to monitor flow in larger pipe sizes
FLOW MONITORING The paddle switch is made from polysulfone, a thermoplastic polymer known for toughness and stability at high temperatures and reducing maintenance

Plastics manufacturer publishes guide on pipe pressure testing

By: Dylan Stewart     6th March 2015 Identifying a need to clarify the South African National Standards (SANS) organisation’s SANS 2001 pressure test regulations, plastic pipes manufacturer DPI Plastics in 2014 developed and published a guide on how to conduct the pressure testing of pipes. 

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