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Pipes & Tubes News

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. 

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

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

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

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. 

Ressano Garcia’s gas-to-power capacity rises to 400 MW as loop-line is completed

By: Terence Creamer     5th March 2015 The $200-million ‘loop line 1’ project to expand the capacity of the gas pipeline from Mozambique to South Africa has been completed, the Republic of Mozambique Pipeline Investments Company (Rompco) has confirmed. Rompco is the gas transport joint venture set up in 2004 by JSE-listed energy and... 

Ressano Garcia’s gas-to-power capacity rises to 400 MW as loop-line is completed

AMSA furnace downcomer replaced in 14 days

     27th February 2015 Fabrication, refurbishment and engineered solutions provider DCD Venco helped prevent further delays on the Blast Furnace N5 Reline Project at steel giant ArcelorMittal South Africa’s (AMSA’s) Newcastle Works facility in KwaZulu-Natal, in August last year, after it remanufactured a new 45-m-long,... 

New technology used to restore damaged pipes

By: Sashnee Moodley     6th February 2015 Innovative technology has successfully been used in a rehabilitation project by pipe relining solutions provider Water Damage Services to restore corroded pipes at the Good Hope Centre, in Cape Town. 

Tooling company focuses on culture adaptation to localise its business globally

By: Zandile Mavuso     30th January 2015 Considering culture differences is critical when trying to localise company machine tools and company divisions to suite different regions, states engineering and machine tools manufacturer Fatek marketing manager Matt Yen. 

Deadline for heavy-metal-free PVC pipes approaches

By: Ilan Solomons     16th January 2015 Local manufacturers of polyvinyl chloride (PVC) pipes have only six months left to ensure that their products are compliant with provider of standards, management systems, business improvement and regulatory approval information the South African Bureau of Standards (SABS) ruling that all locally... 

Deadline for heavy-metal-free PVC pipes approaches
PENALTIES FOR NONCOMPLIANCE Companies found to be noncompliant could have steps taken against them by the South African Bureau of Standards

Company focused on African expansion plan

By: Ilan Solomons     16th January 2015 Hose and tubing products manufacturer Reinforced Hosing (REH) aims for Africa to account for about 30% of the company’s sales over the next three to five years, particularly as it forsees a stagnation of the South African market over this period, owing to the weak economic climate. REH MD Gavin... 

Company focused on African expansion plan
ZEROING IN ON ZIMBABWE Reinforced Hosing is finalising plans to open a product depot in Harare, Zimbabwe, in this quarter

Tubing supplier diversifies product offering

By: Ilan Solomons     16th January 2015 A range of antimicrobial copper products, including shower mats, toilet seats and light switches, as well as plug covers, has been developed by copper products manufacturer Copper Tubing Africa (CTA), particularly for use in hospitals, gyms and mine-site shower facilities. CTA MD Mark Wynn tells... 

Tubing supplier diversifies product offering
COPPER-TUBING ALTERNATIVES Copper Tubing Africa will officially launch the product range, which is made out of 99% pure copper, during the first half of 2015

Investment pays dividends for piping producer

By: Ilan Solomons     16th January 2015 Plastic piping solutions provider Marley Pipe Systems, a member of global plastic fluid handling systems manufacturer and distributor Aliaxis Group, invested in excess of R100-million to upgrade and rehabilitate operations at its Rosslyn manufacturing facility, in Tshwane. In February 2013,... 

Investment pays  dividends for piping  producer
MARLEY PIPE SYSTEM ROSSLYN FACILITY The facility employs about 200 employees and can manufacture in excess of 2 000 t/m of pipes using its state-of-the-art production lines

Association hosts successful conference, plans for next one

By: Ilan Solomons     16th January 2015 Following the successful running of the Pipes VIII conference, hosted by industry body the Southern African Plastic Pipe Manufacturers Association (Sappma) at the Bytes Conference Centre in Midrand, in September last year, the association has started planning its Pipes IX conference, which is... 

Association hosts successful conference, plans for next one
INDUSTRY ORIENTATED The Southern African Plastic Pipe Manufacturers Association’s conferences are tailored for consulting engineers, specifiers, installers and contractors

AGM injects new blood into body’s board of directors

By: Ilan Solomons     16th January 2015 In October, industry body the Southern African Plastic Pipe Manufacturers Association (Sappma) announced changes to its board of directors as well as the winners of its 2014 Merit Awards. The announcement was made during Sappma’s tenth annual general meeting (AGM), which was held in Midrand, in... 

AGM injects new blood into body’s board of directors
BOARD OF DIRECTORS Jan Venter, Hein Momberg, Toney Dean, Gerhard Kotzee and Ronnie Krüger

Pipes manufacturer enters into BEE deal

By: Sashnee Moodley     12th December 2014 Glass fibre reinforced pipes (GRP) manufacturer Fiberpipe recently entered into a black economic-empowerment (BEE) deal with a new BEE company to help grow the business.  

SPC opens R70m HDPE pipe manufacturing facility

By: Leandi Kolver     8th October 2014 Pipe manufacturer Southern Pipeline Contractors (SPC) on Wednesday officially opened its new R70-million high-density polyethylene (HDPE) pipe factory, on the East Rand, diversifying the company’s manufacturing capability. The facility, which became operational on August 28 following an... 

SPC opens R70m HDPE pipe manufacturing facility

Marley Pipe Systems

     1st August 2014 Marley Pipe Systems is the leading manufacturer and supplier of plastic pipe systems, serving the needs of the mining and industrial segment with superior quality products and turnkey solutions to improve efficiency, solve key industry challenges, and ensure safe and sustainable operation in a... 

Marley  Pipe Systems

Company offers hydrostatic testers guide

     1st August 2014 Pump specialist Australian Pump Industries announced in May that it offers a simple guide for the use of hydrostatic testers, which it makes available free of charge. Locating leaks and proof-testing gas and oil pipelines is made easier with portable hydrostatic testers, says the company. 

Durban pipeline project still on track for completion in 2017

By: Mia Breytenbach     13th June 2014 Municipal water and sanitation services eThekwini Water and Sanitation (EWS) says construction of the Northern Aqueduct Augmentation, which forms part of the eThekwini strategic master plan to deal with the increasing demand for water in the northern regions of Durban, in KwaZulu-Natal, is still... 

Durban pipeline project still on track for completion in 2017
WATER WAY The R150-million first phase of the Northern Aqueduct project is scheduled for completion in the third quarter of 2015

Pipe joining suitable for difficult terrain

     30th May 2014 A Sedibeng Water Board pipeline installation is set to become the benchmark for rapid and robust piping installations for municipal water supplies and similar applications in South Africa, says developer and producer of mechanical pipe joining systems Victaulic. After the discovery of leakages in... 

Plastic piping perfect for water systems

By: Carina Borralho     30th May 2014 In light of looming water scarcity in South Africa, plastic-piping solutions provider Marley Pipe Systems is constantly exploring ways of conserving water, wherever possible. “In South Africa, excess rain can cause floods on roads and in certain low-lying areas. Attenuation is carried out when... 

Technology can solve South Africa’s water problems  

By: Carina Borralho     30th May 2014 In addition to a possible water shortage predicted by 2020, South Africa’s water problems are being exacerbated by other challenges, such as leaking pipes, ageing infrastructure and poor municipal administration, resulting in billions of public funds being wasted every year, says consulting... 

Technology can solve South Africa’s water problems
WRP MD Ronnie McKenzie discusses M2M applications.

Mid-2017 clean fuels compliance deadline ‘off the table’ 

By: Terence Creamer     6th May 2014 The South African Petroleum Industry Association (Sapia) has confirmed that government has communicated a delay to the July 1, 2017 compliance date for the introduction on new cleaner fuels standards, owing to a lack of finality relating to the cost-recovery mechanism. However, details of a new... 

Mid-2017 clean fuels compliance deadline ‘off the table’
Sapref's Clean Fuels project will be realigned with the revised legislative timeline

PVC pipes must be heavy metal free by 2015 – SABS

By: Sashnee Moodley     28th February 2014 The South African Bureau of Standards (SABS) announced last month that all locally manufactured polyvinyl chloride (PVC) pipes would have to be free of heavy metals by July 2015.  

High-density polyethylene pipes supplier bullish on municipal orders

By: Zandile Mavuso     21st February 2014 Following its success in completing the supply of a R4.3-million, high-density polyethylene (HDPE) pipeline in Vosloorus, Gauteng, fluid conveyance products and solutions company Incledon says its increasingly confident that HDPE pipes are poised to play a more significant role in the domestic... 

High-density polyethylene  pipes supplier bullish on  municipal orders
PIPE IN TRENCH The 12-m-long pipes were delivered directly at the installation site where a professional welding contractor welded and installed the pipes on site.

MoU to highlight need for engineers in pipes and plastics industry

By: Leandi Kolver     31st January 2014 The Southern African Plastic Pipe Manufacturers Association (Sappma) on Friday signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the South African Institution of Civil Engineering (Saice) aimed at increasing cooperation between the two entities. With Saice’s backing, owing to the MoU, Sappma would... 

MoU to highlight need for engineers in pipes and plastics industry

South Africa warms to the use of gas energy

By: Pimani Baloyi     17th January 2014 South Africa has reached a state of sophistication in using gas as an alternative to using electricity as a source of energy for domestic use in residential developments, says local pipe manufacturer Marley Pipe Systems. The company was recently awarded a long-term contract by environment... 

Pipe fittings improved to increase service life span

By: Pimani Baloyi     17th January 2014 Mechanical pipe-joining systems manufacturer Victaulic says the launch of its Extended Life (XL) fittings and couplings range, in October 2013, offers greater longevity than ever before. “The fittings have an extra 6.4 mm of lining, which extends the service life by up to three times, compared... 

Company delivers drainage system to Sierra Leone mine

     17th January 2014 UK-based pipe manufacturer Polypipe has supplied over 4 000 m of 300 mm perforated twinwall pipes for the construction of a drainage system at African Minerals’ Tonkolili iron-ore mine, in Sierra Leone. The mine presents one of the largest iron-ore resources in the world and contributes... 

Partnership to support training and skills development

By: Pimani Baloyi     17th January 2014 South African plastic pipe industry facilitator, the Southern African Plastic Pipe Manufacturers Association (Sappma) has signed a memorandum of uderstanding (MoU) in November 2013 with the South African Institution of Civil Engineering (Saice) to expand its reach to the new generation of... 

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