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Pipes & Tubes News

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... 

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... 

African market helping local pipe manufacturer recover  

By: Pimani Baloyi     17th January 2014 South African plastic pipe manufacturer Pipeflo has been expanding its presence in the African market to recover from the financial downturn that resulted from the high incidence of labour unrest in the mining industry in 2012, which has been recurring since, company founder and director Stefanus... 

African market  helping local pipe  manufacturer  recover
Pipeflo business manager Lizl du Preez discusses the effects of the Marikana tragedy on the pipes industry.

Lining manufacturer expands factory, targets export markets 

By: Schalk Burger     6th December 2013 Local engineering company and polyurethane lining manufacturer UMP has invested R12-million to double the size of its factory, in Edenvale, east of Johannesburg, and is poised to increase its supply to African and international markets, says UMP director Trevor Carolin. It expanded its urethane... 

Lining manufacturer expands factory, targets export markets
UMP director Trevor Carolin discusses the company's recent factory expansion and future growth.

Expansion in line with customer demand

By: Zandile Mavuso     25th October 2013 Secunda-based process engineering company CDE Process built a new drafting and piping department in the first quarter of 2013, which is expected to be fully operational by the end of October. 

Nearly 5 000 leaks found

By: Carina Borralho     11th October 2013 Engineering and contracting firm Bosch Munitech has located 4 497 leaks in 3 395 km of pipe reticulation, which it surveyed for eThekwini Water and Sanitation (EWS), after being awarded a R7.5-million leak-detection project that will result in the company surveying about 5 000 km of water mains... 

SA agency on high space-weather alert as current solar cycle nears peak

By: Joanne Taylor     11th October 2013 Space weather has the capacity to have disastrous effects on space and earth based technology infrastructure – from information and communication technology to electrical power distribution systems. 

SA agency on high space-weather alert as current solar cycle nears peak

Strong planning and management urged as SA begins to come to terms with its water scarcity

By: Joanne Taylor     23rd August 2013 It is common cause that South Africa is facing various challenges with regard to its water resources and the management thereof. It is also well recognised that South Africa needs to intensify its efforts to protect its already limited water resources and materially improve the efficiency of... 

Strong planning and management urged as SA begins to come to terms with its water scarcity

Course aims to upgrade skills of horizontal directional drillers

By: Joanne Taylor     9th August 2013 A horizontal directional drill (HDD) operator management course has been developed to improve the skills and safety of operators in the field, as this method is becoming increasingly popular in built-up environments. 

Course aims to upgrade skills of horizontal directional drillers
HORIZONTAL DIRECTIONAL DRILLING This method is becoming the preferred way of laying pipes, conduits and cables

Emergency R52m pipeline comes to the rescue in water crisis

By: Zandile Mavuso     2nd August 2013 A 14 km, R52-million temporary, emergency bulk raw water pipeline, commissioned in Ermelo in June, was supplied with R12-million of high-density polyethylene (HDPE) piping, steel fittings and valves from fluid conveyance and pumping solutions provider Incledon. 

Product for joining small-diameter piping systems

2nd August 2013 Mechanical pipe-joining systems company Victaulic has introduced to the market Vic-Press, a press system that joins pipe in a matter of seconds, providing an industrial-grade solution for quick and reliable joining of small-diameter piping systems. 

Pipe-lining trial completed successfully in Australia

2nd August 2013 The trial, completed in February, took place at the Sonoma coal mine about 6 km south of Collinsville at the northern end of the Bowen basin, in Queensland, Australia. The mine produces high-quality coking and thermal coal, states FLSmidth Ludowici. 

Major contract for CrC pipe lining awarded

By: Zandile Mavuso     2nd August 2013 Long-life liner manufacturer Rio-Carb received a large order in June for 190-mm- to 2 m-diameter chromium carbide (CrC) lined dust extraction ducting for a BHP Billiton plant from air pollution control specialist Genair Pollution Projects, the main design and installation contractor of the project. 

Pipe lining solution protects against wear, reduces downtime

By: Zandile Mavuso     2nd August 2013 Engineers are moving away from using traditional rubber-lined steel pipes towards using linings that will reduce downtime and avoid plant abrasion through wear-protection products, such polyurethane wear solutions, polyurethane expert company UMP tells Engineering News. 

Govt’s infrastructure expansion plan for water supply, sanitation delayed – Sappma

By: Zandile Mavuso     2nd August 2013 Government’s delivery of basic water supply and sanitation services to all South Africans by 2014 seems to be delayed, says the South African Plastic Pipes Manufacturers Association (Sappma). 

Govt’s infrastructure expansion plan for water supply, sanitation delayed – Sappma
SUPPLY CAPACITYThe plastic pipes industry is well developed and capable of handling much higher volumes of work than disclosed by government as it boasts about R3-billion in output sales a year

Pipe diameters available in Africa for first time

By: Zandile Mavuso     2nd August 2013 Water reticulation and drainage pipe manufacturer DPI Plastics last month introduced its new range of 560-mm- and 630-mm-diameter polyvinyl chloride (PVC) pipes, the biggest PVC pipe sizes to be manufactured in Africa. 

Pipe diameters available  in Africa for first time
EXPANDING MARKETWith the larger diameter polyvinyl chloride (PVC) pipes range, DPI Plastics hopes to expand into the bulk water market and other markets that can benefit from using PVC pipes

First Tech moves into business rescue

By: Natasha Odendaal     15th July 2013 First Tech Group, the parent company of liquidated structural steel company Cosira, has started voluntary business rescue proceedings, after admitting in its application that the group was “financially distressed” and could not pay its debts. The 20-year-old company, which employed over 5 000... 

Measures taken to meet demand

By: Chantelle Kotze     12th July 2013 Sheet-metal component manufacturer Fabrinox will take receipt of the last of three newly acquired pieces of machinery no later than mid-August, as part of an equipment investment programme to increase its manufacturing capacity, MD Andre Visser tells Engineering News. 

Major distributor and processor of precision metal flanges

12th July 2013 Located in Roodekop, Germiston, Macsteel Flanges is a leading manufacturer and importer of metal flanges in Southern Africa. Equipped with one of the most advanced and sophisticated flange manufacturing plants, it produces pipe flanges to the highest tolerances and international standards.... 

Fair to highlight technological advancements 

By: Ilan Solomons     3rd May 2013 The Southern African Plastic Pipe Manufacturers Association (SAPPMA) chairperson Jan Venter tells Engineering News he is confident that the South African Industry and Technology Fair (Indutec) 2013 will bring exposure for new technologies that can boost food production, improve infrastructure,... 

Alternative material available for compressor air-line installations in food industry

By: Yolandi Booyens     8th March 2013 Industrial project management and installation company Ocean 24 aims to introduce its PlomyClick piping solution onto the food and beverage market this month by demonstrating the product’s antibacterial advantages to manufacturers in the industry, states Ocean 24 project estimator Colin Rothery.... 

Firm punts piping alternative for compressed-air market

By: Joanne Taylor     25th January 2013 Industrial project management and installation company Ocean24 has pioneered the use of poly-ethylene multilayer (PLOMYclick) piping in replacing galvanised material for compressor and airline pipelines. 

Plastic pipe production capacity exceeds demand

By: Gia Costella     18th January 2013 The plastic pipe manufacturing sector is feeling the economic pinch, with domestic plastic pipe production capacity outweighing demand, says Southern African Plastic Pipe Manufacturers Association (Sappma) chairperson Jan Venter. “This is both ironic and concerning, as existing steel and asbestos... 

Solutions provider supplies pipes for Mpumalanga water project

By: Gia Costella     18th January 2013 Fluid conveyance and pumping solutions provider Incledon has supplied more than 15 km of ductile iron and polyvinyl chloride (PVC) piping products for the R41-million Mbuzini bulk water augmentation scheme, in Mpumalanga.   

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