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Pipes & Tubes News

Steel fabricator accelerates welder training programme

By: Schalk Burger     31st August 2012 Local steel fabricator Carbon Steel Fabricators (CSF) has trained 45 welders in its newly opened welding training facility, in Vanderbijlpark, and aims to train welders from all its sister companies under industrial holding company VBV Holdings, says CSF GM Duncan Viljoen. 

High-quality hoses vital for fire protection

By: Sashnee Moodley     3rd August 2012 The quality of fire protection equipment is important, as it is designed to save lives and protect property, emphasises fire protection equipment supplier Centa Group chairperson Duncan Boyes. He adds that inferior-quality fire protection equipment is simply not effective in an emergency situation. 

Imports of cheap hose, fittings detrimental to industry

By: Sashnee Moodley     3rd August 2012 The vast hose industry, which comprises both small and significant players, is undergoing a phase of consolidation, says specialised hose and coupling supplier Jachris COO Warwick Bouwer. 

Insulation specialist introduces new developments to SA

By: Gia Costella     3rd August 2012 Hot and cold insulation specialist IPC Industries has started manufacturing prefabricated dome heads for vessels from rigid polyurethane foam (PIC), which it says is faster, compared with the materials previously used. The company focuses on developing new products and technologies from four core... 

Midrand stormwater piping installation progressing

By: Sashnee Moodley     3rd August 2012 One of the largest infrastructure developments in Gauteng, Waterfall City, has been supplied with 1 900 t of precast concrete stormwater pipes by precast concrete specialist Rocla to drain the area. 

Quality of pipes, regulation of industry important – industry body

By: Sashnee Moodley     3rd August 2012 While national standards are sufficient to ensure the quality of pipelines, the regulating thereof could be improved, the Southern African Plastic Pipe Manufacturers Association (Sappma) reports. 

Service delivery improved – pipe manufacturer

By: Sashnee Moodley     3rd August 2012 Since March, there has been an increase in the delivery of basic services in some of the provinces of South Africa, with various water projects being undertaken, reports steel tube and pipe manufacturer Robor Pipe Systems sales director Gavin Fait.  

Successful slurry pipeline projects for gold, copper mines

By: Sashnee Moodley     3rd August 2012 Fluid conveyance firm Rare Group has supplied and installed 11 762 m of 450 nominal bore (NB) and 600 NB pipelines for two mining projects in Africa. 

Technology for high-frequency tube, pipe welding

By: Sashnee Moodley     3rd August 2012 Manufacturer of high-quality tube and pipe production equipment Thermatool Corporation has announced the release of its HAZControl technology for high-frequency tube and pipe welding. 

Pumpmaker’s academy hosts class of 2012 graduation

By: Nomvelo Buthelezi     29th June 2012 Multinational pump manufacturer Grundfos South Africa recently held a graduation ceremony for the class of 2012 that has completed the six-month full-time course.  

New insulation technology for offshore oil and gas

     15th June 2012 New technology, engineered to withstand harsh conditions encountered in subsea oil production, has been developed by oil and gas firm Dow Oil & Gas. 

Composites to gradually replace traditional materials

By: Reggie Sikhakhane     8th June 2012 The global composites industry is expected to grow significantly over the next decade owing to the materials’ advantageous properties, compared with that of traditional materials, pipe manufacturer and systems solutions provider Fiberpipe MD Hein Momberg tells Engineering News. 

Construction starts on ORWRDP phases

By: Leandi Kolver     1st June 2012 Construction activities for the R1.2-billion Phases 2C and 2H of the Olifants River Water Resources Development Project (ORWRDP) are currently being undertaken by construction group Basil Read. 

Association says quality of locally made plastic pipes could be better 

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     2nd March 2012 The Southern African Plastic Pipe Manufacturers Association (Sappma) has found that the quality of plastic pipes manufactured in South Africa leaves room for improvement, despite the fact that many of the pipes carry the South African Bureau of Standards (SABS) mark of approval.  

Firm reports African hose bend milestone

By: Dimakatso Motau     10th February 2012 Slurry equipment solutions provider Weir Minerals Africa has just dispatched the biggest hose bend manufactured on the African continent — a 1 000 nominal bore (NB) hose weighing 1.4 t to a customer in Australia, and is currently working on an enquiry for an even bigger unit of 1 100 NB. 

Most urban South Africans confident about the safety of tap water 

By: Henry Lazenby     6th February 2012 Most South Africans living in urban areas believe that their tap water is safe to drink, a study commissioned by the Water Research Commission (WRC) and the South African Local Government Association (Salga) has found. The study, which investigated urban South Africans' perceptions of their... 

Company launches new hose options

     20th January 2012 Rubber products supplier Weir Minerals Linatex, a business unit within Weir Group, has launched two new hose products and one new product enhancement. 

Construction group exceeds pipe jacking project targets

     20th January 2012 JSE-listed civil engineering and construction group Esorfranki says it exceeded its pipejacking project targets for 2011. 

Demand for steel tube continues to grow

By: Sinette Goosen     20th January 2012 The global tube sector has, since 2010, recovered significantly from the economic downturn and, owing to the growing demand for gas as an energy source, the steel tube industry is experiencing positive momentum.  

Manufacturer streamlines business with management buyout, new factory

By: Sinette Goosen     20th January 2012 Local glass reinforced polyester (GRP) pipe and fitting manufacturer Fiberpipe says a successful management buyout (MBO) from Saudi Arabian pipe manufacturer Amiantit Company will streamline the business and enable it to grow its South African market share. 

SA manufacturer appoints new distributor

     20th January 2012 Steel pipe manufacturer Hall Longmore has appointed Dubai-based steel financing, trading and shipping company Unimet to distribute its range of large-bore steel pipes in the Middle East and West Africa. 

Steel tube, pipe industry recovered well, but imports a threat

By: Sinette Goosen     20th January 2012 The steel tube and pipes industry has recovered well from the 2008 economic recession and, overall, 2011 has been a good year for the industry, despite there being some overcapacity with imports from the Far East negatively impacting on the local market, reports the Association of Steel Tube and... 

TCTA calls for prequalification bids to build KZN water infrastructure

By: Henry Lazenby     9th January 2012 State-owned bulk water provider the Trans Caledon Tunnel Authority (TCTA) has invited companies to prequalify for the construction of a new 8.5 MW pump station and 14 km pipeline as part of the Mooi Mgeni Transfer Scheme Phase 2 (MMTS-2) project in the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands. The MMTS-2 involves... 

Supplier aims to continue improving BEE scorecard

By: Joanne Taylor     9th December 2011 Belting and hose supplier Belting Supply Services (BSS), a subsidiary of industrial products distributor Hudaco, is constantly striving to improve its black economic-empowerment (BEE) scorecard, says CEO Piet Swanepoel. 

Supplier has expanded since acquisition

By: Joanne Taylor     9th December 2011 Industrial consumables supplier Astore Africa has been able to expand its operations since industrial distributor Hudaco Industries acquired it in 2008, says Astore Africa MD Cindy Dixon. 

Grooved mechanical piping systems reduce noise, vibration

     7th October 2011 Traditional noise and vibration attenuation methods may be unnecessary for heating, ventilating and air-conditioning systems, as well as industrial utility piping and fire protection systems when using grooved mechanical piping systems. 

Innovative piping industry key to SA’s future growth

By: Dimakatso Motau     23rd September 2011 The need to focus on innovation in the piping industry is significant to ensure economic growth in any country. 

Investment enhances component maker’s pipe-bending capacity

By: Schalk Burger     19th August 2011 Manufacturer Smiths Manufacturing has enhanced the capacity of its Durban production facility by installing a high-performance tube-bending machine manufactured by Italy-based bending specialist Crippa, said Smiths Manufacturing project engineering manager Alain Lamusse. 

Company develops affordable compound liner-clad pipe range

     29th July 2011 Industrial large diameter pipe producer Erndtebrücker Eisenwerk (EEW) has, in a recent project with its research and development (R&D) team, been working on producing a new economic type of clad pipes, -the compound liner-clad (CLC) steel pipe.  

Company focuses on product expansion

By: Dimakatso Motau     29th July 2011 Steel distributor Alert Steel is focusing on diversifying its product range as part of a relaunch strategy that was introduced in June. 

Manufacturer invests in local manufacture of chromium carbide-lined pipes

By: Dimakatso Motau     29th July 2011 Chromium carbide- (CrC-) clad liner plate manufacturer Rio-Carb says it is focusing on distributing its range of abrasion-resistant CrC-lined pipes into the South African mining market. 

New high-density barricade offers durability during blasting

     29th July 2011 Diversified engineering company Unique Engineering has launched a new cost-effective blast barricade, which is constructed from extruded pipes, to compliment its superior virgin high-density polyethylene (HDPE) product. 

Significant pipe supply contract ongoing

By: Dimakatso Motau     29th July 2011 Polyvinyl chloride (PVC) pipe manufacturer DPI Plastics is supplying pipes for a significant water supply project in Hluhluwe, KwaZulu-Natal. 

Acquisition to increase manufacturer’s turnover 

By: Idéle Esterhuizen     8th July 2011 Local steel tube and pipe manufacturer Robor’s acquisition of Kulungile Metals Group’s (KMG’s) carbon steel division from investment company Blackstar Group will increase its annual turnover by at least one-third, says Robor CEO Gordon Gilmer. 

Forensically coded liquid used to deter criminals

     8th July 2011 UK-based risk management and crime prevention innovator SmartWater Technology has developed a forensically coded liquid technology, which can be used to trace an individual cable reel to its owner, ultimately, deterring criminals and reducing global cable theft. 

Three trade exhibitions to be hosted simultaneous in June

     27th May 2011 The simultaneous hosting of the Pumps, Valves & Pipes Africa, WaterTec Africa and Petro.t.ex Africa 2011 conference and exhibition offers a platform for stakeholders to formulate strategies and solutions for the African continent.  

Consortium gearing up for construction of Medupi low-pressure systems

By: Eleanor Seggie     29th April 2011 The LP Services Consortium, which won the engineering, procurement and construction contract for the supply of the low pressure services for State-owned power utility Eskom’s Medupi project, in Lephalale, Limpopo, reports that it is gearing up for the construction phase of the installation. 

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