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eThekwini expands enterprise development model

     21st January 2011 A mentorship initiative has been introduced on eThekwini’s R400-million water and sanitation project, to supply potable water and toilet facilities to more than 300 informal settlements throughout the municipality. 

New polyamide 6 tube introduced

     14th January 2011 Specialty chemicals group Lanxess has introduced a new soft polyamide 6 tube, the Durethan BC 700 HTS, which has increased softness. 

New technologies, products emerge in steel tube and pipe industry

By: Jessica Hannah     14th January 2011 The Association of Steel Tube and Pipe Manufacturers (ASTPM) of South Africa reports that there are new technologies and products emerging in the industry.  

Pipe manufacturer develops new pipe coupling

By: Jessica Hannah     14th January 2011 Polyvinyl chloride (PVC) pipe manufacturer DPI Plastics has developed a new pipe coupling, the Ultralok, which it expects to release into the market in February 2011. 

R&D in pipes industry is ongoing 

By: Jessica Hannah     14th January 2011 South African Plastic Pipes Manufacturing Association (Sappma) CEO Jan Venter tells Engineering News that the association is focused on research and development (R&D) for the plastic pipe industry. 

Solar pumps to come under the spotlight at Joburg expo

By: Mary-Anne O’Donnell     26th November 2010 In recent years, solar-powered pumps have emerged as a potential sustainable alternative to traditional diesel pumps. 

Access-to-land issues, concerns about blasting techniques holding up R240m pipeline project 

By: Dennis Ndaba     5th November 2010 The pipelines unit of civil engineering construction company Esorfranki reports that the R240-million BG3 pipeline, a 3,6-m diameter water supply of 8,6-km pipeline contract awarded by Rand Water in February, has had some start-up difficulties. 

Air actuators withstand harsh conditions

     15th October 2010 Specialist in rubber and plastics technology ContiTech reports that it has tested its range of air actuators, which can be used in a vast array of industries, at ambient conditions inside a coal pulveriser.  

Recovery for pumps industry in sight

     1st October 2010 The local pumps sector is expected to reach its pre-recession volumes by the third or fourth quarter of 2011, reports South African Pump Manufacturers Association (Sapma) chairperson Gavin Doran. 

Infrastructure development innovation recognised

By: Petronel Smit     27th August 2010 The Construction Industry Development Board (CIDB) and the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) recently honoured local companies applying innovative technologies with a positive impact on social infrastructure development, at the 2010 Construction Summit awards. 

New finance package to enable emerging steel pipe maker 
to bid for new contracts

By: Dennis Ndaba     25th June 2010 Local company Cimco SA Pipes says that a trade finance deal with Chester Finance, a privately owned, specialist provider of trade, bridging and equity finance, has put it on a stronger position to bid for new contracts. 

Transnet starts repairs to damaged pipeline

By: Loni Prinsloo     4th June 2010 South Africa's State-owned logistics group Transnet said on Friday that it had started repairs on a pipeline at Nasrec road in Johannesburg, after a private contractor had damaged the pipeline resulting in a diesel spillage and the subsequent closure of the road. Transnet said that the work in... 

New project aims to improve black pipe resin 

By: Eleanor Seggie     22nd January 2010 Polypropylene and high-density polyethylene manufacturer Safripol, is undertaking a new project to improve the black pipe resin used to make high-density polyethylene, says Safripol research and development director Mike Gradwell. A new international standard, ISO 4427-1:2007 stipulates the... 

Civil engineering company wins technical excellence award

     15th January 2010 Civil engineering and construction company Esor Africa, part of the Esorfranki group, has won a South African Institution of Civil Engineering (SAICE) award for technical excellence for the work they did on the Umgeni 61 pipeline pipejack. 

Draughting institute launches comprehensive piping course  

By: Jacqueline Holman     15th January 2010 Draughting education and training institution, the African Academy, is launching a new comprehensive piping course for the 2010 school year. The course has been designed jointly by the African Academy and software solutions company Bentley Systems. 

Imported flanges and couplings enter market

     15th January 2010 Manufacturer and distributor of rubber products Transvaal Rubber Company (Truco) has announced the addition of two new products to its manufacturing range. The imported flanges and couplings introduced to their product range allows the company to offer customers a complete solution. 

Jacking pipes supplied to potable water project

     15th January 2010 Manufacturer of precast concrete infrastructural products and solutions Rocla, which is part of the Murray & Roberts group, has delivered specialised jacking pipes for the eThekwini municipality’s Western Aqueduct pipeline extension project. 

Materials transport through pipelines gains prominence

     15th January 2010 In a globalised world, the transportation of all types of material is critical, and while transport by ship, rail or road is most commonly used, another important type of transport is flourishing - materials handling through pipelines. 

Merger aims to spur growth 

By: Mary-Anne O’Donnell     15th January 2010 Polyurethane products manufacturer Uretech merged with high-temperature solution specialists Insulcon and metal engineering company Dot Steel late last year. 

Product diversity, geographical reach help local company to survive the downturn

By: Mary-Anne O’Donnell     15th January 2010 Fluid conveyance solutions company Rare Holdings reports that it has managed to pull through the current economic downturn as a result of the diversity of its products and its geographical outreach. 

Smoke detection devices provide early warnings 
of potential fire

     15th January 2010 An important component of fire suppression specialists Vesda’s aspiring smoke detection devices, which give early warning of a potential fire, is the network of sampling pipes which actively transports air from a protected area to the detector. Vesda’s aspiring smoke detector devices are... 

Tube fittings for pneumatic systems launched

     15th January 2010 Supplier of hydraulic hose and fittings Genflex Hydraulics has introduced a range of nylon quick-connecting tube fittings for use on pneumatic systems. 

Wet-ash disposal pipeline completed for Eskom

By: Mary-Anne O’Donnell     15th January 2010 Manufacturer of polyurethane mouldings and pipe linings Urethane Moulded Products (UMP) recently completed a wet-ash disposal pipeline replacement project for State-owned power utility Eskom’s Matla power station. 

Association aims to develop standards for quality control laboratories 

By: Jacqueline Holman     27th November 2009 One of the most recent projects undertaken by the Southern African Plastic Pipe Manufacturers Association (Sappma) is to develop up a set of minimum standards for the quality control laboratories of its members. This will cover the minimum equipment required, as well as the skills to operate it. 

New materials and installation to benefit industry

By: Schalk Burger     27th November 2009 Modern polyvinyl chloride (PVC) and high-density polyethylene (HDPE) products coupled with innovative installation methods could improve the lifetime of pipe systems and decrease the impact of installation, says PVC internal restraint designers Bulldog Systems president Jim Jones and PE product... 

Plastic pipes could prevent leaks, reduce maintenance costs

By: Schalk Burger     27th November 2009 Plastic pipes could be used as a slip lining to rehabilitate existing pipelines, preventing leaks without the need to replace the old pipe system, says Southern African Plastic Pipe Manufacturers Association (Sappma) CEO Jan Venter. 

Doidge says 500 000 jobs target will be met, but critics unsure of target’s value

     13th November 2009 In mid-2009, just as it was becoming increasingly apparent that South Africa would not escape the fallout from the global economic crisis, newly elected President Jacob Zuma caused a stir when, in his State of the Nation address, he promised that government would create at least 500 000 job... 

Greener materials for cables now manufactured locally

By: Leandi Kolver     26th June 2009 Heavy metal-free materials and pigments for the production of polyvinyl chloride (PVC) cables are now produced locally – a development regarded as significant progress for the local cable industry. Power cable manufacturer Aberdare Cables has developed a range of heavy metal-free substitute... 

Local company claims 
offshore division is a first 
for South Africa

By: Kelly Farthing     5th June 2009 Integrated industrial service company A.Hak reports that its offshore division, which provides topside, subsea and downhole expertise and equipment is unique in the South African market. 

Slowdown is simply masking South Africa’s fuel-security frailties

By: Terence Creamer     6th March 2009 A top energy regulator has warned that the security of liquid-fuels supply to South Africa’s economic heartland of Gauteng remains under threat for the short- to medium-term and that serious supply disruptions have only been averted owing to a recent slowdown in demand.

But he has also cautioned... 

Competition Tribunal grants Aveng consent order

By: Christy van der Merwe     25th February 2009 Construction and engineering firm Aveng was on Wednesday granted a consent order from the Competition Tribunal for admitting its involvement in cartel activity in the precast concrete products industry. The consent order means that the firm would not have to go to trial, and had proven that it... 

SA’s fuel-security frailties remain and will resurface once growth returns, warns regulator 

By: Terence Creamer     19th February 2009 A top energy regulator has warned that the security of liquid-fuels supply to South Africa’s economic heartland of Gauteng remains under threat for the short- to medium-term and that serious supply disruptions have only been averted owing to a recent slowdown in demand. But he has also cautioned... 

Pipe suppliers fingered for collusion as commission probes nine more cases

By: Terence Creamer     2nd February 2009 The Competition Commission announced on Monday that it had uncovered yet another cartel operating in South Africa. This time, the culprits are participants in the plastic-pipe manufacturing industry, which supplies product for plumbing in domestic houses, as well as for application in the... 

Hudaco says it will be difficult to repeat 2008 profit growth this year

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     30th January 2009 South African industrial products distribution company Hudaco said at the weekend that it would be “difficult” to match the strong earnings performance achieved in 2008 this year, in light of the current slowdown in the global and domestic economies. “We expect in 2009, that our three major... 

Merit found in continued use of project houses

     23rd January 2009 The South African mining sector has evolved in terms of its acceptance of project houses, and both major and junior mining companies have aligned themselves with project management professionals, says project management company Read, Swatman and Voigt (RSV) chairperson and CEO of corporate... 

Imported range to reduce supply lead time

By: Fatima Gabru     16th January 2009 Rubber solutions company, the Transvaal Rubber Company (Truco), has imported a large stock and range of rubber bellows, from 32-mm diameter to 600-mm diameter, to substantially decrease the lead time for the supply of these products to its clients, says Truco small-bore-hose division manager... 

Pipe company lends support to industry

     16th January 2009 With the increased in activity in the mining, petrochemical and water industries, steel tube and pipe manufacturer Robor Pipe Systems is focusing on providing innovative solutions and advice to the market. 

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