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Pipes & Tubes News

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. 

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. 

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