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Pipes & Tubes News

Study on for a big Uganda fuel pipeline 

     26th July 2002 A US Trade and Development Agency feasibility study to construct a $120-150-million petroleum products pipeline for Uganda and the markets of the western Lake Victoria region, is being finalised. 

Acquisitions open door to steel-pipe conveyance market

By: candice haase     19th July 2002 The acquisition of Barloworld’s Robor Stewarts and Lloyds distribution centres based in Kwazulu-Natal was effected by Johannesburg-based steel merchant NJR Steel Holdings in March this year. 

Buy-out rejuvenates steel and engineering merchant

By: candice haase     19th July 2002 Pooling the skills and resources of steel and engineering merchants Stockwell and Stewarts and Lloyds, previously owned by Barloworld, is a task which has involved the revision of the company’s business strategy, explains Stewarts and Lloyds group market development manager Ronnie Turner. 

Local tube and pipe manufacturer undergoes positive reconstruction

     19th July 2002 One of the premier steel tube and pipe manufacturers in Southern Africa and part of global giant Barloworld, Barloworld Robor, has sold the Robor Stewarts and Lloyds steel and tube branches to three of the leading, independent distributors in the country. 

Steel tube and pipe export council forged

By: candice haase     19th July 2002 The Association of Steel Tube and Pipe Manufacturers (ASTPM) is in the process of developing a plumbing product that will rival the plastic and copper piping which have been used as substitutes for steel over the years. 

Autocats provide growth impetus for tubing firm

By: Irma Venter     5th July 2002 Pretoria company Fischer Stainless Steel Tubing aims to increase production from its current 500 t a month, to about 1 200 t a month within the next five years, says MD Erich Kotzenmacher. 

Gas-distribution network poised for conversion

By: Zonika Botha     24th May 2002 With its unique environmentally-friendly properties, natural gas is widely regarded as the gas of the new millennium. Not only does it burn cleaner than any other hydrocarbon liquid fuel or coal gas, but it also produces less carbon dioxide per unit of energy. 

Heating tapes, temperature controllers

     24th May 2002 Local company Bartec Barlian is to manufacture, supply, install and commission surface heating tapes and temperature controllers for the multi-million rand outside extension of Sasol Olefins and Surfactants’ new detergent alcohol project at Secunda, Engineering News can report. 

Natural gas project in step with Nepad

By: Zonika Botha     24th May 2002 The cross-border agreements between Sasol and the governments of Mozambique and South Africa to bring natural gas from Mozambique to South Africa early in 2004 represents a substantial step towards achieving President Thabo Mbeki’s vision of a New Partnership for Africa’s Development... 

New GTL alliance with Japanese

     24th May 2002 Sasol Technology has formed a groundbreaking alliance with a Japanese fabricating consortium for the design, fabrication and supply of the Sasol slurry phase Fishcer-Tropsch reactors to be incorporated in the South African petrochemical giant’s new-generation gas-to-liquids (GTL) plants. 

Sasol consults with parties affected by natural-gas project

By: Marius Roodt     24th May 2002 Sasol has been in consultation with the Mozambican government and other parties affected by the $1,2-billion Sasol natural gas project that will bring gas from Temane in Mozambique to Sasol’s Secunda operations in the Mpumalanga Province. 

Encapsulator system invented for pipes

     12th April 2002 A quick-fit insulant, vapour barrier and casing for pipelines, particularly suitable for mining conditions – on surface or underground, has been developed. 

New era for pneumatics

By: Keith Campbell     5th April 2002 THE mechatronics revolution of recent years – the combination of mechanical and electronic systems into integrated products – has particularly benefitted pneumatics. 

New empowerment venture established in piping industry

     22nd February 2002 A new black-empowerment venture has been set up to provide pipeline construction and maintenance enterprise services, and will fabricate and install high-density polyethylene (HDPE) and unplasticised polyvinyl chloride (UPVC) pipelines at various mining and industrial operations in the Witbank... 

Derek Pitfield, Amiantit

     8th February 2002 Derek Pitfield Amiantit 

Acquisition leads to new product development

     25th January 2002 Local company Pipe Specials, which has become well known in the last 16 years for its fusion-bonded epoxy-coated pipe fittings, has acquired Aqualok Pipe Products to further expand its scope into world-class coupling and flange adaptor products. 

DRC coup for SA hose firm

By: Deborah Spicer     25th January 2002 Some R15-million worth of orders from beyond South Africa’s borders are pending for East Rand firm Hoses Industrial and Mining. 

Eighth international tube and pipe fair

     25th January 2002 Exhibitors will come from around the world to Tube 2002 between April 8 and April 11 next year to be part of the eighth international tube and pipe fair in D 

Four-pronged growth strategy

By: Deborah Spicer     25th January 2002 A four-pronged strategy developed by the Association of Steel Tube and Pipe Manufacturers of South Africa aims to increase industry sales of steel tube and pipe to 500 000 t in four years. 

Galvanised steel piping stands its ground

     25th January 2002 Galvanised piping is one of the oldest and most common plumbing materials used for potable water conveyance, and form most of this century was the dominant material for domestic plumbing. 

Gas pipelines gain prominence in SADC

By: Deborah Spicer     25th January 2002 The potential is great for Hall Longmore to expand its influence in the gas-pipeline industry which is becoming increasingly important in the Southern African Development Community (SADC) and elsewhere. 

Good results from drillrigs

     25th January 2002 Representatives of local mining companies report that hydropowered development end drillrigs are revolutionising underground mining. 

Insecurity replaces optimism in tube and pipe forecast

     25th January 2002 Rarely have economic forecasts been as difficult to make as today. 

Molasses exporter acquires rubber hoses

     25th January 2002 Four rubber bunkering hoses have been supplied to The Pure Cane Molasses Company by Transvaal Rubber Company (Truco). 

Multihead cutting machine to treble tube capacity

     25th January 2002 The installation of a multihead cutting machine designed for large-diameter, thin-walled tubing has allowed Bosal Industrial Division to treble its tube capacity. 

Pipe crane progress

     25th January 2002 Local mining-equipment manufacturer Steinmuller Mining and Piping Systems’ hydropower equipment division has developed a pipe crane for fast and safe installation of pipes in haulages. 

Polyethylene compressed-air piping system arrives in Africa

     25th January 2002 A compressed-air piping system manufactured from PE 100 high-density polyethylene material is now offered by Astore Africa. 

Steel tubing for export-destined tank containers

By: Deborah Spicer     25th January 2002 Local manufacturer Robor Tube has received two contracts to supply South African container manufacturers with a low-alloy, high-strength hollow section. 

Greek pipe firm aims to lead in SA

By: Irma Venter     30th November 2001 In less than five years Petzetakis Africa aims to be the dominant supplier of plastic piping in Southern Africa. 

Saudi pipes firm invests R50m in SA

     29th November 2001 The Saudi Arabian Amiantit group has expanded into the South African pipe market with a R50-million investment comprising acquisitions and the establishment of a new manufacturing facility in Alrode, Alberton. 

Plan to build Malawi–Moz oil pipeline . . .

By: Marcel Chimwala     12th October 2001 Malawi and Mozambique are pushing plans to construct an oil pipeline from the Mozambique Indian Ocean port of Nacala to Malawi. 

Mpumalanga firm establishes itself in Richards Bay

By: System Author     1st December 2000 Indian Ocean fertiliser 

Advanced steel piping introduced

By: System Author     21st July 2000 Steel 

Investment in people and equipment is paying off

By: System Author     21st July 2000 Steel 

Russians gush at gas pipeline

By: System Author     14th April 2000 Russian pipeline giant Stoytransgaz’s entry into the South African market this month could mean further work for local contractors. 

Info sharing vital in supply chain

By: System Author     10th March 2000 The supply chain is one of the last frontiers for profit improvement left in the race for international competitive advantage. 

Company at high tide in sluggish market

By: System Author     21st January 2000 Pipes, Tubes & Hoses 

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