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Pipes & Tubes News

R3,5-million KZN pipe and hose contract nearly completed

     24th January 2003 Manufacturer and supplier of plastic pipe and hose systems Petzetakis Africa is fulfilling a R3,5-million contract to supply piping to Richards Bay Minerals. 

Stainless-steel manufacturer acquires tube and pipe specialist

By: vanessa vasques     24th January 2003 East Rand stainless steel specialist manufacturer Metquip has acquired stainless steel tube and pipe specialist Jaguar Stainless Steel Tube and Pipe. 

Steel tube division focuses on providing complete solutions

     24th January 2003 The steel tube division within global brand management company Barloworld, Barloworld Robor, is keenly focused on providing solutions to fulfil not only the needs of its existing customers, but the needs of its potential customers as well. 

UK range arrives in SA

By: vanessa vasques     24th January 2003 Plastic pipe technology specialist, Astore Africa, has been appointed by UK company Durapipe as sole distributor in South Africa of its ABS and Air-Line range of pipe equipment and accessories. 

Fully-automated production of reinforced-concrete pipes

     1st November 2002 A production system for fully-automated production of DN 300 to DN 1200 reinforced steel pipes has to fulfil requirements in terms of dynamic properties and precision. 

Tubing specialist celebrates 24th birthday

By: candice haase     25th October 2002 In the late 1970s when the need for South African designed and produced hydraulic equipment arose, Hydrofit Engineering was established. 

Amiantit Pipe Systems

     23rd August 2002 Alrode 

Moz gas project 25% complete

By: Helene Le Roux     23rd August 2002 South African petrochemical giant Sasol, has completed a quarter of its $1,2-billion project that will bring natural gas from Temane in Mozambique, to its Secunda operations in the Mpumalanga Province. 

Gas pipeline haulage contract awarded

     16th August 2002 Earlier this month it was announced that transportation firm Cargo Africa Overborder (CAOB), a division of Cargo Africa and part of Imperial Logistics and Transport, has won the line haul contract for the transport of specialised, coated steel pipes for use in the construction of the Sasol... 

Sophisticated properties enhance end-product

     9th August 2002 The company responsible for introducing modified polyvinyl chloride (MPVC) into South Africa in 1995 and later for selling manufacturing licenses into Australia and New Zealand, DPI Plastics, is at the forefront of technology. 

Thermoplastic pipe solutions showcased

     9th August 2002 Leading supplier in Southern Africa of thermoplastic pipe fittings, valves and pipeline accessories in all recognised materials, Astore Africa, will be exhibiting at the Composites Africa 2002 conference. 

Saudi pipe products bullish on prospects for Alrode facility

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     26th July 2002 Plastic pipe maker Amiantit Pipe Systems Africa’s (Apsa) R50-million pipe factory project at Alrode, on the East Rand, is now nearing completion, less than one year after the project started. 

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. 

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