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Pipes & Tubes News

More schools means more infrastructure needed

Updated 6 hours ago The Kenyan government’s plan to construct an additional 10 000 classrooms to accommodate an expected surge in student numbers once learners’ transition from primary to junior secondary schools under the Competency-Based Curriculum is welcome and necessary. However, the transition will require... 

Pump and hose flotation devices on offer

Updated 6 hours ago Specialist pumps supplier Integrated Pump Rentals (IPR) says it carries a comprehensive range of pump flotation devices (PFD) and hose flotation devices (HFD) which are available for either purchase or hire. IPR operations manager Henru Strydom explains that a PFD is used to suspend the pump... 

HFDs are used to suspend hoses during pumping applications where either pontoons or barges are used
FLOATING AWAY HFDs are used to suspend hoses during pumping applications where either pontoons or barges are used

Pipe supply proves manufacturer’s metal

By: Halima Frost     Updated 6 hours ago Steel and tube supplier Stewarts & Lloyds Pipes & Fittings have successfully delivered over 1.4 km of pipe to a project in Tshwane – cementing its position as a leading pipe supplier in Africa. The project entailed the supply of about 70 pipes of 800 nominal bore (NB) in lengths of 12.19 m, with... 

A number of 12-meter-long blue water pipes on a truck set for delivery at a water works
TRUE BLUE The water pipes for a 1.4 km project have been delivered to site by Stewarts & Lloyds

Association stresses quality control is imperative

Updated 6 hours ago As part of its continuous education process, Southern African Plastic Pipe Manufacturers Association (Sappma) continues to enlighten design engineers, contractors and all users of plastic pipe of the critical importance of getting the highest quality of polymers in the products they specify or... 

A bunch of blue plastic pipes which have a light shining thorug them form back to front
SHINING LIGHT Sappma continues to shine a light on the need for quality products and materials to its members

Coating firm awarded corrosion prevention contract

10th June 2022 Last month, anti-corrosion coatings manufacturer Corrocoat announced it has been awarded a contract to protect 300 new pipe spools of various dimensions by a multinational energy client. The company say its Corroglass 600 series was the coating system selected for this project, as it offered the... 

A cross section of a metal pipe with two angles that was coated internally using a new technique offered by coatings company Corrocoat
CROSS OUT CORROSION A cross section of pipe that was successfully coated with Corrocoats Corroglass coating system

Online portal launched to guide clients

10th June 2022 Last month, protective powder coating and paint manufacturer AkzoNobel Powder Coatings launched a dedicated site to showcase its functional range of Resicoat powder coatings. AkzoNobel created the new dedicated microsite and resource centre for customers and specifiers of functional powder... 

A photo of the AzkoNobel head office taken from the bottom looking up
HOME PAGE AzkoNobel has launched a dedicated website to showcase its functional range of Resicoat powder coatings

Company receives a Queen’s Award

10th June 2022 Combustion management solutions provider Autoflame Engineering is delighted to announce that the company has been honoured with a Queen’s Award for Enterprise in the Innovation category. 

Maintenance can reduce water pollution

By: Nadine Ramdass     18th March 2022 The “callous waste and pollution of water” should be given more attention, and the necessary steps to prevent that, such as the maintenance of pipelines, should be prioritised, says Southern African Plastic Pipe Manufacturers Association (Sappma) CEO Jan Venter. South Africa is a water-scarce... 

An image of pipe reaming
PIPEWORK Plastic pipes have lower failure rates, less corrosion and fewer joint leaks

PVC recycling on the rise

By: Theresa Bhowan-Rajah     4th March 2022 With a year-on-year increase of 9.5% in polyvinyl chloride (PVC) recycling, the Southern African Vinyls Association (SAVA) tells Engineering News that additional initiatives can be implemented to increase the recycling rate of vinyl material. “We can attribute the 9.5% recycling increase to two... 

a plastic wash plant at a plastic recycling factory
CLEANER PVC PVC recycling has increased by 9.5% year-on-year

Company adds new pipe range

By: Darren Parker     25th June 2021 Pipe manufacturer Inkulu Plastic Pipes has added a new high-density polyethylene (HDPE) structured wall pipe product range to its offering. Inkulu Plastic Pipes sales and marketing manager Faize Gafoor tells Engineering News that the company can now manufacture and supply HDPE structured wall... 

BIG BOY Inkulu Plastic Pipes is the first in the country to manufacture pipes at a diameter of 1 200 mm
BIG BOY Inkulu Plastic Pipes is the first in the country to manufacture pipes at a diameter of 1 200 mm

Pipes, tubes demand strong in housing sector

By: Darren Parker     25th June 2021 Demand for piping and tubing from the housing sector has remained buoyant throughout the Covid-19 pandemic, says pipe and tube manufacturer Stewarts & Lloyds sales manager Clayton Greer. He explains that plumbing service providers “had plenty of ongoing work” repairing and maintaining existing... 

LOOKING UP
Stewarts & Lloyds Projects supplied all the piping and fittings for the fire protection system, hanging material and fire water system for Steyn City
LOOKING UP Stewarts & Lloyds Projects supplied all the piping and fittings for the fire protection system, hanging material and fire water system for Steyn City

Price volatility affecting pipe manufacturing

By: Darren Parker     25th June 2021 Price volatility in the plastics industry has been extreme over the past year, owing to the impact of Covid-19 on the supply of input chemicals, such as alcohol. Moreover, the subsequent lockdown, as well as load-shedding, interruptions in water supply, price hikes over the past few months, and... 

THE RIGHT STUFF It is important for clients to ensure that they purchase quality products from reputable suppliers
THE RIGHT STUFF It is important for clients to ensure that they purchase quality products from reputable suppliers

Orbitulum saw popular across various industries

By: Claire O'Reilly     18th June 2021 Industrial and electronic products importer and distributor Actum’s Orbitalum GF saw range, designed for cold cutting and bevelling, is becoming increasingly popular in the food and beverage, and pharmaceuticals, industries for automated applications where hygiene is essential, says Actum CEO... 

ORBITALUM GF SAW
Orbital pipe cutting machine used in food and beverage, and pharmaceutical, industries
ORBITALUM GF SAW Orbital pipe cutting machine used in food and beverage, and pharmaceutical, industries

Projects can bolster local steel tubes and pipes industry

By: Khutso Maphatsoe     22nd January 2021 Steel industry association the Steel Tube Export Association of South Africa (STEASA) believes that the fast-tracking of the 50 strategic integrated projects and 12 special projects – announced in the Government Gazette this year – will present “tremendous opportunities” for locally manufactured... 

RECOVERY PLAN
Projects are being fast-tracked to bolster job creation and the economy
RECOVERY PLAN Projects are being fast-tracked to bolster job creation and the economy

Survey shows decline in local pipe market

By: Khutso Maphatsoe     22nd January 2021 The Southern African Plastic Pipe Manufacturers Association (Sappma) has released the findings of a qualitative and quantitative pipe survey that shows a decline in infrastructure investment, particularly in the local pipe market, of 15%. According to the survey, conducted by business management... 

TREADING CAREFULLY The manufacturing process is a continuous one and, therefore, sensitive to volume and excessive stoppages
TREADING CAREFULLY The manufacturing process is a continuous one and, therefore, sensitive to volume and excessive stoppages

Company offers HDPE pipes for sanitation in Kenya

22nd January 2021 Bringing innovative solutions and providing and maintaining safe off-site and decentralised sanitation systems cannot happen without new investment and human technical capacity – which is particularly relevant considering the growing population density in urban centres, explains manufacturer... 

100 YEAR GUARANTEE Science has since proven that HDPE pipes, such as Weholite will last over 100 years.
100 YEAR GUARANTEE Science has since proven that HDPE pipes, such as Weholite will last over 100 years.

Reaccreditation in three programmes received

22nd January 2021 Specialist manufacturer Superior Tube was awarded three prestigious National Aerospace and Defence Contractors’ Accreditation Program (Nadcap) reaccreditations for its heat treating, welding, and non-destructive testing programmes. Nadcap assesses and supplies independent accreditation of specialist 

THREE STRIKES Superior Tube received the sought-after certifications after a series of highly exacting audits designed to test every aspect of each process under scrutiny
THREE STRIKES Superior Tube received the sought-after certifications after a series of highly exacting audits designed to test every aspect of each process under scrutiny

BT Industrial goes from strength to strength with manufacturing diversification

By: Marleny Arnoldi     19th November 2020 High-density polyethylene (HDPE) pipes manufacturer BT Industrial Group has extended its plastics-processing capacity to include polymer-based medical fabrics and components. MD Kgomotso Lekola says the company’s electrostatic melt-blown fabric is currently being used to produce FFP2... 

BT Industrial's cleanroom medical device manufacturing facility
Photo by Creamer Media's Marleny Arnoldi
BT Industrial's cleanroom medical device manufacturing facility

Long-term solutions overlooked – Sappma

By: Halima Frost     3rd July 2020 Government’s present efforts to address the lack of potable water in remote areas are resulting in industries that could offer long-term solutions being overlooked, says Southern African Plastic Pipe Manufacturers Association (Sappma). “Understandably, the need to supply to areas that are without... 

IN THE PIPELINE The laying of permanent pipelines using high-quality, plastic water pipes can offer a guaranteed water supply as opposed to current quick-fixes
IN THE PIPELINE The laying of permanent pipelines using high-quality, plastic water pipes can offer a guaranteed water supply as opposed to current quick-fixes

Company receives certification, improves product quality

By: Mc'Kyla Nortje     26th June 2020 Piping manufacturer Rare Plastics has received SANS 4437.2 certification – which is a duplication of ISO 4437.2 – for the manufacture of high-density polyethylene (HDPE) gas pipe in May this year. The company is the only South African Plastic Pipe Manufacturers Association member to hold this... 

Pipes range offered for various industries

By: Mc'Kyla Nortje     26th June 2020 Cable conduit and subsoil drainage pipe manufacturer Dura-Line components, which meet stringent quality specifications, are used in conjunction with geosynthetic products manufacturer and supplier Fibertex geotextiles and composite drainage systems in various industries. Fibertex SA is a supplier... 

Locally sourced material ensures quality products

By: Mc'Kyla Nortje     26th June 2020 Thermoplastic equipment supplier Astore Keymak offers dragline hoses that are manufactured from compounds produced at its factory in Randfontein, Johannesburg. “Using locally sourced raw materials gives the company significant control over the quality of the finished product,” says Astore Keymak... 

Equipment supplier offers range of hoses and fittings

26th June 2020 The Eaton Winner hydraulic braided and spiral hose and fittings distributed locally by industrial equipment supplier BMG meet stringent industry standards for pressure, temperature and abrasion resistance. Being part of BMG’s components for fluid power systems and general industrial applications... 

Association warns sector against compromising quality

26th June 2020 Southern African Plastic Pipe Manufacturers Association (Sappma) has urged pipe makers and pipeline installers to avoid giving into the temptation of compromising on quality or sidestepping certain processes and procedures for the sake of saving a few rands. South Africa, like the rest of the... 

Hudaco unlikely to pay dividend as Covid-19 impacts businesses

By: Donna Slater     21st May 2020 Branded automotive, industrial and electronic consumable product importer and distributor Hudaco reports, that despite business disruptions as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, its business remains in a sound financial position, with payments still being made to its creditors on negotiated... 

Macsteel merges fluid control, pipes divisions

By: Marleny Arnoldi     20th May 2020 Steel and value-added steel products supplier Macsteel has merged its fluid control division with its pipes, fittings and flanges division. The vertical merger forms part of the company’s focus on increasing operating efficiency and strengthening its position in the challenging economic climate.  

Steady increase in gasket sealant sales

By: Halima Frost     15th May 2020 Since the launch of adhesive manufacturer Loctite’s 518 gasket sealant pen in South Africa last year, local distributors have shown a steady increase in sales. The Loctite 518 gasket sealant pen was developed to complement the previously launched Loctite 518 flange sealant. 

PEN IS MIGHTIER THAN THE SWORD
The Loctite 518 gasket sealant pen combines the leak-fighting properties of 518 flange sealant with a roll-on applicator
PEN IS MIGHTIER THAN THE SWORD The Loctite 518 gasket sealant pen combines the leak-fighting properties of 518 flange sealant with a roll-on applicator

Company eyes mining sector growth

By: Mamaili Mamaila     1st May 2020 Hydraulic hoses and fluid components supplier Hydroscand South Africa (SA) is looking to increase its market share in the mining sector through partnering with initiatives in the local communities where the mines which it supplies are located. 

LARGE FOOTPRINT 
Hydroscand South Africa is the approved supplier to some of the very large global original-equipment manufacturers operating in sub-Saharan Africa
LARGE FOOTPRINT Hydroscand South Africa is the approved supplier to some of the very large global original-equipment manufacturers operating in sub-Saharan Africa

Pipeline repair continues despite Covid-19

24th April 2020 Repair of the Mt Albert high-pressure sludge pipeline is a critical project for city council Wellington’s wastewater network in New Zealand, and one that Wellington Water is committed to progressing during lockdown.  Repairing these pipelines is a significant technical challenge, because the... 

Market feels project pinch

By: Mamaili Mamaila     28th February 2020 The lack of significant public infrastructure spend to boost steel consumption and construction activity are some of the challenges that the local steel tube market has to deal with, says steel industry association the Association of Steel Pipe Manufacturers (ASTPM). 

KEITUMETSE MOUMAKOE
The influx of cheap small-bore steel tube imports has not aided the industry
KEITUMETSE MOUMAKOE The influx of cheap small-bore steel tube imports has not aided the industry

Stainless steel growth unlikely in 2020

By: Mamaili Mamaila     28th February 2020 The level of activity in the local stainless steel sector’s value chain has dwindled in the past decade, mainly owing to international competition, low steel prices and the slow growth of the local economy. 

FULL OF VIGOR 
Stainless steel is one of the youngest industrial materials globally, managing to positively change people’s lives
FULL OF VIGOR Stainless steel is one of the youngest industrial materials globally, managing to positively change people’s lives

Company completes purchase of Italian thermoplastic specialist

24th January 2020 Technology services company Continental has successfully completed its purchase of Italian thermoplastic specialist Merlett Group. 

Global sights set for export association

By: Mamaili Mamaila     24th January 2020 Steel industry association the Steel Tube Export Association of South Africa (Steasa) and some of its members will participate at the national pavilion at the International Wire and Tube Trade Fair 2020. 

SOARING HIGHER
Exports of high-carbon and low-alloy steel tubes and pipes remain on an upward trajectory and are resilient amid export competitiveness challenges
SOARING HIGHER Exports of high-carbon and low-alloy steel tubes and pipes remain on an upward trajectory and are resilient amid export competitiveness challenges

Company transforming SA’s industrial landscape

24th January 2020 Built from startup, industrial solutions provider BT Industrial – a new-generation, black-owned, high-energy business driven by innovation, international standards, and service excellence – is transforming the industrial landscape in South Africa. 

Water woes, infrastructure challenges concerning – association

24th January 2020 While drought and climate change might have aggravated South Africa’s current water crisis, a major contributing factor is the country’s failure to upgrade and maintain its water pipes and infrastructure over the last decade, says industry association the Southern African Plastic Pipe... 

JAN VENTER
There is no doubt that the impact of this current crisis could have been reduced – if not completely avoided
JAN VENTER There is no doubt that the impact of this current crisis could have been reduced – if not completely avoided

Association records growth despite struggling economy

24th January 2020 Despite a struggling economy, the Southern African Plastic Pipe Manufacturers Association (Sappma) reported a growth in membership and influence last year. 

DIVERSE OFFERING
In addition to its hugely successful annual PIPES technical conference, Sappma has also begun hosting regular workshops for both members and non-members alike that focus on different aspects of quality
DIVERSE OFFERING In addition to its hugely successful annual PIPES technical conference, Sappma has also begun hosting regular workshops for both members and non-members alike that focus on different aspects of quality

Accessories supplied for diverse industries

24th January 2020 Pumping equipment supplier Werner Pumps is now able to supply an extensive range of accessories for the wastewater treatment, construction and engineering industries as the sole agent for German tool supplier HAAS Abwassertechnik in South Africa. 

QUICK FIX
These pipe stoppers are effective tools for quickly and reliably sealing or closing off pipelines during repair and maintenance work
QUICK FIX These pipe stoppers are effective tools for quickly and reliably sealing or closing off pipelines during repair and maintenance work
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