R/€ = 15.36Change: -0.04
R/$ = 14.45Change: -0.02
Au 1069.96 $/ozChange: 3.81
Pt 840.50 $/ozChange: 2.00
Note: Search is limited to the most recent 250 articles. Set date range to access earlier articles.
Where? With... When?

And must exclude these words...
Close Main Search
Close Main Login
My Profile News Alerts Newsletters Logout Close Main Profile
Agriculture   Automotive   Chemicals   Competition Policy   Construction   Defence   Economy   Electricity   Energy   Environment   ICT   Metals   Mining   Science and Technology   Services   Trade   Transport & Logistics   Water  
What's On Press Office Tenders Suppliers Directory Research Jobs Announcements Letters About Us
RSS Feed
Article   Comments   Other News   Research   Magazine  
Oct 12, 2012

Importance of ‘best practice’ PVC products

Johannesburg|Africa|Building|DPI Plastics|Environment|Health|Pipe|Pipes|Projects|Storage|Sustainable|System|Systems|Waste|Waste Management|Water|Africa|South Africa|Drainage Products|Green Building|Green Star Tool|Green-building|Manufacturing|Manufacturing Process|Pipes|Product|Products|Systems|Systems Manufacturer|Sava|Environmental|Renier Snyman|Waste|Pipe
|Africa|Building|Environment|Health|Pipe|Pipes|Projects|Storage|Sustainable|System|Systems|Waste|Waste Management|Water|Africa||Green Building|Green-building|Manufacturing|Pipes|Products|Systems|||Environmental|Waste|Pipe
© Reuse this

Water reticulation, drainage and pipe fitting systems manufacturer DPI Plastics has been recognised by the Southern African Vinyls Association (Sava) as a best practice polyvinyl chloride (PVC) manufacturer after becoming a signatory to the association’s environmental standards commitment pledge, the Product Stewardship Programme (PSP), in January.

Having successfully displayed its range of sewerage and drainage products at the Dawn House of Brands stand at the 2012 Plumbdrain Expo, in Johannesburg, in August, DPI technical and product manager Renier Snyman notes that the company has gained considerable market interest from potential clients looking to obtain a green star rating from the Green Building Council of South Africa (GBCSA).

“The GBCSA announced that the use of PVC products in sustainable projects will no longer be penalised by removing the Mat-7 PVC minimisation clause from its green star tool rating system. The removal of the clause means environment-conscious contractors can benefit from PVC products, while ensuring that they have a neutral impact on their green star rating. The expo served as a good platform for DPI to highlight these advantages, while obtaining feedback from customers in a face-to-face environment,” he explains.

As a Sava PSP signatory, DPI has committed itself to five fundamental key aspects of the manufacture of PVC piping products.

DPI will set realistic timeframes for the delivery of key undertakings in the production and storage, as well as the responsible and sustainable use of, additives, and in waste management, research and public reporting.

The company will also quantify the opportunity for recycling of postproduction and postconsumer waste, as well as set realistic and sustainable goals and deliver on end-of-life-cycle challenges pertaining to PVC.

Snyman says DPI Plastics has also committed itself to the Sava targets for the national PVC industry of increasing recycling of postconsumer PVC-P to 15 000 t/y, while increasing recycling of postconsumer PVC-U to 5 000 t by January 2013.

Further, DPI will deal with industry, public and government perceptions constructively through effective communication of the science and the local applicability of its product and also ensure the vinyl industry’s health through product devel- opment, improving human capital and helping to ensure overall growth, prosperity and sustainability.

DPI will add value to Sava members and the industry as a whole and grow a sustainable membership base with an effective marketing plan.

He adds that DPI is also playing a major role with the Southern African Plastic Pipe Manufacturer’s Association (Sappma) in entirely eliminating lead from all locally manufactured plastic pipes.

“Sappma, which was established to create absolute quality, trust and integrity throughout the value chain of the industry, with DPI as a founding member of the organisation, successfully eliminated all lead stabilisers from Sappma members’ piping products in 2010 – five years ahead of the anticipated European Union targets,” Snyman continues.

Meanwhile, he says Sappma and its members have completed a case study involving a framework of initiatives designed to exclude lead stabilisers from all future South African Bureau of Standards (SABS) specifications, which will then be presented to a technical committee.

“Our proposals have been well received by the SABS to date, and I am confident that the technical committee will make the decision to exclude lead stabilisers from future specifications by the end of this year.”

Although lead creates no immediate risk to the end-user, it does pose a serious risk during the manufacturing process, as raw lead comes in powder form and creates a toxic dust that can be inhaled and absorbed through the skin by factory workers and suppliers of the lead stabilisers.

DPI and other Sappma members decided to remove lead from the manufacturing process on a voluntary basis, as part of the ongoing commitment to corporate, social and environmental responsibility,” says Snyman.

These Sappma members began the process of removing lead stabilisers from the manufacturing process in 2006, and have entirely replaced it with calcium or zinc and organic-based stabilisers that are nontoxic to humans.

Snyman stresses the fact that lead is only being eliminated from PVC piping to reduce risks on the manufacturing side, and he assures all end-users that currently have lead-bonded PVC pipes that they are not exposed to any risks.

“Lead has been used as a PVC pipe stabiliser worldwide for more than 40 years, and has excellent heat and ultraviolet resistance, which ensures a good cost-to-performance ratio.

During the manufacturing process, the lead is chemically bonded to the PVC pipe and cannot leach from the pipe,” he explains.

All pipes containing lead undergo SANS 966 tests every year to ensure the stabiliser does not leach.

Edited by: Chanel de Bruyn
Creamer Media Senior Deputy Editor Online
© Reuse this Comment Guidelines (150 word limit)
Other Construction News
Construction company Murray & Roberts (M&R) on Tuesday said board members Mahlape Sello and Royden Vice would be excluded from any discussion and documents relating to the investigation of the October collapse of a support structure of a pedestrian bridge being built...
Snowy Khoza
Infrastructure development company Bigen Africa Group CEO Dr Snowy Khoza took top honours at this year’s National Business Awards and was named National Business Leader of the Year. Bigen Africa was also presented with the Infrastructure Development Company of the...
Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown
Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown reported on Tuesday that far-reaching interMinisterial committee (IMC) discussions were advancing on how best to reform South Africa’s State-owned companies (SoCs), many of which were currently underperforming. There are around...
Latest News
Construction company Murray & Roberts (M&R) on Tuesday said board members Mahlape Sello and Royden Vice would be excluded from any discussion and documents relating to the investigation of the October collapse of a support structure of a pedestrian bridge being built...
The Nuclear Industry Association of South Africa (Niasa) is not sitting by idly while National Treasury and the Department of Energy mull over the various options for the country’s controversial 9 600 MW nuclear build programme. While Energy Minister Tina...
While a resurgence in manufacturing in Africa has been popularly touted as the silver bullet that will accelerate the continent’s economic growth prospects, The Economist management editor and columnist Adrian Wooldridge has suggested that Africa’s industrial...
Recent Research Reports
Water 2015: A review of South Africa's water sector (PDF Report)
Creamer Media’s Water 2015 Report considers the aforementioned issues, not only in the South African context but also in the African and global context in terms of supply and demand, water stress and insecurity, and access to water and sanitation, besides others.
Input Sector Review: Pumps 2015 (PDF Report)
Creamer Media’s 2015 Input Sector Review on Pumps provides an overview of South Africa’s pumps industry with particular focus on pump manufacture and supply, aftermarket services, marketing strategies, local and export demand, imports, sector support, investment...
Liquid Fuels 2015: A review of South Africa's liquid fuels sector (PDF Report)
Creamer Media’s Liquid Fuels 2015 Report examines these issues in the context of South Africa’s business environment; oil and gas exploration; fuel pricing; the development of the country’s biofuels industry; the logistics of transporting liquid fuels; and...
Road and Rail 2015: A review of South Africa's road and rail sectors (PDF Report)
Creamer Media’s Road and Rail 2015 report examines South Africa’s road and rail transport system, with particular focus on the size and state of the country’s road and rail infrastructure and network, the funding and maintenance of these respective networks, and...
Defence 2015: A review of South Africa's defence sector (PDF Report)
Creamer Media’s Coal 2015 report examines South Africa’s coal industry with regards to the business environment, the key participants in the sector, local demand, export sales and coal logistics, projects being undertaken by the large and smaller participants in the...
Real Economy Year Book 2015 (PDF Report)
There are very few beacons of hope on South Africa’s economic horizon. Economic growth is weak, unemployment is rising, electricity supply is insufficient to meet demand and/or spur growth, with poor prospects for many of the commodities mined and exported. However,...
This Week's Magazine
The BMW Group will invest R6-billion at BMW Group South Africa’s (BMW SA’s) Rosslyn plant to produce the next-generation X3 sports-activity vehicle (SAV) for the local and export markets. Rosslyn will continue production of the current 3 Series through its lifecycle,...
The lack of consequences for poor performance and transgressions on the part of contractors remains a significant hurdle to tackling South Africa’s service delivery challenges, delegates heard at the Consulting Engineers South Africa Infrastructure Indaba, on...
City of Ekurhuleni executive mayor Mondli Gungubele earlier this month officially named the city’s bus rapid transit (BRT) system, Harambee.
NICK CHRISTODOULOU As about 58% of data stored by organisations is dark, they must identify this dark data to expose risks and valuable information
About 58% of unstructured data stored by companies is dark data, which means that the value or regulatory importance of the data has not been determined. Subsequently, most of the stored data add costs, rather than increasing revenue or reduce regulatory risks, says...
BRIAN VERWEY Effective management, review and administration of non-core elements can improve business operations and increase revenue and decrease unforeseen risks
Effective logistics, import/export and manufacturing consulting services require detailed industry knowledge and experience, but can add significant value to these industries by providing expert advice on various technical elements in their value chains, says...
Alert Close
Embed Code Close
Research Reports Close
Research Reports are a product of the
Research Channel Africa. Reports can be bought individually or you can gain full access to all reports as part of a Research Channel Africa subscription.
Find Out More Buy Report
Engineering News
Completely Re-Engineered
Experience it now. Click here
*website to launch in a few weeks
Subscribe Now for $96 Close
Subscribe Now for $96