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Pipes & Tubes News

Ressano Garcia’s gas-to-power capacity rises to 400 MW as loop-line is completed

By: Terence Creamer     5th March 2015 The $200-million ‘loop line 1’ project to expand the capacity of the gas pipeline from Mozambique to South Africa has been completed, the Republic of Mozambique Pipeline Investments Company (Rompco) has confirmed. Rompco is the gas transport joint venture set up in 2004 by JSE-listed energy and... 

AMSA furnace downcomer replaced in 14 days

     27th February 2015 Fabrication, refurbishment and engineered solutions provider DCD Venco helped prevent further delays on the Blast Furnace N5 Reline Project at steel giant ArcelorMittal South Africa’s (AMSA’s) Newcastle Works facility in KwaZulu-Natal, in August last year, after it remanufactured a new 45-m-long,... 

New technology used to restore damaged pipes

By: Sashnee Moodley     6th February 2015 Innovative technology has successfully been used in a rehabilitation project by pipe relining solutions provider Water Damage Services to restore corroded pipes at the Good Hope Centre, in Cape Town. 

Tooling company focuses on culture adaptation to localise its business globally

By: Zandile Mavuso     30th January 2015 Considering culture differences is critical when trying to localise company machine tools and company divisions to suite different regions, states engineering and machine tools manufacturer Fatek marketing manager Matt Yen. 

AGM injects new blood into body’s board of directors

By: Ilan Solomons     16th January 2015 In October, industry body the Southern African Plastic Pipe Manufacturers Association (Sappma) announced changes to its board of directors as well as the winners of its 2014 Merit Awards. The announcement was made during Sappma’s tenth annual general meeting (AGM), which was held in Midrand, in... 

AGM injects new blood into body’s board of directors
BOARD OF DIRECTORS Jan Venter, Hein Momberg, Toney Dean, Gerhard Kotzee and Ronnie Krüger

Association hosts successful conference, plans for next one

By: Ilan Solomons     16th January 2015 Following the successful running of the Pipes VIII conference, hosted by industry body the Southern African Plastic Pipe Manufacturers Association (Sappma) at the Bytes Conference Centre in Midrand, in September last year, the association has started planning its Pipes IX conference, which is... 

Association hosts successful conference, plans for next one
INDUSTRY ORIENTATED The Southern African Plastic Pipe Manufacturers Association’s conferences are tailored for consulting engineers, specifiers, installers and contractors

Company focused on African expansion plan

By: Ilan Solomons     16th January 2015 Hose and tubing products manufacturer Reinforced Hosing (REH) aims for Africa to account for about 30% of the company’s sales over the next three to five years, particularly as it forsees a stagnation of the South African market over this period, owing to the weak economic climate. REH MD Gavin... 

Company focused on African expansion plan
ZEROING IN ON ZIMBABWE Reinforced Hosing is finalising plans to open a product depot in Harare, Zimbabwe, in this quarter

Deadline for heavy-metal-free PVC pipes approaches

By: Ilan Solomons     16th January 2015 Local manufacturers of polyvinyl chloride (PVC) pipes have only six months left to ensure that their products are compliant with provider of standards, management systems, business improvement and regulatory approval information the South African Bureau of Standards (SABS) ruling that all locally... 

Deadline for heavy-metal-free PVC pipes approaches
PENALTIES FOR NONCOMPLIANCE Companies found to be noncompliant could have steps taken against them by the South African Bureau of Standards

Investment pays dividends for piping producer

By: Ilan Solomons     16th January 2015 Plastic piping solutions provider Marley Pipe Systems, a member of global plastic fluid handling systems manufacturer and distributor Aliaxis Group, invested in excess of R100-million to upgrade and rehabilitate operations at its Rosslyn manufacturing facility, in Tshwane. In February 2013,... 

Investment pays  dividends for piping  producer
MARLEY PIPE SYSTEM ROSSLYN FACILITY The facility employs about 200 employees and can manufacture in excess of 2 000 t/m of pipes using its state-of-the-art production lines

Tubing supplier diversifies product offering

By: Ilan Solomons     16th January 2015 A range of antimicrobial copper products, including shower mats, toilet seats and light switches, as well as plug covers, has been developed by copper products manufacturer Copper Tubing Africa (CTA), particularly for use in hospitals, gyms and mine-site shower facilities. CTA MD Mark Wynn tells... 

Tubing supplier diversifies product offering
COPPER-TUBING ALTERNATIVES Copper Tubing Africa will officially launch the product range, which is made out of 99% pure copper, during the first half of 2015

Pipes manufacturer enters into BEE deal

By: Sashnee Moodley     12th December 2014 Glass fibre reinforced pipes (GRP) manufacturer Fiberpipe recently entered into a black economic-empowerment (BEE) deal with a new BEE company to help grow the business.  

SPC opens R70m HDPE pipe manufacturing facility

By: Leandi Kolver     8th October 2014 Pipe manufacturer Southern Pipeline Contractors (SPC) on Wednesday officially opened its new R70-million high-density polyethylene (HDPE) pipe factory, on the East Rand, diversifying the company’s manufacturing capability. The facility, which became operational on August 28 following an... 

SPC opens R70m HDPE pipe manufacturing facility

Company offers hydrostatic testers guide

     1st August 2014 Pump specialist Australian Pump Industries announced in May that it offers a simple guide for the use of hydrostatic testers, which it makes available free of charge. Locating leaks and proof-testing gas and oil pipelines is made easier with portable hydrostatic testers, says the company. 

Marley Pipe Systems

     1st August 2014 Marley Pipe Systems is the leading manufacturer and supplier of plastic pipe systems, serving the needs of the mining and industrial segment with superior quality products and turnkey solutions to improve efficiency, solve key industry challenges, and ensure safe and sustainable operation in a... 

Marley  Pipe Systems

Durban pipeline project still on track for completion in 2017

By: Mia Breytenbach     13th June 2014 Municipal water and sanitation services eThekwini Water and Sanitation (EWS) says construction of the Northern Aqueduct Augmentation, which forms part of the eThekwini strategic master plan to deal with the increasing demand for water in the northern regions of Durban, in KwaZulu-Natal, is still... 

Durban pipeline project still on track for completion in 2017
WATER WAY The R150-million first phase of the Northern Aqueduct project is scheduled for completion in the third quarter of 2015

Pipe joining suitable for difficult terrain

     30th May 2014 A Sedibeng Water Board pipeline installation is set to become the benchmark for rapid and robust piping installations for municipal water supplies and similar applications in South Africa, says developer and producer of mechanical pipe joining systems Victaulic. After the discovery of leakages in... 

Plastic piping perfect for water systems

By: Carina Borralho     30th May 2014 In light of looming water scarcity in South Africa, plastic-piping solutions provider Marley Pipe Systems is constantly exploring ways of conserving water, wherever possible. “In South Africa, excess rain can cause floods on roads and in certain low-lying areas. Attenuation is carried out when... 

Technology can solve South Africa’s water problems  

By: Carina Borralho     30th May 2014 In addition to a possible water shortage predicted by 2020, South Africa’s water problems are being exacerbated by other challenges, such as leaking pipes, ageing infrastructure and poor municipal administration, resulting in billions of public funds being wasted every year, says consulting... 

Technology can solve South Africa’s water problems
WRP MD Ronnie McKenzie discusses M2M applications.

Mid-2017 clean fuels compliance deadline ‘off the table’ 

By: Terence Creamer     6th May 2014 The South African Petroleum Industry Association (Sapia) has confirmed that government has communicated a delay to the July 1, 2017 compliance date for the introduction on new cleaner fuels standards, owing to a lack of finality relating to the cost-recovery mechanism. However, details of a new... 

Mid-2017 clean fuels compliance deadline ‘off the table’
Sapref's Clean Fuels project will be realigned with the revised legislative timeline

PVC pipes must be heavy metal free by 2015 – SABS

By: Sashnee Moodley     28th February 2014 The South African Bureau of Standards (SABS) announced last month that all locally manufactured polyvinyl chloride (PVC) pipes would have to be free of heavy metals by July 2015.  

High-density polyethylene pipes supplier bullish on municipal orders

By: Zandile Mavuso     21st February 2014 Following its success in completing the supply of a R4.3-million, high-density polyethylene (HDPE) pipeline in Vosloorus, Gauteng, fluid conveyance products and solutions company Incledon says its increasingly confident that HDPE pipes are poised to play a more significant role in the domestic... 

High-density polyethylene  pipes supplier bullish on  municipal orders
PIPE IN TRENCH The 12-m-long pipes were delivered directly at the installation site where a professional welding contractor welded and installed the pipes on site.

MoU to highlight need for engineers in pipes and plastics industry

By: Leandi Kolver     31st January 2014 The Southern African Plastic Pipe Manufacturers Association (Sappma) on Friday signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the South African Institution of Civil Engineering (Saice) aimed at increasing cooperation between the two entities. With Saice’s backing, owing to the MoU, Sappma would... 

MoU to highlight need for engineers in pipes and plastics industry

African market helping local pipe manufacturer recover  

By: Pimani Baloyi     17th January 2014 South African plastic pipe manufacturer Pipeflo has been expanding its presence in the African market to recover from the financial downturn that resulted from the high incidence of labour unrest in the mining industry in 2012, which has been recurring since, company founder and director Stefanus... 

African market  helping local pipe  manufacturer  recover
Pipeflo business manager Lizl du Preez discusses the effects of the Marikana tragedy on the pipes industry.

Company delivers drainage system to Sierra Leone mine

     17th January 2014 UK-based pipe manufacturer Polypipe has supplied over 4 000 m of 300 mm perforated twinwall pipes for the construction of a drainage system at African Minerals’ Tonkolili iron-ore mine, in Sierra Leone. The mine presents one of the largest iron-ore resources in the world and contributes... 

Partnership to support training and skills development

By: Pimani Baloyi     17th January 2014 South African plastic pipe industry facilitator, the Southern African Plastic Pipe Manufacturers Association (Sappma) has signed a memorandum of uderstanding (MoU) in November 2013 with the South African Institution of Civil Engineering (Saice) to expand its reach to the new generation of... 

Pipe fittings improved to increase service life span

By: Pimani Baloyi     17th January 2014 Mechanical pipe-joining systems manufacturer Victaulic says the launch of its Extended Life (XL) fittings and couplings range, in October 2013, offers greater longevity than ever before. “The fittings have an extra 6.4 mm of lining, which extends the service life by up to three times, compared... 

South Africa warms to the use of gas energy

By: Pimani Baloyi     17th January 2014 South Africa has reached a state of sophistication in using gas as an alternative to using electricity as a source of energy for domestic use in residential developments, says local pipe manufacturer Marley Pipe Systems. The company was recently awarded a long-term contract by environment... 

Lining manufacturer expands factory, targets export markets 

By: Schalk Burger     6th December 2013 Local engineering company and polyurethane lining manufacturer UMP has invested R12-million to double the size of its factory, in Edenvale, east of Johannesburg, and is poised to increase its supply to African and international markets, says UMP director Trevor Carolin. It expanded its urethane... 

Lining manufacturer expands factory, targets export markets
UMP director Trevor Carolin discusses the company's recent factory expansion and future growth.

Expansion in line with customer demand

By: Zandile Mavuso     25th October 2013 Secunda-based process engineering company CDE Process built a new drafting and piping department in the first quarter of 2013, which is expected to be fully operational by the end of October. 

Nearly 5 000 leaks found

By: Carina Borralho     11th October 2013 Engineering and contracting firm Bosch Munitech has located 4 497 leaks in 3 395 km of pipe reticulation, which it surveyed for eThekwini Water and Sanitation (EWS), after being awarded a R7.5-million leak-detection project that will result in the company surveying about 5 000 km of water mains... 

SA agency on high space-weather alert as current solar cycle nears peak

By: Joanne Taylor     11th October 2013 Space weather has the capacity to have disastrous effects on space and earth based technology infrastructure – from information and communication technology to electrical power distribution systems. 

SA agency on high space-weather alert as current solar cycle nears peak

Strong planning and management urged as SA begins to come to terms with its water scarcity

By: Joanne Taylor     23rd August 2013 It is common cause that South Africa is facing various challenges with regard to its water resources and the management thereof. It is also well recognised that South Africa needs to intensify its efforts to protect its already limited water resources and materially improve the efficiency of... 

Strong planning and management urged as SA begins to come to terms with its water scarcity

Course aims to upgrade skills of horizontal directional drillers

By: Joanne Taylor     9th August 2013 A horizontal directional drill (HDD) operator management course has been developed to improve the skills and safety of operators in the field, as this method is becoming increasingly popular in built-up environments. 

Course aims to upgrade skills of horizontal directional drillers
HORIZONTAL DIRECTIONAL DRILLING This method is becoming the preferred way of laying pipes, conduits and cables

Emergency R52m pipeline comes to the rescue in water crisis

By: Zandile Mavuso     2nd August 2013 A 14 km, R52-million temporary, emergency bulk raw water pipeline, commissioned in Ermelo in June, was supplied with R12-million of high-density polyethylene (HDPE) piping, steel fittings and valves from fluid conveyance and pumping solutions provider Incledon. 

Govt’s infrastructure expansion plan for water supply, sanitation delayed – Sappma

By: Zandile Mavuso     2nd August 2013 Government’s delivery of basic water supply and sanitation services to all South Africans by 2014 seems to be delayed, says the South African Plastic Pipes Manufacturers Association (Sappma). 

Govt’s infrastructure expansion plan for water supply, sanitation delayed – Sappma
SUPPLY CAPACITYThe plastic pipes industry is well developed and capable of handling much higher volumes of work than disclosed by government as it boasts about R3-billion in output sales a year

Major contract for CrC pipe lining awarded

By: Zandile Mavuso     2nd August 2013 Long-life liner manufacturer Rio-Carb received a large order in June for 190-mm- to 2 m-diameter chromium carbide (CrC) lined dust extraction ducting for a BHP Billiton plant from air pollution control specialist Genair Pollution Projects, the main design and installation contractor of the project. 

Pipe diameters available in Africa for first time

By: Zandile Mavuso     2nd August 2013 Water reticulation and drainage pipe manufacturer DPI Plastics last month introduced its new range of 560-mm- and 630-mm-diameter polyvinyl chloride (PVC) pipes, the biggest PVC pipe sizes to be manufactured in Africa. 

Pipe diameters available  in Africa for first time
EXPANDING MARKETWith the larger diameter polyvinyl chloride (PVC) pipes range, DPI Plastics hopes to expand into the bulk water market and other markets that can benefit from using PVC pipes

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