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Pipes & Tubes News

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... 

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. 

Product for joining small-diameter piping systems

     2nd August 2013 Mechanical pipe-joining systems company Victaulic has introduced to the market Vic-Press, a press system that joins pipe in a matter of seconds, providing an industrial-grade solution for quick and reliable joining of small-diameter piping systems. 

Pipe-lining trial completed successfully in Australia

     2nd August 2013 The trial, completed in February, took place at the Sonoma coal mine about 6 km south of Collinsville at the northern end of the Bowen basin, in Queensland, Australia. The mine produces high-quality coking and thermal coal, states FLSmidth Ludowici. 

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 lining solution protects against wear, reduces downtime

By: Zandile Mavuso     2nd August 2013 Engineers are moving away from using traditional rubber-lined steel pipes towards using linings that will reduce downtime and avoid plant abrasion through wear-protection products, such polyurethane wear solutions, polyurethane expert company UMP tells Engineering News. 

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

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

First Tech moves into business rescue

By: Natasha Odendaal     15th July 2013 First Tech Group, the parent company of liquidated structural steel company Cosira, has started voluntary business rescue proceedings, after admitting in its application that the group was “financially distressed” and could not pay its debts. The 20-year-old company, which employed over 5 000... 

Measures taken to meet demand

By: Chantelle Kotze     12th July 2013 Sheet-metal component manufacturer Fabrinox will take receipt of the last of three newly acquired pieces of machinery no later than mid-August, as part of an equipment investment programme to increase its manufacturing capacity, MD Andre Visser tells Engineering News. 

Major distributor and processor of precision metal flanges

     12th July 2013 Located in Roodekop, Germiston, Macsteel Flanges is a leading manufacturer and importer of metal flanges in Southern Africa. Equipped with one of the most advanced and sophisticated flange manufacturing plants, it produces pipe flanges to the highest tolerances and international standards.... 

Fair to highlight technological advancements 

By: Ilan Solomons     3rd May 2013 The Southern African Plastic Pipe Manufacturers Association (SAPPMA) chairperson Jan Venter tells Engineering News he is confident that the South African Industry and Technology Fair (Indutec) 2013 will bring exposure for new technologies that can boost food production, improve infrastructure,... 

Alternative material available for compressor air-line installations in food industry

By: Yolandi Booyens     8th March 2013 Industrial project management and installation company Ocean 24 aims to introduce its PlomyClick piping solution onto the food and beverage market this month by demonstrating the product’s antibacterial advantages to manufacturers in the industry, states Ocean 24 project estimator Colin Rothery.... 

Firm punts piping alternative for compressed-air market

By: Joanne Taylor     25th January 2013 Industrial project management and installation company Ocean24 has pioneered the use of poly-ethylene multilayer (PLOMYclick) piping in replacing galvanised material for compressor and airline pipelines. 

Plastic pipe production capacity exceeds demand

By: Gia Costella     18th January 2013 The plastic pipe manufacturing sector is feeling the economic pinch, with domestic plastic pipe production capacity outweighing demand, says Southern African Plastic Pipe Manufacturers Association (Sappma) chairperson Jan Venter. “This is both ironic and concerning, as existing steel and asbestos... 

Solutions provider supplies pipes for Mpumalanga water project

By: Gia Costella     18th January 2013 Fluid conveyance and pumping solutions provider Incledon has supplied more than 15 km of ductile iron and polyvinyl chloride (PVC) piping products for the R41-million Mbuzini bulk water augmentation scheme, in Mpumalanga.   

Fluid conveyance company completes R16.5m Zambian project

By: Gia Costella     18th January 2013 Fluid conveyance solutions provider Rare completed and commissioned a R16.5-million high-density polyethylene (HDPE) piping project for African mining company Chambishi Metals on September 30, expanding the refinery plant’s output to 50 000 t/y of London Metal Exchange (LME) Grade-A copper. 

PVC-u gutters and downpipes range hail resistant 

By: Gia Costella     18th January 2013 The recent spate of heavy and destructive hailstorms that caused severe damage to property in Gauteng has proved to be no match for a range of Rainflo unplasticised polyvinyl chloride (PVC-u) gutters and downpipes, says water reticulation, drainage and pipe-fitting systems manufacturer DPI... 

Glass-reinforced plastic pipe the future, says manufacturer

By: Gia Costella     18th January 2013 Pipe manufacturer and supplier Fiberpipe says glass-reinforced plastic (GRP) pipes are the future of pipes in South Africa. “GRP pipes were introduced onto the civils market in South Africa during June 1992 and have been used worldwide in the civils market since the late 1960s. 

Pipes, tubes manufacturer replaces anticorrosion system

     18th January 2013 Steel pipes and tubes manufacturer Robor’s galvanising division Robor Galvanizers has replaced the anticorrosion system at its galvanising plant.   

Fishing line pilot project successful, next phase starts

By: Gia Costella     18th January 2013 Following the successful implementation of a pilot project to use polyvinyl chloride (PVC) pipes as bins for discarded fishing line along the Overberg–Gansbaai shoreline, bins are being placed at Western, Northern and Eastern Cape beaches, where fishermen can dispose of their broken or used... 

Joburg to host consolidated industrial fair in 2013 

     19th October 2012 Ten trade events targeting different sectors of industry will be combined at the Gallagher Convention Centre, in Johannesburg, on May 14 to May 16 next year. 

SA supplier assists in mitigating Ekurhuleni sewage problem

By: Samantha Herbst     12th October 2012 Local fluid conveyance products and solutions provider, Incledon, has successfully supplied materials for an emergency sewer upgrade for the Ekurhuleni metropolitan municipality, after aged concrete sewage pipes in parts of Johannesburg’s East Rand had collapsed earlier this year, causing... 

Key focus on technical competence as competition rises

By: Schalk Burger     31st August 2012 The number of medium- and heavy-steel projects in South Africa and globally should ensure medium growth for industrial holding company VBV Holdings, but the company must remain globally competitive to grow, says VBV Holdings chairperson Gary van den Berg. 

Steel fabricator accelerates welder training programme

By: Schalk Burger     31st August 2012 Local steel fabricator Carbon Steel Fabricators (CSF) has trained 45 welders in its newly opened welding training facility, in Vanderbijlpark, and aims to train welders from all its sister companies under industrial holding company VBV Holdings, says CSF GM Duncan Viljoen. 

Quality of pipes, regulation of industry important – industry body

By: Sashnee Moodley     3rd August 2012 While national standards are sufficient to ensure the quality of pipelines, the regulating thereof could be improved, the Southern African Plastic Pipe Manufacturers Association (Sappma) reports. 

Midrand stormwater piping installation progressing

By: Sashnee Moodley     3rd August 2012 One of the largest infrastructure developments in Gauteng, Waterfall City, has been supplied with 1 900 t of precast concrete stormwater pipes by precast concrete specialist Rocla to drain the area. 

Service delivery improved – pipe manufacturer

By: Sashnee Moodley     3rd August 2012 Since March, there has been an increase in the delivery of basic services in some of the provinces of South Africa, with various water projects being undertaken, reports steel tube and pipe manufacturer Robor Pipe Systems sales director Gavin Fait.  

Successful slurry pipeline projects for gold, copper mines

By: Sashnee Moodley     3rd August 2012 Fluid conveyance firm Rare Group has supplied and installed 11 762 m of 450 nominal bore (NB) and 600 NB pipelines for two mining projects in Africa. 

High-quality hoses vital for fire protection

By: Sashnee Moodley     3rd August 2012 The quality of fire protection equipment is important, as it is designed to save lives and protect property, emphasises fire protection equipment supplier Centa Group chairperson Duncan Boyes. He adds that inferior-quality fire protection equipment is simply not effective in an emergency situation. 

Imports of cheap hose, fittings detrimental to industry

By: Sashnee Moodley     3rd August 2012 The vast hose industry, which comprises both small and significant players, is undergoing a phase of consolidation, says specialised hose and coupling supplier Jachris COO Warwick Bouwer. 

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