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Pipes & Tubes News

Merger aims to spur growth 

By: Mary-Anne O’Donnell     15th January 2010 Polyurethane products manufacturer Uretech merged with high-temperature solution specialists Insulcon and metal engineering company Dot Steel late last year. 

Product diversity, geographical reach help local company to survive the downturn

By: Mary-Anne O’Donnell     15th January 2010 Fluid conveyance solutions company Rare Holdings reports that it has managed to pull through the current economic downturn as a result of the diversity of its products and its geographical outreach. 

Smoke detection devices provide early warnings 
of potential fire

     15th January 2010 An important component of fire suppression specialists Vesda’s aspiring smoke detection devices, which give early warning of a potential fire, is the network of sampling pipes which actively transports air from a protected area to the detector. Vesda’s aspiring smoke detector devices are... 

Tube fittings for pneumatic systems launched

     15th January 2010 Supplier of hydraulic hose and fittings Genflex Hydraulics has introduced a range of nylon quick-connecting tube fittings for use on pneumatic systems. 

Wet-ash disposal pipeline completed for Eskom

By: Mary-Anne O’Donnell     15th January 2010 Manufacturer of polyurethane mouldings and pipe linings Urethane Moulded Products (UMP) recently completed a wet-ash disposal pipeline replacement project for State-owned power utility Eskom’s Matla power station. 

Association aims to develop standards for quality control laboratories 

By: Jacqueline Holman     27th November 2009 One of the most recent projects undertaken by the Southern African Plastic Pipe Manufacturers Association (Sappma) is to develop up a set of minimum standards for the quality control laboratories of its members. This will cover the minimum equipment required, as well as the skills to operate it. 

New materials and installation to benefit industry

By: Schalk Burger     27th November 2009 Modern polyvinyl chloride (PVC) and high-density polyethylene (HDPE) products coupled with innovative installation methods could improve the lifetime of pipe systems and decrease the impact of installation, says PVC internal restraint designers Bulldog Systems president Jim Jones and PE product... 

Plastic pipes could prevent leaks, reduce maintenance costs

By: Schalk Burger     27th November 2009 Plastic pipes could be used as a slip lining to rehabilitate existing pipelines, preventing leaks without the need to replace the old pipe system, says Southern African Plastic Pipe Manufacturers Association (Sappma) CEO Jan Venter. 

Doidge says 500 000 jobs target will be met, but critics unsure of target’s value

     13th November 2009 In mid-2009, just as it was becoming increasingly apparent that South Africa would not escape the fallout from the global economic crisis, newly elected President Jacob Zuma caused a stir when, in his State of the Nation address, he promised that government would create at least 500 000 job... 

Greener materials for cables now manufactured locally

By: Leandi Kolver     26th June 2009 Heavy metal-free materials and pigments for the production of polyvinyl chloride (PVC) cables are now produced locally – a development regarded as significant progress for the local cable industry. Power cable manufacturer Aberdare Cables has developed a range of heavy metal-free substitute... 

Local company claims 
offshore division is a first 
for South Africa

By: Kelly Farthing     5th June 2009 Integrated industrial service company A.Hak reports that its offshore division, which provides topside, subsea and downhole expertise and equipment is unique in the South African market. 

Slowdown is simply masking South Africa’s fuel-security frailties

By: Terence Creamer     6th March 2009 A top energy regulator has warned that the security of liquid-fuels supply to South Africa’s economic heartland of Gauteng remains under threat for the short- to medium-term and that serious supply disruptions have only been averted owing to a recent slowdown in demand.

But he has also cautioned... 

Competition Tribunal grants Aveng consent order

By: Christy van der Merwe     25th February 2009 Construction and engineering firm Aveng was on Wednesday granted a consent order from the Competition Tribunal for admitting its involvement in cartel activity in the precast concrete products industry. The consent order means that the firm would not have to go to trial, and had proven that it... 

SA’s fuel-security frailties remain and will resurface once growth returns, warns regulator 

By: Terence Creamer     19th February 2009 A top energy regulator has warned that the security of liquid-fuels supply to South Africa’s economic heartland of Gauteng remains under threat for the short- to medium-term and that serious supply disruptions have only been averted owing to a recent slowdown in demand. But he has also cautioned... 

Pipe suppliers fingered for collusion as commission probes nine more cases

By: Terence Creamer     2nd February 2009 The Competition Commission announced on Monday that it had uncovered yet another cartel operating in South Africa. This time, the culprits are participants in the plastic-pipe manufacturing industry, which supplies product for plumbing in domestic houses, as well as for application in the... 

Hudaco says it will be difficult to repeat 2008 profit growth this year

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     30th January 2009 South African industrial products distribution company Hudaco said at the weekend that it would be “difficult” to match the strong earnings performance achieved in 2008 this year, in light of the current slowdown in the global and domestic economies. “We expect in 2009, that our three major... 

Merit found in continued use of project houses

     23rd January 2009 The South African mining sector has evolved in terms of its acceptance of project houses, and both major and junior mining companies have aligned themselves with project management professionals, says project management company Read, Swatman and Voigt (RSV) chairperson and CEO of corporate... 

Imported range to reduce supply lead time

By: Fatima Gabru     16th January 2009 Rubber solutions company, the Transvaal Rubber Company (Truco), has imported a large stock and range of rubber bellows, from 32-mm diameter to 600-mm diameter, to substantially decrease the lead time for the supply of these products to its clients, says Truco small-bore-hose division manager... 

Pipe company lends support to industry

     16th January 2009 With the increased in activity in the mining, petrochemical and water industries, steel tube and pipe manufacturer Robor Pipe Systems is focusing on providing innovative solutions and advice to the market. 

Plant upgrade set for commissioning

By: Fatima Gabru     16th January 2009 The Amandelbult 75-210 ktpm plant upgrade for platinum miner Anglo Platinum, valued at about R140-million, is scheduled for commissioning by the end of January, says construction solutions company Tubular Holdings MD Tony Trindade. 

Second pipelining order secured for Ghana gold mine

By: Fatima Gabru     16th January 2009 Piping and fluid conveyance management company, the Rare Group, has secured a second order for global engineering consultancy Advantica’s Swagelining plastic pipe-lining technology for a gold mine in Ghana. 

Slowdown challenges the steel tube, pipe industry

By: Fatima Gabru     16th January 2009 Members of the Association of Steel Tube and Pipe Manufacturers (ASTPM) have reported a definite slowdown in the sales of steel tubes and pipes in the third quarter of 2008, ASTPM executive director Mike Robertson tells Engineering News. 

Infrastructure focus must shift from supply threats to demand-side stimulus 

By: Terence Creamer     20th November 2008 The threat posed to South Africa’s R600-billion infrastructure programme from construction-material shortages had all but vanished along with slowing demand, the head of the Infrastructure Inputs Monitoring Project Seeraj Mohammed confirmed on Thursday. He, therefore, urged government to turn... 

Upgrade of SA’s only dense wastewaster marine outfall system under way

By: Brindaveni Naidoo     7th November 2008 Multi-disciplinary engineering consultancy firm, the WSP Group is currently upgrading the dense wastewater marine outfall pipe system in Richards Bay, the only dense wastewater marine discharge pipeline of its kind in South Africa.  

Metals sector's apprentice intake breaches 4 000 mark for first time in nearly 10 years 

By: Terence Creamer     10th October 2008 Apprentice numbers in South Africa's metals sector rose to over 4 000 for the first time since 1999 during 2008, Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of South Africa (Seifsa) president Johan Fourie revealed at the weekend, adding that he was optimistic that intake levels would surpass 5... 

Engineering company sets 15% growth target

By: Jonathan Faurie     10th October 2008 Metals focused engineering company Probraze Metals has set a 15% growth target for the year, in spite of the challenging year the company experienced thus far. 

100 learnerships set aside for draughtspeople  

By: Brindaveni Naidoo     19th September 2008 The Manufacturing, Engineering and Related Services Sector Education and Training Authority, Merseta, is to invest R3-million in learners at the African Academy, an educational institution for draughtspeople. 

First R1,3bn spin-off investments likely to focus on boiler components

By: Terence Creamer     22nd August 2008 State power utility Eskom claims to have secured R1,3-billion worth of foreign direct investment in return for the awarding of contracts worth tens of billions of rand for boilers and turbines to be installed at the Medupi and Kusile coal-fired projects, which are being built at a combined cost... 

Construction of vital R11,2bn fuel pipeline to start in September 

By: Terence Creamer     23rd April 2008 State freight logistics group Transnet would begin construction of the urgently needed R11,2-billion new multiproduct fuel pipeline from Durban to southern Johannesburg in August, and was confident of completing the project by September 2010. However, CEO Maria Ramos acknowledged that mitigation... 

German trade fair attracts exhibitors from 50 countries

By: Leandi Kolver     15th February 2008 The eleventh biennual International Wire and Cable Trade Fair and the International Tube and Pipe Trade Fair to be held jointly at Germany's Düsseldorf Exhibition Centre will open its doors from March 31 to April 4. 

Hudaco buys Astore Africa for R115m

By: Christy van der Merwe     29th January 2008 Industrial equipment supplier Hudaco would acquire thermoplastic pipe-fitting, valve and pipe importer and distributor Astore Africa for R115-million. 

Domestic pipes industry buoyant in 2007

By: Shannon de Ryhove     18th January 2008 The Association of Steel Tube and Pipe Manufacturers of South Africa (ASTPMSA) says that the first three quarters of 2007 have seen a fairly buoyant tube and pipe market, owing to increases in mining activity, as well as infrastructure and construction work in the build up to 2010. 

Engineering consumables company extends product range

     18th January 2008 Engineering consumables specialist Bearing Man’s specialist seals division distributes a comprehensive range of quality branded seals, which includes rotary shaft, torric, hydraulic and pneumatic seals, as well as allied products like O rings, single spring mechanical seals, gland packing, waved... 

Hose manufacturer develops different application hose linings

By: Shannon de Ryhove     18th January 2008 Rubber hose manufacturer Transvaal Rubber Company (Truco) has developed five different types of rubber linings to suit a number of rubber hose applications.  

Local company manufactures piping in-house

By: Shannon de Ryhove     18th January 2008 Mining and industrial supplies company Flexicon Piping Specialists (Flexicon), a division of the First Tech Group, has begun manufacturing its own high-density polyethylene (HDPE), or thermoplastic, piping and fitting systems for use in the mining and power generation sectors, as well as in steel... 

New hydraulic hose suits high-pressure applications

     18th January 2008 Diversified industrial manufacturer Eaton Corporation has announced that it is introducing a new six-spiral Aeroquip hydraulic hose with a constant working pressure of 420 bar.  

New pipe replacement technology reduces infrastructure disruption

By: Shannon de Ryhove     18th January 2008 Piping solutions provider Rare, together with British Gas, has developed a pipe replacement technology that reduces the need to disrupt infrastructure to refurbish corroded pipelines.  

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