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Pipes & Tubes News

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. 

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. 

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 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.  

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.  

Steel pipe manufacturer increases capacity

     18th January 2008 Welded steel pipes manufacturer Hall-Longmore, a wholly-owned Murray & Roberts company, has invested about R245-million to increase production capacity at its Wadeville, Germiston, and Duncanville, Vereeniging, pipe manufacturing facilities.  

Pipe manufacturer extends services to include pipeline management

     18th January 2008 Steel pipe and tube specialists Robor has extended its range of services beyond the supply of pipes and pipe-protection products to include pipeline management and involved customer support.  

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... 

Supplier launches new range of multispiral hose

     18th January 2008 Hydraulics supplier Genflex Hydraulics of Alrode South, Gauteng, has introduced a new, stronger, multi-spiral hose, the DIN8564SP, with a grey cover for easy identification, to the South African market, that accommodates greater working pressures than the previous SAE 100R12 hose.  

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.  

Alliances seen as crucial to reducing project risk

By: Terence Creamer     30th November 2007 State power utility Eskom has made it plain for some time now that it will be looking to partnerships and alliances as a way of softening the very real threat of price escalation in what could be a R1-trillion, 20-year investment programme. 

Work on R11,2bn fuel pipeline must start early 2008 to meet 2010 schedule

By: Terence Creamer     29th November 2007 Fuel pipeline operator Transnet Pipelines anticipates that work on its R11,2-billion, 24-inch multiproduct fuel pipeline, from Durban to Gauteng, should start during the first quarter of 2008, which would also be crucial in order for it to by completed by the third quarter of 2010. 

JSE-listed Rare subsidiary wins large West African maintenance contract

By: Christy van der Merwe     27th November 2007 Piping solutions provider Rare has, through its Angolan subsidiary Rare Petrochemicals, secured "arguably the single largest maintenance, repair and operations contract in oil-rich West Africa," group CEO David Scheepers said. 

Steel and tube resurrects training scheme in new guise

By: Brindaveni Naidoo     9th November 2007 Steel and tube distributor firm Stewarts & Lloyds opened a training facility at its Wynberg branch, in Gauteng, last month. 

Rare Holdings profit up 43%

     5th September 2007 Pipe and related products manufacturer, distributor and fluid conveyance specialist Rare Holdings lifted operating profit for the 12 months ended June 30 by 43%, to R26-million, the company reported on Wednesday. 

SA weld-inspection tool in China foray

By: Terence Creamer     15th June 2007 The South African developer of radioscopic systems used for inspecting the quality of welds on tank-containers, Paul Bestbier of Cape Town, has made its first foray into the high-potential Chinese market, which has now eclipsed South Africa as the world’s leading tank-container... 

New guillotine system to cut hose-breakage costs

     19th January 2007 The ‘Guiloswage’, a locally designed and manufactured machine that will reduce downtime and costs associated with breakages in the mining, engineering, mechanical handling and construction sectors, is being launched by Genflex Hydraulics, of Alrode South, Johannesburg. 

New product receives top technology award

By: Brindaveni Naidoo     19th January 2007 The newly launched Water Angel, a product designed to mitigate the risk of geyser and pipe bursts, received an award from the Da Vinci Institute in partnership with the Department of Science and Technology, for attaining a position in the top ten for the most promising emerging technology top 100... 

Pipe producer invests in products to tackle mining sector demands

     19th January 2007 Polyethelene pipe system producer KWH Pipe as invested heavily in developing products to suit the needs of the mining industry. 

Pipe insulation product sales sky-rocket

By: Brindaveni Naidoo     19th January 2007 Foam manufacturer Air-o-thene recorded a 215% sales increase this year in its Air-o-therm division, a growth rate the company attributes to its Air-o-therm pipe insulation product. 

Pipe product plays a part in the move towards greener energy

By: Brindaveni Naidoo     19th January 2007 The Department of Minerals and Energy’s (DME’s) vision is to promote the effective use of South Africa’s alternative energy sources. 

Pipe and hose producer anticipates industry growth

By: Brindaveni Naidoo     19th January 2007 Producers of plastic pipeand hose systems in South Africa Petzetakis Africa’s black economic-empowerment partner (BEE), Sekunjalo MD Ronnie Dennison, says that theoutlook for the pipes and hose industry for the next few years is positive. He anticipates that theindustry will reap financial... 

Steel tube division sold for R480m

     19th January 2007 Following the recent announcement of its 32% rise in headline earnings, industrial brand management company Barloworld has finalised the sale of its steel tube division (Robor) for net asset value of approximately R480 million. 

Supply contract for Mozambique gas line

By: Olivia Soraya Spadavecchia     27th October 2006 Wholly-owned Murray & Roberts company Hall Longmore has had a continued relationship with Sasol for nearly four decades. 

German piping group enters SA's resurgent energy sector

By: peter cromberge     3rd February 2006 German pipe construction company Essener Hochdruck-Rohrleitungsbau (EHR) launched a branch office in South Africa in January to supply the country�s growing energy infrastructure requirements. 

Empowerment firm breaks into plastic piping market

     27th January 2006 RMB Corvest, a private equity business within the Firstrand Group, has facilitated the entry of empowerment investor Tandem Capital into one of the country’s leading piping manufacturers, Gazelle Plastics. 

Automation unit doubles piping plant’s productivity

     20th January 2006 Leading importer and distributor of high-end automation products and capital equipment in South Africa, Elquip Solutions, has recently installed a custom-built automation unit for Robor Pipe Solutions, a subsidiary of Barloworld Robor specialising in tube and pipe manufacture. 

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