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Company’s new design opens more doors for pipe manufacturers

By: Sascha Solomons     24th June 2016 Amid government spend on big water projects and the ongoing, urgent need for water infrastructure development, pipes manufacturer DPI Plastics’ latest addition to its existing 630-mm-diameter range, the new 630 Class 16 modified polyvinyl chloride (mPVC) pipe, has enabled the company to make... 

Confusion regarding certification explained

     24th June 2016 Owing to the confusion within municipalities and the general public regarding the meaning of a certification body within the pipes industry,  Southern African Plastic Pipe Manufacturers Association CEO Jan Venter highlights the misperceptions by explaining the differences between the South... 

Damage to tube and pipe weld purging systems eliminated

     24th June 2016 Welding metallurgy and gas physics specialists Huntingdon Fusion Techniques (HFT) have designed Argweld heat resistant covers to eliminate damaging or bursting inflatable dams on tube and pipe weld purging systems owing to exposure to high temperatures. HFT distributor support Luke Keane notes... 

Ensuring relevancy by remaining competitive

By: Sascha Solomons     24th June 2016 Apart from being heavily committed to educating various industries on the benefits of using high-quality branded and approved products, engineering supplies specialist Incledon also strives to remain abreast of the latest trends and developments in the industry by remaining competitive. Incledon... 

Innovative technology boosts productivity and job site safety

By: Sascha Solomons     24th June 2016 Mechanical pipe manufacturer Victaulic has introduced the FireLock Installation-Ready Fittings system to the pipe and fire protection industry, which reduces installation time and job site inventory, boosting productivity and safety. Victaulic Africa regional manager Barry van Jaarsveld asserts... 

New technology tailored to clients’ needs

     24th June 2016 Tailored fluid solutions and line systems hose components supplier ContiTech has developed a high-temperature Conti Excelsus hose with external reinforcement which can be precisely tailored to relevant applications.  ContiTech explains that flexibility allows the new Conti Excelsus... 

No-dig pipeline renovations an efficient alternative

By: Sascha Solomons     24th June 2016 Needle punch products manufacturer Fibertex asserts that the Fibertex KAVI felts, which is a textile that is produced by matting, condensing and pressing fibres together, has numerous advantages over conventional open trench pipe repair procedures. Fibertex South Africa business development... 

Stringent specs for plastic pipes in gas pipelines

     24th June 2016 South Africa’s gas industry is on the cusp of great growth and expansion in light of a potential global oversupply of shale gas. As a result, local plastic pipe manufacturers have to ensure that the pipes used in gas pipelines have been manufactured according to stringent specifications and... 

Gem International sees big diamond potential at Angola flagship

By: Henry Lazenby     23rd June 2016 Vancouver-based explorer Gem International Resource sees bonanza diamond potential at its flagship Dala project, in Angola, and is preparing plans for the immediate development of alluvial diamond deposits, followed with systematic exploration that would hopefully result in discovering... 

Copper is just a bystander in commodities’ best start since 2008

By: Bloomberg     23rd June 2016 The best start to a year for commodities since 2008 is leaving copper in the dust. The metal is one of the weakest of the 22 raw materials in the Bloomberg Commodity Index of returns this year and the worst of the major metals. 

Pipes Welded Faster

     22nd June 2016 Time is money and waiting for pipe joints to be purged ready for welding can take anything up to four hours, depending on the diameter of the pipe being welding and the method chosen for purging. Huntingdon Fusion Techniques, HFT®‘s innovative QuickPurge® System dramatically reduces waiting... 

Geotechnical Wizardry at Village Walk… a story of great teamwork

     21st June 2016 From a geotechnical perspective, the complete overhaul of the Village Walk site has been sufficiently challenging for Franki project manager Paulo Alves to say that this was one of the most incredible projects he has ever worked on. “It has been a complex, often difficult and unpredictable... 

Company eyes increase in export sales

By: Victor Moolman     17th June 2016 Plastic manufacturer Easyhold is increasing its product offering to new markets as it foresees an increase in sales levels through exports. 

Drilling just got smarter with new Atlas Copco SmartROC

     15th June 2016 Atlas Copco’s new ground-breaking SmartROC D65 down-the-hole drill rig combines brains and brawn to set the industry benchmark in intelligent, powerful and efficient high-precision drilling for improved production, productivity and ultimately profitability. In the current protracted tough... 

Cost-sharing initiative to save small businesses

By: Robyn Wilkinson     10th June 2016 Welding services provider Federal Steel Company MD Phakamile Buthelezi has implemented a cost-sharing initiative that has helped to keep several small businesses in Turfontein, in the south of Johannesburg, afloat during a challenging economic start to the year for the welding industry. 

Industry bodies determined to maintain standards

     10th June 2016 The Installation and Fabrication Plastics Pipe Association (IFPA), a subsidiary of the local representative body of the plastics pipe industry South African Plastic Pipe Manufacturers Association (Sappma), together with umbrella body for the local plastics industry Plastics SA, has implemented a... 

TMK’s Seversky Tube Works orders from SMS group heat treatment line for tubes

     9th June 2016 TMK’s subsidiary Seversky Tube Works, located in Polevskoy, Russia, has placed an order with SMS group for a heat treatment line for tubes and pipes. The plant produces seamless and welded pipe and tube mainly for oil and gas. With the installation of this line, TMK - one of the... 

Successful commissioning of heat treatment facility and pipe threading line supplied by SMS group

     8th June 2016 SMS group has supplied and successfully commissioned a heat treatment facility and pipe threading line, which includes two 4-axis CNC threading machines, at Axis Pipe and Tube, based in Houston, Texas, U.S.A. The two new plants for the Bryan, TX, works enable the company to... 

Nord Stream 2 pipeline project, Russia

By: Sheila Barradas     3rd June 2016 Nord Stream 2 involves the construction of will about 1 200 km natural gas pipelines.  

Sika Sponsors Wildlands Green Filter Plant Planenbrug

     30th May 2016 The Wildlands Green Filter Plant is the result of collaborative efforts to address the serious pollution problems of the Plankenbrug River in Stellenbosch and Sika is proud to be one of the main sponsors of this great green initiative. The Plankenbrug River receives greywater, polluted stormwater... 

Tasteful water: Iron control optimised

     27th May 2016 Endress+Hauser complements its analyser portfolio for drinking water and process water monitoring. The new Liquiline System CA80FE colorimetric analyser offers precise monitoring of dissolved iron content in water and supports plant managers in complying with stipulated limit values. Drinking... 

Largest fibre manufacturing plant opens in KZN

     27th May 2016 Nonwoven product manufacturer Fibertex South Africa’s manufacturing plant in Hammarsdale, KwaZulu-Natal – which is one of six Fibertex factories in the world – is now the largest nonwoven geotextiles manufacturing facility in Africa. 

Tricky hydro scheme checks completed

By: Simon Sonnekus     27th May 2016 Difficult-to-complete inspections, high up at a water-storage scheme, in KwaZulu-Natal, were easily completed within the allotted time using  rope access.  Rope access solutions provider Skyriders marketing manager Mike Zinn notes that the operation – which took place after the conclusion of one... 

HVAC Multi-Probe Anemometer Available From Asstech

     26th May 2016 French manufacturer of measuring instruments for the past 30 years, Kimo, has designed the versatile VT200 air velocity and airflow control device that is available in six different configurations. The anemometer is a product offering of Randburg-based instrumentation company, ASSTech. Easy to... 

Diavik hits 100m-carat milestone as Ekati development gathers pace

By: Henry Lazenby     20th May 2016 Canada’s largest diamond mine has reached the significant milestone of producing 100-million carats of rough diamonds since the mine started in 2003. Simon Trott, MD of Rio Tinto Diamonds, Salt & Uranium, a 60/40 joint venture between mining major Rio Tinto and Canada’s Dominion Diamond Corp,... 

Mozambique steel plant acquired by South African manufacturer

By: Dylan Slater     20th May 2016 Following extensive negotiations with Capital Africa Steel (CAS), LionSteel South Africa (SA) has acquired the Mozambique-based steel pipe manufacturing mill Capital Star Steel SA (CSS), which is located in Matola.  

We all need to do our part to save water – ActionAid South Africa

     17th May 2016 With the country being classified as the 30th driest in the world and the outlook for sufficient availability looking grim, all South Africans need to play their parts in using water more efficiently, says ActionAid South Africa. Last month, the organisation launched its Water Interrupted... 

Saudi group keen to expand South African solar footprint well beyond Bokpoort  

By: Terence Creamer     13th May 2016 Located on a dead flat piece of land about an hour-and-a-half’s drive from Upington and close to the Orange river, the curved solar collector mirrors, gleaming pipes and large molten-salt tanks of the 50 MW Bokpoort concentrated solar power (CSP) plant stand in stark industrial contrast to the... 

Water taken from Sterkfontein still not replaced – Muller  

By: Martin Creamer     12th May 2016 Water extracted from the Sterkfontein dam had still not been replaced, six months after officials promised that it would be, Wits School of Governance visiting adjunct professor Mike Muller has pointed out. Speaking at this week’s South African Institution of Civil Engineering Civilution... 

Pipes manufacturers take on SABS over unfulfilled mandate 

By: Samantha Herbst     6th May 2016 The Southern African Plastic Pipe Manufacturers Association (Sappma) has taken legal action against the South African Bureau of Standards (SABS) to address the standards body’s alleged failure to perform in terms of its mandate and to meet its obligations, as prescribed in the Standards Act.... 

Earthmoving specialist EPH commends Atlas Copco hydraulic hammers

     6th May 2016 Excavating and earthmoving rental equipment provider EPH PLANT HIRE (PTY) LTD has commended the range of SB202 hydraulic hammers supplied by sustainable productivity solutions provider Atlas Copco. EPH supplies a broad spectrum of customers that range from large listed construction firms to small... 

Lesotho aiming to be a major diamond producer in next few years

By: Ilan Solomons     6th May 2016 The mining industry in Lesotho is still in its infancy, but it is developing and has a lot of potential, says Lesotho Mining Minister Lebohang Thotanyana. In 2015, Lesotho adopted the Minerals and Mining Policy – the first time that the country has developed a policy specifically focused on its... 

Clamp solution primary focus at Nampo 2016

By: Nadine James     6th May 2016 Southern Africa sole distributor of Jacob Modular Tubing products Roff Industries will showcase the Jacob Quick Connect (JQC) clamp solution for grain-handling and food- processing applications at the Nampo, or National Maize Producers Organisation, Harvest Day. Roff Industries bulk materials... 

Lionsteel South Africa Acquires Mozambique Steel Pipe Manufacturing Mill From Capital Africa Steel (Cas)

     3rd May 2016 LionSteel South Africa has, after extensive negotiations with Capital Africa Steel, acquired the steel pipe manufacturing mill Capital Star Steel SA, located in Matola, Mozambique. The acquisition worth in excess of R500 million, involved a comprehensive debt restructuring with a syndication of... 

Field pressure testing ensures that PVC pipes do not leak

     26th April 2016 DPI Plastics has developed a ‘how to’ guide on field pressure testing to ensure that the integrity of a pipeline is not compromised. A field pressure test is used to test the integrity of pipe joints completed on site. This test is covered by the SANS 2001:DP2 – Medium pressure pipelines... 

Block Pipes Instantly and Effectively with Pipestoppers®

     22nd April 2016 Blocking pipes in order to carry out routine maintenance, repair work or even for weld purging is easy with Pipestoppers®. The Pipestoppers® Division at Huntingdon Fusion Techniques HFT® design and manufacture a range of Mechanical and Inflatable Pipestoppers® and Plugs to suit every application.... 

Costa Norte liquefied natural gas project, Panama

By: Sheila Barradas     22nd April 2016 The project comprises the development, construction, operation and maintenance of an integrated gas-to-power project on Telfers Island. 

Electrofusion welding suitable for high-pressure sewerage system pipes

By: Victor Moolman     22nd April 2016 Plastic pipe specialists Marley Pipe Systems has throughout 2015 and in 2016 supplied high-density polyethylene (HDPE) Megatuff pipes that are suitable for electrofusion in sewage system upgrades throughout South Africa. 

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