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Pipes & Tubes News

Long-term solutions overlooked – Sappma

By: Halima Frost     3rd July 2020 Government’s present efforts to address the lack of potable water in remote areas are resulting in industries that could offer long-term solutions being overlooked, says Southern African Plastic Pipe Manufacturers Association (Sappma). “Understandably, the need to supply to areas that are without... 

Company receives certification, improves product quality

By: Mc'Kyla Nortje     26th June 2020 Piping manufacturer Rare Plastics has received SANS 4437.2 certification – which is a duplication of ISO 4437.2 – for the manufacture of high-density polyethylene (HDPE) gas pipe in May this year. The company is the only South African Plastic Pipe Manufacturers Association member to hold this... 

Pipes range offered for various industries

By: Mc'Kyla Nortje     26th June 2020 Cable conduit and subsoil drainage pipe manufacturer Dura-Line components, which meet stringent quality specifications, are used in conjunction with geosynthetic products manufacturer and supplier Fibertex geotextiles and composite drainage systems in various industries. Fibertex SA is a supplier... 

Locally sourced material ensures quality products

By: Mc'Kyla Nortje     26th June 2020 Thermoplastic equipment supplier Astore Keymak offers dragline hoses that are manufactured from compounds produced at its factory in Randfontein, Johannesburg. “Using locally sourced raw materials gives the company significant control over the quality of the finished product,” says Astore Keymak... 

Equipment supplier offers range of hoses and fittings

26th June 2020 The Eaton Winner hydraulic braided and spiral hose and fittings distributed locally by industrial equipment supplier BMG meet stringent industry standards for pressure, temperature and abrasion resistance. Being part of BMG’s components for fluid power systems and general industrial applications... 

Association warns sector against compromising quality

26th June 2020 Southern African Plastic Pipe Manufacturers Association (Sappma) has urged pipe makers and pipeline installers to avoid giving into the temptation of compromising on quality or sidestepping certain processes and procedures for the sake of saving a few rands. South Africa, like the rest of the... 

Hudaco unlikely to pay dividend as Covid-19 impacts businesses

By: Donna Slater     21st May 2020 Branded automotive, industrial and electronic consumable product importer and distributor Hudaco reports, that despite business disruptions as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, its business remains in a sound financial position, with payments still being made to its creditors on negotiated... 

Macsteel merges fluid control, pipes divisions

By: Marleny Arnoldi     20th May 2020 Steel and value-added steel products supplier Macsteel has merged its fluid control division with its pipes, fittings and flanges division. The vertical merger forms part of the company’s focus on increasing operating efficiency and strengthening its position in the challenging economic climate.  

Steady increase in gasket sealant sales

By: Halima Frost     15th May 2020 Since the launch of adhesive manufacturer Loctite’s 518 gasket sealant pen in South Africa last year, local distributors have shown a steady increase in sales. The Loctite 518 gasket sealant pen was developed to complement the previously launched Loctite 518 flange sealant. 

Steady increase in gasket sealant sales
PEN IS MIGHTIER THAN THE SWORD The Loctite 518 gasket sealant pen combines the leak-fighting properties of 518 flange sealant with a roll-on applicator

Company eyes mining sector growth

By: Mamaili Mamaila     1st May 2020 Hydraulic hoses and fluid components supplier Hydroscand South Africa (SA) is looking to increase its market share in the mining sector through partnering with initiatives in the local communities where the mines which it supplies are located. 

Company eyes mining sector growth
LARGE FOOTPRINT Hydroscand South Africa is the approved supplier to some of the very large global original-equipment manufacturers operating in sub-Saharan Africa

Pipeline repair continues despite Covid-19

24th April 2020 Repair of the Mt Albert high-pressure sludge pipeline is a critical project for city council Wellington’s wastewater network in New Zealand, and one that Wellington Water is committed to progressing during lockdown.  Repairing these pipelines is a significant technical challenge, because the... 

Market feels project pinch

By: Mamaili Mamaila     28th February 2020 The lack of significant public infrastructure spend to boost steel consumption and construction activity are some of the challenges that the local steel tube market has to deal with, says steel industry association the Association of Steel Pipe Manufacturers (ASTPM). 

Market feels project pinch
KEITUMETSE MOUMAKOE The influx of cheap small-bore steel tube imports has not aided the industry

Stainless steel growth unlikely in 2020

By: Mamaili Mamaila     28th February 2020 The level of activity in the local stainless steel sector’s value chain has dwindled in the past decade, mainly owing to international competition, low steel prices and the slow growth of the local economy. 

Stainless steel growth unlikely in 2020
FULL OF VIGOR Stainless steel is one of the youngest industrial materials globally, managing to positively change people’s lives

Company completes purchase of Italian thermoplastic specialist

24th January 2020 Technology services company Continental has successfully completed its purchase of Italian thermoplastic specialist Merlett Group. 

Global sights set for export association

By: Mamaili Mamaila     24th January 2020 Steel industry association the Steel Tube Export Association of South Africa (Steasa) and some of its members will participate at the national pavilion at the International Wire and Tube Trade Fair 2020. 

Global sights set for export association
SOARING HIGHER Exports of high-carbon and low-alloy steel tubes and pipes remain on an upward trajectory and are resilient amid export competitiveness challenges

Company transforming SA’s industrial landscape

24th January 2020 Built from startup, industrial solutions provider BT Industrial – a new-generation, black-owned, high-energy business driven by innovation, international standards, and service excellence – is transforming the industrial landscape in South Africa. 

Water woes, infrastructure challenges concerning – association

24th January 2020 While drought and climate change might have aggravated South Africa’s current water crisis, a major contributing factor is the country’s failure to upgrade and maintain its water pipes and infrastructure over the last decade, says industry association the Southern African Plastic Pipe... 

Water woes, infrastructure challenges concerning – association
JAN VENTER There is no doubt that the impact of this current crisis could have been reduced – if not completely avoided

Association records growth despite struggling economy

24th January 2020 Despite a struggling economy, the Southern African Plastic Pipe Manufacturers Association (Sappma) reported a growth in membership and influence last year. 

Association records growth despite  struggling economy
DIVERSE OFFERING In addition to its hugely successful annual PIPES technical conference, Sappma has also begun hosting regular workshops for both members and non-members alike that focus on different aspects of quality

Accessories supplied for diverse industries

24th January 2020 Pumping equipment supplier Werner Pumps is now able to supply an extensive range of accessories for the wastewater treatment, construction and engineering industries as the sole agent for German tool supplier HAAS Abwassertechnik in South Africa. 

Accessories supplied for  diverse industries
QUICK FIX These pipe stoppers are effective tools for quickly and reliably sealing or closing off pipelines during repair and maintenance work

Inaugural Africa wire, cable and tube conference gets under way in Jhb 

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     12th November 2019 Research and consulting company CRU and the Southern Africa–German Chamber of Commerce and Industry (AHK), along with global trade shows, Wire & Tube as lead sponsor, on Monday kicked off the inaugural Africa Wire, Cable & Tube Conference, which is being held until November 13 in Johannesburg.... 

Inaugural Africa wire, cable and tube conference gets under way in Jhb
CRU Wire and Cable head Michael Finch details the conference, and speaks briefly about the markets

Laser technology expands company’s service offerings

By: Theresa Bhowan     13th September 2019 Coating technology specialist Thermaspray has recently launched and installed its new laser cladding system, which has broadened the scope of the industries it serves. 

Laser technology expands company’s service offerings
LASER PRECISION Thermaspray’s laser cladding system was launched at its Olifantsfontien facility

Steel crucial in Africa’s industrialisation aspirations

By: Mamaili Mamaila     16th August 2019 South Africa and Africa more broadly are attempting to develop their economies through industrialisation and steel forms the basic material of choice for this economic transformation, says the Steel Tube Export Association of South Africa (Steasa) executive director Keitumetse Moumakoe. 

Steel crucial in Africa’s industrialisation aspirations
GOOD INTENTIONS Steasa intends to foster closer collaborative agreements between the downstream steel tube and pipe industry and the primary industry

Company reduces costs, improves efficiency

9th August 2019 Technical solutions provider BMG’s global fluid sealing products manufacturer Garlock products – along with the company’s technical expertise, on-site maintenance, emission monitoring and repair programmes – ensure reduced operational costs, improved efficiency, minimal downtime and uninterrupted... 

Association to sponsor tubular category at steel awards

By: Mamaili Mamaila     5th July 2019 The Association of Steel Tube and Pipe Manufacturers (ASTPM) is the sponsor of the tubular category in the upcoming South African Steel Awards which will take place in October 2019. 

Association to sponsor tubular category at  steel awards
STEEL EXCELLENCE As the industry is currently under strain, the steel awards are a necessary and an enduring reminder for every participant to persist amid adversity

Hose company supplies sector amid challenges

By: Mamaili Mamaila     28th June 2019 Although hoses manufacturer Astore Keymak supplies 80% of its hoses to the local mining industry, business development director Malindi Nkambule says there are a number of challenges – in the main cheap imports and rising input costs such as raw materials and labour. 

Hose company supplies sector amid challenges
HIGH STANDARDS As more people in the fire industry become aware and educated about local hoses standards and stricter specifications, Astore will continue to see more growth in that regard

First customer day at new location hosted

By: Mamaili Mamaila     28th June 2019 Engineering firm Bosch Rexroth South Africa Group of Companies held its first customer day last month at its new location, named Hytec United By Bosch (HUBB), in Kempton Park, Gauteng. 

First customer day at  new location hosted
TECH FORWARD Bosch Rexroth is now more focused on technological innovation, such as the Internet of Things

Countdown to pipes conference under way

By: Mamaili Mamaila     28th June 2019 The countdown to the 2019 PIPES XII Conference – which is hosted by industry body the Southern African Plastic Pipe Manufacturers Association (Sappma) – has begun.  

Countdown to pipes conference under way
PIPES XII The conference – themed Not all plastics are alike – will take a closer look at the quality standards that govern the manufacturing and installation of high-performance plastic pipes and pipe systems

Asian imports putting industry under pressure

By: Mamaili Mamaila     28th June 2019 A notable increase in welded small-bore tubes and seamless pipes from Asia is exacerbating the pressure which South Africa’s steel tube and pipe industry has been under during the past three years, says Association of Steel Tube and Pipe Manufacturers (ASTPM) executive director Keitumetse Moumakoe. 

Asian imports putting industry under pressure
MANUFACTURING IN SIGHT Intensive roll-out of infrastructure spend by government would be the ideal catalyst to create demand locally and increase manufacturing capacity

AI-embedded solution solves IoT data challenges

31st May 2019 Software solution and analytics developer SAS Analytics was chosen by stainless steel manufacturer Ulbrich Stainless Steel to provide an artificial intelligence- (AI-) embedded Internet of Things (IoT) solution to analyse data created by Ulbrich’s plant sensors. This was done in order to deal... 

AI-embedded solution solves IoT data challenges
ANALYTICS UNDERSTANDING Ulbrich Stainless Steel uses SAS analytics to understand the IoT data streaming from its connected factories

Dope-free tech used in three stand CRA pipes’ first run

31st May 2019 Stainless steels developer and manufacturer Sandvik’s SAF 2507 corrosion resistant alloy (CRA) pipes were used with dope-free technology to conduct the first ever run of CRA tubes in stands of three pipes (triples). The pipes were used by an international operator in a project involving wells to... 

Dope-free tech used in three stand CRA pipes’ first run
CRA TRIPLES TUBES CRA pipes have traditionally been run in singles as the threaded connections exhibit a higher tendency to galling and require a careful make-up

Provider develops specialised stainless steel roll

By: Cameron Mackay     31st May 2019 Stainless steel technical services and products provider SMS group has developed a specialised roll for its stainless steel plants. “Reliable and precise flatness measurement is of paramount importance. These rolls carry the brand name X-Shape and are part of the X-Pact product family, which... 

Provider develops specialised stainless steel roll
DIGITAL COMMITMENTS The Manufacturing Execution System and Genius Condition Monitoring System illustrate the company’s commitment to digitalisation and smart plants

Inaugural event to highlight local manufacturing capabilities

By: Halima Frost     17th May 2019 The first Local Southern African Manufacturing Expo (LME), which aims to highlight the capabilities of local manufacturers and, subsequently the ability to export, will be held from May 21 to 23, 2019 at the Expo Centre Nasrec, in Johannesburg. The expo will be hosted by the South African Capital... 

Inaugural event to highlight local manufacturing capabilities
CENTRE OF ATTENTION The inaugural Local Southern African Manufacturing Expo is set to feature more than 130 exhibitors

Polymer bushings used in unsuitable environments

By: Halima Frost     10th May 2019 Polymer bushing manufacturer Vesconite Bearings says its polymer bushings are suited to the South African agriculture sector because of their ability to remain efficient even in less than optimal conditions. Vesconite Bearings’ polymer bushings are manufactured from vesconite – a specialised... 

Polymer bushings used in unsuitable environments
MANUFACTURING MARVEL Parts manufactured for planters and harvesters from vesconite polymers

Three companies join forces to launch EMVAfrica brand

By: Simone Liedtke     5th April 2019 Energy Engineered Products, Multi Alloys and E-Metals Cape have joined forces under the EMVAfrica umbrella to create a “dynamic, single-source solutions provider and service suit” for customers on the African continent. Officially launched on Friday, EMVAfrica director Graham Witty tells... 

Flowtite launches impact-resistant pipe solution as it marks fiftieth anniversary

By: Schalk Burger     25th January 2019 Multinational glass fibre-reinforced polyester (GRP) pipes manufacturer Flowtite celebrated its 50-year anniversary with the local launch of its impact-resistant Grey-brand pipes last month. The pipes facilitate rapid, easy installation for heavy-duty water uses and the use of native backfill and... 

Tripartite expo to cater for bigger PVP audience

By: Cameron Mackay     18th January 2019 The Pumps, Valves & Pipes Africa (PVP) 2019 international trade exhibition and conference is expected to welcome more than 10 500 industry professionals at this year’s event. The 2019 PVP Africa event, which will take place from June 11 to 13, in Johannesburg, at Gallagher Convention Centre, is... 

Tripartite expo to cater for bigger PVP audience
OPPORTUNITY FOR NETWORKING New partnership opportunities in a range of industries will create more opportunities for growth in the relevant sectors

HAW expands hose offering in South Africa

18th January 2019 Hydraulic and Automation Warehouse (HAW), a subsidiary of Bosch Rexroth South Africa Group Company, has expanded its hose crimper offering with the addition of the Uniflex UG32 grease crimper to its range. With orders ready for delivery in December last year, the UG32 launch was preceded with the... 

HAW expands hose offering in South Africa
UNIFLEX UG32 AND UG2O GREASE CRIMPERS Owing to product demand and our role in the fluid power market, the decision to supply a crimper unique to HAW was made
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