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Pipes & Tubes News

Demand for hose-testing at harbours on the increase

24th January 2003 An increasing demand for the regular testing of hoses used to transport products from ship to shore, and vice versa, as well as from ship to ship has motivated Transvaal Rubber Company (Truco) and sister-company Table Bay Rubber Company (TBRC) to offer hose testing on ships and at tanker storage... 

R3,5-million KZN pipe and hose contract nearly completed

24th January 2003 Manufacturer and supplier of plastic pipe and hose systems Petzetakis Africa is fulfilling a R3,5-million contract to supply piping to Richards Bay Minerals. 

Empowerment engineering merchant company established

24th January 2003 Leading piping systems manufacturer DPI Plastics has announced that it has established the largest black empowerment engineering merchant company in South Africa. 

Online corrosion repair method introduced to SA

24th January 2003 A cost-effective method of conducting online corrosion repairs to pipelines transporting sensitive or hazardous liquids and gases has been introduced to South African industry by FedHak Industrial Services, in conjunction with Gammatec Engineering. 

Gold-mine order for East Rand company

24th January 2003 East-Rand-based Linatex Africa and its distributor, TI Rubber Linings (trading as Rubberman) received an order of R350 000 for the fabrication and rubber lining of two mill-ends and scoops for a gold-mine in the Carletonville area. 

Fully-automated production of reinforced-concrete pipes

1st November 2002 A production system for fully-automated production of DN 300 to DN 1200 reinforced steel pipes has to fulfil requirements in terms of dynamic properties and precision. 

Tubing specialist celebrates 24th birthday

By: candice haase     25th October 2002 In the late 1970s when the need for South African designed and produced hydraulic equipment arose, Hydrofit Engineering was established. 

Moz gas project 25% complete

By: Helene Le Roux     23rd August 2002 South African petrochemical giant Sasol, has completed a quarter of its $1,2-billion project that will bring natural gas from Temane in Mozambique, to its Secunda operations in the Mpumalanga Province. 

Amiantit Pipe Systems

23rd August 2002 Alrode 

Gas pipeline haulage contract awarded

16th August 2002 Earlier this month it was announced that transportation firm Cargo Africa Overborder (CAOB), a division of Cargo Africa and part of Imperial Logistics and Transport, has won the line haul contract for the transport of specialised, coated steel pipes for use in the construction of the Sasol... 

Thermoplastic pipe solutions showcased

9th August 2002 Leading supplier in Southern Africa of thermoplastic pipe fittings, valves and pipeline accessories in all recognised materials, Astore Africa, will be exhibiting at the Composites Africa 2002 conference. 

Sophisticated properties enhance end-product

9th August 2002 The company responsible for introducing modified polyvinyl chloride (MPVC) into South Africa in 1995 and later for selling manufacturing licenses into Australia and New Zealand, DPI Plastics, is at the forefront of technology. 

Saudi pipe products bullish on prospects for Alrode facility

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     26th July 2002 Plastic pipe maker Amiantit Pipe Systems Africa’s (Apsa) R50-million pipe factory project at Alrode, on the East Rand, is now nearing completion, less than one year after the project started. 

Study on for a big Uganda fuel pipeline 

26th July 2002 A US Trade and Development Agency feasibility study to construct a $120-150-million petroleum products pipeline for Uganda and the markets of the western Lake Victoria region, is being finalised. 

Acquisitions open door to steel-pipe conveyance market

By: candice haase     19th July 2002 The acquisition of Barloworld’s Robor Stewarts and Lloyds distribution centres based in Kwazulu-Natal was effected by Johannesburg-based steel merchant NJR Steel Holdings in March this year. 

Local tube and pipe manufacturer undergoes positive reconstruction

19th July 2002 One of the premier steel tube and pipe manufacturers in Southern Africa and part of global giant Barloworld, Barloworld Robor, has sold the Robor Stewarts and Lloyds steel and tube branches to three of the leading, independent distributors in the country. 

Buy-out rejuvenates steel and engineering merchant

By: candice haase     19th July 2002 Pooling the skills and resources of steel and engineering merchants Stockwell and Stewarts and Lloyds, previously owned by Barloworld, is a task which has involved the revision of the company’s business strategy, explains Stewarts and Lloyds group market development manager Ronnie Turner. 

Steel tube and pipe export council forged

By: candice haase     19th July 2002 The Association of Steel Tube and Pipe Manufacturers (ASTPM) is in the process of developing a plumbing product that will rival the plastic and copper piping which have been used as substitutes for steel over the years. 

Autocats provide growth impetus for tubing firm

By: Irma Venter     5th July 2002 Pretoria company Fischer Stainless Steel Tubing aims to increase production from its current 500 t a month, to about 1 200 t a month within the next five years, says MD Erich Kotzenmacher. 

Natural gas project in step with Nepad

By: Zonika Botha     24th May 2002 The cross-border agreements between Sasol and the governments of Mozambique and South Africa to bring natural gas from Mozambique to South Africa early in 2004 represents a substantial step towards achieving President Thabo Mbeki’s vision of a New Partnership for Africa’s Development... 

Gas-distribution network poised for conversion

By: Zonika Botha     24th May 2002 With its unique environmentally-friendly properties, natural gas is widely regarded as the gas of the new millennium. Not only does it burn cleaner than any other hydrocarbon liquid fuel or coal gas, but it also produces less carbon dioxide per unit of energy. 

New GTL alliance with Japanese

24th May 2002 Sasol Technology has formed a groundbreaking alliance with a Japanese fabricating consortium for the design, fabrication and supply of the Sasol slurry phase Fishcer-Tropsch reactors to be incorporated in the South African petrochemical giant’s new-generation gas-to-liquids (GTL) plants. 

Sasol consults with parties affected by natural-gas project

By: Marius Roodt     24th May 2002 Sasol has been in consultation with the Mozambican government and other parties affected by the $1,2-billion Sasol natural gas project that will bring gas from Temane in Mozambique to Sasol’s Secunda operations in the Mpumalanga Province. 

Heating tapes, temperature controllers

24th May 2002 Local company Bartec Barlian is to manufacture, supply, install and commission surface heating tapes and temperature controllers for the multi-million rand outside extension of Sasol Olefins and Surfactants’ new detergent alcohol project at Secunda, Engineering News can report. 

Encapsulator system invented for pipes

12th April 2002 A quick-fit insulant, vapour barrier and casing for pipelines, particularly suitable for mining conditions – on surface or underground, has been developed. 

New era for pneumatics

By: Keith Campbell     5th April 2002 THE mechatronics revolution of recent years – the combination of mechanical and electronic systems into integrated products – has particularly benefitted pneumatics. 

New empowerment venture established in piping industry

22nd February 2002 A new black-empowerment venture has been set up to provide pipeline construction and maintenance enterprise services, and will fabricate and install high-density polyethylene (HDPE) and unplasticised polyvinyl chloride (UPVC) pipelines at various mining and industrial operations in the Witbank... 

Derek Pitfield, Amiantit

8th February 2002 Derek Pitfield Amiantit 

Pipe crane progress

25th January 2002 Local mining-equipment manufacturer Steinmuller Mining and Piping Systems’ hydropower equipment division has developed a pipe crane for fast and safe installation of pipes in haulages. 

Galvanised steel piping stands its ground

25th January 2002 Galvanised piping is one of the oldest and most common plumbing materials used for potable water conveyance, and form most of this century was the dominant material for domestic plumbing. 

Four-pronged growth strategy

By: Deborah Spicer     25th January 2002 A four-pronged strategy developed by the Association of Steel Tube and Pipe Manufacturers of South Africa aims to increase industry sales of steel tube and pipe to 500 000 t in four years. 

Multihead cutting machine to treble tube capacity

25th January 2002 The installation of a multihead cutting machine designed for large-diameter, thin-walled tubing has allowed Bosal Industrial Division to treble its tube capacity. 

Eighth international tube and pipe fair

25th January 2002 Exhibitors will come from around the world to Tube 2002 between April 8 and April 11 next year to be part of the eighth international tube and pipe fair in D 

Steel tubing for export-destined tank containers

By: Deborah Spicer     25th January 2002 Local manufacturer Robor Tube has received two contracts to supply South African container manufacturers with a low-alloy, high-strength hollow section. 

Insecurity replaces optimism in tube and pipe forecast

25th January 2002 Rarely have economic forecasts been as difficult to make as today. 

Molasses exporter acquires rubber hoses

25th January 2002 Four rubber bunkering hoses have been supplied to The Pure Cane Molasses Company by Transvaal Rubber Company (Truco). 

Polyethylene compressed-air piping system arrives in Africa

25th January 2002 A compressed-air piping system manufactured from PE 100 high-density polyethylene material is now offered by Astore Africa. 

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