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Pipes & Tubes News

Fair to highlight technological advancements 

By: Ilan Solomons     3rd May 2013 The Southern African Plastic Pipe Manufacturers Association (SAPPMA) chairperson Jan Venter tells Engineering News he is confident that the South African Industry and Technology Fair (Indutec) 2013 will bring exposure for new technologies that can boost food production, improve infrastructure,... 

Alternative material available for compressor air-line installations in food industry

By: Yolandi Booyens     8th March 2013 Industrial project management and installation company Ocean 24 aims to introduce its PlomyClick piping solution onto the food and beverage market this month by demonstrating the product’s antibacterial advantages to manufacturers in the industry, states Ocean 24 project estimator Colin Rothery.... 

Firm punts piping alternative for compressed-air market

By: Joanne Taylor     25th January 2013 Industrial project management and installation company Ocean24 has pioneered the use of poly-ethylene multilayer (PLOMYclick) piping in replacing galvanised material for compressor and airline pipelines. 

Plastic pipe production capacity exceeds demand

By: Gia Costella     18th January 2013 The plastic pipe manufacturing sector is feeling the economic pinch, with domestic plastic pipe production capacity outweighing demand, says Southern African Plastic Pipe Manufacturers Association (Sappma) chairperson Jan Venter. “This is both ironic and concerning, as existing steel and asbestos... 

Solutions provider supplies pipes for Mpumalanga water project

By: Gia Costella     18th January 2013 Fluid conveyance and pumping solutions provider Incledon has supplied more than 15 km of ductile iron and polyvinyl chloride (PVC) piping products for the R41-million Mbuzini bulk water augmentation scheme, in Mpumalanga.   

Fluid conveyance company completes R16.5m Zambian project

By: Gia Costella     18th January 2013 Fluid conveyance solutions provider Rare completed and commissioned a R16.5-million high-density polyethylene (HDPE) piping project for African mining company Chambishi Metals on September 30, expanding the refinery plant’s output to 50 000 t/y of London Metal Exchange (LME) Grade-A copper. 

PVC-u gutters and downpipes range hail resistant 

By: Gia Costella     18th January 2013 The recent spate of heavy and destructive hailstorms that caused severe damage to property in Gauteng has proved to be no match for a range of Rainflo unplasticised polyvinyl chloride (PVC-u) gutters and downpipes, says water reticulation, drainage and pipe-fitting systems manufacturer DPI... 

Glass-reinforced plastic pipe the future, says manufacturer

By: Gia Costella     18th January 2013 Pipe manufacturer and supplier Fiberpipe says glass-reinforced plastic (GRP) pipes are the future of pipes in South Africa. “GRP pipes were introduced onto the civils market in South Africa during June 1992 and have been used worldwide in the civils market since the late 1960s. 

Pipes, tubes manufacturer replaces anticorrosion system

18th January 2013 Steel pipes and tubes manufacturer Robor’s galvanising division Robor Galvanizers has replaced the anticorrosion system at its galvanising plant.   

Fishing line pilot project successful, next phase starts

By: Gia Costella     18th January 2013 Following the successful implementation of a pilot project to use polyvinyl chloride (PVC) pipes as bins for discarded fishing line along the Overberg–Gansbaai shoreline, bins are being placed at Western, Northern and Eastern Cape beaches, where fishermen can dispose of their broken or used... 

Joburg to host consolidated industrial fair in 2013 

19th October 2012 Ten trade events targeting different sectors of industry will be combined at the Gallagher Convention Centre, in Johannesburg, on May 14 to May 16 next year. 

SA supplier assists in mitigating Ekurhuleni sewage problem

By: Samantha Herbst     12th October 2012 Local fluid conveyance products and solutions provider, Incledon, has successfully supplied materials for an emergency sewer upgrade for the Ekurhuleni metropolitan municipality, after aged concrete sewage pipes in parts of Johannesburg’s East Rand had collapsed earlier this year, causing... 

Key focus on technical competence as competition rises

By: Schalk Burger     31st August 2012 The number of medium- and heavy-steel projects in South Africa and globally should ensure medium growth for industrial holding company VBV Holdings, but the company must remain globally competitive to grow, says VBV Holdings chairperson Gary van den Berg. 

Steel fabricator accelerates welder training programme

By: Schalk Burger     31st August 2012 Local steel fabricator Carbon Steel Fabricators (CSF) has trained 45 welders in its newly opened welding training facility, in Vanderbijlpark, and aims to train welders from all its sister companies under industrial holding company VBV Holdings, says CSF GM Duncan Viljoen. 

Quality of pipes, regulation of industry important – industry body

By: Sashnee Moodley     3rd August 2012 While national standards are sufficient to ensure the quality of pipelines, the regulating thereof could be improved, the Southern African Plastic Pipe Manufacturers Association (Sappma) reports. 

Midrand stormwater piping installation progressing

By: Sashnee Moodley     3rd August 2012 One of the largest infrastructure developments in Gauteng, Waterfall City, has been supplied with 1 900 t of precast concrete stormwater pipes by precast concrete specialist Rocla to drain the area. 

Service delivery improved – pipe manufacturer

By: Sashnee Moodley     3rd August 2012 Since March, there has been an increase in the delivery of basic services in some of the provinces of South Africa, with various water projects being undertaken, reports steel tube and pipe manufacturer Robor Pipe Systems sales director Gavin Fait.  

Successful slurry pipeline projects for gold, copper mines

By: Sashnee Moodley     3rd August 2012 Fluid conveyance firm Rare Group has supplied and installed 11 762 m of 450 nominal bore (NB) and 600 NB pipelines for two mining projects in Africa. 

High-quality hoses vital for fire protection

By: Sashnee Moodley     3rd August 2012 The quality of fire protection equipment is important, as it is designed to save lives and protect property, emphasises fire protection equipment supplier Centa Group chairperson Duncan Boyes. He adds that inferior-quality fire protection equipment is simply not effective in an emergency situation. 

Imports of cheap hose, fittings detrimental to industry

By: Sashnee Moodley     3rd August 2012 The vast hose industry, which comprises both small and significant players, is undergoing a phase of consolidation, says specialised hose and coupling supplier Jachris COO Warwick Bouwer. 

Insulation specialist introduces new developments to SA

By: Gia Costella     3rd August 2012 Hot and cold insulation specialist IPC Industries has started manufacturing prefabricated dome heads for vessels from rigid polyurethane foam (PIC), which it says is faster, compared with the materials previously used. The company focuses on developing new products and technologies from four core... 

Technology for high-frequency tube, pipe welding

By: Sashnee Moodley     3rd August 2012 Manufacturer of high-quality tube and pipe production equipment Thermatool Corporation has announced the release of its HAZControl technology for high-frequency tube and pipe welding. 

Pumpmaker’s academy hosts class of 2012 graduation

By: Nomvelo Buthelezi     29th June 2012 Multinational pump manufacturer Grundfos South Africa recently held a graduation ceremony for the class of 2012 that has completed the six-month full-time course.  

New insulation technology for offshore oil and gas

15th June 2012 New technology, engineered to withstand harsh conditions encountered in subsea oil production, has been developed by oil and gas firm Dow Oil & Gas. 

Composites to gradually replace traditional materials

By: Reggie Sikhakhane     8th June 2012 The global composites industry is expected to grow significantly over the next decade owing to the materials’ advantageous properties, compared with that of traditional materials, pipe manufacturer and systems solutions provider Fiberpipe MD Hein Momberg tells Engineering News. 

Construction starts on ORWRDP phases

By: Leandi Kolver     1st June 2012 Construction activities for the R1.2-billion Phases 2C and 2H of the Olifants River Water Resources Development Project (ORWRDP) are currently being undertaken by construction group Basil Read. 

Association says quality of locally made plastic pipes could be better 

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     2nd March 2012 The Southern African Plastic Pipe Manufacturers Association (Sappma) has found that the quality of plastic pipes manufactured in South Africa leaves room for improvement, despite the fact that many of the pipes carry the South African Bureau of Standards (SABS) mark of approval.  

Firm reports African hose bend milestone

By: Dimakatso Motau     10th February 2012 Slurry equipment solutions provider Weir Minerals Africa has just dispatched the biggest hose bend manufactured on the African continent — a 1 000 nominal bore (NB) hose weighing 1.4 t to a customer in Australia, and is currently working on an enquiry for an even bigger unit of 1 100 NB. 

Most urban South Africans confident about the safety of tap water 

By: Henry Lazenby     6th February 2012 Most South Africans living in urban areas believe that their tap water is safe to drink, a study commissioned by the Water Research Commission (WRC) and the South African Local Government Association (Salga) has found. The study, which investigated urban South Africans' perceptions of their... 

Steel tube, pipe industry recovered well, but imports a threat

By: Sinette Goosen     20th January 2012 The steel tube and pipes industry has recovered well from the 2008 economic recession and, overall, 2011 has been a good year for the industry, despite there being some overcapacity with imports from the Far East negatively impacting on the local market, reports the Association of Steel Tube and... 

Manufacturer streamlines business with management buyout, new factory

By: Sinette Goosen     20th January 2012 Local glass reinforced polyester (GRP) pipe and fitting manufacturer Fiberpipe says a successful management buyout (MBO) from Saudi Arabian pipe manufacturer Amiantit Company will streamline the business and enable it to grow its South African market share. 

Demand for steel tube continues to grow

By: Sinette Goosen     20th January 2012 The global tube sector has, since 2010, recovered significantly from the economic downturn and, owing to the growing demand for gas as an energy source, the steel tube industry is experiencing positive momentum.  

Construction group exceeds pipe jacking project targets

20th January 2012 JSE-listed civil engineering and construction group Esorfranki says it exceeded its pipejacking project targets for 2011. 

SA manufacturer appoints new distributor

20th January 2012 Steel pipe manufacturer Hall Longmore has appointed Dubai-based steel financing, trading and shipping company Unimet to distribute its range of large-bore steel pipes in the Middle East and West Africa. 

Company launches new hose options

20th January 2012 Rubber products supplier Weir Minerals Linatex, a business unit within Weir Group, has launched two new hose products and one new product enhancement. 

TCTA calls for prequalification bids to build KZN water infrastructure

By: Henry Lazenby     9th January 2012 State-owned bulk water provider the Trans Caledon Tunnel Authority (TCTA) has invited companies to prequalify for the construction of a new 8.5 MW pump station and 14 km pipeline as part of the Mooi Mgeni Transfer Scheme Phase 2 (MMTS-2) project in the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands. The MMTS-2 involves... 

Supplier has expanded since acquisition

By: Joanne Taylor     9th December 2011 Industrial consumables supplier Astore Africa has been able to expand its operations since industrial distributor Hudaco Industries acquired it in 2008, says Astore Africa MD Cindy Dixon. 

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