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Pipes & Tubes News

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. 

Supplier aims to continue improving BEE scorecard

By: Joanne Taylor     9th December 2011 Belting and hose supplier Belting Supply Services (BSS), a subsidiary of industrial products distributor Hudaco, is constantly striving to improve its black economic-empowerment (BEE) scorecard, says CEO Piet Swanepoel. 

Grooved mechanical piping systems reduce noise, vibration

7th October 2011 Traditional noise and vibration attenuation methods may be unnecessary for heating, ventilating and air-conditioning systems, as well as industrial utility piping and fire protection systems when using grooved mechanical piping systems. 

Innovative piping industry key to SA’s future growth

By: Dimakatso Motau     23rd September 2011 The need to focus on innovation in the piping industry is significant to ensure economic growth in any country. 

Investment enhances component maker’s pipe-bending capacity

By: Schalk Burger     19th August 2011 Manufacturer Smiths Manufacturing has enhanced the capacity of its Durban production facility by installing a high-performance tube-bending machine manufactured by Italy-based bending specialist Crippa, said Smiths Manufacturing project engineering manager Alain Lamusse. 

Significant pipe supply contract ongoing

By: Dimakatso Motau     29th July 2011 Polyvinyl chloride (PVC) pipe manufacturer DPI Plastics is supplying pipes for a significant water supply project in Hluhluwe, KwaZulu-Natal. 

Manufacturer invests in local manufacture of chromium carbide-lined pipes

By: Dimakatso Motau     29th July 2011 Chromium carbide- (CrC-) clad liner plate manufacturer Rio-Carb says it is focusing on distributing its range of abrasion-resistant CrC-lined pipes into the South African mining market. 

New high-density barricade offers durability during blasting

29th July 2011 Diversified engineering company Unique Engineering has launched a new cost-effective blast barricade, which is constructed from extruded pipes, to compliment its superior virgin high-density polyethylene (HDPE) product. 

Company develops affordable compound liner-clad pipe range

29th July 2011 Industrial large diameter pipe producer Erndtebrücker Eisenwerk (EEW) has, in a recent project with its research and development (R&D) team, been working on producing a new economic type of clad pipes, -the compound liner-clad (CLC) steel pipe.  

Company focuses on product expansion

By: Dimakatso Motau     29th July 2011 Steel distributor Alert Steel is focusing on diversifying its product range as part of a relaunch strategy that was introduced in June. 

Acquisition to increase manufacturer’s turnover 

By: Idéle Esterhuizen     8th July 2011 Local steel tube and pipe manufacturer Robor’s acquisition of Kulungile Metals Group’s (KMG’s) carbon steel division from investment company Blackstar Group will increase its annual turnover by at least one-third, says Robor CEO Gordon Gilmer. 

Forensically coded liquid used to deter criminals

8th July 2011 UK-based risk management and crime prevention innovator SmartWater Technology has developed a forensically coded liquid technology, which can be used to trace an individual cable reel to its owner, ultimately, deterring criminals and reducing global cable theft. 

Three trade exhibitions to be hosted simultaneous in June

27th May 2011 The simultaneous hosting of the Pumps, Valves & Pipes Africa, WaterTec Africa and Petro.t.ex Africa 2011 conference and exhibition offers a platform for stakeholders to formulate strategies and solutions for the African continent.  

Consortium gearing up for construction of Medupi low-pressure systems

By: Eleanor Seggie     29th April 2011 The LP Services Consortium, which won the engineering, procurement and construction contract for the supply of the low pressure services for State-owned power utility Eskom’s Medupi project, in Lephalale, Limpopo, reports that it is gearing up for the construction phase of the installation. 

eThekwini expands enterprise development model

21st January 2011 A mentorship initiative has been introduced on eThekwini’s R400-million water and sanitation project, to supply potable water and toilet facilities to more than 300 informal settlements throughout the municipality. 

New technologies, products emerge in steel tube and pipe industry

By: Jessica Hannah     14th January 2011 The Association of Steel Tube and Pipe Manufacturers (ASTPM) of South Africa reports that there are new technologies and products emerging in the industry.  

Pipe manufacturer develops new pipe coupling

By: Jessica Hannah     14th January 2011 Polyvinyl chloride (PVC) pipe manufacturer DPI Plastics has developed a new pipe coupling, the Ultralok, which it expects to release into the market in February 2011. 

New polyamide 6 tube introduced

14th January 2011 Specialty chemicals group Lanxess has introduced a new soft polyamide 6 tube, the Durethan BC 700 HTS, which has increased softness. 

R&D in pipes industry is ongoing 

By: Jessica Hannah     14th January 2011 South African Plastic Pipes Manufacturing Association (Sappma) CEO Jan Venter tells Engineering News that the association is focused on research and development (R&D) for the plastic pipe industry. 

Solar pumps to come under the spotlight at Joburg expo

By: Mary-Anne O’Donnell     26th November 2010 In recent years, solar-powered pumps have emerged as a potential sustainable alternative to traditional diesel pumps. 

Access-to-land issues, concerns about blasting techniques holding up R240m pipeline project 

By: Dennis Ndaba     5th November 2010 The pipelines unit of civil engineering construction company Esorfranki reports that the R240-million BG3 pipeline, a 3,6-m diameter water supply of 8,6-km pipeline contract awarded by Rand Water in February, has had some start-up difficulties. 

Air actuators withstand harsh conditions

15th October 2010 Specialist in rubber and plastics technology ContiTech reports that it has tested its range of air actuators, which can be used in a vast array of industries, at ambient conditions inside a coal pulveriser.  

Recovery for pumps industry in sight

1st October 2010 The local pumps sector is expected to reach its pre-recession volumes by the third or fourth quarter of 2011, reports South African Pump Manufacturers Association (Sapma) chairperson Gavin Doran. 

Infrastructure development innovation recognised

By: Petronel Smit     27th August 2010 The Construction Industry Development Board (CIDB) and the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) recently honoured local companies applying innovative technologies with a positive impact on social infrastructure development, at the 2010 Construction Summit awards. 

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