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Pipes & Tubes News

Plastic pipes key to modernisation

By: Simone Liedtke     26th April 2024 To address the challenges of water scarcity, sanitation inadequacies and the need for efficient waste management there is ongoing reassessment of the materials and technologies used in infrastructure projects, says industry association Southern African Plastic Pipe Manufacturers Association... 

Downstream companies implore ArcelorMittal South Africa, govt to avoid long steel plant closures 

By: Darren Parker     24th January 2024 The South African downstream steel industry has urgently appealed to both steel producer ArcelorMittal South Africa (AMSA) and the government to find immediate solutions that will allow the continued operation of the three AMSA plants that make up the company’s long steel business in South... 

Rows of round steel bars

Talk of the town at Indaba

29th September 2023 The Manufacturing Indaba, being held in October, endeavours to promote positive changes in sub-Saharan Africa’s manufacturing landscape – a source of livelihood for millions of people and leading contributor to the region’s gross domestic product. The tenth instalment of the Manufacturing Indaba,... 

A gentleman giving a talk standing on a stage in front of a large screen with the word PHYGITAL
TRENDING TOPICS The topics for the Manufacturing Indaba this year will cover new trends, challenges, and prospects going forward

Steel suppliers expected to meet new standards

18th August 2023 With greater emphasis being placed on safety in the South African steel industry, local suppliers of conveyance piping can no longer merely be accredited by the South African Bureau of Standards (SABS), owing to the South African National Accreditation System (SANAS) having suspended the SABS’... 

US helps fund water projects

7th July 2023 The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) announced last month that it has committed $3-million to the African Water Facility (AWF). The funding will support the preparation of water and sanitation investment projects in Africa, through the provision of grants and technical... 

An African child with cupped hands drinking water from a tap
WATER AID The African Water Facility welcomes the donation of $3-million which is being made by The United States Agency for International Development

Urbanisation placing pressure on water infrastructure

By: Halima Frost     7th July 2023 Africa’s already limited water infrastructure will likely face increased strain as multiple countries experience rapid urbanisation, says market research company Frost & Sullivan Africa consultant Yaa Ngonyama. She stresses that by 2030, more than 350-million Africans will be living in cities,... 

a black and white photo of an adult male hand under a tap with sparse water dripping out if it
HARSH REALITY The fact that millions of Africans do not have access to water even in urban area's should be of great concern

Manufacturer conforms to revised standards

By: Halima Frost     30th June 2023 South African thermoplastic pipe and fittings manufacture and supplier Astore Keymak has – in accordance with updated South African National Standards (SANS) 1086 requirements – re-audited and tested its original fire hose offerings to specify the difference between the application of the hose as... 

a single red fire hose suspended in the air
ON FIRE The improvements in certification of Astore Keymak's fire hose has seen an increase in sales too new clients

New system launched for large hose guidance

30th June 2023 In March, high-performance plastic products manufacturer igus launched its new E4Q e-chain with extender crossbars for the safe guidance of large hoses. The E4Q e-chain with extender crossbars is a clever adapter system which ensures quick and easy adjustment of the E4Q energy chain to the... 

Using nonoriginal parts only mitigates initial costs

30th June 2023 In a competitive industrial and mining arena, companies are often driven to keep purchase costs as low as possible and resort to fitting nonoriginal-equipment-manufacturer (non-OEM) aftermarket spare parts into sophisticated pieces of equipment, cautions Verder Pumps SA client services Africa... 

A group of peristaltic hoses which are to be used on OEM Pumps
FLEX IT The Verderflex hose is perfectly suited to Verders Dura pumps Caption 02:

Manufacturer secures large high pressure valve order

By: Halima Frost     30th June 2023 Steel, tube and engineering product supplier Stewarts & Lloyds’ Pipes & Fittings branch has secured a multimillion-rand order for high pressure valves with the Chris Hani district municipality, in the Eastern Cape, to complete the newly laid bulk water supply network to the local community of... 

A pile of pipes behind a fence covered in a Denso Ultraflex 1250 tape, a specially formulated anti-corrosion system.
IN THE GROOVE The grooved joint pipe and coupling system supplied by Stewarts & Lloyds spanned 24 km

Pumps for iron ore mine flooding

12th May 2023 Pump and dredging specialist Integrated Pump Rental (IPR) was commissioned to assist with an incident of flooding at an iron-ore mine in the Northern Cape that resulted in the mining company no longer having access to the floor of one of its pits. 

Sector stays sturdy despite challenges

By: Halima Frost     7th April 2023 The stainless steel sector remains steadfast in its resilience, and is even more determined to fight for its well-deserved place in growing the South African economy, says Southern Africa Stainless Steel Development Association (Sassda) executive director Michel Basson. During a webinar hosted by... 

Large rolls of flat rolled steel, set for distribution to manufactures according to the Southern Africa Stainless Steel Development Association
KEEP IT ROLLING The South African stainless steel sector continues to gain traction after the initial effects of the 2020 Covid-19 pandemic

Steel producer continues to grow manufacturing capacity

7th April 2023 Spain-based global stainless-steel producer Acerinox says its global footprint has transformed it into one of the most competitive producers of stainless steels and nickel alloys. The company boasts significant production capabilities with three fully integrated flat product manufacturing... 

An aerial view of the sizable manufacturing facility at Columbus stainless in Middleburg South Africa, with buildings, storage facilities and waste water facility as well
AIMING HIGH An areal view of the manufacturing plant of Columbus Stainless, a facility owned by Spain-based steel giant Acerinox

Investment needed to keep industry afloat

By: Sabrina Jardim     3rd February 2023 Loadshedding is creating production problems and increasing the cost of scrap, but government’s lack of investment in renewing old piping systems and constructing new networks remains one of the biggest problems in the plastic pipes industry, says South African Plastic Pipe Manufacturers... 

An image depicting plastic pipes
DRASTIC PLASTIC The plastic pipes industry is important for a country’s economy because the pipes are necessary for the adequate distribution of fluids

Company relocates as part of growth strategy

By: Sabrina Jardim     3rd February 2023 As part of its ongoing growth strategy, pipe and hose supplier Astore Keymak relocated its Cape Town branch to a more modernised premises in the Western Cape in November 2022. “Astore Keymak Cape Town is expanding, hence it became important to enhance and improve our customers’ experience, and... 

An image depicting the inside of Astore Keymak's new Cape Town offices
NEW SPACE Astore Keymak’s new location in Cape Town makes the company more accessible for customers

Manufacturer launches new bushes material

By: Halima Frost     9th December 2022 High-performance plastic products manufacturer igus launched its new range of alternative bushes for the automotive sector at this year’s manufacturing, energy and logistics trade show, Hannover Messe 2022, held in Germany, May 30 to June 2. The bushes are made from igus’ new trademarked iglidur... 

A concept image of a car seat in grey with yellow bushes at all points where a bush would be use, made of iglidur H5 high-performance plastic
HIGH 5 The new iglidur H5 high-performance plastic developed by igus is used in bushes for various components components

New branches bring steel closer to customers

By: Cameron Mackay     25th November 2022 The new branches in Polokwane, in Limpopo, and Windhoek, in Namibia, have enabled steel products supplier Stewarts & Lloyds (S&L) to bring steel closer to customers, who would normally have had to wait for deliveries from a larger branch. “We’ve brought the steel to their doorstep; customers can... 

Image of S&L branch from outside
EXPANDED FOOTPRINT The two new outlets have helped to supply in areas where there is demand

Company to supply civils companies

By: Cameron Mackay     18th November 2022 Local steel products supplier Stewarts and Lloyds formed Stewarts and Lloyds Projects & Contracts – a new addition to the Stewarts and Lloyds Group – to support the local civil engineering industry by supplying materials required for engineering and construction. The coexisting footprint of... 

Image of integrated piping systems being delivered
WATER INFRASTRUCTURE SUPPORT Mlati emphasises the importance of the company’s technical expertise in providing solutions for integrated piping systems for the local industry

Opinion: Transnet strike threatens to be the final nail in the coffin for large bore steel pipe exports to the US 

17th October 2022 In this opinion piece, Steel Tube Export Association of South Africa (Steasa) CEO Keitumetse Moumakoe writes about the devastating impact the current Transnet strike is expected to have on South Africa's export of large-bore steel pipes to the US. 

Keitumetse Moumakoe

New standards for municipalities

By: Mandisa Nyathi     8th July 2022 The South African Bureau of Standards’ (SABS’) technical committee has added new standards that municipality procurement teams need to adhere to when awarding tenders. 

An image of Jodi Sholtz
STANDARD ENFORCEMENT Companies must strive to use quality products

Petrol refinery closures affect testing company

By: Mandisa Nyathi     8th July 2022 The move from a hybrid petrol-producing country to a petrol-importing country is increasingly becoming a challenge for South Africa, as many companies have been shut down or bought out, says testing and inspection provider Oleum Process & Pipeline (OPP) services sales project engineer Stuart... 

An Image of men at a pipeline testing station
BUSINESS EXPANSION Company at its testing station to test out new pipelines

Progress in pipeline project witnessed

8th July 2022 In May, Water and Sanitation Minister Senzo Mchunu, and Deputy Ministers David Mahlobo and Dikeledi Magadzi were on hand to witness the progress of the construction of the raw water bulk water pipeline from Nandoni dam to augment Nsami and Middle Letaba. The water project had been stagnant for a... 

Water and Sanitation Minister Senzo Mchunu
SENZO MCHUNU The raw water bulk supply pipeline has been promised to the people of Giyani for a long time

More schools means more infrastructure needed

1st July 2022 The Kenyan government’s plan to construct an additional 10 000 classrooms to accommodate an expected surge in student numbers once learners’ transition from primary to junior secondary schools under the Competency-Based Curriculum is welcome and necessary. However, the transition will require... 

A large round drum used as a peptic tank made of Weholite ready for delivery to Kenya's new school projects
SANITATION SUCCESS In order for sanitation works of this magnitude Megapipe suggests the projects use its Weholite HDPE technology

Pump and hose flotation devices on offer

1st July 2022 Specialist pumps supplier Integrated Pump Rentals (IPR) says it carries a comprehensive range of pump flotation devices (PFD) and hose flotation devices (HFD) which are available for either purchase or hire. IPR operations manager Henru Strydom explains that a PFD is used to suspend the pump... 

HFDs are used to suspend hoses during pumping applications where either pontoons or barges are used
FLOATING AWAY HFDs are used to suspend hoses during pumping applications where either pontoons or barges are used

Association stresses quality control is imperative

1st July 2022 As part of its continuous education process, Southern African Plastic Pipe Manufacturers Association (Sappma) continues to enlighten design engineers, contractors and all users of plastic pipe of the critical importance of getting the highest quality of polymers in the products they specify or... 

A bunch of blue plastic pipes which have a light shining thorug them form back to front
SHINING LIGHT Sappma continues to shine a light on the need for quality products and materials to its members

Pipe supply proves manufacturer’s metal

By: Halima Frost     1st July 2022 Steel and tube supplier Stewarts & Lloyds Pipes & Fittings have successfully delivered over 1.4 km of pipe to a project in Tshwane – cementing its position as a leading pipe supplier in Africa. The project entailed the supply of about 70 pipes of 800 nominal bore (NB) in lengths of 12.19 m, with... 

A number of 12-meter-long blue water pipes on a truck set for delivery at a water works
TRUE BLUE The water pipes for a 1.4 km project have been delivered to site by Stewarts & Lloyds

Coating firm awarded corrosion prevention contract

10th June 2022 Last month, anti-corrosion coatings manufacturer Corrocoat announced it has been awarded a contract to protect 300 new pipe spools of various dimensions by a multinational energy client. The company say its Corroglass 600 series was the coating system selected for this project, as it offered the... 

A cross section of a metal pipe with two angles that was coated internally using a new technique offered by coatings company Corrocoat
CROSS OUT CORROSION A cross section of pipe that was successfully coated with Corrocoats Corroglass coating system

Online portal launched to guide clients

10th June 2022 Last month, protective powder coating and paint manufacturer AkzoNobel Powder Coatings launched a dedicated site to showcase its functional range of Resicoat powder coatings. AkzoNobel created the new dedicated microsite and resource centre for customers and specifiers of functional powder... 

A photo of the AzkoNobel head office taken from the bottom looking up
HOME PAGE AzkoNobel has launched a dedicated website to showcase its functional range of Resicoat powder coatings

Company receives a Queen’s Award

10th June 2022 Combustion management solutions provider Autoflame Engineering is delighted to announce that the company has been honoured with a Queen’s Award for Enterprise in the Innovation category. 

Maintenance can reduce water pollution

By: Nadine Ramdass     18th March 2022 The “callous waste and pollution of water” should be given more attention, and the necessary steps to prevent that, such as the maintenance of pipelines, should be prioritised, says Southern African Plastic Pipe Manufacturers Association (Sappma) CEO Jan Venter. South Africa is a water-scarce... 

An image of pipe reaming
PIPEWORK Plastic pipes have lower failure rates, less corrosion and fewer joint leaks

PVC recycling on the rise

By: Theresa Bhowan-Rajah     4th March 2022 With a year-on-year increase of 9.5% in polyvinyl chloride (PVC) recycling, the Southern African Vinyls Association (SAVA) tells Engineering News that additional initiatives can be implemented to increase the recycling rate of vinyl material. “We can attribute the 9.5% recycling increase to two... 

a plastic wash plant at a plastic recycling factory
CLEANER PVC PVC recycling has increased by 9.5% year-on-year

Company adds new pipe range

By: Darren Parker     25th June 2021 Pipe manufacturer Inkulu Plastic Pipes has added a new high-density polyethylene (HDPE) structured wall pipe product range to its offering. Inkulu Plastic Pipes sales and marketing manager Faize Gafoor tells Engineering News that the company can now manufacture and supply HDPE structured wall... 

BIG BOY Inkulu Plastic Pipes is the first in the country to manufacture pipes at a diameter of 1 200 mm
BIG BOY Inkulu Plastic Pipes is the first in the country to manufacture pipes at a diameter of 1 200 mm

Pipes, tubes demand strong in housing sector

By: Darren Parker     25th June 2021 Demand for piping and tubing from the housing sector has remained buoyant throughout the Covid-19 pandemic, says pipe and tube manufacturer Stewarts & Lloyds sales manager Clayton Greer. He explains that plumbing service providers “had plenty of ongoing work” repairing and maintaining existing... 

Stewarts & Lloyds Projects supplied all the piping and fittings for the fire protection system, hanging material and fire water system for Steyn City
LOOKING UP Stewarts & Lloyds Projects supplied all the piping and fittings for the fire protection system, hanging material and fire water system for Steyn City

Price volatility affecting pipe manufacturing

By: Darren Parker     25th June 2021 Price volatility in the plastics industry has been extreme over the past year, owing to the impact of Covid-19 on the supply of input chemicals, such as alcohol. Moreover, the subsequent lockdown, as well as load-shedding, interruptions in water supply, price hikes over the past few months, and... 

THE RIGHT STUFF It is important for clients to ensure that they purchase quality products from reputable suppliers
THE RIGHT STUFF It is important for clients to ensure that they purchase quality products from reputable suppliers

Orbitulum saw popular across various industries

By: Claire O'Reilly     18th June 2021 Industrial and electronic products importer and distributor Actum’s Orbitalum GF saw range, designed for cold cutting and bevelling, is becoming increasingly popular in the food and beverage, and pharmaceuticals, industries for automated applications where hygiene is essential, says Actum CEO... 

Orbital pipe cutting machine used in food and beverage, and pharmaceutical, industries
ORBITALUM GF SAW Orbital pipe cutting machine used in food and beverage, and pharmaceutical, industries

Projects can bolster local steel tubes and pipes industry

By: Khutso Maphatsoe     22nd January 2021 Steel industry association the Steel Tube Export Association of South Africa (STEASA) believes that the fast-tracking of the 50 strategic integrated projects and 12 special projects – announced in the Government Gazette this year – will present “tremendous opportunities” for locally manufactured... 

Projects are being fast-tracked to bolster job creation and the economy
RECOVERY PLAN Projects are being fast-tracked to bolster job creation and the economy

Survey shows decline in local pipe market

By: Khutso Maphatsoe     22nd January 2021 The Southern African Plastic Pipe Manufacturers Association (Sappma) has released the findings of a qualitative and quantitative pipe survey that shows a decline in infrastructure investment, particularly in the local pipe market, of 15%. According to the survey, conducted by business management... 

TREADING CAREFULLY The manufacturing process is a continuous one and, therefore, sensitive to volume and excessive stoppages
TREADING CAREFULLY The manufacturing process is a continuous one and, therefore, sensitive to volume and excessive stoppages
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