Around 140 000
tons of plastic pipe is produced annually in South
Africa, representing sales of more than R2,5 billion.
The buoyancy of the Industry is reflected in growth
of around 1,5 - 2,0 times GDP and the installed
capacity is expected to reach close to 200,000 tons
pa in about five years. About 85% of the polymer
used is locally produced, consisting predominantly
of PVC & HDPE.
At first glance
this size might not appear to be particularly large,
but what is often overlooked is just how critically
important it is. Plastic piping networks
form an integral, expensive, long term and extremely
important part of the infrastructure of this country.
The integrity of these networks, built up over many
years and expanding at the rate indicated above,
is of critical importance, serving the water supply
and sewage disposal (amongst others) needs of many
millions of people. This clearly highlights
the need for a responsible, ethical and quality
conscious industry. Plastic piping is used across
the complete spectrum of all industries - mining,
civil, irrigation, industrial, telecommunication