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A growing trend towards the use of high-density polyethylene (HDPE) pipe solutions offers the water infrastructure sector a major boost, according to CMO Kelly Wilson of South African engineering supply firm Incledon
The major benefits of HDPE pipe solutions are their corrosion-resistant and leak-tight properties. Wilson says the heat-fused joints create a homogenous, monolithic system, with the fusion joints affording greater strength than the pipe itself.
The HDPE pipes also maintain optimum flow rates, do not tuberculate and possess a high resistance to both scale and biological build up.
Another important feature is excellent water-hammer characteristics, in addition to being designed to withstand surge events.
Potable water losses and groundwater nuisance treatment costs associated with traditional pipe systems are also eliminated.
As a result, HDPE is also the material of choice for trenchless technology, used in directional boring, ploughing, river crossings, pipe bursting and slip lining, translating into greater adaptability and reduced installation costs.
"South Africa has an ageing water infrastructure network requiring serious government intervention and investment," said Wilson.
"We ensure that all products distributed by Incledon carry the correct approvals and certifications."
He added that the company is looking to Africa for sustained growth, with a focus on combating cheap and inferior products, and notes its long-term partnership with global leader in HDPE pipe-fitting solutions Plasson.
Plasson fittings are designed to withstand pressures of up to 16 bar and include valves for flow regulation.
Fittings are manufactured in diameters from 16mm to 160mm, with advice and support offered to customers via an extensive branch network of technically trained Incledon sales personnel.
The company celebrates its 110th anniversary this year, marking its commitment to future growth with a new ERP system for its line of 15,000 products.