The plastic pipe industry has long claimed that bi-oriented PVC-O pipe systems offer the most efficient and sustainable delivery of water. Developed over forty years ago, these high pressure pipes are used increasingly as a replacement for ductile iron pipes. Recent scientific evidence not only confirms the suitability of these plastic pipe systems but also underscores their sustainability and long term performance. PVC4Pipes have reviewed these latest findings and what they could mean for water companies throughout the world. Read more
PVC pipes can be recycled repeatedly to provide a total service life of 300 years. That is the message that PVC4Pipes will deliver at the Plastic Pipes Moscow 2013 conference in October. Steve Tan and Joel Fumire, authors of the paper argue in favor of optimizing the limited supply of recycled material by making PVC foam core sewer and drainage pipe systems. More...
The Global Plastic Pipe confrence is returning to to the United States after four years and will be hosted in Chicago on 22nd - 24th September 2014. Early Bird registration is open and is open until 1st May 2014. For more details, go to Registration.
The main programme will comprise more than 100 presentations covering technical and marketing issues relating to the design and development, testing, installation and operation of plastic pipes systems. Papers will offer solutions to technical and engineering issues using plastic pipes systems, and also identify market trends and business opportunities for further growth in the use of plastic pipes.
Call for Papers
All submissions must be received by 15th November 2013. The Organizing Committee welcomes papers on new ideas and innovations in plastic piping. For more detailed information, go to Call for Papers.
For general information on Plastic Pipes XVII: http://www.ppxvii.org.
The International Pipes Confererence has released a DVD containing all its papers since its first convention in 1970 in Southampton (UK) until their most recent event in Barcelona in 2012. Over one thousand papers are included in what represents a major technical and commercial source of information derived from the world of plastic pipe technology.
6 September 2013: This week, Jean-Francois Greiner from ALIAXIS will present a sales training package for PVC sewer pipe makers at the INTERNATIONAL PLASTIC PIPE EXCHANGE CONFERENCE in the Chinese city of Xi’an.
Designed to communicate the benefits of PVC pipe systems in a consistent way, the package was developed by the Brussels based PVC4Pipes and is already being used successfully in several countries across Europe. “We tested this tool kit thoroughly in the Spanish market,” says Greiner. Feedback from customers and stakeholders was very positive and we therefore decided to roll out the package in seven European languages.”
A team of ten experts from the PVC pipe industry originally compiled the information as well as checked and challenged its quality. “Customer perception around PVC pipes is generally very favorable,” says Greiner. “Nevertheless, recent scientific evidence has come to light that reinforces the substantial advantages of these systems. We needed therefore to communicate these new findings with installers, architects, contractors and other specifiers. We had to put it all together to put it across and then with one voice.”
“Various courses are now delivering the core material,” explains Greiner. “They consist of a general overview backed up by a significant amount of useful application know-how with FAQ’s. Sustainable aspects of PVC sewer and drainage pipes have been embraced. Our recommendation is that pipe makers conduct two training courses a year.”
The first Chinese PVC pipe was made in Shanghai during the nineteen fifties. Today, PVC pipe systems occupy a major 55% share of the total plastic pipe market in China. “Technical standards are currently being drafted in China to sustain quality of product, manufacture and installation. We are convinced that our package could complement this process and further enhance the reputation of Chinese PVC sewer and drainage pipes.”
The International Plastic Pipes Conference will host its first ever affiliated event in Xi'an during 5 - 6 September 2013, at the Jianguo Hotel Xi'an. The INTERNATIONAL PLASTIC PIPE EXCHANGE CONFERENCE is the convention and exhibition event that will preview the latest developments in plastic pipe technology alongside experience gained by major utility, sewer, building and civil engineering sectors in Asia.
A recent presentation given on behalf of PVC4Pipes to an International Congress hosted by CEOCOR in Florence has demonstrated evidence of the long term behavior of PVC pipe systems. Joel Fumire, a Belgian expert in plastic pipe design, explained that PVC oriented pipe systems provide improved impact strength and higher pressure resistance.
“The enhanced mechanical properties of the oriented variety allow a reduction in wall thickness. This means a weight reduction of more than 40 percent alongside a decrease in pipe cost and its environmental impact,” he stated.
Attended by representatives from technical institutes, water, gas and oil distribution companies, the congress was informed about the various processes for making molecularly oriented systems. Fumire also compared the long term pressure resistance of these pipe systems with standard PVC-U. “PVC pipes have been in service for more than seventy years and some may even continue performing well for another seventy years. They neither corrode nor require protection that is needed by metal pipes.”
“And if you look at the burst pressure curves from testing different grades of PVC-O pipes, their tough qualities become evident. These qualities are now recognized in major European water and gas distribution markets where acceptance of this new generation of plastic pipes is leading to replacement and renovation of aged steel pipe networks.”
Fumire also noted that chemical resistance to normal additives such as oxidizing agents added to the drinking water was an advantage for both types of PVC pipe materials. “Resistance to chemicals and particularly acids such as H2S and H2SO4 is similarly a very important requirement for sewer pipes. Testing according to ISO/TR 10358 has already confirmed that PVC is highly resistant to these acids.”
Further environmental benefits were derived from PVC foam core pipes. “These non-pressure pipes can be made lighter through co-extrusion of a foam layer between the thin compact layers. Foams in pipes have a density of approx. 0.7 g/cm³ (compared with 1.4 g/cm³ for standard PVC). This means that the environmental impact is lower and even further reduced by incorporating significant levels of recycled material in the central layer of the pipe.”
Green Week 2013 - Does recycling improve air quality?
Jointly supported by TEPPFA and VinylPlus in conjunction with EurActiv, the conference took place at the European Parliament on 5th June 2013 as part of this year's "Green Week". The event was hosted by MEP Vittorio Prodi, Rapporteur of the European Parliament for the Green Paper on plastic waste.
“If it always looks and performs like a PVC-U (pressure) pipe for at least a hundred years, it is sustainable.” This is the message that Dutch engineer Henk Meerman recently delivered to the Polymers Market 2013 conference in Alushta, Ukraine on behalf of PVC4Pipes. Drawing upon evidence from technical studies in The Netherlands and other European countries, Meerman presented the latest conclusions that reaffirm the sustainability and low environmental impact of PVC-U pipe systems.
“Our experience in the field of installation and performance of these pipes has always encouraged a belief that they display superior sustainable characteristics,” Meerman explained. “This sustainability and thus our conviction have now been absolutely verified by independent technical assessments. Furthermore, our benchmarks comparing PVC-U pipe with the same functional unit for concrete sewer pipe are excellent.”
Confirmation that PVC-U pipes perform consistently over a very long lifetime was determined by excavating and testing in-service drainage and water pressure pipes in the Netherlands. Pipe samples from various installation periods (1959 – 2003) and diameters were thoroughly tested for the complete range of physical and performance criteria. Functional properties of all samples were completely intact from which a lifetime expectancy of at least 100 years was firmly deduced.
Meerman also pointed to independent studies carried out to obtain Environmental Product Declarations for PVC-U pipe systems. “This ‘cradle-to-grave’ analysis upon sewer and water pressure pipes involved meticulous Life Cycle Assessments that confirm their low environmental impact. Moreover, recycling old PVC pipe into new is now accepted within European standards and without any compromise on quality.”
“Ukraine is the second largest country next to Russia and has an active domestic and export market for PVC-U pipes,“ concludes Meerman. “This environmental evidence adds to the reputational appeal of these systems. Perhaps the “U” in PVC and Ukraine may not be as coincidental as it first appears!”
Increased participation has prompted a new venue for PLASTIC PIPES MOSCOW 2013. This convention and exhibition will now be hosted at the Hotel Nikolskaya Kempinski, Moscow on October 3rd - 4th. In addition to a complete analysis of markets in Russia, Ukraine, Belarus and Kazakhstan, a wide range of technical presentations will include the use of PE pipes in the oil and gas industries, new developments in PVC oriented pipe systems and the future challenges for large diameter pipes.