SAPPMA hosts Pipes VIII Conference

Economist, analyst and author JP Landman. Economist, analyst and author JP Landman.

The Southern African Plastic Pipe Manufacturers Association (SAPPMA) will once again be hosting one of the highlights on the, plastic pipes and related industries’ calendars, namely the Pipes VIII Conference, on Tuesday, September 2, 2014 at the Bytes Conference Centre in Midrand. 

“The theme of this year’s event will be ‘Plastic Pipe in Infrastructure’ and we have invited papers around this theme to look at the challenges and opportunities facing the industry, as well as the trends that influence the direction our industry is taking on a local and global scale,”  says Jan Venter, Chairman of SAPPMA. 

Keynote speaker

Economist and author of the bestselling book, “The Long View”, JP Landman, has been invited as keynote speaker and will offer delegates a brief analysis of South Africa’s current and expected political-economic landscape, focusing on trends in politics, economics, demography and social capital.   

Exciting line-up of local and international experts

According to Venter, the organising committee is currently in the process of finalising the line-up of speakers for this year’s conference, and they are still expecting last minute submissions from presenters.

Topics of presentations will range from plastic pipe failures, field pressure testing and pipe fittings to infrastructure, modelling of operating conditions for gravity and low pressure pipelines with factory tests.   

Local and international presenters that have already been confirmed include:

  • Manglin Pillay, CEO of the South African Institution of Civil Engineering (SAICE)
  • Andrew Seidel (Underground Solutions, USA) 
    Thermally fused PVC pipe helps accelerate adoption of trenchless pipe installation techniques in North America
  • Ulrich Schulte (Germany)
    HDPE for Drinking Water Pipes - The European Experience from the very beginning until oday
  • Prof Kobus van Zyl (UCT) 
    The behaviour of leaks in plastic pipes       
  • Farraj Tashman (Borouge, UAE) 
    Why replace existing pipelines when they can be rehabilitated using polyethylene pipes and liners
  • Prof Fanie van Vuuren (UP) 
    Pipeline hydraulics: But what about this?
  • Colm Lyons (Georg Fischer Schaffhausen, Switzerland) 
    Quality assurance in PE piping Systems: Elimination of failures when connecting pipes
  • Alaster Goyns (Pipes cc) 
    Modelling of operating conditions for gravity and low pressure pipelines with factory tests
  •  Renier Snyman (DPI Plastics) 
    Field pressure testing 101
  •  Ian Venter (Marley Pipe Systems) 
    Quality over cost in PE Pipe production
  • Mike Smart (Genesis Consulting) 
    “What did you do with your plastic pipe today?”
  • Jacques van Eck (Klamflex) 
    Quality fittings - your link to a reliable system
  • Amit Raga (SABS) 
    Conformity assessment, a perspective from a certified body
  • Kirtida Bhana (Plastics SA) 
    From Training Provider to Performance Consultant

Conference fee and registration

CPD points are available for professional engineers who are attending the conference, and SAPPA invites all interested parties to visit their website ( to download registration forms or to obtain more information about the conference.  

Attendance costs R1,900 per delegate for non-SAPPMA members, and R1,200.00 for SAPPMA member companies.  There is also a special discount structure in place for group bookings of four delegates or more.

Main sponsors

Protea Polymers, DPI Plastics, Marley Pipe Systems and Fiberpipe have been confirmed as four main sponsors of this anual conference that attracts local and international experts involved in the manufacturing, installation and specification of plastic pipes, as well as the development of pipelines around the world. 

“Our annual Pipes conferences have gained a reputation for being the plastic pipe industry event of the year and we believe this year’s line-up of speakers and topics will once again raise the bar,” Venter concludes.  

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