The role of PVC pipes in China

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  • PVC pipe production accounts for 55% of China plastic pipe market
  • Made in China: now PVC-O pipes
  • Pipelife case study shows 30% saving on installation
  • PVC4 Pipes at China International Pipe conference

PVC pipe production accounts for 55 percent of the local China plastic pipe market and significant growth in market share and output is now being realized, according to Fabio Bernardi, newly appointed managing director of Brussels-based PVC4Pipes association. Several speakers will present commercial and technical information about the features and related benefits of PVC pipe systems at the fourth China International Plastic Pipe Conference in Shanghai on 21-22 September 2015.

“Over 8 million tons of pipe systems will be produced by China before the end of this year”

“We estimate that over eight million tons of PVC pipe systems will be produced by China’s manufacturing base before the end of this year,” explains Bernardi. “It has become the Chinese pipe material of choice and the reasons for this success are not hard to find. China continues to witness a boom in the construction sector that is accompanied by the replacement of aged municipal water, sewer and drainage systems.

“What is exciting for Chinese PVC pipe makers, movers and users is that competition is about to become fiercer as PVC-O pipe systems come on stream to offer even more lightweight, flexible yet robust solutions.”

Made in China: now PVC-O pipes

Rob Spekreijse is CEO of Rollepaal, a leading international plastic pipe machinery and equipment maker from the Netherlands. He will be explaining the benefits of PVC-O pipes and the benefits of the different technologies used to make PVC-O pipes. These pipes can be made in large diameters of up to 800 mm and applications mainly include drinking water delivery, pressure bearing drain and farmland irrigation systems.

Latest findings on the long life of PVC pipes

Associate professor Steven Folkman from the Utah State University has researched the long life of PVC pipes and will be presenting his latest findings at the China conference. He is the director of Utah State University’s Buried Structures Laboratory and is co-author of Buried Pipe Design. Dr. Folkman’s expertise includes structural dynamics, linear and nonlinear finite element analysis utilizing soil/structure interaction, and testing.

His Buried Structures Laboratory in Logan is one of three facilities in the US for performing tests on all kinds of buried pipes. Instruments are mounted inside the pipes and data is recorded to continuously monitor any physical movement or deflection.

Pipelife case study shows 30% saving on installation

Zoran Davidovski, Vice-President for marketing and innovation at the Pipelife Group will deliver the case for the Sewer Installation Time (SIT) project. Commissioned by The European Plastic Pipe and Fittings Association (TEPPFA), this independent study compared installation times between functionally identical PVC and concrete sewer pipe lines. The complete project was video recorded and a 30 per cent of the installation time was saved while using the PVC sewer system.

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