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DATE: 22 September 2022

PIPES XIII A ‘DECISIVE AND QUALIFIED SUCCESS’

PIPES XIII Conference in Johannesburg was a ‘decisive and qualified success’, affirm the event organizers who today publish conference attendance numbers and report on exhibition and sponsorship take-up.

200 delegates from South Africa and around the world convened at Pipes XIII in Johannesburg on 6/7 September 2022, to review thirty presentations. Owing to the COVID-19 pandemic, it was the first time in two years that the plastic pipe industry in the region could catch up with the latest developments at this hybrid conference. A record number of 19 exhibitors were also present to network at the Emperors Palace venue and 15 companies and organizations associated their activities through sponsorship.

Jan Venter, Chief Executive Officer of SAPPMA (the South African Plastic Pipe Manufacturers Association) comments: “We are particularly delighted with the speaker line-up and delegate turn out. The plastic pipe industry is incredibly innovative and communicative. By virtue of drawing on the PPCA for the best speakers from their main event in Amsterdam last year, our spin-off conference was a valuable international showcase. Main users of our technology such as the water, gas, mains sewer and telecom companies expect the most modern and reliable plastic pipe materials to deliver their services. Such a transfer in knowledge ensures that we stay ahead in providing that expertise and experience.”

“Our conference was themed: ‘The Versatility of Plastic Pipe’ and the event certainly lived up to expectations. The level of conference participation and interest signals an industry that is poised to play an even greater economic role throughout the entire plastic pipe supply chain in South Africa and beyond.”

Papers and presentations go live

Zoran Davidovski, PPCA Technical Program Chair of PPXXI has announced the publication of papers and video streaming for the first time of presentations delivered last September in Amsterdam for the PPXX Conference. Ninety papers – both virtual and in person, were delivered at the hotel venue in the Pipe district of Amsterdam and now available on the PPCA website: https://plasticpipesconference.com/site/database

“Necessity may well be the mother of invention,” says Davidovski, “And the pandemic clearly required a reduced attendance at the Amsterdam conference. However, the real time and recorded streaming of presentations is a clear first in the fast-moving plastic pipe world.”

Last call for papers in Lake Buena Vista

Potential speakers at the PPXXI Conference are reminded to submit their 300-word abstract in the English language before November 11, 2022. The Conference and Exhibition will be hosted in Lake Buena Vista, Florida (Walt Disney World) on September 25 – 27, 2023.

Recycling is one of the key topics that organizers of PPXXI are keen to address in their call for papers. Nevertheless, papers typically cover a wide variety of subject areas such as market issues, pipeline solutions, application areas, processing, test methods and performance as well as sustainability.

More information and guidelines for abstracts are posted via:

https://ppxxi.com/abstract-portal-guideline-docs/

More information concerning Plastics Pipes Conference Association posted via:

https://www.plasticpipesconference.com

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Further information:
SAPPMA: Jan Venter
Tel.: +27-11-314-4021
email:
admin@sappma.co.za

PPCA: Zoran Davidovski
email: zoran.davidovski@pipelife.com

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DATE: 3 August 2022

RECYCLING KEY TOPIC IN CALL FOR PPXXI PAPERS

Recycling is one of the key issues that organizers of PPXXI are keen to address in their call for papers. Potential presenters for this international event are invited to submit a 300 word abstract in the English language before November 11, 2022. The PPXXI Conference and Exhibition will be hosted in Lake Buena Vista, Florida (Walt Disney World) on September 25 – 27, 2023.

Zoran Davidovski, Technical Program Chair of PPXXI comments: “The plastic pipe industry has recycled its factory waste since its creation in 1936. For nearly forty years, it has promoted national collection schemes to recycle its systems at end of long service use.”

“No other industry has been able to achieve such a record. These ‘returns’ continue to produce economical and reputational benefits in the form of significant cents and sensibility.”

“Yet in the innovative world of plastic pipes, enough is never enough. We are keen to review and share the latest expertise and experience in the business and technology of recycling plastic pipe systems. The focus is wide from the molecular to the macroeconomic; from chemical to mechanical recycled materials to the creation and manufacturing of new recycled products, R & D, collection schemes, testing and certification, collaborations or partnerships for feedstock management or those focused on improving recycling efficiencies.”

New pipes from old

“Throughout the world, collection schemes are successfully in place to provide for a wide range of quality plastic pipe systems and a myriad of construction products such as infiltration units that harvest stormwater and mitigate flooding and landslides.”

PPCA conferences generally host as many as 400 delegates from more than forty countries. Over 90 papers will be delivered to address technical and marketing issues relating to the design and development testing, installation and operation of plastic pipe systems.

Typically, presentations will offer solutions to engineering issues in the use of plastic pipes system and identify market trends for further growth in the use of these systems. In-depth review will also extend to latest developments in application areas, materials, additives/ingredients, testing, performance and the most recent expertise acquired in the area of sustainability and its assessment.

Davidovski points out that papers will be published and promoted extensively through the conference online and offline platforms.

Further information on abstract guidelines is posted via: https://ppxxi.com/abstract-portal-guideline-docs/

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Note to Editors: PPCA conferences are self-financing and any profits from one event are re-invested in future conferences, educational tools or “spin-off”
events.

Further information:
Eva Ori at eva@evacon.hu Tel.: + 36-30-951-4480

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DATE: 27 July 2022

ELEMENT BECOMES A SILVER SPONSOR OF PPXXI

Organizers of PPXXI report that Element Materials Technology (Element) is now a silver sponsor of the conference and exhibition hosted in Lake Buena Vista, Florida (Walt Disney World) on September 25 – 27, 2023.

Element is a global provider of testing, inspection, and certification (TIC) on a wide range of products, materials, processes and services for a diverse set of end markets. Headquartered in London, their worldwide network includes over 200 laboratories with capabilities spanning hydrostatic test stations; chlorine resistance testing rigs; high flow circulation loop testing and crack propagation and where expertise covers European and North American standards such as CEN, ISO and ASTM.

Sarah Patterson, PPXXI Organizing Committee Chair, remarks: “We are proud and pleased to welcome Element as a silver sponsor of PPXXI. Their expertise and experience, spanning multiple materials, continue to prove essential in the technical world of plastic pipe systems. Our industry is one of ceaseless innovation in which product performance and durability are closely measured and qualified. By providing independent test data for product classification and evaluation throughout the world, Element is enhancing the reputational benefits of plastic pipe systems.”

“Element can trace its industrial origins for plastic pipes testing back to 1927,” Shagan Dhillon, Business Development Manager notes. “More recently, Element became a signatory to the United Nations Global Compact (UNGC), the world’s largest corporate sustainability initiative. Furthermore, the company has made important strides in its environment, social and governance (ESG) efforts, which have led to its recognition as the highest rated firm in the TIC industry by Sustainalytics.”

Organizers of PPXXI also announce that reservations for space in their Exhibition are now open and that exhibitors can directly select their booth from the exhibition map posted to the PPXXI web page: https://ppxxi.com/.

Conference sponsors now include:

  • Gold: battenfeld-cincinnati
  • Silver: Element Materials Technology
  • Gala Dinner: The European Plastic Pipe and Fittings Association
  • iPad: PE100+ Association; PVC4Pipes
  • Lunch Sponsor: Tecnomatic
  • Coffee Breaks: INVISTA; PSILab

Organized by the Plastic Pipes Conference Association (PPCA) and held every two years, the Conference and Exhibition are hosted by PPCA members: PE 100+ Association, the Plastics Pipe Institute, Inc. (PPI) and The European Plastic Pipe and Fittings Association (TEPPFA).

Information, online registration, exhibition space and sponsorship opportunities for Plastic Pipes XXI are now available through:
https://ppxxi.com
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Note to Editors: PPCA conferences are self-financing and any profits from one event are re-invested in future conferences, educational tools or “spin-off” events.
Further information:
Eva Ori at eva@evacon.hu Tel.: + 36-30-9514-480

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DATE: 15 June 2022

BATTENFELD-CINCINNATI INCREASE THEIR SUPPORT OF PPXXI

Battenfeld-cincinnati, global manufacturer of extrusion line systems, are to be a Gold Sponsor of the PPXXI Conference and Exhibition hosted in Lake Buena Vista (near Orlando) on 25 – 27 September 2023.

Sarah Patterson, PPXXI Organizing Committee Chair, comments: “We are delighted that battenfeld-cincinnati has claimed its position as a gold sponsor of PPXXI. Battenfeld-cincinnati’s history spans many years, reaching back to 1946. Their knowledge and solutions continue to contribute to the growth of plastic pipe systems globally.”

Battenfeld-cincinnati specialize exclusively in the extrusion sector. With five locations between Germany, Austria, China and the USA, the company is a global player in the innovative development, design and manufacture of extrusion line systems for plastic pipe systems.

Based in Bad Oeynhausen, Germany, the battenfeld-cincinnati Group is a leading worldwide supplier of machines and equipment that produce a wide range of applications – as standard, and in the form of individual, customized solutions.

“The Group is dedicated to sustainability topics such as energy efficiency, conservation of resources and reduction of material consumption,” comments Paul Godwin, President & CEO of battenfeld-cincinnati USA. “Our solutions are geared to providing top performance and energy efficiency in a world where customer satisfaction and success continue to be the basis for long-term profitable growth.”

Organizers of PPXXI note that their sponsorship packages range from coffee break sponsors through to corporate sponsors. Benefits span branding, technical highlights, free registrations/exhibition booth and engagement possibilities with attendees. A complete guide to the sponsorship program and respective benefits is posted via:

https://ppxxi.com/sponsorship-packages/

Sponsors on board now include:

Gold Sponsor: battenfeld-cincinnati
Gala Dinner Sponsors: The European Plastic Pipe and Fittings Association (TEPPFA)
iPad Sponsors: PE100+ Association; PVC4Pipes

Organized by the Plastic Pipe Conference Association (PPCA) and held every two years, the Conference and Exhibition are hosted by PPCA members: PE 100+ Association, the Plastics Pipe Institute, Inc. (PPI) and The European Plastic Pipes and Fittings Association (TEPPFA).

Information, online registration, exhibition space and sponsorship opportunities for Plastic Pipes XXI are now available through: https://ppxxi.com

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Note to Editors: PPCA conferences are self-financing and any profits from one event are re-invested in future conferences, educational tools or “spin-off” events.

Further information:
Eva Ori at eva@evacon.hu Tel.: + 36-30-951-4480

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DATE: 26 April 2022

PPXXI LAUNCHES SPONSORSHIP PROGRAM FOR LAKE BUENA VISTA CONFERENCE

Organizers of the PPXXI Conference and Exhibition have announced their sponsorship opportunities for their upcoming event in Lake Buena Vista (near Orlando) on 25 – 27 September 2023. PPXXI Lake Buena Vista conference provides a platform for world networking with key personnel from the businesses and technologies in plastic pipe systems. Also confirmed is that the role and involvement of sponsors have increased markedly over the last ten years.

Sarah Patterson, PPXXI Organizing Committee Chair, is convinced that association through their event sponsorship not only creates positive brand feelings and awareness but also forges long term business relationships. “Since 1972, our conference and exhibition have continued to foster global networking opportunities between manufacturers of resins, plastic pipes and fittings, equipment and also research institutions, academia and utility companies,” Patterson remarks. “Now more than ever, our industry needs to stay connected to continue driving and improving the quality of life for so many around the world.”

Sponsorship packages range from coffee break sponsors through to corporate sponsors. Benefits span branding, technical highlights, free registrations/exhibition booth and engagement possibilities with attendees. A complete guide to the sponsorship program and respective benefits is posted via:

https://ppxxi.com/sponsorship-packages/

Early sponsors already on board include The European Plastic Pipe and Fittings Association (TEPPFA) as the Gala Dinner sponsor; Tecnomatic as the
DAY1 lunch sponsor; PE100+ Association and PVC4Pipes as the iPAD sponsors.

“Our sponsors value the reputation, reach and resonance that they derive for their involvement,” says Patterson. ”And we value their support and association. On behalf of the organizing committee, I want to thank our first set of sponsors where all four are well recognized for their contributions to the plastics pipe industry:”

  • Gala Dinner: The European Plastic Pipe and Fittings Association (TEPPFA)
  • iPad Corner: PE100+ Association, PVC4Pipes
  • Lunch sponsor (first day): Tecnomatic

Organized by the Plastic Pipe Conference Association (PPCA) and held every two years, the Conference and Exhibition are hosted by PPCA members:
PE 100+ Association, the Plastics Pipe Institute, Inc. (PPI) and The European Plastic Pipes and Fittings Association (TEPPFA).

Information, online registration, exhibition space and sponsorship opportunities for Plastic Pipes XXI are now available through: https://ppxxi.com
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Note to Editors: PPCA conferences are self-financing and any profits from one event are re-invested in future conferences, educational tools or
“spin-off” events.

Further information:
Eva Ori at eva@evacon.hu;
Tel.: + 36-30-951-4480

SPONSORS ON BOARD INCLUDE:

GALA DINNER SPONSOR: The European Plastic Pipe and Fittings Association (TEPPFA)

iPAD SPONSORS: PE100+, PVC4PIPES

LUNCH SPONSOR: Tecnomatic

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DATE: 4 February 2022

PIPES XIII TO MEET IN JOHANNESBURG WINNERS OF PPXX PAPERS ANNOUNCED

Johannesburg will host the Pipes XIII Conference on 6/7 September 2022. Given the increasing role of plastic pipe systems in the development of new and improved infrastructure, organizers of the event are keen to share the latest technical advances from around the world.
Jan Venter, Chief Executive Officer of the Southern African Plastic Pipe Manufacturers Association (SAPPMA) explains: “Our South African conferences are run jointly as spin-off events from the main PPCA plastic pipe conferences. Typically, they are attended by about 300 delegates.”

“Technical progress showcased at the most recent PPXX Conference in Amsterdam now has important implications for local infrastructure investment. For those of us that were unable to attend PPXX, our conference in Johannesburg offers an excellent opportunity to stay abreast of the news and reviews of the latest technology.”

Zoran Davidovski (PPXX Chair) agrees: “Numerous speakers at Pipes XIII are selected from those of our Amsterdam conference on the basis of their cutting-edge experience and expertise.”

“For over 85 years, plastic pipelines throughout the world have achieved major environmental, operational and economical benefits. The versatility of plastics is a source of ceaseless innovation for our pipe technology and commerce. By virtue of such dynamic progress and people, our Johannesburg conference is not to be missed.”

Topics covered by Pipes XIII will embrace issues relating to HDPE and PVC pipe quality, production and manufacturing trends, installation standards and new international applications.

Two PPXX Awards Announced

Two presenters of papers from the PPXX conference in Amsterdam have been awarded equal recognition. Both papers involve the delivery of hydrogen gas as blend or replacement for natural gas.  In announcing the awards, Davidovski comments: “hydrogen is already used to power public transport in some parts of the world. Its future use within the gas distribution network is all the more appealing given that it may be generated by wind and solar power.”

Derek Muckle from Radius Systems has been awarded a prize for his paper entitled:  “An evidential approach to the use of Polyethylene Pipe for Hydrogen Fuel Gases”. 

“Derek Muckle’s paper addresses a relevant and actual topic,” Davidovski adds. “It proves the ‘fit-for-use’ of our existing PE-based pressure pipe network to transport hydrogen as (partial) replacement of natural gas to consumers. Such replacement will help society to transition to a circular economy.”

“Sjoerd Jansma from KIWA has been awarded for his PVC pipe paper at PPXX. It is equally related to the gas distribution sector and is entitled: “Finding the relationship between non-destructive test methods and the tensile impact test on PVC pipes.”

“Jansma’s paper deals with the increasing importance of establishing the actual material quality of many PVC gas pipelines in The Netherlands. Most of these pipelines will reach their specified lifespan of 50 years within the decade,” Davidovski concludes.

Prize for each presenter is an iPad sponsored respectively by PE100+ Association and PVC4Pipes.

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Further information:

SAPPMA:
Jan Venter
Tel.: +27-11-314-4021
E-mail: admin@sappma.co.za

PPCA:
Zoran Davidovski
E-mail: zoran.davidovski@pipelife.com