Call for papers ahead of pipes conference

20 February 2019 | Web Article Number: ME201913618

Materials Handling & Bulk Handling
Pumps, Valves, Pipes & Fittings
Water & Effluent Management

THE Southern African Plastic Pipes Manufacturers Association (SAPPMA) has issued an invitation to professionals interested in presenting at their Pipes XII Conference, to submit their abstracts as soon as possible.

“We have reserved two full days for Pipes XII in order to once again bring the local pipe industry a world-class line-up of local and international presenters,” said SAPPMA CEO Jan Venter. This year’s event will take place on 27 and 28 August at the Altron Business Park in Midrand.

The SAPPMA pipe conference is held every second year and has become a highlight on the events calendar for consulting engineers, pipe manufacturers, installers, international delegates, students and members of the media.

Topics covered at this bi-annual event centre around issues relating to HDPE and PVC pipe quality, production and manufacturing trends, installation standards, challenges and new international application trends. Speakers from a wide variety of different industries and countries present in order to present delegates as wide a range of different viewpoints on topics that directly affect their professions.

“We had 300 delegates attend our previous Pipes XI Conference that took place in 2017, and we are hoping to repeat the success and impact with this year’s conference,” Venter said.

Highlights of the previous conference included presentations delivered by international speakers such as Tony Radoszewski (PPI, USA), Bruce Hollands (PVC Pipe Association, USA), Dr Andreas Frank (Polymer Competence Centre, Austria) and Zoran Davidovski (PPCA) who shared the stage with 17 local experts.

“We are looking for presentations that are non-commercial, but relevant to the plastic pipe industry. Topics may include pipeline design, installation, pipe quality (standards, testing, certification) innovation, water and sanitation, infrastructure, raw materials, pipe rehabilitation, trenchless technologies,” Venter said.

Abstracts consisting of no more than 400 words must be submitted to SAPPMA by no later than 1 March 2019, along with a brief biography / Curriculum Vitae of the presenter. Abstracts will be evaluated by the SAPPMA Conference Advisory Committee and presenters will be informed on or before 16th March 2019. The conference programme will be published 1 April 2019. CPD points will apply.

For more information or to submit abstracts, email conference organiser Louise Muller at

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