March 2021 Vol. 1

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NEWSMAKERS: * AGRU * Aliaxis * Aquatherm * Borealis * Chevron Phillips * CPVC * ExcelPlas * Fletcher Building * GF Piping * GPF * IPEX * IPLEX * ISCO * McElroy * PEX * PE100 * PPI * PPN * PVC * Total * Tubi * Vinidex

INDUSTRY NEWS

GF Piping Releases Annual Report for 2020
GF’s 14,118 employees generated sales of 3.184 billion CHF in 2020
https://www.georgfischer.com/en/investors/reports-and-presentations/annual-report.html

IPEX Publishes Free 118 Page Technical Manual on Vinyl Piping PVC and CPVC [PDF]
https://www.ipexna.com/media/12334/manual-us-ipex-vinyl-process-piping-systems.pdf

Plastic Piping Systems That Reduce Your Total Cost of Ownership (TOC)
https://agruamerica.com/piping-systems-that-reduce-your-tco/

Harsh US Winter Causes Severe Shortages of Polyethylene Pipe Resins
https://www.icis.com/explore/resources/news/2021/02/19/10608320/insight-winter-outages-exacerbate-tightness-in-the-us-pe-markets

McElroy Polyethylene Pipe Fusion Inspector Courses Open for 2021 (Register Now)
https://www.mcelroy.com/en/university/fusioninspector.htm

Vinidex (an Aliaxis Company) Announce Their Plastic Pipe Recycling Initiatives for PE and PVC Pipes
https://www.vinidex.com.au/recycling-plastic-pipes-at-vinidex/

Tubi Rolling Out Modular Extrusion Plants For On-Site Production of HDPE Pipe
https://tubigroup.com/2020/11/02/tubi-usa-launches-modular-extrusion-plants-for-on-site-production-of-hdpe-pipe/

Aquatherm Outlines Steps to Success With Butt Fusing Polypropylene Piping
https://www.mcaa.org/smart_sol_article/aquatherm-outlines-steps-to-success-with-butt-fusing-polypropylene-piping/

Learn about HDPE, Aquatherm, Fusion Equipment and more with ISCO Insights
https://isco-pipe.com/insights/

Comparison Between Electrofusion Fittings and Push-Fit Fittings for PE Pipes
https://www.sabspa.com/en/comparison-electrofusion-fittings-push-fit-fittings/

Korean PVC Pipe Maker Wins License Deal with Spain’s GPF
https://pulsenews.co.kr/view.php?year=2021&no=97863

Iplex Seeking Regional Quality Manager for Plastic Piping- Victoria (Salary A$131K)
https://careers.fbcareers.com/careers/JobDetail?jobId-18715&source-External-Careers-Site&source-Adzuna&utm-source-adzuna&utm-medium=adzuna&cmpid=1000-179

NEW RESEARCH

Long-Term Testing Methods for HDPE Pipe – Advantages and Disadvantages: A Review
https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0013794421000965?dgcid=rss_sd_all#!

Creep Behaviour and Modelling of HDPE Pipe
https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0142941820322601

3D Printed PP Pipes and Fittings – BASF Industrialize 3D Printing with Polypropylene
https://www.shapeways.com/blog/archives/41432-basf-to-industrialize-3d-printing-with-polypropylene.html

POLYOLEFIN INDUSTRY NEWS

Venture of Total and Borealis to start New 625,000-Tonne Per Year PE line in Q1 2022
https://www.bicmagazine.com/expansions/downstream/venture-of-total-omv-owned-borealis-to-start-texas-cracker-i/

Borealis Invests EUR 17.6 million to Lower CO2 emissions, Energy Consumption at Polyolefins Plant 
https://www.webwire.com/ViewPressRel.asp?aId=270840

Chevron Phillips Chemical Names New CEO
https://www.canplastics.com/materials/chevron-phillips-chemical-names-bruce-chinn-as-new-ceo/1003455574/

ExcelPlas Investigating Poly Pipe Failures
Through failure analysis & forensic chemistry, we help clients improve product performance, increase profits, & resolve product liability claims with plastic pipes and fittings.
We are dedicated to unmatched excellence in failure analysis, investigative chemistry, material testing, and expert witnessing for plastics, polymers and composites.
With over 25 years of investigative experience, the staff at ExcelPlas are uniquely positioned to help clients resolve the most challenging performance and processing issues related to materials and finished pipes and fittings.
https://www.excelplas.com/contact-us/

Pipes and Piping testing, analysis, scientific research and development, inspection, certification, engineering, failure investigation, and product development
https://www.excelplas.com/contact-us/

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ExcelPlas Labs Pipe Failure Investigations
ExcelPlas Labs have created a new benchmark in failure analysis of HDPE, PP-R, PB and PEX pipes in addition to PVC &  CPVC pipes as well as composite GRP and GRE pipes.  When a plastic pipeline fails to perform as intended, our team can determine the root cause of failure (e.g.  oxidative failure, chemical failure, creep failure, over-stress failure, fatigue failure, design failure, etc).  ExcelPlas are experienced with all plastic piping failure modes and mechanisms including Slow Crack Growth (SCG) Rapid Crack Propagation (RCP), Environmental Stress Crack Resistance (ESCR), Oxidative Stress Cracking (OSC), cyclic fatigue, manufacturing defects, and polymer material problems.
http://www.excelplas.com/

ExcelPlas Strain Hardening Test (SHT) for HDPE Pipes
The SHT in accordance with ISO 18488 is a relatively new, but excellent way to obtain a rapid indication of the Stress Crack Growth (SCG) resistance of your piping material. This tensile test performed at 80°C has become in just a few years the new standard for Batch Release Testing (BRT). And not without reason.  The test requires only a very small amount of material, the results are very reliable with a very low inter-laboratory scatter and the results are available within a few days, regardless of the PE grade. The SHT is usually performed on resin material but it can also be performed on samples taken directly from pipes or sheets. As accredited lab, EXCELPLAS is happy to discuss the possibilities with you, whether it is for BRT, benchmarking, quality control of your (high performing) PE grade or for polymer compliance/ validation.
http://www.excelplas.com/

Australian Plastic Pipe Testing Laboratory
ExcelPlas Laboratories provides a comprehensive plastic pipe joint testing service and is equipped with a state of the art laboratory to test a range of polymer materials including polyethylene and polypropylene. ExcelPlas can carry out testing on plastic tube and pipe ranging in wall thickness from 3 mm to 80 mm. ExcelPlas Laboratories provide a comprehensive service to Industrial & commercial companies, environmental consultants, Government bodies and local Authority customers throughout Australia & NZ. All testing is carried and out in accordance with ISO & ASTM methods and is fully accredited to ISO 17025 by NATA.
http://www.excelplas.com/

Australia’s Plastic Pipe Testing Laboratory
ExcelPlas Laboratories provides a comprehensive plastic pipe joint testing service and is equipped with a state of the art laboratory to test a range of polymer materials including polyethylene and polypropylene. ExcelPlas can carry out testing on plastic tube and pipe ranging in wall thickness from 20mm to 1200mm. ExcelPlas Laboratories provide a comprehensive service to Industrial & commercial companies, environmental consultants, Government bodies and local Authority customers throughout Australia and Asia. 
All testing is carried and out in accordance with ASTM, ISO & WIS methods and is fully accredited to ISO 17025 by NATA.
• Butt Fusion Weld Testing
• Weld Testing
• Testing of Electro-fusion Welds
• Tear on saddle joints
• Crush De-cohesion of Electro-fusion welds
• Polymer & Plastics Identification
• Chemical & Thermal Testing
• Site Audits
http://www.excelplas.com/

ExcelPlas – the Australian Pipes & Fittings Testing Laboratory

  • Accredited to ISO 17025 by the National Association of Testing Authorities (NATA) Australia, and is Australia’s largest laboratory dedicated for the testing of plastic pipes and fittings to various Standards which include Australian, European and International Standards.
  • The staff employed at the laboratory have a combined experience of more than 85 years within the plastics industry specifically with manufacturing, quality control and the research and development of plastic piping systems including HDPE, PEX, PP-R, PVC, U-PVC, M-PVC, O-PVC, ABS, GRP, GRE and PB.
  • Services provided include conformance testing, compliance testing, batch release testing, root cause analysis for field failures and non-destructive testing of samples.
  • http://www.excelplas.com/

ExcelPlas Lab Specialising in HDPE Pipe Condition Monitoring, Failure Analysis and Testing
In the event of a HDPE buttweld or electrofusion weld failing during initial testing, or in service, we can conduct investigations to assist in identifying the root cause of the failure.
This service also extends to the premature failure of the pipe or fitting itself.
http://www.excelplas.com/plastic-pipes

ExcelPlas Pipe Testing is a Leader in the Field of Polyethylene (PE) and High-Density Polyethylene (HDPE) Testing
ExcelPlas is accredited with the National Association of Testing Authorities (NATA) for butt weld tests, bend and tensile tests, peel decohesion tests on electro fusion sockets and failure mode determination
http://www.polypipetesting.com.au/butt-fusion-welds/

New UHMWPE Pipe for Tailing Offers Greater Than 4X the Abrasion Resistance of PE100 (Australia wide)
http://slurrypipes.com.au/

ExcelPlas Poly Pipe Weld Inspection Lists Top 7 Causes of Weld Failure:
• Lack of scraping
• Inaccurate scraping
• Contamination from dirt, water, oil or clays
• Lack of Paralell-ness of fusion faces
• Misalignment of surfaces
• Time, temperature and pressure deviations
• Not adhering to cool times

We have extensive experience in inspection of poly pipe welds for assuring welded joint quality.  Direct Poly Pipe Inspection ensures that operators are following the proven welding procedure; this reduces the occurrences of operational errors which lead to defects such as inclusions, lack of fusion (LoF), porosity and misalignment.
More information, contact john@excelplas.com

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