November 2020 Vol. 4

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NEWSMAKERS: * ADS * Aliaxis * Borealis * ExcelPlas * Exxon-Mobil * Fletcher Building * INEOS * Iplex * PE100+ Association * PPN * Sasol * TeraPlast * Vinidex

INDUSTRY NEWS

IPLEX Parent Fletcher Building Starts New Year with Improved Profits, Margins
https://www.stuff.co.nz/business/123348918/fletcher-building-starts-new-year-with-improved-profits-margins

Vinidex Parent Aliaxis Opens New Pipe Research and Technology Centre in Bangalore, India
https://aliaxis.com/rt-centre-india/

Breaking News – INEOS to Acquire Sasol’s Bimodal HDPE Resin Manufacturing Assets
This acquisition would allow INEOS O&P USA to further expand its reach in the specialty polyethylene markets of pressure pipe and high molecular weight film.
https://www.ineos.com/news/shared-news/ineos-op-usa-to-acquire-sasols-ownership-of-gemini-hdpe-llc/

Borealis Q3 Sales, Profit Sharply Down, Second COVID-19 Wave Adds to ‘Uncertain’ Outlook
https://www.icis.com/explore/resources/news/2020/11/04/10570728/borealis-q3-sales-profit-sharply-down-second-wave-adds-to-uncertain-outlook

PE100+ Association Further Expands Geographical Scope into Russia
https://www.pe100plus.com/PE-Pipes/news/PE100-Association-further-expands-geographical-scope-with-new-member-Kazanorgsintez-i2230.html

Aliaxis Global Leader in the Manufacturing and Distribution of Advanced Plastic Piping Systems Divests its South-East Asia Business to LESSO Group
https://www.zicolaw.com/resources/alerts/zico-insights-law-advises-lesso-group-in-the-acquisition-of-aliaxis-sa/

Exxon Mobil Patents Crack-resistant Polyethylene Compositions for Pressure Pipes [PDF]
https://vision6.excelplas.com/ch/38100/4hnyb/2956333/6CG-Xv9RGgA-XcFDkBD-WMwe76Ki6682m-1810H0ON1.pdf

Advanced Drainage Systems (ADS) Wins Wisconsin Recycling Award. Pipe Manufacturer’s Program -‘Exceeds Expectations’
https://www.ads-pipe.com/advanced-drainage-systems-wins-wisconsin-recycling-award-pipe-manufacturer-E2-80-99s-program-E2-80-98exceeds

Auckland Outfall Installs Mega HDPE Pipe from Thailand
510 metres of large diameter HDPE pipework from Thailand (3 metres in diameter)
https://www.australiahqj.com/2020/11/21/wynyard-edge-alliance-carries-out-the-work-of-the-daldy-street-outfall-in-auckland/

TeraPlast Group Seeks State Aid to Xo-finance 9.8 MILL Euro Investment in New Poly Pipe factory
https://seenews.com/news/romanias-teraplast-group-seeks-state-aid-to-co-finance-98-mln-euro-investment-in-new-factory-720927

10 MILLION EURO PE PIPE FACTORY TO BE BUILT
https://www.thediplomat.ro/2020/11/16/teraplast-group-to-build-new-factory-within-10-million-euro-project/

FAILURE PREVENTION

Hindered Phenolic Antioxidants as Heat-Oxygen Stabilizers for HDPE Pipes
https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.1177/0967391120971167

Analysis of Primary and Secondary Stresses on Plastic Pipes
https://www.piping-world.com/primary-and-secondary-stresses

New PodCast on HDPE Pipe Failure Mechanisms 
Peter Dyke (Alliance for PE Pipe) and Dusty Langston (VP Engineering, WL Plastics) Discuss the Material Science Behind the Resin and Slow Crack Growth of HDPE Pipe
http://podcast.pepipe.org/1194764/6229279-join-peter-dyke-and-wl-plastic-s-dusty-langston-vp-engineering-as-the-two-men-discuss-hdpe-markets-the-material-science-behind-the-resin-historic-pe-failure-mechanisms-and-other-interesting-pe-topics?play=true

OTHER NEWS

HDPE Pipe in Mining – A Better Approach
http://www.pumps-africa.com/hdpe-pipe-in-mining-a-better-approach-2/

Life Cycle Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Costs of HDPE Pipe Alternatives
https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0921344919305087

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JOBS

Vinidex Seeking Pipe Production Shift Supervisor
https://www.seek.com.au/job/51000660?type=standout

FAILURE ANALYSIS

Analysing Causes of Poly Pipe Failure
If you want to assess the current condition and the residual estimate lifetime of polymer pipes, one key element is to know the important factors contributing to the failure – and how do those factors play out in the real world.  Identifying risk factors for pipe failure such as temperature, cyclic pressure, copper ions, chlorine, free-radicals and other impact factors.
ExcelPlas polymer researchers investigate the most common factors in polymer pipe failure and cracking.
https://www.excelplas.com/

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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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