September 2020 Vol. 1

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NEWSMAKERS: * ChemChina  * ExcelPlas  * Fletcher Building  *  Iplex  *  ISCO  *  LyondellBasell   *  Molecor   *  Pipemakers  *  Norner Verdandi   *  PPN    *  PVC-O  *  QENOS  *  SUPERLIT™   *  Wavin

BREAKING NEWS

Iplex-Parent Fletcher Building CEO Ross Taylor Suffers 25% Pay Cut, his previous $5.2M slashed to $3.9M
http://cloud.excelplas.com/s/PEZvc7eek25fFQF#pdfviewer

Qenos-Parent ChemChina Merges with SinoChem – Should the Industry be Worried? (Breaking News)
https://supchina.com/2020/09/03/the-birth-of-a-chemical-leviathan-sinochem-and-chemchina-merge/

Qenos Parent ChemChina Forges Ahead with $146bn Chemical Megamerger
The megamerger of the two chemical makers has the global industry bracing for a major disruption, as the combined sales of the companies dwarfs that of prospective runner-up BASF, the German competitor that took in $70.7 billion.
https://asia.nikkei.com/Business/Business-deals/China-forges-ahead-with-146bn-chemical-megamerger

MCH Private Equity Acquires Majority Stake in Molecor PVC-O Pipe Manufacturer
https://www.leadersleague.com/en/news/mch-private-equity-acquires-majority-stake-in-molecor

Molecor, First Company to Achieve UNE-EN 17176 Certification for its PVC-O Pipes and Fittings
http://molecor.com/en/news/molecor-first-company-has-achieved-une-17176-certification-its-pvc-o-pipes-and-fittings

Pipemakers Australia Molecor PVC-O pipe is ‘ApprovalMark’ certified to AS/NZS 4441:2008 
Oriented PVC (PVC-O) pipes for pressure applications for use in water supply1 and sewer systems
https://www.wsaa.asn.au/node/2241

LyondellBasell Beats Q2 Earnings Estimates
http://www.mrcplast.com/news-news_open-375459.html

HDPE Water Pipeline Completely Destroyed by Wild Fires
https://tpgonlinedaily.com/slv-water-needs-new-pipeline/

Installation of the Special Design SUPERLIT™ GRP Pipes Continues
http://www.superlit.com/en/superlit-is-a-solution-partner-in-the-zigana-tunnel-project-the-installation-of-the-special-design-superlit-grp-pipes-continues/

New Hydrotester For Testing GRP Pipe Is On Its Way To Be Installed by Topfibra
https://topfibra.eu/new-hydrotester-for-pipe-is-on-its-way-to-be-installed/

NEW PATENTS

Norner Verdandi Patent New HDPE Pipe Resin (27 August, 2020)
https://www.freepatentsonline.com/20200270383.pdf

Wavin (Netherlands) Patent New Multilayer Polyolefin Pipe (1 Sept. 2020)
https://www.freepatentsonline.com/10759137.pdf

UPCOMING EVENTS (CONFERENCES)

Plastic Pipes in Infrastructure (Hamburg 27-28 October 2020)
https://www.ami.international/events/event?Code=C1052

PPXX Pipes Conference Postponed to September 6-8, 2021
https://ppxx.eu/

UPCOMING WEBINARS

ISCO Webinar – Reduce Jobsite Downtime by Maintaining Your Butt Fusion Equipment (10 Sept. 2020)
https://isco-pipe.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_e7R9pZDMQYKcljDQCgemAg

Webinar – HDPE Pipes Standards Review (10 and 17 September, 2020)
This session features information on our most highly requested topic: HDPE Standards. What ASTM standards and PPI industry guidelines are appropriate in which scenarios? Can’t make sense of the differences? Join us as we take a deep dive into all the different HDPE standards, what they mean and why you should use them.
https://isco-pipe.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_3j9fAqmnS0-mca2KxnlmEg
https://isco-pipe.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_wQW1RT7iRcicFqvR0-5ETg

Webinar – High Temperature HDPE with PE-RT (5 and 19 November, 2020)
This session features information on PE-RT, a HDPE product that can withstand increased temperatures. Have you wanted to use HDPE but couldn’t because the operating temperature was above 140 degree F? Now you can with PE-RT, the same HDPE you know with some serious added benefits.
https://isco-pipe.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_MyYwzDi3R9GvTr73jjetXA
https://isco-pipe.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_i8hwlqDQQeGhbxCBzZVThg


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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