Innovative R300 million PVC-O pipe factory in operation at the Richards Bay Industrial Development Zone
THE Richards Bay Industrial Development Zone (RBIDZ) is very conscious of its mission of attracting investments and is focused on driving socio-economic development. It also aims to be a catalyst for job creation and foreign direct investment, which is yielding positive results that can be evidenced by the projects taking shape on the ground. In pursuit of this objective and guidance drawn from the Provincial Growth and Development Plans which is linked to the National Development Plan, the RBIDZ is doubling its efforts of attracting new investments into the Zone.
This is also evidenced by the investment enquiries showing interest in the key sectors of focus such as metals beneficiation, renewable energy, ICT (techno parks), port optimisation and agro-processing.
Presently the RBIDZ prides itself on being home to a R300 million PVC-O pipe plant – Sizabantu Piping Systems factory, which is a leader in the manufacturing and distribution of comprehensive range of high pressure PVC pipes and drainage solutions using Molecor’s proprietary technology. The factory is still in the process of commissioning some of its operational lines however it witnessed its first Molecor production in December 2016 and will soon officially open and be fully operational. The factory’s target markets are the agricultural, civil and industrial sectors locally, as well as in southern Africa and the sub-Saharan region. Plastic pipes come with many inherent advantages in comparison to other traditional materials. These include its non-corrosive properties, which enables a longer lifespan and unlike traditional metallic pipe, no cathodic protection is required.
Additional advantages include better hydraulic performance, lower pumping costs, and better surge or water hammer capabilities. Plastic pipe is a tried and tested product, well-suited for Africa and the infrastructure sector. In addition, the demand for potable water in Africa is enormous and its user-friendly products will assist in speeding up the supply of much-needed reticulation
systems, particularly in urban centres where the trend points to exponential expansion. This is due to rural communities increasingly migrating to towns and cities in search of better prospects. PVC-O pipes are proving to be a better cost effective alternative option, where large diameter and higher pressure ratings are required for bulk water lines.