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PPG's PMC Business Supplies Internal & External Coatings to Africa's Pipe Industries

Published on 2014-03-20. Author : SpecialChem

AMSTERDAM -- PPG Industries' protective and marine coatings business has completed a major project for Africa Pipe Industries, supplying internal and external coatings on a 46-kilometer, 2.1-meter diameter pipeline installed for South African utility Rand Water.

PPG supplied SIGMALINEâ„¢ 523 coating as an internal lining and SIGMALINE 855 coating for external protection on the pipe installed at Sasolburg in the Free State region. Together, the coatings deliver high-performance protection of both surfaces against corrosion and contamination of the pipeline content.

The continued demand for resource infrastructure in South Africa has seen Africa Pipe Industries play a significant role in the rollout of new bulk water services in South Africa as well as providing oil and gas piping. PPG has built more than 60 years' experience and continuous investment in Africa, demonstrating a long-term commitment to customers across the continent.

Marius Rademeyer, PPG market manager, protective and marine coatings, said, "This project required PPG to provide corrosion and bacterial protection to international standards and very specific customer demands. SIGMALINE products have short manufacturing cycles due to quick curing times and the key advantage of single-coat application properties."

For the pipeline's external coating, SIGMALINE 855 coating offers excellent corrosion and water resistance and a superior aesthetic finish. The coating's excellent abrasion and impact resistance protected against minor damage during handling, transporting and installation with ultraviolet (UV) radiation protection whilst awaiting installation onsite.

Approved and certified for potable drinking water to the BS 6920 2 standard, SIGMALINE 523 coating was applied as the internal lining. Resistant to bacterial growth, fast-curing and able to be applied to rotating pipes, the coating offers easy application on field joints after installation welding.

PPG operates a network of office, manufacturing and warehouse locations across Africa, enabling the company to serve customers directly throughout the continent. Production sites are situated in strategic locations with the capacity to produce and deliver products on time to customers in Africa and the wider region.

Rademeyer added, "PPG's renowned operational infrastructure and worldwide capability are key assets for customers in Africa that need a fully-resourced and dependable global partner. In growth sectors, such as utilities, onshore and offshore oil and gas industries, PPG offers the complete range of support functions, with experienced teams in commercial, logistics, customer and technical services to ensure all projects are managed with utmost efficiency."

About PPG

PPG is one of the world's leading coatings and specialty products companies. Through leadership in innovation, sustainability and color, PPG helps customers in industrial, transportation, consumer products, and construction markets and aftermarkets to enhance more surfaces in more ways than does any other company. Founded in 1883, PPG has global headquarters in Pittsburgh and operates in nearly 70 countries around the world. Sales in 2012 were $15.2 billion. PPG shares are traded on the New York Stock Exchange.

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