October 1, 2019

Pipe Certification

Proudly SABS certified & exceeding ISO industry standards.
Safripol’s PE100 pipe material globally compliant
Partnerships with LyondellBasell and Qenos informs Safripol of innovative pipe technology, ensures compliance to globally accepted ISO standards


LOCAL polymer producer, Safripol, has firmly established itself as a leader in the PE100 pipe sector for 47 years with ever-growing volumes and technical capabilities. As the local market requirements evolved, and the converter’s customers expected quality guarantees, Safripol adapted to respond accordingly to remain relevant and competitive.


Through international partnerships with LyondellBasell and Qenos, Safripol stays informed of innovative pipe technology, as well as ensures compliance to globally accepted ISO standards set down for PE100 pipe materials, which were subsequently adopted by the custodian of national standards, the SABS.


“LyondellBasell’s technology license agreement affords Safripol access to the latest advances in polymerisation and application development, while the exclusive licence agreement with Qenos, an accredited ISO 17025 laboratory, allows for information-sharing and provides the company access to future product developments in the HDPE pressure pipe industry,” explains George Diliyannis, Safripol’s senior technical service and development engineer. “Furthermore, Qenos and Safripol are the only two companies in the world that use specific LyondellBasell Bimodal Hostalen technology to produce advanced PE100 compliant material.”


Diliyannis says that Safripol’s PE100 pipe grade material, branded iMPACT100®, has always met these ISO standards, and the company has an ongoing mandate to maintain these. iMPACT100®’s compliance with global ISO standards is audited twice a year, with an application to renew certification every three years.


Safripol’s iMPACT100 achieves crack resistance of more than three times ISO requirements
Crack resistance is a vital parameter to determine the lifespan of the pipe, and while the industry benchmark set by the ISO standards for crack resistance is 500 hours (Notched Pipe Test), Safripol’s iMPACT100® achieves in excess of 1,200 hours, assuring excellent performance in the field. In addition, external testing is carried out at Hessel Ingenieurtechnik, a specialised pipe testing laboratory in Germany. These results indicate crack resistance of more than three times the ISO requirements, further demonstrating the excellent performance and expected lifetime of pipes made from iMPACT100®.


The minimum ISO requirement for pipe longevity is 50 years, but Safripol recognises the critical need to be more sustainable, aiming for between 50 and 100 years.


“We’re more than just a plastic manufacturer. We want to be sustainable and intend to do so by making good and durable quality products, and present more longevity than traditional pipe materials” says Diliyannis. He went on to say that the company is investing in infrastructural spending to address local needs.


“South Africa experiences water scarcity, significant water losses, a rapidly growing population, and a population that is urbanising and needs access to clean drinking water, as well as safe water waste disposal. The need to advance local infrastructure is an ongoing drive backed by political will, and we are confident that iMPACT100® is the best type of material to use in pressure pipe applications, not only because it lasts longer, but it also reduces water wastage through leak-free solutions and is more cost-effective, sustainable solution compared to traditional pipe materials.”.


While the SABS certification is underway, Safripol will continue to leverage global technology licensors and new information, supported by a continuous focus and improvement in health, safety, environmental, risk, quality, sustainability and operational efficiency.


Diliyannis adds that Safripol’s access to international market trends and new concepts is applied locally to build up the industry, by determining what’s relevant and how best it could be incorporated into South African market pipe projects.