The economic analyses by Dr Roelof Botha, in full flight at a recent conference, have proved very interesting for delegates

PIPES XII, countdown has begun to August pipe show

THE countdown to SAPPMA’s biggest event of the year, the annual PIPES conference, has begun.

The venue for this year’s conference – the 12th year that the event takes place – will again be the Altron Business Park (previously known as the Bytes Conference Centre) in Midrand and the dates have been confirmed as 27/28 August (Tuesday/Wednesday).

Centred around the theme ‘Not all plastics are alike,’ presenters at this year’s event have been invited to take a closer look at the quality standards that govern the manufacturing and installation of high performance plastic pipes and pipe systems.

Popular economist and political commentator Dr Roelof Botha will deliver the keynote address on the first day. Other presenters will include local and international experts such as Stefan Schiesser (Borealis), Antoine Walter (GF Piping Systems), Albert Lueghamer (Agru), Marco van Dijk (UP), George Diliyannis (Safripol), Mike Smart (Genesis Consulting), Renier Snyman (Sun Ace), Onno Fortuin (Onno Fortuin Consulting), Kirtida Bhana (Plastics|SA), Jacques van Eck (Avesco) and Alaster Goyns (Pipes cc), to name but a few.

“We decided to change the format slightly this year by doing away with parallel sessions. Instead, the conference will be taking place over two days and will give everybody the opportunity to attend all the sessions, whilst the speakers get the benefit of larger audiences and maximum exposure,” said SAPPMA chief executive Jan Venter.

The yearly PIPES conferences have gained a reputation for delivering practical, yet cutting edge information and is truly a not-to-be-missed event for anybody involved in pipe manufacturing or installation, water infrastructure and civil engineering. The cost for attending the two days is R3,500 per delegate for non-SAPPMA and IFPA members, R2,600 for members and a special discounted price of R1,900 per delegate for group bookings of five or more.

“As always, there will be ample opportunity delegates to network, visit exhibitors and lively discussions during the question and answer sessions. We are excited to announce that a number of sponsors have already confirmed that they will be supporting this year’s event, including big names such as Rare Plastics, Sun Ace, Sizabantu Piping Systems and NSF International. Other sponsors and exhibitors include Swan Plastics, Safripol, Astore Keymak and Alprene Plastic Products. We look forward to announcing more sponsorships soon and to seeing a record number of delegates attend this year’s conference,” added Venter.

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