is an Association of leading companies in the plastics piping
business, with the purpose of facilitating high standards
of ethics, product quality and technical information. It
is an open association, well regulated by strong Articles
of Association and Code of Conduct and is registered as
a Section 21 Company incorporated not for gain.
The Purpose/Mission of SAPPMA is to create absolute customer confidence in the Plastics Pipe Industry, thereby ensuring long term sustainability and dynamic growth Industry
and all objectives are in line with this.
In the current climate it
is furthermore important to note that SAPPMA has since its
inception some seven years ago, managed all its business
with due recognition to the Competitions Act 89 of 1998.
Transparency has been taken to the extreme, with information,
including minutes of all meetings, regularly published on
The question often arises
whether SAPPMA is in competition with SABS. The answer is
a clear negative. SABS is respected for its position as
the national regulator of standards and we structure our
approach accordingly. SABS and SAPPMA act as ‘partners’
in the handling of matters related to the plastics piping
industry, having a common goal but different functions.
Plastic is clearly no longer
a cheap alternative or foreign material as it was viewed
for a long time in the past; it plays an absolute critical
role in all areas of modern life, including piping systems.
It is estimated that more than 50% of all pipelines in the
world are plastic. In South Africa a very recent market
survey has shown that about 60% of the pressure pipe market
goes to plastic and in non-pressure lines up to 500 mm diameter,
South Africa is waking up
to the fact that water is fast becoming a critical problem.
Quantity and quality are under severe pressure aggravated
by fast increasing demand and huge losses in distribution.
The focus is sharply on piping systems that are leak-free
and durable for long-term use and also on the rehabilitation
of old lines. HDPE and PVC pipes answer these calls with
The robust growth the market
experienced in the past would not have been possible without
the technical support of design engineers and end-users.
Our annual Conference is one of the mechanisms to provide
up to date technical information to those decision-makers.
According to ECSA, there are 41 125 registered persons in South Africa (latest available figures). Of significance is the year-on-year increase in the registration of candidate engineering practitioners, which is an indication that industry is becoming more and more committed to good quality service provision in the country.