The Installation and Fabrication Plastics Pipe Association (IFPA) was formed to expand regulation of the Plastic Pipe Industry in Southern Africa. IFPA is an initiative of SAPPMA (The Southern African Plastic Pipe Manufacturers Association).
A well-engineered pipe system is dependent on good design, high pipe quality as well as minimum standards at the downstream end (fabricated fittings and pipeline installation).
The objectives of IFPA are to ensure:
A consistently high standard of fabrication and installation
Commitment to honest business practices and ethical standards
Support and assistance to consulting engineers and customers who specify or use these products and services
A reliable database of approved installers
Compliance with the Competition Act 89 of 1998
Ensuring that members comply with all environmental laws and regulations
The association is open to all fabricators and installers of plastic pipe, as well as suppliers of pipe fittings and related equipment. Membership approval is dependent on passing an audit of their systems and standards and the payment of the specified membership fee. In addition, a Code of Conduct needs to be signed by the managing director of the business.
The benefits to members are substantial and include matters such as marketing exposure through publicity and marketing campaigns and being part of a reputable, regulated association. Being part of IFPA is a way of differentiating the responsible players in the field from those who are reckless about quality and ethics.
Benefits to members:
Interaction at regular meetings on technical, training and industry related matters (strictly non-commercial)
Access to the latest information on welder training and certification
Use of the IFPA Logo
Bend Testing at reduced cost
Free access to SABS Standards
Valid complaints or queries are handled by a central body
Factory audits & ad hoc product testing by IFPA auditor
Participation in the only representative plastics pipe installation forum
Marketing (Advertising, Exhibitions, Conferences, Website)
Networking at industry events
Adherence to high quality Standards
Code of Conduct differentiates members as high quality companies
Keep up to date with latest Standards and Industry practises
Minimal membership fee
IFPA members are required to have their welders certified via Plastics SA and must identify each weld with a company approved welder stamp. This measure was initiated to improve traceability and to further differentiate quality service providers in the plastic pipe industry. Once an approved member, you will be allocated an official IFPA Member number. This number will appear on your stamp and must be used along with the welder’s own welder number (as issued by Plastics SA). The stamps must be ordered from IFPA once you become a member of the association.
IFPA Members are encouraged to support SAPPMA Members – the mutual support of these two associations ensures a quality offering to the client and is to the benefit of the entire industry. Quality is the cornerstone of both associations and IFPA is making excellent progress in the plastic pipe market. As you may be aware, more and more Specifiers and Consulting engineers are insisting on the IFPA mark. Members are strongly encouraged to only use SAPPMA approved pipe and IFPA approved fittings.