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Profile: Marley Pipe Systems

Online since 5.11.2015 • Filed under Advertorial • From Issue 16 page(s) 168-169
Profile: Marley Pipe Systems

In October 2013, when the SABS announced that it would be imposing a deadline for all locally-manufactured polyvinyl chloride (PVC) to be free of heavy metals by July 2015, Marley Pipe Systems welcomed the news with enthusiasm.

In line with the objective of ‘leading the way in responsible PVC pipe production’, the response from this pipe systems manufacturer was: ‘What can we say? We’re already there.’ Marley Pipe Systems is part of the Aliaxis Group of companies – a leading global manufacturer and distributor of primarily plastic fluid handling systems used in residential and commercial construction, as well as in industrial and public infrastructure applications. (See website – Ed.) Under the guidance of the Aliaxis Group, Marley Pipe Systems was fully adapted to a ‘lead-free environment’ as far back as 2008. To this end, the company proudly declares that its Nigel and Rosslyn operations continue to lead the way in responsible production with heavy metal-free products. Caveat: Although products manufactured by Marley at the Nigel site are guaranteed to be heavy metal-free, the supplier points out that it cannot guarantee that product buy-outs from alternative manufacturing sites/ suppliers are heavy metal-free. Rooted in sustainability According to Marley, its brand entrenches an image of quality and credibility throughout its 50-year journey. Since its establishment in 1963, the company has always built its foundations on operational excellence and a deeply-entrenched commitment to sustainability principles. As a founding member and proud supporter of the South African Plastic Pipe Manufacturers Association (SAPPMA), and with its mission towards quality plastic pipe production in South Africa, Marley has always been ahead of the curve in adopting innovative manufacturing methods that meet both customer requirements and international standards.

In 2013, the Marely gained even more ground in the industry through the acquisition of the assets of Petzetakis Africa, an investment that represented a significant milestone in the company’s efforts to build manufacturing capabilities to better serve their key market segments. Being part of the Aliaxis Group of companies has also allowed Marley to benefit from global resources and technology. This has put the company at the forefront of adapting to changing demands. Through continuous R&D initiatives, European focus and knowledge transfer, the Aliaxis group of companies continues to develop and consistently improve products and systems – for sustainable solutions that meet the requirements of corporate and personal responsibility The facts: Heavy metals in pipe production Originally, heavy metals were used to stabilise PVC against heat and ultraviolet degradation. Without these stabilisers, PVC cannot be processed successfully. However, over the years it has been found that these heavy metals present environmental disadvantages. Although lead does not leach from plastic pipes and does not pose any danger to people once installed, it creates an environment that poses the risk of lead poisoning for workers involved in the manufacturing of pipes, not to mention the negative effect of heavy metal pollution on the environment. For this reason, SABS made the call to amend a series of standards to ensure that all heavy metal stabilisers were removed and replaced with non-toxic stabilisers in the manufacturing process. This meant that local manufacturers would have to resubmit their products for testing to retain their certification status.

A welcome decision Following the announcement, SAPPMA chairman, Jan Venter, issued this statement: ‘Representing a socially responsible industry, SAPPMA already embarked on a voluntary removal of heavy metal stabilisers from PVC pipes in 2006 because it added value to SAPPMA’s life cycle thinking and took into account end-of-life issues and waste management options.’ At that time, and as a SAPPMA member, Marley was committed to this worthwhile initiative for the sake of the environment and for the health and safety of its workers. Marley embarked on the journey with the help of SAPPMA and Aliaxis and successfully transformed manufacturing processes in 2008, five years ahead of the official announcement by the SABS. In this way, Marley is constantly living out its commitment of ‘bringing tomorrow to life’ by developing environmentally-friendly, responsible pipe solutions. A culture of quality In addition to a focus on sustainability, Marley’s dedication to quality is reinforced by a commitment to strict operational standards. The company implements the ISO9001:2008 Quality Management System, an international tool used to keep all its functions in check by consistently ensuring that quality pipe products and superior services are supplied to customers as a whole package. In addition, Marley abides by the set SANS specifications and in some cases exceeds these requirements. As an example, its testing frequencies are higher than those set out in the SABS mark scheme documentations, allowing the manufacturer to pick up non-conformities faster and effect corrective action promptly and efficiently. ‘This ensures that we constantly know the status of our products’ quality and the effectiveness of the production process,’ says the organisation’s spokesperson. As a value partner Marley’s vested interest in the well-being of the environment and end-users of their products stretches beyond the manufacturing process. The company’s growth in value is a journey and is constantly being assessed and improved, determining the needs of the market and how its products and services can evolve to meet these demands, which is complemented by the very best in technical support, expertise, integrity and service  delivery. The organisation sees itself as both a value and a responsible choice for users.


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Issue 16

Issue 16

November 2015

This article was featured on page 168-169 of
To Build Magazine Issue 16.

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