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COMPANIES Pipeco: successful shift from steel to composites Pipeco, a company established in Malaysia, has quietly made a reputation for itself in the water-tank market. It exports mainly to Asian and Middle-Eastern countries where the markets are flourishing, but is also taking an interest in Europe. The company has developed new products that are more adapted to the European market. P ipeco is a manufacturer of GRP sectional water tanks, pressedsteel sectional water tanks, and pressed stainless steel tanks. Formed in 1984 as an engineering hardware company, Pipeco ventured into the sectional panel water tank business in 1989. Steady growth In 1999, Pipeco broadened the scope of its activity, investing in composite materials and in its first presses. Three years later, the company began to use resin transfer moulding, or RTM (Plastech technology). It started to export in 2002. By 2003, Pipeco was producing 3,000 1-m² panels per month, and by 2005, had doubled its production to 6,000. However, the demand was so high that the company needed to invest more in order to meet it. The following year, the decision was made to acquire a factory that could hold new 1,000metric-ton presses for sheet moulding compounds (SMC). The production rate increased five-fold. In 2007, the company’s four presses were producing 12,000 panels per month, then 15,000 in 2008. They ordered a fifth 1,000-MT press in 2009, and the current production capacity is 30,000 panels per month. Today, SMC accounts for 90% of all composite panel production. (Only 10% of Pipeco’s total production is now in steel.) Pipeco’s pre-insulated panels are still produced manually, due to their size and the need for flexibility. Thanks to an encapsulated 25-40-mm layer of rigid polyurethane foam, these pre-insulated panels can maintain the desired water temperature inside the tank under extreme temperatures. They can be used for water storage where there is a need to stabilize the temperature against extreme heat or freezing conditions to prevent dew formation. AN INTERVIEW WITH MR. TAN, CEO, PIPECO with the latest technology, and are always on the lookout for new markets and product development to reduce our strong dependency on limited regional markets and products. JCM: What is your advantage in keeping the steel business rather than focusing uniquely on composites? MR. TAN: Steel-panel water tanks are in high demand in South Africa and the surrounding countries, just like firefighting water storage tanks in Singapore and some Middle East countries. No further development has been set aside for these products, which sell by themselves thanks to the market demand. But we have developed a FR-rated GRP tank to replace steel tanks in the near future. JCM: What geographical regions are you targeting first for your development? MR. TAN: Apart from our traditional Asian market, we have managed to break into Western Australia, Europe, and South Africa. Next, there will be North Africa, West Africa and South America with our French partners. JCM: You also have a command of RTM technology – for what type of production JEC Composites Magazine: In today’s highly competitive market, what are Pipeco’s strengths? MR. TAN: We have been in the water tank business for the past 22 years, and we know very well how to deal with competitors. More importantly, we stand firm on our quality control, focus on our customers’ needs, keep our R&D abreast jec composites magazine / No55 February - March 2010

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NEWS WORLDWIDE
Companies - AGY is expanding into Asia Pacific
 - Pipeco: successful shift from steel to composites
Agenda of events
 - ContiTech and BASF reach new milestone in lightweight construction
 - BMW M-Series carbon-fibre roof
Innovations - NRC and Magna to develop ultra-light materials for next-generation vehicles
BUSINESS
Market survey -  The European composites market 2008/2009
Trends - Automobile interior parts go greener
Niche market - Concept Blade - The leading edge of acoustic technology
Human capital - RHS manager
FEATURE
Outlook - Natural fibres for the 3rd millennium
 - The outlook for flax and hemp fibres in composites .
Properties - The biomaterial for green composites
Weaving -  High-performance biocomposites: novel aligned natural fibre reinforcements
Compounds - Bioplastic-based compounds
 - Combining polypropylene and natural fibre in automotive applications
Application - Complete houses made of wood-plastic composites
Recycling - Recycling composite materials reinforced with plant fibres
USERS’ PLATFORM
Composites in the world - New cordless hammer drill
 - Life cycle analysis: eco-friendly coffin
 - Carbon 451 lamp
 - Premium pocket binoculars
Successful partners - Earthquake-proof FRPM pipes
Application - PlanetSolar: around the world on the world’s largest solar-powered boat
KNOW-HOW
Cutting tools - Are lasers finally competing with rotary die cutters
Design & Manufacturing - Advanced composite racing yacht construction
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JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #55 - February/March 2010 - NEWS WORLDWIDE
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #55 - February/March 2010 - Companies - AGY is expanding into Asia Pacific
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #55 - February/March 2010 -  - Pipeco: successful shift from steel to composites
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JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #55 - February/March 2010 - Agenda of events
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JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #55 - February/March 2010 - Innovations - NRC and Magna to develop ultra-light materials for next-generation vehicles
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #55 - February/March 2010 - BUSINESS
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #55 - February/March 2010 - Market survey -  The European composites market 2008/2009
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JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #55 - February/March 2010 - Trends - Automobile interior parts go greener
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #55 - February/March 2010 - Niche market - Concept Blade - The leading edge of acoustic technology
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JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #55 - February/March 2010 - Human capital - RHS manager
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JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #55 - February/March 2010 - Outlook - Natural fibres for the 3rd millennium
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JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #55 - February/March 2010 -  - The outlook for flax and hemp fibres in composites .
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JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #55 - February/March 2010 - Properties - The biomaterial for green composites
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JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #55 - February/March 2010 - Weaving -  High-performance biocomposites: novel aligned natural fibre reinforcements
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JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #55 - February/March 2010 - Compounds - Bioplastic-based compounds
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #55 - February/March 2010 -  - Combining polypropylene and natural fibre in automotive applications
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JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #55 - February/March 2010 - Application - Complete houses made of wood-plastic composites
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #55 - February/March 2010 - Recycling - Recycling composite materials reinforced with plant fibres
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JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #55 - February/March 2010 - USERS’ PLATFORM
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #55 - February/March 2010 -  - Life cycle analysis: eco-friendly coffin
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #55 - February/March 2010 -  - Premium pocket binoculars
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #55 - February/March 2010 - Successful partners - Earthquake-proof FRPM pipes
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JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #55 - February/March 2010 - Application - PlanetSolar: around the world on the world’s largest solar-powered boat
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JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #55 - February/March 2010 - KNOW-HOW
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #55 - February/March 2010 - Cutting tools - Are lasers finally competing with rotary die cutters
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JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #55 - February/March 2010 - Design & Manufacturing - Advanced composite racing yacht construction
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