The Southern African Plastic Pipe Manufacturers Association (SAPPMA) has slowly but surely been expanding its influence beyond South Africa’s borders as the body continues to attract members operating in neighbouring, sub-Saharan countries.
Jan Venter, CEO of SAPPMA, notes that both the association’s name and logo are being recognised as a guarantee of top quality HDPE and PVC pipes that are sold in Botswana, Namibia and Zimbabwe.
Furthermore, the SAPPMA brand and mission are also being communicated into the rest of Africa and the Middle East thanks to Abu Dhabi-based NSF International, who provides independent, third-party testing and certification of plastic ingredients, materials, fittings and piping.
Meeting international standards
“The world has truly become a global village. Borders and distances between countries are no longer a barrier to entry or to conducting business.
“For this reason, it is imperative for the plastic pipes that are being manufactured in South Africa (and are being exported to the rest of the continent, and perhaps even the world) to meet international standards of quality,” says Venter, CEO of SAPPMA.
This observation is confirmed by Christian Kurdy, Managing Director of NSF. “More and more consumers are looking for safe and quality products.
“This has become the norm in the US and Western Europe and is most certainly a differentiating factor in countries like South Africa. It is important to consistently produce high quality plastic piping products and being a member of SAPPMA sets these products apart from the inferior ones,” Kurdy says.
Although they are primarily focused on the Middle East, NSF decided to join SAPPMA as part of their efforts to promote the protection and improvement of human health and the environment, which happens to be NSF International’s recognized mission statement.
“We are actively engaged in promoting quality, safety and sustainability of plastic pipes and strive to join forces with other organization which share the same vision,” NSF’s Christian Kurdy explains.
Venter adds that SAPPMA members operating outside of South Africa’s borders bring significant benefits to the table.
“It is always valuable to hear a different, global perspective on issues we might be facing in South Africa, and it certainly helps us to ensure that our standards and processes are on par with what is happening in the rest of the world,” he concludes.