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Pipelife - Then and Now

This year we are proudly celebrating Pipelife’s 20th birthday. Although we are still comparatively young, our roots go back much, much longer – namely to the 1950s with the founding of two corporations in Austria: Symalen and Tekum.

These companies were taken over some 30 years later by Solvay (Tekum), a Belgian chemical and pharmaceuticals group, and Wienerberger (Symalen), currently the largest producer of bricks in the world. In 1989 – on October 31 to be precise – Wienerberger and Solvay came together to found the Pipelife joint venture.

Actually, we were almost christened “Eurotube”, but our owners were looking for a name that better reflected our vision and approach to business. Pipelife mirrors what we do: we make high-value products for the transportation of water and energy as well as the protection of cables and circuits. This name also underscores our dedication to the natural life cycle as well as the values, systems and solutions on which our business is based.

The founding of Pipelife in 1989 initially involved the launch of business activities in Austria, Germany and France. In 1993 we received certification in accordance with the Austrian ÖNORM EN ISO 9001 quality standards. One year later we integrated the Solvay activities in the Benelux countries and Spain, and later followed with market entry into Eastern Europe and the USA. Over the past 20 years our revenues have risen from EUR 111 million to EUR 894 million and our workforce has grown from 630 to 2,680.

Two decades of carefully managed growth have made Pipelife one of the leading producers of plastic pipes in the world. We now operate 29 production facilities in 28 countries, with an extensive plant network that covers Central, Eastern and Southeastern Europe as well as Scandinavia, Finland, the Baltic States and Russia. Two further plants are located in Ireland and the USA.

Our headquarters in Wiener Neudorf, roughly 5 km south of the Austrian capital of Vienna, is the site of corporate management as well as finance, IT, marketing, procurement, engineering and human resources. Research and development is centralized at Enkhuizen in The Netherlands.

The success of Pipelife over the past 20 years has been based on our vision and supported by our leadership principles. We develop, manufacture and distribute plastic pipe systems for a wide variety of applications – and strive to be the Number One value creator in all our markets. Proven expertise, strong team spirit and dedicated management reflect our principles to inspire, commit, empower and deliver.

We make pipes for life – we are Pipelife.

Pipelife's Milestones of Histroy