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PVC pipe takes off from Pipelife Jet Stream

Siloam Springs, Arkansas. A new PVC pipe made by Pipelife Jet Stream in the US has met with such a strong market demand that it has prompted a substantial expansion in production capacity.

Compared to conventional PVC pipes, the new product called C900 is designed to withstand extremely high hydrostatic pressure on testing. Market response for its use in municipal water distribution, forced mains sewers and fire lines has been strong.

Scot McGuire, sales and marketing manager for the firm explains: “Our blue pipe owes its superior performance under pressure testing to increased wall thickness. As such, it can withstand four times its pressure class. Four, six, and eight inch diameter versions are now being supplied and we intend to introduce a 12 inch version next year.”

Since its launch in April 2007, about 500 miles of C900 pipe have been made at the firm’s production facility in Siloam Springs. They are delivered in twenty foot lengths and then easily butt-welded on site to secure jointing.

“PVC pipes have an expected lifetime of over 100 years. Furthermore, C900 has particular resistance to internal and external corrosion. Municipal authorities throughout the US are therefore recognising its many advantages.” Says McGuire.

The PVC pipe has acquired its name from the C900 standard laid down by the ASTM, the US standards institute. It is a standard to which the new pipe complies completely.

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