17 May 2007

Future pipe industries prestigious certification

First Kitemark license for fibreglass pipes in Qatar awarded to Future Pipe

A leading manufacturer of high quality pipes for the construction industry in the Gulf region has recently achieved the prestigious honour of a kitemark licence for its Glass-Fibre Reinforced Polymeric (GRP) pipe products, which are used for a wide variety of applications, including industrial cooling, power generation, drinking water networks and desalination industries.

Future Pipe Industries is a part of the Future Pipe Group (FPG) and manufactures high performance, anti-corrosive pipe systems for oil and gas, petrochemical, power generation, desalination and civil industries.

With a global network and a presence in 5 continents, employing over 3000 people, they are strategically positioned to react to and meet clients', and the markets, ever-changing needs.

The aim of Future Pipe is to sustain their growth through continued research and development in the field of fibreglass pipe technology, to set the standards in their industry and continue to provide their clients with the best available solution to their requirements.

The Kitemark is crucial in supporting their achievement of this.

'Our products are critical to the infrastructure of any nation, assisting in creating a better quality of life as conduits for clean water and energy needs'.

'The Glass Reinforced Plastic (GRP) Pipes Kitemark, which was developed in partnership between Future Pipe Industries and BSI Product Services, is recognition of their quality and performance and a critical symbol in setting the standard in our industry' says Mr R F Makhzoumi - President and CEO of Future Pipes.

This is the first Kitemark licence to be awarded by BSI Product Services to a company in Qatar for fibreglass pipes, and means the standards of production at Future Pipe Industries conform to an international target, including ASTM standards.

BSI Product Services scheme manager Andy Butterfield and senior engineer Jim Norman were on hand in Doha to witness and verify the product testing.

Andy Butterfield comments, 'The certification standards that Future Pipe have reached, show a determined commitment by them to benchmark themselves to the highest levels, and I'm confident it will help to grow their business even further'.

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