Wavin wins gold
A ten-year product development programme has certainly paid off for Wavin Plastics’ innovative Apollo pipe system, which has been awarded first prize in the Solvin Awards for PVC Innovation. The company received recognition with a Gold Medal and a cheque for EUR 50,000 at a ceremony in Dusseldorf.
Widely recognised as a significant leap forward in pipe performance, Apollo
was developed specifically for potable water pressure distribution systems.
It is the first Bi-axial Orientated PVC-O pressure pipe to be manufactured by
a continuous process and represents the next generation of PVC-U pressure pipes.
In addition, Apollo is substantially tougher and lighter in weight than standard
PVC-U water distribution pipes and enables water companies to significantly
reduce pipe installation costs.
The competition was organised by Solvin, a joint venture company between Solvay
and BASF. It is designed to provide a focus on quality improvements, competitiveness,
sustainable development and more importantly the versatility and cost effectiveness
of PVC in relation to other materials.
Apollo fought off stiff competition for the award from 84 international submissions
including processors, recyclers, universities and individuals.
Commenting on the award, Michelle Fleming, market manager for below ground
and utilities said: “We are delighted that Apollo has gained such high
recognition from the Solvin jury. It is indeed the innovative process and cost-effectiveness
of this superior product which underlines the strength of PVC as a versatile
“This recognition signals a business breakthrough for the company. Three
major water companies including Yorkshire, Mid Kent and Vivendi have already
specified Apollo and as it becomes more widely accepted, it will go a long way
to improving supply and quality of potable water.”
By combining the performance benefits of the increased strength and toughness
of molecular orientation, with the cost benefits afforded by a fully automated
on-line extrusion stretching and socketing process, Apollo offers the most cost
effective solution to any distribution open cut situation.
The higher strength of Apollo allows the wall thickness to be reduced, resulting
in a lightweight, flexible pipe system which is ideal for narrow trenching and
above ground pipe jointing. Additional benefits include the simplicity and ease
of the Apollo push-fit joint which combines with an on-line factory formed socket
that is supported internally, offering a totally reliable pipe system, which
is resistant to impact or damage during handling and installation.
Apollo has also recently been accredited with its Kitemark license (KM58400)
from the British Standards Institution against against the newly published Water
Industry Standard, WIS 4-31-08, January 2001: Issue 2.
For further info please contact Wavin Plastics on 01249 654121