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Amitech has just completed the expansion of its plant in Ipeúna city, in the interior of São Paulo state.
From now on, the company will have the capacity to produce 330 km/year of pipelines with diameters of up to 3000 mm. “The total investment was US$ 9 million”, commented Flávio Marçal, Commercial Manager.
Most of the funds were invested in a Flowtite machine developed by Amiantit, a Saudi company that controls 30% of Amitech – the Colombian group Inversiones Mundial hold the rest. “Flowtite technology allows us to produce 36 meters/hours of FRP pipes with sections of up to 14 meters long”, explained Benedito Buso, Amitech’s Industrial Manager.
Up to now, the company exclusively used centrifugal technology, that allowed it to produce an average of 18 meters/hour of pipes of up to 1200 mm in diameter. “With the new machine we have supplemented our portfolio. Although Flowtite equipment is outstanding because of its production speed and it ability to produce larger diameters, centrifugation ensures us more flexibility since we have six independent workstations. That is, we are able to produce pipes with different diameters at the same time”, explained Buso, emphasizing that in both processes Amitech’s pipelines comply with the same manufacturing requirements that are included in the NBR 15536 standard.
Before expanding, the company had a production capacity of 120 km/year of FRP pipes, with diameters between 400 mm to 1200 mm.
By increasing the diameter of its pipes, Amitech has become more assertive in the markets that require large fluid outputs. The main example, says Buso, is the electrical energy production sector, more specifically the Small Hydroelectric Plants business. “As a rule, FRP pipes serve to transport water from reservoirs to the machine room, producing energy. Thus, the bigger the diameter, the greater water output,” explains Amitech’s industrial manager.
The new equipment’s capacity is already full for the next three months due to agreements signed at the end of last year with two Small Hydroelectric Plants. For Marçal, the continuous funding under the Brazilian Economic Acceleration Program (PAC) should help Amitech to quickly occupy the new installed capacity. In addition to the Small Hydroelectric Plants, the company furnishes pipes for basic sanitation and irrigation projects. “We are optimistic about the market prospects for the next two years”, affirms Amitech’s commercial manager, who estimates an increase of 70% in the company’s earnings this year.
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