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Saint-Gobain PAM is the primary supplier of ductile iron and cast iron solutions to the UK's key utilities, civil engineering and construction sectors. Saint-Gobain PAM's vision is to be our customer's' first choice. Through technical expertise, we provide product and service solutions that deliver added value above and beyond simply selling a product. By working together from design through to commissioning, Saint-Gobain PAM can mitigate risks and improve efficiencies in the supply chain. We are committed to understanding customer needs and strive to build collaborative relationships to help develop our customers' businesses in a demanding and continually evolving market place.

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Mrs Wendy Marriott
Lows Lane Stanton-by-Dale

llkeston
Derbyshire
DE7 4QU
www.saint-gobain-pam.co.uk

Ductile Iron And Plastics Go Head To Head In An Industry Debate

Proponents of both ductile iron and plastic pipeline systems faced each other across the debating floor at a recent event hosted by Saint-Gobain Pipelines. 'The Big Debate' was organised for members of the Midlands branches of the Pipeline Industry Guild (PIG) and the Institute of Gas Engineers and Managers (IGEM.) Speakers had just 10 minutes to convey their message - which they did with passion. At the end of the debate the debate chairman, Pat Spain of Severn Trent Water, declared the outcome 'an honourable draw'.

Around 60 delegates from across the industry attended the event. Some took the opportunity of visiting Saint-Gobain Pipelines' Stanhope pipe plant before the debate to see how ductile iron pipes are manufactured, although Phil Green, technical services manager with Saint-Gobain Pipelines who put the case for ductile iron, hotly denied that this was an attempt to swing the vote! Phil was supported by Phil Clisham, principal engineer at Earth Tech Engineering, who had just 5 minutes to add his support. Dr Jeremy Bowman product development director of Uponor took up the gauntlet on behalf of the plastics manufacturers and he was supported by Dave Wood, production manager with Severn Trent.

The title of the debate was uncompromising and left plenty of room for discussion: "Ductile Iron - the material of choice for the UK water industry: everything else is a compromise". In his allotted 10 minutes Phil Green valiantly covered a wide range of benefits of ductile iron, going head to head with PVC/PE on such issues as hydraulic flow, structural design, installation and testing, corrosion resistance, pressure capability, ductile iron's suitability for use in contaminated land, and above and below ground applications. Dr Jeremy Bowman countered this by highlighting the vast range of materials the water industry now has to choose from and stating that, from his perspective, plastic is the material of choice for small diameter pipe sizes.

Delegates were given the opportunity to ask questions from the floor before the honourable draw was announced. The chairman and speakers were all rewarded for their efforts with a non-partisan gift of Waterford Crystal by George Lees, chairman of IGEM who was joined in thanking Saint-Gobain Pipelines for hosting the event by Paul Wallis, chairman of PIG.



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