Amitech to provide FRP pipes as part of water supply, sewer projects in Brazil

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• Largest Brazilian manufacturer of FRP pipes won four public biddings opened by the company from the State of Bahia

SÃO PAULO, Brazil, Feb. 12, 2010 -- Amitech, a subsidiary of the Colombian group O-Tek and the Brazilian's largest manufacturer of FRP pipes, started the year at full speed. This is largely due to the recent agreements entered into with Embasa (Water and Sanitation Company from the State of Bahia). In recent months, Amitech won four public biddings opened by the company to provide over 57 km of FRP pipes.

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"Although the biddings contemplate cast iron pipes, HDPE and FRP, only reinforced polyester pipes were participating, thanks to its increased competition over other materials. These latest biddings granted Embasa a 20% savings in material," says Rodrigo Almeida, Amitech's sales coordinator for the North and Northeast regions. Besides its lightness, which makes the installation faster, FRP pipes can be manufactured into 12 m bars, while iron pipes have their size limited to 6 m. "It provides easier transportation and reduces by half the number of joints, thus reducing the load loss of lines and the occurrence of leaks," he explains.

The most important contract won by Amitech was for the construction of the Integrated Water Supply System (SIAA) of the city of Jacobina. "We are concluding the supply of 32 km of pipes of 350 mm diameter and nominal pressure of 20 kgf/cm,"" says Almeida.

Next with almost 18 km is SIAA of the municipality of Conceição do Coité. "They are pipes of 400 mm and the same nominal pressure of 20 kgf/cm." The Aqueduct of Pedras Altas (6 km - 500 mm) and the Sanitary Sewerage System of Simões Filho (1.5 km - 400 mm), both subject to the same pressure of the first two, close the list of Amitech's new projects with Embasa.

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As of the end of February, when supplies are completed, Embasa will have approximately 100 km of Amitech's pipes in operation. "Due to such successful track record, we hope to soon increase our presence in the State of Bahia," concluded Almeida.

About Amitech

Controlled by the Colombian O-Tek, a company from to the conglomerate Inversiones Mundial, Amitech is the largest Brazilian manufacturer of fiberglass reinforced polyester pipes (FRP). Founded in 1999, its plant in Ipeúna, located in the countryside of the state of São Paulo, monthly processes kilometers of pipes consumed by basic sanitation, agriculture, industry and energy sectors. More information about Amitech >



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