In 2010, Hume Pipe Co. Ltd. in Harare had come to a cross road. The market demand for concrete pipes in Zimbabwe was increasing and the production capacity at their two plants in Harare and Bulawayo was fully booked.
Hume Pipe Co. Ltd. traveled around the world to study different pipe production methods, and in 2011 they decided to invest in a complete new pipe factory based on VIHY production technology for the manufacture of regular concrete pipes as well as HDPE-lined concrete pipes.
The plant was commissioned during 2012-2013, and Hume Pipe Co. Ltd. is now able to offer new and state-of-the-art concrete pipes to the Zimbabwean market.
HawkeyePedershaab’s initial scope of supply included the double station VIHY Multicast SCC 250, mold equipment for 450-2,300 mm diameter pipes, equipment for lining the pipes with HDPE sheets, pipe handling equipment, an automatic concrete batching and mixing plant, cage welding machinery and concrete laboratory equipment.
The cooperation between Hume Pipe Co. Ltd. and Hawkeye-Pedershaab was based on a turnkey concept meaning that HawkeyePedershaab supplied everything directly and handled all proj-ect management, shipping and commissioning. Chairman of Hume Pipe Co. Ltd., Mr. Wilson Manase, explained: “HawkeyePedershaab are experts in the field of building pipe plants, so I was very comfortable of asking them to handle the entire project. Throughout the whole project period we worked with one single contact person and this made everything much easier for us. And now after the commissioning they have completed everything to our full satisfaction”.