The British Plastics Federation Pipes Group is the leading trade federation of the UK plastics pipes industry and a founding member of the European Plastic Pipes and Fittings Association.
At the core of its activities, the British Plastics Federation (BPF) Pipes Group is dedicated to promoting the development, acceptance and usage of manufactured plastics piping systems at all levels in the Building, Construction, Civil and Utilities Industries.
This embraces the full spectrum of above and below ground applications, including:
- Rainwater Drainage
- Soil & Waste Pipework
- Hot & Cold Water for Internal Plumbing
- Pipework for Radiator and Underfloor Heating Systems
- Underground Drainage and Sewerage
- Sustainable Urban Drainage Systems (SuDS)
- Pipework for Land Drainage
- Ducting for Cabling and Communications Alongside Highways
- Pressure Pipes for Water and Gas Mains Distribution
- International Representation
The directorate of the BPF Pipes Group, as well as representatives of its member organisations, also regularly contribute to the work and debate of international bodies wherever this is relevant to UK industry interests.
Derek Muckle of Radius Systems has recently been appointed BPF Pipes Group President, taking over from retiring President Chris King of Wavin.
The appointment has a two-year tenure, and Derek, who is also Director of Innovation and Technology at Radius Systems, is keen to get started in his new role, commenting:
The BPF Pipes Group has a tremendous record in developing and raising standards in the utilities and construction industries, and I want to see more recognition for the work done highlighting and sharing best practice knowledge on plastic pipes in all of these areas, from large and small diameter utility applications to above and below ground heating, plumbing and stormwater alleviation. Sharing knowledge with a broad range of end users and those at the cutting edge will help speeding up the adoption of new innovations.
Derek was recently closely involved with the new guidance document from the BPF Pipes Group on fusion jointing, following on from the revised WIS 4-32-08 standard for fusion jointing PE80 and PE100 pressure pipeline systems. He has over 25 years’ experience in the sector, developing plastic pipes and fittings for successful operation in the water, wastewater and gas industries.
Richard Hill from Aco Technologies has been appointed Vice-President of the BPF Pipes Group, also with a two-year tenure.