Canadian pipe maker Armtec Ltd. has added a new corrugated extrusion line in its Lethbridge, Alberta, plant.
The new line will make corrugated high density polyethylene pipe in diameters of 12-36 inches. Armtec pipe is used primarily in culvert, storm sewer and drainage applications.
Armtec, which said it sold about US$91 million in pipe last year, also produces corrugated steel pipe.
Charles Phillips, Armtec's president and chief executive officer, said in an April 28 telephone interview said the company's strategy is to grow both organically and via acquisition.
``The first, and most important, part of our growth strategy is to increase the use of corrugated plastic pipe in Canada,'' Phillips said. ``Statistics tell us the penetration rate of plastic pipe in Canada is considerably below what it is the U.S.''
Plastic pipe in Canada is a fragmented industry, he said, but there's reason for optimism.
``We've been winning specifications all across the country,'' he said. ``Use of plastic pipe is really picking up in the eastern part of Canada. Ontario and Quebec are really embracing it.''
Duncan Cross, executive director of the Mississauga, Ontario-based Canadian Plastics Industry Association's eastern region, concurred.
``Our association lobbies hard to make sure plastic pipe is not deselected in any way,'' he said.
Armtec has plastic pipe plants in Forest, Orangeville, Chesterville and Woodstock, Ontario; St. Clet and St. Augustin, Quebec; and in Prince George, British Columbia.