There's a lot of news about pipes this week.
To start things off, Ipex USA LLC owner Aliaxis SA, based in Belgium, is offering $2 billion to buy rival Uponor Oyj, PN's Catherine Kavanaugh writes. Both companies make high density polyethylene and cross-linked PE pipe.
Uponor officials say the offer undervalues the company, but in a conference call Aliaxis says with residential construction slowing in North America, Uponor should take advantage to become part of a more diverse firm.
But while corporate leaders and shareholders deal with M&A news, environmental groups are aiming to limit the use of PVC to replace lead service lines.
Beyond Plastics, Environmental Health Sciences and Plastic Pollution Coalition published a 56-page report, The Perils of PVC Plastic Pipe, on April 18 and will host a webinar on April 27. The groups maintain that PVC pipes can leach dangerous chemicals into household drinking supplies.
It's not the first time environmental groups have tried to get plastic pipes excluded from public projects. In October the Plastic Pollution Coalition launched a campaign urging federal and local officials not to replace lead lines with plastics.
For their part, pipe makers say plastic pipes have been used for more than 60 years with no health problems.