The award-winning pipework manufacturing company, Water Kinetics, has announced a ‘strategic supply partnership’ with the SANHA group, one of Europe’s leading manufacturers of press fit-pipe systems.
Water Kinetics says the SANHA group ‘has not only had national success across the UK, but also internationally throughout mainland Europe, Asia, and Australia’. It was the group’s ‘strong, globe-spanning foundations’ that convinced it of the ‘positive prospects’ of such a partnership. Water Kinetics elaborated: “This cooperative venture will ensure that the revolutionary pipe-within-a-pipe system, Eco-Duo, produced by Water Kinetics, will be reinforced by only some of the best and most strictly regulated fittings that the market can offer.”
Sven Kalbitzer of SANHA added: “combipress by SANHA is a three-in-one package that helps plumbers save time and gain peace of mind. Firstly, there’s the tool compatibility, meaning that metallic SANHA fittings can be pressed with SA, V, or M jaws up to and including 54 mm, and SA and M up to 108 mm. Secondly, there’s the leak path feature. Simply said, unpressed or forgotten connections will leak when tested, adding yet another layer of safety. Lastly, Push & Stay – which ensures that the fitting will hold onto the pipe and not fall off.”
Water Kinetics’ Eco-Duo has already been specified on a large number of projects and has won several accolades, including the CIBSE Award for Innovation. Water Kinetics says it is ‘expecting to soon become the market-leader in potable water pipework systems, with its patented pipe-within-a-pipe technology’. ‘Taking inspiration’ from vascular heat-retention mechanisms within penguins’ feet, Eco-Duo is ‘a counter-current heat exchanging pipe-within-a-pipe system’, which reportedly ‘halves energy costs and carbon emissions’. Eco-Duo is constructed from copper, a naturally antimicrobial material, and is reportedly ‘100% recyclable’. In addition, its packaging is made from 100% recycled material, and is ‘100% recyclable afterwards’.
Water Kinetics: “The system itself reduces the necessary heating (or cooling) needed for potable water recirculation, instead opting for a self-insulating system, keeping hot water hot, and cold water, cold. Eco-Duo itself has undergone extensive independent testing at BRE in Watford, as well as being installed for the past five years at the University of Bristol.”