June 2022 Vol. 77 No. 6

Rehab Technology

Rehab News

SAERTEX multiCom Opens New Production Facility 

SAERTEX multiCom LP, the leading manufacturer of UV-cured-in-place (CIPP), SAERTEX-LINERS for trenchless rehabilitation of pressurized potable water, gas and wastewater pipelines, has opened a new production and warehouse facility, in Huntersville, N.C. It joins the company’s other production facilities in China and at its headquarters, in Germany, as well as sales offices around the world.

Serving as the company’s North American subsidiary, there are additional reasons the 110,000-square-foot (10,500-square-meter) facility represents “an important cornerstone for our global strategic growth plan,” said Kai Diecks, global managing director of the SAERTEX multiCom Group. 

The state-of-the-art facility expands the portfolio, capacity and performance of products, and optimizes the productivity, efficiency and cost-effectiveness of numerous processes. 

For example, diameters up to 64 inches (DN 1600), with wall thicknesses up to 15 millimeters, can be produced. Until now, the limit was a nominal diameter of 48 inches (DN1200). Also, in-house capabilities have replaced outsourcing of resin impregnation, and logistics and storage were enhanced. 

Another strategic cornerstone is strengthening SAERTEX multiCom’s role as a solution provider, offering a wide range of complementary services, such as consulting, engineering, project management, application technology, training programs and leasing solutions for installation equipment. 

In North Carolina, that meant devoting administrative space to creating attractive and functional training rooms for customers and their construction crews. 


SAERTEX multiCom (USA), (704) 464-5998, saertex-multicom.com 

Hobas Launches $60-Million Capital Investment Program 

Hobas Pipe USA, Inc, the leading North American manufacturer of corrosion-resistant fiberglass pipe products for water and wastewater related infrastructure, has launched a $60-million, five-year, capital investment program that will support the continued expansion of its Houston-based manufacturing facility.

“This investment marks our continued commitment to the infrastructure landscape of North America,” said Martin Dana, president and CEO. 

Hobas plays a critical role in rehabilitating and replacing aging infrastructure with its corrosion-resistant, 150-year design life products. The company kicked off the program with the purchase and installation of equipment to become the first U.S.-based manufacturer of non-circular fiberglass shapes for the rehabilitation of non-circular sewer systems. 

To-date, Hobas has deployed 60 percent of the capital to secure technology, equipment, land and manufacturing infrastructure to support its growth initiatives. The company has also expanded its workforce by 30 percent and expects total job growth to exceed 45 percent when the capital program has been fully executed. 

While the company has experienced significant growth over the past several years, Hobas’s mission remains the same: ensure today’s infrastructure solutions do not become tomorrow’s problems. 

“It is critical we educate the community on the longevity of corrosion-resistant fiberglass pipe, its economic advantages, and the cost savings achieved by using Hobas’s 150-year design life products,” said Dana. 

The remaining capital will be used to further grow the portfolio of products Hobas offers to the water and wastewater infrastructure markets. 

Hobas opened its Houston headquarters in 1987 dedicated to engineering and manufacturing pipe solutions for municipalities that demand safe and reliable infrastructure. Today, Hobas provides fiberglass pipe solutions for clients across the United States and Canada. 


Hobas Pipe USA Inc., (281) 821-2200, hobaspipe.com 



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