Interpipe registers trademark in Saudi Arabia to fight fake steel

The company has supplied more than 80,000 tons of pipe products to clients in Saudi Arabia over the last five years.
Updated 26 January 2017

Interpipe registers trademark in Saudi Arabia to fight fake steel

Global steel pipe producer Interpipe has registered its trademark with Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Commerce and Industry.
This follows the trademark registration in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) last year, a move that will strengthen the company’s position in its fight against counterfeit steel pipes.
“The company has supplied more than 80,000 tons of pipe products to clients in Saudi Arabia over the last five years. However, we are increasingly facing competition from counterfeit products,” said Andrey Burtsev, commercial director for Middle East, Africa and Asia markets, Interpipe.
“The registration of the trademark is a measure to protect our clients from counterfeit products of inferior quality and reinforces the company’s commitment to delivering the highest quality certified steel,” said Burtsev.
With a mission to fight against fake steel across the Middle East market, Interpipe is an active member of Steel Alliance Against Counterfeiting.
It is a non-profit organization that now counts 18 reputable producers of steel pipes, flanges and fittings as members.
The alliance’s mission is to ensure quality and safety in the construction sector and its protection against trademark counterfeiting through close cooperation with governmental bodies, distributors and contractors around the Gulf.


Hyundai launches new i30 N in South Africa

Updated 19 February 2020

Hyundai launches new i30 N in South Africa

Hyundai Motors has increased its presence in South Africa by launching its first mass-produced high-performance car — i30 N — last week in Cape Town. 

The first model of the N brand, the i30 N is Hyundai’s first high-performance car, which has been developed with a key focus on its race-track capability and its ability to be a fun-to-drive everyday sports car. 

“Advanced technology and a high level of driver customization has been built into the i30 N, which means it can play the role of a comfort-oriented commuter as well as a race-track ready performance car,” the automaker said.

The i30 N has a 1,998 cc, four-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine, with its maximum power output of 202 kW reached at 6,000 r/minute, while maximum torque is achieved from 1,500 to 4 700 r/minute. 

The power is delivered to the front wheels of the i30 N through a six-speed manual gearbox and has five different drive modes: Eco, Normal, Sport, N and N Custom, which can be accessed through two dedicated buttons on the car’s steering wheel. 

The i30 N has a rev matching function built-in to adjust the engine revolutions when the driver shifts from a higher to a lower gear, thereby ensuring smooth gear shifting. The dual muffler exhaust sounds add to the pleasure of commanding a high-performance vehicle.

Speaking at the launch, Niall Lynch, CEO of Hyundai Automotive South, said: “The i30 N is one of the most exciting cars Hyundai has made in the recent years highlighting Hyundai’s talented designers and engineers who are always setting new standards.

“It is a high-performance car meant to deliver a fun driving experience and I have no doubt there’s a bright future in store for the Hyundai i30 N in South Africa. It has already been described as a ‘game changer’ with more than 20,000 units sold across Europe since we started trading in 2017.”

The i30 N has stylish 19-inch wheels with 235/35R19 Pirelli P-Zero high-performance tires and red brake callipers featuring the N-logo. Aggressive bumpers with larger air intakes and a red character line, an aerodynamic rear spoiler with a triangular brake light, and a dual muffler exhaust complete the sleek, sporty look.

The i30 N also features the electronically controlled suspension (ECS) and electronically controlled limited-slip differential, which ensures an exhilarating drive with cornering capabilities that befits the i30 N’s hot-hatch character.

Customers can choose from five color options — Polar White, Performance Blue, Micron Grey, Phantom Black and Engine Red.

Hyundai plans to launch the i30 N model in the Middle East toward the end of 2020.