Geberit Mapress Stainless Steel piping offers a solution to dangerous mixed steel, copper and lead piping in Hong Kong.
SINGAPORE, Sept. 15, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Geberit Group, the European market leader in sanitary products, announces that Geberit Mapress Stainless Steel supply system is approved for use in Hong Kong. The stainless steel, non-soldered alternative is widely used in Asia as a safer, more durable alternative and replacement to lead piping and remove the risks of mixed metal supply systems.
The Geberit Mapress Stainless Steel supply system has a high corrosion resistance and can be quickly installed with simple pressing technology.
Although banned by most countries in the use of drinking water systems since 1980, the high cost of replacement, lack of access to water supply and lack of awareness over the risks of mixed-metal piping mean contamination remains a danger.
Mixed metal supply systems, when lead piping is connected to two other different metallic materials at both ends, usually steel and copper, can result in galvanic corrosion and poisoning of the water supply.
In 2015, a lead contamination scare that occurred in Kai Ching Estate in Kowloon, which was traced back to mixed metal soldering as well as the discovery of excessive lead in the water supply for Kwai Tsui Estate in Kwai Fong in 2018, can cause severe health problems.
Following the scare, water industry experts highlighted that plumbing material control and commissioning requirements for new plumbing installations remain a crucial component ensuring the safety of water supply systems in the territory. As a result, each component must undergo strict testing to provide clean and safe building water supply.
Geberit Mapress Stainless Steel reduces water contamination risk
The Geberit Mapress Stainless Steel range of products relies on a groundbreaking attachment technology that replaces soldering with mechanical joints, thus removing the risk of water contamination through subpar soldering techniques and materials.
Its surgical-grade stainless steel components have high corrosion resistance and are the ultimate choice over the now-banned unlined galvanised steel pipes. The fittings are quick to install using only simple pressing technology and are permanently leakproof.
"A lack of awareness over mixed metal systems is a constant risk. However, through greater education of the risks and innovations, we can help eradicate the issue and ensure clean and safe supplies of water," said Mr Desmond Lau, Regional Head – Hong Kong/Macau/Taiwan of Geberit North & South East Asia.
"Geberit's extensive and dependable presence in European markets over many decades ensures that it is market-ready for Hong Kong. Removing dangerous components and the possibility of galvanic corrosion, Mapress Stainless Steel supply system is the ideal solution for building water supply systems, especially for users concerned about the possibility of lead contamination in the potable water supply for residences and workplaces," Mr Lau added.
In 2018, Geberit manufactured its billionth fitting, proving that it is a trusted and reliable water supply system provider in the industry.
Geberit is a market leader in sanitary products based on solid expertise and the latest technology. Established in 1874, Geberit has a long tradition of quality, reliability and innovation, and offers a wide range of solutions for the bathroom, including installation and flushing systems, piping systems and bathroom systems. Since 2003, Geberit has integrated Mapress products into their product line-up and offers stainless steel, carbon steel and copper piping and drainage products for a broad variety of applications.
Headquartered in Rapperswil-Jona, Switzerland with around 12,000 employees in around 50 countries, Geberit generated net sales of CHF 2.9 billion in 2017. The Geberit shares are listed on the SIX Swiss Exchange and have been included in the SMI (Swiss Market Index) since 2012.
To find out more about Geberit, please visit https://www.geberit.com/en/.
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