Benefits of PB-1 for pressure pipe systems

Sponsored by: LyondellBasell

Focused on:

  • Thermoplastic Materials
  • Pipe System

Date: 7 March


Time: 8:30AM London/4:30PM Hong Kong

What does a higher SDR class mean in practice?

Thermoplastic materials are widely used for the transport of water, gasses and other fluids. The outstanding performance, durability and physical-mechanical characteristics as compared to traditional pipe materials such as steel, copper and in some cases even concrete, have generated an increasing interest in the use of thermoplastic materials over the past decades.

Benefits, such as being corrosion free, light weight and offering easy installation together with reduced maintenance costs make thermoplastics technically and economically attractive, particularly in demanding pressurized hot and cold water systems. Unfortunately, there are many examples of pipe systems that did not fulfil the design expectations;
Have you ever come across corroded pipe systems that started to leak or even burst long before their expected lifetime? Or, have you experienced premature rupture of plastic pipe systems, even when they were thought to be properly designed? And have you thought about the financial impact of unplanned maintenance or even complete shutdowns over the lifetime of the pipe system?

LyondellBasell is one of the worlds’ largest thermoplastic raw material suppliers, offering the broadest portfolio in the industry for a large variety of pressurized and non-pressurized pipe applications.

This webinar is about Polybutene-1 (PB-1), a thermoplastic material which has been in the market for more than 40 years and which is particularly used in demanding pressurized pipe systems. Through an easy to understand step-by-step approach the extraordinary characteristics of PB-1 are compared with the well-known and widely used thermoplastic alternatives. It will become clear that PB-1 is the most technically advanced thermoplastic material for the transport of hot and cold water, offering the opportunity for reduced installation and operational costs over the lifetime of the pipe system.

This webinar will provide you with insights when considering PB-1 for your next pressurized hot and cold water pipe system or infrastructure project. We do warmly welcome your participation and look forward to receiving your registration.

Presented by

Patrick van Beek,

Marketing Manager PB-1

Patrick finished his studies (BSc) in mechanical engineering and business economics / marketing at the universities of Breda and Tilburg, the Netherlands, followed by a broad 30 years of professional experience in the plastics industry. From 1989 he worked for former GE Plastics (engineering thermoplastics) in different technical and business development functions. In 1999 he joined Helvoet BV in the Netherlands, a manufacturer of precision thermoplastic and rubber components, managing complex projects for large multinational customers.

In 2003 he joined LyondellBasell, being tasked with various commercial pan-European responsibilities in amongst others the automotive and pipe segments. In particular in this latter segment profound experience was gained with the technical aspects and business development of PB-1 materials. In April 2017 he accepted the role of PB-1 Marketing Manager, being responsible for strategy development and driving growth of the global PB-1 business in pipes, flexible packaging and other newly developed applications.

Werner Rothhöft,

Application Development & Technical Service Engineer

Werner completed his studies mechanical engineering (Dipl.-Ing.) at the university of Paderborn, Germany, followed by a 30 year experience in engineering resins, plastics conversion and plastics machinery. He started his career in 1989 at KraussMaffei Kunststofftechnik GmbH with responsibilities in the development of extrusion machinery and as service department manager.

From 1997 he became technical manager at Egeplast Werner Strumann KG GmbH & Co. KG, where he was tasked with the production and development of polyolefin pipes. In 2002 he joined Basell Polyolefine GmbH (a LyondellBasell company) in Frankfurt a. M. driving the application development and providing technical service for PE pipes. In his current role he is tasked with similar responsibilities for the PB-1 pipe materials portfolio.

Key Learning Objectives

  • Get to know Polybutene-1 for use in pressurized hot and cold water pipe systems
  • Learn about the extraordinary characteristics of this most technically advanced thermoplastic material
  • What are the benefits of using PB-1 in pipe systems against alternative thermoplastic materials
  • Opportunities to reduce the operational costs over the lifetime of a pipe system


  • CEO/President/Chairman/Executive Director
  • Engineering managers
  • Public Health Engineers
  • Operations Managers
  • Technical Managers
  • QA/QC Managers
  • Head of Piping
  • Project Managers
  • Energy experts
  • Technical Consultants
  • Business Development Managers
  • Building Service Engineers
  • Construction Experts
  • Design & Property Consultants
  • Heating & Plumbing Engineers
  • District Heating Network Engineers
  • Ship Building Engineers