Formex Industries is not only a leading manufacturer of automotive components and welded assemblies, but we also produce pipes and tubes for various industries. Many of these tubular products are used on vehicles, as exhaust-related components, but Formex Tubing is able to supply a range of products for the industrial, agricultural and other commercial sectors.

Our tube mill manufactures a wide range of stainless steel tubing and pipes that meets international quality standards and durability. In addition, Formex prides itself on the timeous delivery of these products. We use various technologies to manufacture tubular components, including laser welding, TIG welding, CNC bending and robotic welding. 

Formex manufactures tubes and pipes

Commercial divisions of Formex Tubing

We are able to create various products for a number of commercial sectors. Here are some of our product offerings:

  • Stainless steel tubes – The outside diameter of these tubes ranges between 19mm and 76mm with a wall thickness of up to 3mm. We manufacture both ferritic and austenitic stainless steel pipes and tubes.
  • Tube manipulation and assembly – We can do multi-radius pipe bending, cutting and forming to manipulate the tubes into any shape or form required. On the assembly side, we use various welding techniques to join tubes and related components together.
  • Laser line for large tubes – This assembly line was developed for the catalytic converter programme for our automotive customers. We are able to produce tubing in large diameters, from 100mm up to 350mm. This line has the ability to produce round, oval and triangular tubes, according to your specifications.

Sizes and grades for tubes

Formex is able to create almost any tubular product for our customers. However, there are a number of standard sizes and grades available. Our grade 304 tubes range in diameter from 19.05mm up to 76.20mm, with thicknesses varying between 1mm and 2mm. The grade 409 tubes range in diameter from 31.75mm up to 76.20mm, with thicknesses varying between 1.2mm and 2.0mm. Lastly, our grade 441 tubes range in diameter from 32.0mm up to 76.2mm, with thicknesses varying between 0.9mm and 2.0mm.

If you require something a little different from the above-mentioned sizes and grades, please do not hesitate to contact us. Our tubes come with a total quality management guarantee – a philosophy that forms a core pillar of our business management plan. We hold numerous certifications, including ISO 18001, ISO 14001 and TS 16949. We are certified by the German association for management systems, DQS, as well as Ford and Volkswagen.

For more information on Formex and our product offerings, please watch the video below.


Formex Industries is a metal forming and assembly company that supplies a variety of complex products to the local automotive industry and the export market. The company is based in the Nelson Mandela Bay metropole, South Africa’s foremost region for automotive manufacturing and export.

Formex is a supplier with 69% black ownership, of which 37% are black women. The company is owned by Deneb Investments Limited – a subsidiary of Hosken Consolidated Investments Limited (HCI) – one of South Africa’s biggest true B-BBEE companies listed on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE).

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