JM Eagle, the world’s largest plastic-pipe manufacturer, on April 5 revised its product warranty from one year to 50 years. The Los Angeles firm, with $1.6 billion in annual sales, says the new warranty will cover manufacturer’s defects for all new sales of high-performance polyvinyl chloride and high-density polyethylene pipe used in water transmission and distribution lines and sewer mains. Two months ago, a federal court unsealed a whistle-blower’s defective-products lawsuit, which has been joined by 43 municipalities and four states.
The former Soviet nation of Kazakhstan is ramping up completion of EXPO 2017—a futuristic megaproject estimated to cost between $3 and $5 billion that will showcase global energy efficiency and boost the host’s global profile
Cover photo by Neelam Mathews in Astana, Kazakhstan