Watch Uponor's multi-layer composite pipe (MLCP) go head to head with copper in a 'like-for-like' plumbing installation, as Uponor's Martin Allen challenges plumber and professional darts player Mark Webster.


Uponor’s training academy course leader and plumbing specialist Martin Allen claims to have proven that the company’s multi-layer composite pipe (MLCP) outperforms copper.

Martin challenged Uponor-sponsored professional darts player and plumber Mark Webster to a simple, like-for-like installation to see which material would fare the best.

Martin completed the ‘T joint’ installation in just 1 minute 20 seconds leaving time to have a sit down and have a cuppa, while Mark continued for a further 2 minutes and 19 seconds before his copper installation was complete.

Martin used Uponor’s Multi-Layer Composite pipe (MLCP) during the installation which, like copper retains its strength and capacity at all times, offering the best of both materials. He adds; “With no welding, thread cutting, soldering or gluing, the range of fittings are perfectly co-ordinated, with a simple cut, bevel and press required to complete an otherwise challenging job.”

The company’s alternative PEX pipe is cross-linked polyethylene that gives performance and stability. Thanks to its thermal memory, each joint will tighten over time as the pipe will try to contract to its original state.

Both PEX and MLCP offer a light and remarkably easy system, with jointing on the inside of the pipe with no moving parts.

After the installation challenge, copper-stalwart Mark said: “It’s really impressive. I never thought it would be that much quicker, and much cleaner too. In many installations I have worked on, gaining a license to use hot works on site can be difficult, particularly in places such as hospitals or public buildings. This is a major advantage for Uponor in my view, second only to the speed and security of the installation.”

Martin adds: “With copper prices continuing to rise, the final advantage of Uponor systems is its unattractiveness to thieves. Whereas the incidences of copper theft are on the up, as yet, we’ve not heard of any cases of Uponor piping being stolen on site or during an installation!

“This video speaks for itself and demonstrates that it really is time to take plastic seriously.”