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Aug 21, 2015
UNIQUE APPLICATION Verni installs its Supaflor PU HD 9mm polyurethane screed in industrial freezers because it can withstand extreme temperatures
Hygienic flooring is important in the food and beverage sector because it prevents the growth of bacteria in food-processing plants, says speciality construction products manufacturer Verni technical sales manager Peter Breiting. He notes that hygienic flooring is...
Aug 14, 2015
MAKING PAINT SAFE The quantities of lead used to manufacture some pigmented paints is insignificant
Local paints industry representative organisation the South African Paint Manufacturers Association (Sapma) will meet with the Department of Health (DoH) this month to propose that the South African paints industry is aligned with US and UK legislation regarding...
Aug 07, 2015
South African energy and chemicals group Sasol confirmed on Friday that its earnings for the financial year to June 30, 2015, would be down on the previous year, despite a strong operational performance – the weaker result was largely attributed to the sharp fall in...
Aug 07, 2015
Industrial oven, furnace, and environmental temperature cycling and stability test chamber designer and manufacturer Thermal Product Solutions (TPS), announced last month that it had designed a custom industrial oven that serves as a granulation dryer for a leading...
Jul 31, 2015
SANITATION PRODUCTS GreenWorx sells its biological sanitation products for use in urban systems
Bacteria of the Bacillus subtilis species secrete four enzymes that break down organic material to enable the bacteria to digest it, and microbiological cleaning company Green Worx Cleaning Solutions uses their natural functions to clean organic waste in sanitation...
Jul 28, 2015
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The South African Nuclear Energy Corporation’s (Necsa’s) subsidiary company NTP Radioisotopes has, in conjunction with the Steve Biko Academic Hospital/University of Pretoria and Germany’s ITG Isotopes Technologies Garching, undertaken a new anti-cancer procedure in...
Jul 28, 2015
AECI CEO Mark Dytor
Explosives and specialty chemicals company AECI’s R400-million bulk property sale, in Somerset West, paired with a maintained market share, despite a difficult environment, pushed its headline earnings for the six months to June 30, up 45% to R632-million, compared...
Jul 24, 2015
Explosives and specialty chemicals group AECI expects the R400-million in revenue it earned through the recent bulk sale of land in Somerset West to the City of Cape Town to bolster its headline earnings per share (HEPS) for the half-year ended June 30 by up to 47%...
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Jun 19, 2015
ADVANCED MANUFACTURING Metallica Chemicals aims to use knowledge gained at Manufacturing Indaba to improve its production processes
Drying catalysts and resins manufacturer and exporter Metallica Chemicals aims to use this year’s Manufacturing Indaba to identify and understand the key drivers of growth in the manufacturing industry from industry leaders at the event, says Metallica Chemicals  MD...
Jun 19, 2015
Construction fastener distributor Upat South Africa has expanded its range of chemical fixings, following the launch of the fischer Superbond chemical fixing range at the end of last year. The Superbond – a universal solution for cracked concrete – is available as...
Jun 18, 2015
Sasol on Thursday welcomed the Competition Appeal Court’s decision to uphold the company’s appeal against a Competition Tribunal finding that resulted in a R534-million penalty for over-charging local customers for plastic products. After a hearing concluded in...
Jun 15, 2015
Engineering and construction company Kentz has secured a $24-million contract to carry out the mechanical and piping work for Work Pack 3 of Phase 2 of energy and chemicals group Sasol’s Fischer-Tropsch Wax Expansion Project (FTWEP) in Sasolburg. The contract would...
Jun 05, 2015
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Explosives and specialty chemicals group AECI has inked a deal with the City of Cape Town that will see the metropole acquiring 709 ha of land and certain buildings in Somerset West from AECI subsidiary Paardevlei Properties for R400-million. AECI said in a statement...
Jun 05, 2015
Ecofriendly biotechnology company OptimusBio, created under the auspices of the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), is expected to manufacture biotechnology products for commercial use in wastewater treatment, aquaculture and agriculture in the next...
Jun 05, 2015
FIBRE-GLASS REINFORCEMENT BASF’s new long glass fibre-reinforced polyamide Ultramid Structure B3WG10 LFX is used in the production of mixed flow fan hubs
Denmark-based axial impellers developer Multi-Wing International A/S has been using chemical company BASF’s new long glass fibre-reinforced polyamide Ultramid Structure B3WG10 LFX material in the production of the hubs of its new mixed flow fans since January, when...
Jun 02, 2015
Phase 1 of petrochemicals group Sasol’s Fischer-Tropsch wax expansion project (FTWEP), in Sasolburg, in the Free State, has been successfully commissioned. “This is a significant milestone and we are very pleased with this development. It marks another step towards...
May 08, 2015
CEMENT'S GLOBAL GROWTH One of the primary demands from customers is the assurance that the Chryso Group’s products are 'green'
The establishment of construction chemicals specialist Chryso Southern Africa Group’s first subsidiary outside South Africa – Chryso Eastern Africa, headquartered in Nairobi, Kenya – is currently under way and is expected to be operational by June 2015. This...
May 06, 2015
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May 01, 2015
TREATED ROAD SURFACE Haul road surface treated with the Dust-A-Side bituminous-based product
International research, using human health and environment protection agency the US Environmental Protection Agency’s emissions factors for unpaved haul roads, indicates that haul trucks generate the most dust emissions from surface mining sites, accounting for...
May 01, 2015
TOTAL DUST MANAGEMENT 88Chemco uses appropriate chemistry for each project to ensure the solution fits performance and economic parameters
Dust-suppression solutions provider 88Chemco is saving costs for clients in the mining, oil and gas, and plantation industries with its chemical technologies and engineering methods, including fine-particle engineering, which was launched in July last year, says...
Apr 17, 2015
Explosives and specialty chemicals group AECI has appointed Edwin Ludick as acting MD of subsidiary AEL Mining Services, with effect from May 15, until the process to appoint a permanent candidate has been completed. Ludick is a member of the AECI executive committee...
Apr 10, 2015
MAKING MAYO Anderson Engineering designed a turnkey solution for Tasti Mayonnaise, allowing the company to produce a 1 000 ℓ batch of mayonnaise
Process equipment design and manufacturing company Anderson Engineering in January handed over a turnkey solution to Pietermaritzburg-based mayonnaise manufacturer Tasti Mayonnaise. Anderson Engineering CEO and managing member Hans Coertse tells Engineering News that...
Mar 20, 2015
AUTOMATED PROCESS The titration process has been automated to ensure the adequate retention of Permacure CCA in timber
In their quest for accuracy, chemical specialists from wood preservative chemicals company Dolphin Bay Chemicals have taken an innovative approach to determining the correct solution strength of Permacure CCA, which is a wood preservative, which involves using...
Mar 20, 2015
CHEMICALS GRADUATES a.b.e. Construction Chemicals graduates Jabulani Dlamini, Mapule Mokoena and George Ndlovu, flanked by Institute for Quality Education Training and Development branch manager Judy Shaik and Chryso Southern Africa Group human resources and organisation GM Brian Matthee. Graduate Nathaniel Manganye was absent when the photograph was taken
Chemicals production staff from chemicals company a.b.e. Construction Chemicals recently underwent a 12-month training programme, provided by the Institute for Quality Education Training and Development, to further their skills sets, the company tells Engineering News.
Mar 20, 2015
The fifth Petro.t.ex exhibition and conference, which is supported by the 20 petroleum corporations that are members of the South African Petroleum Industry Association (Sapia), will take place at Gallagher Convention Centre, in Midrand, from May 20 to 22, as part of...
Mar 20, 2015
SPRINKLER INSPECTION A skilled rope-access team from Skyriders is tasked with ensuring that a deluge fire sprinkler system is ready to deal with any fire at a petrochemicals plant
Since rope access company Skyriders signed a contract with a large petrochemicals depot in 2013, a team of the company’s technicians has been maintaining the plant’s deluge fire sprinkler system, with work completed on 30 structures on site.
Mar 20, 2015
NEW INITIATIVES Green Worx Cleaning Solutions has launched initiatives aimed at making men’s restrooms more pleasant
The increasingly prevalent use of cleaning products marketed as having industrial-strength cleaning properties – especially in the household goods market – does more harm than good to human health and the environment, claims bio-cleaning solutions company Green Worx...
Mar 20, 2015
EXPLOITING NEW FACILITIES Bosmansdam High School grade 11 learner Shane Klaaste conducting an experiment in the new science centre
International petroleum refiner and marketer Chevron South Africa (SA) – which retails under the Caltex brand locally – opened a science learning centre on October 20, 2014 at Bosmansdam High School, in Bothasig, Cape Town.
Mar 20, 2015
OIL DEPENDENT With oil serving as the marginal production cost and price-setter for many chemicals, a decline in the oil price typically leads to lower product prices
The recent decline in global oil prices is not only prompting supply chains to destock their petrochemical inventories but is also sowing the seeds for better economic conditions, lower petrochemical prices and improved global petrochemical demand, says information...
Mar 20, 2015
REMOTE MONITORING Rand-Air uses an iAccess platform to remotely montior compressor efficiency and maintenance
South Africa’s chemical and petrochemical industries contribute substantially to the country’s economy, hence the importance of petrochemical companies maintaining proactive maintenance and good-quality equipment to ensure sustainability and productivity, says...
Mar 20, 2015
Owing to the current acid mine drainage (AMD) crisis in South Africa, which is contributing to the country’s clean natural resources becoming scarcer, mines are being forced to look at ways to enhance their processes and to recycle and treat their water before...
Mar 20, 2015
TYRE RECYCLING Milvinetix is using a development grant to improve its tyre recycling facilities
Using pyrolysis to recycle used vehicle tyres is gaining popularity in South Africa, with the first fully functional pyrolysis plant, at Gauteng-based tyre recycler Milvinetix’s premises already operational.
Mar 20, 2015
GUY LUNDY Industry needs to work more closely with research institutions and universities to encourage and support local research and development
International executive search firm Odgers Berndtson describes the current state of the South African chemicals and petrochemicals industry as stagnant, if not diminishing, says energy, consumer and technology specialist for sub-Saharan Africa Guy Lundy, a partner in...
Mar 20, 2015
CHEMICAL POWDER SEGREGATION Alfablocs are used to separate chemical powders to mitigate cross contamination
To eliminate the possibility of chemicals powders cross contaminating and subsequently corroding its supplies, chemicals, plastics, packaging materials and mining and construction products distributor The CHC Group South Africa (SA) recently installed precast...
Mar 13, 2015
JSE-listed industrial group KAP Industrial Holdings delivered robust interim results, owing to active restructuring of its divisions, cost-savings measures, improved efficiencies and the implementation of new technologies in its industrial division. The group also...
Mar 09, 2015
Sasol CEO David Constable
Energy and chemicals group Sasol aims to save between R13-billion and R22-billion from “capital portfolio phasing and reductions” over the coming 30 months as part of a larger R30-billion to R50-billion cash-conservation programme launched in response to an...
Mar 06, 2015
IMMINENT IMPOSITION Acid mine drainage poses a serious threat to parts of South Africa's water supply
Gaseous carbon dioxide (CO2), provided by gas products and services company Afrox, has been successfully integrated into a water treatment system at coal miner Optimum Coal’s water reclamation plant near Hendrina, in Mpumalanga. The system treats acid mine drainage...
Feb 24, 2015
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JOAN MARIA GARCIA GIRONA BASF’s co-creation activities for its 150th anniversary year will focus on urban living, food and smart energy challenges
Germany-based chemicals giant BASF, which celebrated its 150th anniversary last month, is using its anniversary year to collaborate with all stakeholders and expose them to sustainability practices across the value chain. BASF VP and South and sub-Saharan Africa...
Feb 20, 2015
The South African Nuclear Energy Corporation (Necsa) is expanding its technology portfolio of speciality gases. (Necsa subsidiary Pelchem has long been renowned for its production of fluorochemicals, including gases and acids.) Not only is the group adding production...
Feb 03, 2015
South African energy and chemicals group Sasol insists that it has “stress tested” the $8.9-billion ethane cracker and derivatives complex it is currently building in the US against a number of parameters and that the project’s economics remain “robust, even under...
Jan 30, 2015
Petrochemicals giant Sasol, which typically incinerates its waste sludge streams or sends them to hazardous waste sites, is increasing its use of composting to treat these streams at its Secunda plant, in Mpumalanga, reducing transportation and disposal costs, as...
Jan 30, 2015
Petrochemicals giant Sasol, which typically incinerates its waste sludge streams or sends them to hazardous waste sites, is increasing its use of composting to treat these streams at its Secunda plant, in Mpumalanga, reducing transportation and disposal costs, as...
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