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Sasol donates $250 000 to those hit by tropical cyclone Idai

By: African News Agency      22nd March 2019 Sasol on Thrsday committed to donate $250 000, or about R3.56-million, for the relief and support of communities that have been severely affected by the tropical cyclone Idai in Beira and Dondo in Sofala province of Mozambique. This will also be provided to other impacted areas in Inhambane... 

Omnia expects positive full-year revenue growth but lower earnings

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     20th March 2019 In line with its stated strategy to become a more diversified and balanced business with exposure to global markets, Omnia Holdings has realised positive revenue growth in the 2019 financial year, to date. This included revenue growth in new markets owing to a focus on global expansion based on... 

Fluor JV completes EPC work at Sasol’s US petrochem complex

By: Marleny Arnoldi     20th March 2019 NYSE-listed engineering construction multinational Fluor Corporation, in a joint venture (JV) with TechnipFMC, has completed its engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) management services scope of work at Sasol’s petrochemicals complex, in Westlake, Louisiana, in the US. The JV... 

Ascendis Health records strengthened interim gross margin

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     18th March 2019 Ascendis Health’s gross margin for the six months ended December 31, 2018, strengthened by 260 basis points to 44.9%, mainly owing to improved raw material pricing through strategic sourcing in Farmalider and Remedica, the discontinuation of low-margin products in the Wellness, Biosciences and... 

Egyptian business giving great importance to South Africa

By: Rebecca Campbell     15th March 2019 The Federation of Egyptian Industries (FEI) was in full support of the policy of Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi to strengthen the country’s relations with the rest of Africa. “As a business community, we will endorse our Government’s role in Africa,” affirmed FEI African Cooperation... 

Egyptian business giving great importance to South Africa
Photo by Egyptian Petrochemical Company
An Egyptian petrochemical plant

Radioisotope maker faces heavy losses this year but should regain market share

By: Rebecca Campbell     15th March 2019 NTP Radioisotopes (NTP), a subsidiary of the State-owned South African Nuclear Energy Corporation (Necsa), is expected to make a loss this year of R224-million, in comparison to profits of R108-million last year and of R184-million in 2017. This was stated in a written reply to a Parliamentary... 

Africa's biggest drugmaker falls most on record on sale delay

By: Bloomberg     8th March 2019 Aspen Pharmacare Holdings shares plunged the most on record as an already protracted deal to sell its infant-formula business dragged out even further, choking off cash flows and weighing on financing costs. Africa’s biggest drugmaker announced the €740-million deal with French cheese maker... 

Energy outlook sees GDP doubling by 2040

8th March 2019 With the world’s gross domestic product (GDP) likely to double by 2040 driven by increasing prosperity in fast-growing developing economies, multinational oil and gas company BP states that in the evolving energy transition scenario, this improvement in living standards causes energy demand to... 

Waipec focuses more on sub-Saharan Africa

By: Thabi Madiba     8th March 2019 The third West African International Petroleum Exhibition and Conference (Waipec) was a success, bringing sub-Saharan African companies together to learn from one another about best practices to move the industry forward and how to survive in the competitive landscape, says Petroleum Technology... 

Waipec focuses more  on sub-Saharan Africa
BANK ANTHONY OKOROAFOR Gas should be an opportunity to create a viable economy and a vibrant way of growing Nigeria’s gross domestic product

Gas discovery potential indicator of more local resources

By: Thabi Madiba     8th March 2019 A significant gas condensate discovery, made by petroleum company Total South Africa, shows there are potentially more petroleum resources available in South Africa, which will definitely create more exploration interest, says Total South Africa exploration and production MD Adewale Fayemi. This... 

Gas discovery potential indicator of more local resources
GAME CHANGER Brulpadda was drilled in a challenging deep-water environment

Hydrogen essential for chemicals sector

8th March 2019 With its range of industrial uses and applications, hydrogen is a very importantmolecule essential in many sectors such as chemicals, refining and metallurgical applications, as well as glass and electronics manufacturing. When it comes to the bulk manufacturing of hydrogen, there are adequate,... 

Hydrogen  essential for chemicals sector
IAN FRASER There are adequate, cost-effective solutions for generating high-volume hydrogen locally available

Pumps range eliminates leakage of corrosive chemicals

By: Thabi Madiba     8th March 2019 Using the Verdermag pump range in the chemicals and petrochemicals industries eliminates leakage of corrosive and hazardous chemicals, as it is an encapsulated pump and therefore leak-free, states pump manufacturer Verder Pumps South Africa sales engineer Rob Shaw. The Verdermag centrifugal pump... 

Pumps range eliminates leakage of  corrosive chemicals
ONE OF A KIND Vedermag is the only magnetic drive pump that can handle up to 20% solids

Two new liquid analysers added

8th March 2019 South Africa-based company Yokogawa has added two new solutions to the Opre analyser family with the development of the FLXA402 four-wire liquid analyser and the SA11 smart adaptor. These two new liquid analysis products will be offered as part of the Sencom 4.0 series. It is expected that they... 

Two new liquid  analysers added
NEW TECHNOLOGIES This new solution also facilitates connection to the cloud and an industrial Internet of Things environment for improved field maintenance.

Rolfes investigating nanotechnology paints to diversify business

By: Schalk Burger     8th March 2019 Local solvents and chemicals company Rolfes Chemicals is investigating the applications of nanotechnology in coatings to diversify its business in Southern Africa, says Rolfes Chemicals MD Clive Govender. Nanocoatings contain particles in the nanometre scale. These nanoparticles build a... 

UCT academic wins global chemical engineers award

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     7th March 2019 University of Cape Town (UCT) academic Dr Dyllon Randall has become the first African recipient of the prestigious global Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE) Warner Prize. The prize is awarded biennially to people who show “exceptional promise” in sustainable chemical process technology,... 

UCT academic wins global chemical engineers award
University of Cape Town academic Dr Dyllon Randall

Chemicals sector crucial for South Africa's industrialisation

By: Schalk Burger     6th March 2019 As one of 18 sectors identified by a Presidential working group as being crucial to accelerating gross domestic product (GDP) growth in South Africa, the chemicals sector has a foundational role to play in supporting the growth of the country's industrial sectors. The chemicals sector has a 12... 

Necsa is a going concern but this could change, MPs told

By: African News Agency      5th March 2019 The South African Nuclear Energy Corporation (Necsa) remained a going concern but its future remained uncertain, members of Parliament (MPs) were told on Tuesday. Briefing Parliament's energy portfolio committee, Necsa board chairperson Rob Adam addressed concerns raised by Auditor General Kimi... 

Necsa is a going concern but this could change, MPs told

Rolfes H1 headline earnings rise by 33% y/y  

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     4th March 2019 JSE-listed Rolfes Holdings’ revenue from continuing operations increased by 13.5% year-on-year to R833.1-million for the six months ended December 31, 2018, as a result of higher volumes in certain divisions. The group noted, however, that the higher volumes could only be achieved at a lower... 

Omnia appoints new FD

By: Marleny Arnoldi     1st March 2019 JSE-listed chemicals company Omnia Holdings has appointed Seelan Gobalsamy group FD, effective March 1. Gobalsamy, who has been an independent nonexecutive director since September 2018, will also be appointed executive director. 

FLSmidth partners with Black Industrialist to boost Waterval’s chrome 

28th February 2019 Linhleko Projects officially launched its cooperation agreement with FLSmidth this month, in which the 50/50 profit sharing agreement allows Linhleko to use FLSmidth’s REFLUX Classifier technology to enhance chrome recovery from Sibanye-Stillwater’s Waterval operation. Nadine James tells us more. 

FLSmidth partners with Black Industrialist to boost Waterval’s chrome
FLSmidth partners with Black Industrialist to boost Waterval’s chrome

NTP Radioisotopes faces heavy losses this year but is confident of regaining market share  

By: Rebecca Campbell     27th February 2019 NTP Radioisotopes (NTP), a subsidiary of the State-owned South African Nuclear Energy Corporation, is expected to make a loss this year of R224-million, in comparison to profits of R108-million last year and of R184-million in 2017. This was stated in a written reply to a Parliamentary question... 

NTP Radioisotopes faces heavy losses this year but is confident of regaining market share
Photo by Duane Daws/Creamer Media
An aerial view of the South African Nuclear Energy Corporation complex at Pelindaba, which contains the NTP facilit

AECI posts record profit from operations for FY18

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     26th February 2019 Specialty chemicals group AECI has achieved its highest ever profit from operations of nearly R2-billion for the year ended December 31, 2018. This was 27% higher than the R1.58-billion profit from operations achieved in 2017. 

CSIR showcases medicine dispensing robot's capabilities

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     25th February 2019 The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) has, in partnership with Right ePharmacy, developed a pharmacy automation robot for medicine dispensing. The robot is being showcased in conjunction with the Intelligent Manufacturing Systems ManuVation 4.0 workshop, which is being held on... 

CSIR showcases medicine dispensing robot's capabilities
The pharmacy automation robot for medicine dispensing

Sasol to accelerate portfolio ‘simplification’ as review of 100 assets nears completion  

By: Terence Creamer     25th February 2019 Chemicals and energy group Sasol confirmed on Monday that its asset review was at an advanced stage and indicated that it would, in the coming months, accelerate efforts to simplify its portfolio. The group has indicated previously that it expects to realise more than $1-billion from the disposal... 

Sasol to accelerate portfolio ‘simplification’ as review of 100 assets nears completion
Sasol joint CEO Bongani Nqwababa on why 2019 is a 'defining year' for the group. Camera Work & Editing: Darlene Creamer. Recorded: 25.2.2019

Sasol half-year profit rises

By: Reuters     25th February 2019 South African petrochemicals group Sasol on Monday reported an 18% jump in half-year profit on the back of higher crude oil prices, a weaker rand to the dollar and higher margins in its speciality chemicals unit. Core headline earnings per share (HEPS) rose to R21.45 ($1.54) for the six months... 

Sasol half-year profit rises

Adcock’s H1 trading profit rises 17% y/y to R485m 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     21st February 2019 JSE-listed pharmaceuticals manufacturer Adcock Ingram on Thursday reported a 17% increase in trading profit to R485-million for the six months ended December 31, 2018, compared with the R416-million profit posted in the comparable period of 2017. The company also reported a 16% increase in... 

Africa has opportunity to supply more gas to China

By: Marleny Arnoldi     18th February 2019 Gas demand is expected to overtake coal demand globally by 2030, says Standard Bank Southern Africa oil and gas head Paul Eardley-Taylor. Speaking at Africa Gas Forum, on Monday, he stated that global energy demand was increasing by 1.3% a year, while gas demand was increasing at between 1.7% and... 

Adcock Ingram, Cipla awarded portions of State’s ARV tender

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     18th February 2019 Pharmaceutical manufacturers Adcock Ingram and Cipla have each secured a portion of a tender to provide State-run hospitals with antiretroviral (ARV) medicines over a three-year period from July 1. Adcock was awarded a 12% share of the ARV tender.   

Africa must have clear plan for using its gas reserves

By: Marleny Arnoldi     18th February 2019 It is vital that Africa has a clear and cohesive vision in place for how it plans to use its gas reserves, says New Partnership for Africa's Development Business Foundation senior project manager John Rocha. Speaking at the Africa Gas Forum, on Monday, he pointed out that African countries have... 

Sasol achieves beneficial operation of first Lake Charles production unit

By: Simone Liedtke     13th February 2019 Local chemicals and energy company Sasol on Wednesday announced that its new linear low-density polyethylene unit, in Lake Charles, in the US, officially achieved beneficial operations on February 13. This is the first of the seven Lake Charles chemicals project (LCCP) production units to come on... 

Sasol expects higher H1 earnings, but warns of Lake Charles cost increase

By: Nadine James     8th February 2019 Chemicals and energy company Sasol expects to report earnings per share (EPS) and headline earnings per share (HEPS) of between R23.71 and R24.16 and between R22.97 and R23.68, respectively, for the six months ended December 31. This means EPS is expected to increase by between 110% and 114%... 

Omnia group FD Wayne Koonin resigns

By: Marleny Arnoldi     4th February 2019 JSE-listed Omnia Holdings on Monday announced that group FD Wayne Koonin had resigned to pursue other interests. He will step down on March 31.  

New board has important issues to consider regarding Necsa

By: Rebecca Campbell     18th January 2019 Major decisions are going to have to be taken about the future of the South African Nuclear Energy Corporation (Necsa), new Necsa Board Chairperson Dr Rob Adam has old “Engineering News”. A totally new Board for the corporation was announced by the Government on December 6, the new Board’s term... 

Worst-performing South African stock gets bid for crown jewel

By: Bloomberg     15th January 2019 Ascendis Health is in talks to sell one of its best-performing units as last year’s biggest South African loser on Johannesburg’s stock exchange battles to ensure survival. The debt-laden maker of multivitamins, probiotics and pet nutritional supplements received an unsolicited offer for Cyprian... 

Cerba, Lancet are said to agree Africa deal for $123m 

By: Bloomberg     11th January 2019 Cerba HealthCare SAS, the French owner of a global network of medical laboratories, is expanding in Africa by buying some of Lancet Laboratories’ operations for as much as 12.5-billion Kenyan shillings ($123-million), said a person familiar with the matter. Paris-based Cerba will hold a 51% stake... 

Cerba, Lancet are said to agree Africa deal for $123m

Pharmaceutical giant Mylan acquires ARV drugs manufacturing plant in South Africa

By: African News Agency      8th January 2019 Global pharmaceutical company Mylan on Tuesday announced the acquisition of a manufacturing site, previously owned by Ascendis Health, for its plans to produce high-quality antiretrovirals for seven million South Africans living with HIV. Spread over an expanse of 2.34 ha, the facility at Isando... 

New Necsa board has important issues to consider

By: Rebecca Campbell     11th December 2018 Major decisions are going to have to be taken about the future of the South African Nuclear Energy Corporation (Necsa), new Necsa board chairperson Dr Rob Adam told Engineering News Online on Tuesday. A totally new board for the corporation was announced by the government on December 6, the new... 

New Necsa board has important issues to consider
Photo by Creamer Media
Necsa chairperson Dr Rob Adam
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