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Monitoring the use of pool pumps results in greater efficiency

By: Sascha Solomons     Updated 1 hour 36 minutes ago Pool maintenance and renovations company Pool Busters notes that monitoring pool pumps can lead to greater savings. “Using a pool pump that is popular in the market and readily available doesn’t guarantee savings or effective use. If a pool pump is selected on its availability at a lower price,... 

Pharmaceuticals giant to launch SA’s first biotech manufacturing facility

     23rd September 2016 Global pharmaceutical company Cipla announced in July that its proposed biotech subsidiary, Cipla BioTec South Africa (CBSA) will invest just over R1.3-billion into the country's first biotech manufacturing facility, used for the production of biosimilars, and located in KwaZulu-Natal. Cipla’s... 

Ascendis focuses on international growth

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     14th September 2016 Despite its results being impacted by offshore acquisitions and its headline earnings per share (HEPS) dropping 30% to 56c in the year ended June 30, health and care company Ascendis Health still reported a 41% increase to R613-million in normalised earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation... 

Sasol’s gearing to increase as 2017 capex forecast rises to R75bn

By: Terence Creamer     12th September 2016 Energy and chemicals group Sasol expects its capital expenditure (capex) to rise to R75-billion in 2017 and its balance sheet gearing to increase to between 25% and 35%, following the upward revision to the budget of the Lake Charles Chemical Project (LCCP), in the US, to $11-billion, from an... 

Sasol’s gearing to increase as 2017 capex forecast rises to R75bn

Company science and engineering programme celebrates graduates

     2nd September 2016 More than 100 science and engineering university graduates and participants in petrochemicals and chemicals company Sasol’s education programmes were recognised on July 7 for successfully completing their respective degree courses from undergraduate to doctorate level. The graduates had... 

Company science and engineering programme celebrates graduates
Photo by Duane Daws
SASOLBURG PLANT The Sasol Inzalo Foundation has enabled 105 black, and predominantly female students to graduate in the past year

Opportunities for bitumen producers increased in Africa

     2nd September 2016 With there being various commitments to improve infrastructure made by African countries, bitumen producers will be assured of significant work in future, says oil industry company Royal Dutch Shell. According to figures stated in the Roads and Highways overview compiled by international... 

Opportunities for bitumen producers increased in Africa
SAPREF The 10/20 bitumen is available for direct pick-up at the Shell and BP South African Petroleum Refineries in Durban

Agriculture entrepreneurs innovate to take awards

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     1st September 2016 Innovation in the local agriculture sector was highlighted at this year’s Entrepreneur of the Year Awards, with pelleting solutions provider Agricon owner Johan Eksteen named the overall winner. Pelletising is used globally by manufacturers of animal feed or at recycling facilities that... 

Agriculture entrepreneurs innovate to take awards
Agricon owner Johan Eksteen

Ascendis completes European acquisitions valued at R7.3bn

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     26th August 2016 Ascendis Health has concluded its acquisitions of Cyprus-based pharmaceutical manufacturer Remedica and European sports nutrition company Scitec for a combined R7.3-billion.   The company on Friday said its fully underwritten rights offer of 54-million shares was three times oversubscribed, with... 

Adcock turns focus from survival to development

By: Natasha Odendaal     26th August 2016 After being in “remedial mode” for the past two years, JSE-listed pharmaceuticals giant Adcock Ingram is eyeing growth and development after generating healthy amounts of cash and accumulating “significant” resources during the year ended June 30. The group, which is progressing the sale of its... 

Adcock turns focus from survival to development

Career day drums up interest in science and technology

By: Schalk Burger     26th August 2016 The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research’s (CSIR’s) career day, part of the Department of Science and Technology’s national science week, garnered significant interest from schoolchildren and undergraduate students, says CSIR human capital development manager Joseph Tshikomba. Chemistry... 

Career day drums up interest in science and technology
CSIR BIOSCIENCES CAREER DAY Dr Jenny-Lee Panayides, PhD student Valerie Ramaotsoa and TUT chemistry undergraduates at the CSIR career day

Hygiene products manufacturer adds new product line at upgraded plant

By: David Oliveira     26th August 2016 Hygiene products manufacturer Reckitt Benckiser (RB) South Africa opened its upgraded Dettol antiseptic liquid (ASL) plant in Elandsfontein, Johannesburg, earlier this month, and launched a new line of Dettol bar soap. Gauteng Department of Economic, Environment, Agriculture and Rural Development... 

Cracker ‘fundamentals intact’ despite cost rise to worst-case $11bn

By: Terence Creamer     23rd August 2016 Sasol joint CEO Stephen Cornell insists that the “fundamentals” of the Lake Charles Chemical Project (LCCP), in the US state of Louisiana, remain intact despite confirmation that the project’s costs have increased to the ‘worst case’ projection of $11-billion, from an initial forecast of... 

Cracker ‘fundamentals intact’ despite cost rise to worst-case $11bn
Photo by Duane Daws
Sasol joint CEO Stephen Cornell

Sasol takes steps to contain Louisiana project costs below revised $11bn estimate

By: Creamer Media Reporter      23rd August 2016 Energy and chemicals group Sasol is implementing several changes at its Lake Charles Chemicals Project (LCCP), in Louisiana, in the US, to ensure that the project has “a good probability” of being completed within the revised $11-billion capital cost guidance. The group in March initiated a... 

Sasol takes steps to contain Louisiana project costs below revised $11bn estimate

Adcock expects to deliver higher headline earnings in FY16

By: Creamer Media Reporter      19th August 2016 JSE-listed Adcock Ingram expects to report a double-digit headline earnings increase, along with a double-digit basics earnings contraction, for the year to June 30. The group expected to post 41.9% to 43% higher headline earnings per share (HEPS) to between 227.2c and 228.9c. 

Risk assessment pivotal in fire prevention  

By: Sascha Solomons     19th August 2016 To achieve its aim of preventing business destruction caused by fire, Gauteng-based fire detection and suppression equipment solutions provider ASP Fire says that thorough analyses of businesses’ fire prevention points are needed. “ . . . to mitigate the risks of fire, it is important to complete... 

Risk assessment pivotal  in fire prevention
ASP Fire’s COO Michael van Niekerk discusses the importance of fire prevention and accurate evacuation plans in businesses. Camerawork and Editing: Nicholas Boyd.

Omnia asks TSX-V to deny or reprice Nordex going-private placement

By: Henry Lazenby     12th August 2016 Johannesburg-based Omnia Holdings has submitted a letter to the TSX-V asking it to consider denying or repricing a proposed change-of-control transaction through which Société Anonyme d’Explosifs et de Produits Chimiques (EPC) intends to take Canadian firm Nordex Explosives private. According to... 

Remediation of waste tyres reduces carbon emissions

By: Kimberley Smuts     12th August 2016 The Recycling and Economic Development Initiative of South Africa (Redisa) has adopted several tactics to remediate waste tyres and, ultimately, reduce carbon emissions. This includes processing waste tyres using pyrolysis, crumbing and controlled burning in cement kilns. From January last year... 

Sustainable concrete structures actively reduce energy consumption

By: Kimberley Smuts     12th August 2016 Being active in reducing energy consumption, The Concrete Institute (TCI) notes that concrete is a cost-effective material with low embodied energy and is, therefore, important in contributing to the sustainability of South Africa’s infrastructure. Embodied energy is the energy consumed by all of... 

Sustainable concrete structures actively reduce energy consumption
AIR-BORNE TOXINS DISMISSED Use of titanium dioxide in the surface of concrete results in the conversion of harmful compounds when exposed to ultra-violet light

Omnia raises bid for Nordex

By: Natasha Odendaal     4th August 2016 Shareholders of Canadian firm Nordex Explosives have one month to accept a now-formal fully funded, all-cash inflated takeover bid by JSE-listed Omnia Group. Omnia this week, through its mining division BME, raised the stakes with an offer of C$0.22 per Nordex share, taking the deal to... 

AECI reports lower H1 earnings, higher revenue

By: Anine Kilian     26th July 2016 Specialty chemicals and explosives manufacturer AECI on Tuesday reported higher revenue, but lower earnings a share for the six months ended June 30. Headline earnings per share (HEPS) fell 48% year-on-year to 293c, while earnings a share (EPS) decreased 50% year-on-year to 292c. 

Aveng Grinaker-LTA awarded Sasol contracts

     19th July 2016 Construction and engineering group Aveng Grinaker-LTA’s Mechanical & Electrical (M&E) business unit has recently been awarded several maintenance and shutdown contracts and electrical and instrumentation installation projects at Sasol. This includes the mechanical shutdowns for the vinyl chloride... 

Company commercialises thermoplastic material with low friction coefficiency

     15th July 2016 In May, plastic fabrication and engineering company Vesconite Bearings  started to commercialise its Superlube, a thermoplastic bearing material with one of the lowest coefficients of friction of any polymer available. The development of Superlube – conducted at the company’s laboratory in... 

Company commercialises thermoplastic material with low friction coefficiency
SUPERLUBE COMMERCIALISED Superlube is being considered for various applications, such as propellers, high-end yacht fittings and turbines in the renewable-energy market

Expansion of LPG coating range imminent

     15th July 2016 Retail, trade, industrial and furniture coatings markets supplier Kansai Plascon launched its liquid petroleum gas (LPG) coating for the LPG market in May 2015, and expansion of the range is imminent, as interest this year has exceeded expectations. Kansai Plascon industrial and protective... 

Gas filtration prevents corrosion in plant components

By: Kimberley Smuts     15th July 2016 Air, gas and liquid filtration company Freudenberg Filtration Technologies explains that petrochemical facilities are extremely corrosive environments.  Therefore, an oil refinery commissioned Freudenberg’s Viledon ChemControl recirculation system and the Viledon ChemControl deep-bed... 

Gas filtration prevents  corrosion in plant components
AIR FILTRATION FIGHTS CORROSION Corrosion in the petrochemicals industry is fostered by the presence of acidic, caustic and oxidising gases

Despite El Niño, Omnia maintains agri sales volumes

By: Mia Breytenbach     8th July 2016 Despite the effects of the El-Niño weather phenomenon and the resulting drought this past year, JSE-listed Omnia’s Agriculture division delivered a “surprisingly good” performance, says Omnia CEO Rod Humphris. The Agriculture division maintained sales volumes in the difficult current economic and... 

Despite El Niño, Omnia maintains agri sales volumes
Photo by Duane Daws
POSITIVE FORECAST Once normal rainfall returns to South Africa, Omnia expects be in a good position to record substantial volume increases in its agriculture division

Sasol reports sharing information with universities benefits both sides

By: Keith Campbell     8th July 2016 South African petrochemicals giant Sasol warns that maintaining strict secrecy regarding intellectual property (IP) hampers cooperation between businesses and universities and thus constrains the development of new innovations, to the disadvantage of business. This was pointed out by Sasol... 

Sustainable disposal methods to be investigated

     8th July 2016 The rise in waste generated by South Africa has led to the need for responsible and environment-friendly disposal methods. According to local waste management business Interwaste sales and marketing director Jason McNeil the default method of disposal for many years has been directing this waste... 

Sustainable disposal  methods to be investigated
Photo by Duane Daws
Caption: WASTE DISPOSAL Companies are being driven to innovate by changing methods of disposal

South Africa takes steps to nurture nascent biomanufacturing industry

By: David Oliveira     1st July 2016 The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research’s (CSIR’s) Biomanufacturing Industry Development Centre (BIDC), a biomanufacturing innovation hub aimed at supporting small, medium-sized and microenterprises (SMMEs) to enter the local bio-industry, will have provided about R50-million worth of... 

South Africa takes steps to nurture nascent  biomanufacturing industry

Despite El Niño, Omnia maintains agri sales volumes, chemicals division excels

By: Mia Breytenbach     28th June 2016 Despite the effects of the El-Niño weather phenomenon and the resulting drought this past year, JSE-listed Omnia’s Agriculture division maintained sales volumes, with revenue growing 13% to R8.22-billion. This was despite a 4% decrease in total volumes, said group CEO Rod Humphris on Tuesday,... 

Sasol experience shows sharing information with universities benefits both sides

By: Keith Campbell     28th June 2016 South African petrochemicals giant Sasol warns that maintaining strict secrecy regarding intellectual property (IP) hampers cooperation between businesses and universities and thus constrains the development of new innovations, to the disadvantage of business. This was pointed out by Sasol... 

Global manufacturing survey points to ‘brutal’ market share tussle

By: Terence Creamer     20th June 2016 A newly released international survey of senior manufacturing executives highlights growth as being a key priority for most enterprises, which, in the context of weak underlying economic conditions, is suggestive of a “brutal competitive fight” for market share in the coming two years. In fact,... 

Global manufacturing survey points to ‘brutal’ market share tussle

Prioritise labour-intensive industries – EU Chamber

By: Nadine James     17th June 2016 The European Union Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Southern Africa (EUCCIISA) believes that the manufacturing sector and the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) should prioritise less complex, labour-intensive production – as opposed to high-end, high-precision production –  to increase... 

Prioritise labour-intensive industries – EU Chamber
Photo by Bloomberg
DRIVING GROWTH? Industry stakeholders call for greater public-private engagement and warn against prioritizing high-end high-precision industries

$11bn the ‘worst-case’ capex scenario for Louisiana project

By: Terence Creamer     7th June 2016 Outgoing Sasol CEO David Constable has described the possible increase, from $8.9-billion to $11-billion, in the capital budget for the Lake Charles Chemicals Project (LCCP), in Louisiana, as the “worst-case” scenario. Speaking to investors following the release of a LCCP review “preliminary... 

$11bn the ‘worst-case’ capex scenario for Louisiana project
Photo by Duane Daws
Outgoing Sasol CEO David Constable

Black industrialists receive R550m funding support 

By: David Oliveira     1st June 2016 The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) has provided R550-million in finance to five companies that have been approved for participation in the department’s Black Industrialists (BI) programme, Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies has revealed. Speaking at a media briefing following the... 

Black industrialists receive R550m funding support
Photo by Duane Daws
Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies

Company distributes stainless steel safety hinge solution

     27th May 2016 The Leuze S420  stainless steel safety hinge switch, available from South African sensor solutions provider Countapulse Controls, offers an ideal solution for mechanically and hygienically challenging applications such as the food and beverage, pharmaceuticals or cosmetics industries. It is... 

Company distributes stainless steel safety hinge solution
LEUZE S420 A reliable and long-lasting solution that combines the safety switch and door hinge functions in a single component

CSIR launches new facility to support biomanufacturing

By: David Oliveira     27th May 2016 The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) launched the R90-million Biomanufacturing Industry Development Centre (BIDC) at the CSIR’s main campus, in Pretoria, earlier this month. The R90-million investment had resulted in new infrastructure, pilot-scale equipment, enterprise... 

Ascendis Health acquires two European firms for R7.3bn

By: Creamer Media Reporter      24th May 2016 As part of its international growth strategy, JSE-listed Ascendis Health has acquired two major European health and care businesses, Remedica Holdings and Scitec International, for a combined R7.3-billion. “Our strategy is to complement growth in the domestic health and care market through... 

Ascendis Health acquires two European firms for R7.3bn
Ascendis Health CEO Dr Karsten Wellner
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