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Chemicals

NCPC-SA hosts green chemistry awareness workshop

By: Marleny Arnoldi     19th April 2018 As part of a global initiative, the National Cleaner Production Centre of South Africa (NCPC-SA), in partnership with the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation and the Center for Green Chemistry and Green Engineering at Yale University, hosted a workshop on green chemistry, in... 

South Africa may ask pharma firms for fee to clear drug review backlog

By: Reuters     9th April 2018 Drugmakers in Africa's largest pharmaceutical market may be asked to pay a "backlog fee" to help clear a pipeline of medicines waiting years for approval, according to a proposal being considered by South Africa's new industry regulator. Delays for hundreds of medicines have kept the latest... 

SNC-Lavalin awarded R3.3m Sasol contract

By: Anine Kilian     5th April 2018 Project management company SNC-Lavalin has been awarded a R3.3-million contract for a detailed engineering package to provide Sasol with an emergency shutdown (ESD) system replacement in Secunda.   

Upgrade of shiploaders at Durban harbour completed

30th March 2018 Consulting engineering solutions provider Bosch Projects has recently completed the upgrade of two shiploaders at the Durban harbour. The shiploaders have been used to load sugar onto vessels at the South African Sugar Association’s sugar terminal for over 50 years. 

Upgrade of shiploaders at Durban harbour completed
DURBAN HARBOUR The shiploaders needed to be refurbished in line with Transnet’s upgrade of berths at Maydon Wharf

World’s largest oxygen production plant inaugurated at Sasol Secunda

By: Marleny Arnoldi     26th March 2018 Environmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa on Monday inaugurated French gas company Air Liquide’s €200-million air separation unit (ASU) at chemicals and energy group Sasol's Secunda plant, in Mpumalanga. The ASU is the biggest oxygen production unit in the world, with a capacity of 5 000 t/d... 

World’s largest oxygen production plant inaugurated at Sasol Secunda

SoE invites partners to help it supply essential medicine in Southern Africa

By: Schalk Burger     14th March 2018 State-owned pharmaceutical company Ketlaphela Pharmaceutical has released an expression of interest through which it is “seeking suitable experienced pharmaceutical companies or consortiums to partner with in order to supply essential medicines to South Africa and the region at large.” The... 

Global industry leaders to address World Petrochemical Conference

9th March 2018 Global chemicals, refining, and oil industry leaders and experts will be among those to address the World Petrochemical Conference (WPC) 2018 taking place at the Hilton Americas Hotel in Houston, in the US from March 19 to 23. The thirty-third annual WPC will welcome more than 80 speakers and 1... 

Global industry leaders to address  World Petrochemical Conference
DIVERSE ATTENDANCE There will be 1 300 attendees from more than 40 countries at this year’s World Petrochemical Conference

Conference to shed light on CO2-based production technologies

9th March 2018 The sixth edition of the international Carbon Dioxide as Feedstock for Fuels, Chemicals and Polymers conference will take place in Cologne, Germany in mid-March. More than 200 industry and research experts are expected to attend the symposium. Organiser, independent institute Nova-Institute, has... 

Conference to shed  light on CO2-based  production technologies
CAPTURED CARBON-DIOXIDE It is only a matter of time before carbon dioxide is an important feedstock of the chemicals and energy industries

Analysers provide optimised refinery operations and quality

9th March 2018 Specialised engineering company RTS Africa Engineering’s Hy-Optima 2700 hydrogen analysers optimise refinery operations, products and quality. The basic process of refining crude oil involves heating the crude oil in a column and the condensates are drawn off at different levels to produce –... 

Analysers provide optimised refinery operations and quality
METICULOUS MONITORING There are up to 23 points in an oil refinery where the level of hydrogen needs to be very accurately monitored

BP and Renault Sport Racing strengthen strategic relationship

9th March 2018 Multinational petroleum company BP has extended its sponsorship of multinational automotive manufacturer Groupe Renault’s motorsport division Renault Sport Racing. BP will continue its support of Renault Sport Formula One Team for at least the next five years and explore new opportunities to... 

BP and Renault Sport Racing strengthen  strategic relationship
TUFAN ERGINBILGIC BP is looking forward to its continued relationship with Renault Sport Racing

Energy company launches new product, expands operation

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     9th March 2018 Independent energy company SA Oil made its new brand of fuel, Accelerate Special Gasoline, available to the market last month. This follows the response to a product trial, which ran between 2016 and 2017, where it was made available in limited quantities and “enthusiastically accepted among... 

Energy company  launches new product,  expands operation
GARY PULLEN SA Oil is entering the agricultural market, with a client-centric service offering

Mintek to develop technologies to selectively recover PACs

9th March 2018 Geochemical and metallurgical analysis company Mintek is currently conducting a project called Pacman for which the aim is to separate valuable metal and unreacted material from waste during ferrochrome production. The project is run by Mintek’s pyrometallurgy and minerals processing divisions.... 

Mintek to develop  technologies to selectively recover PACs
MARKUS ERWEE Mintek wants to develop technology that could be used by communities around smelters

Rope access company using new technology at petrochemicals giant

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     9th March 2018 Rope access solutions provider Skyriders Access Specialists has started using the Elios drone, from Swiss drone manufacturer Flyability, at a large petrochemicals company, in Mpumalanga. “Skyriders is at the forefront in terms of using drones in tandem with rope access services; they complement... 

Rope access company  using new technology at petrochemicals giant
DYNAMITE DRONES The collision-tolerant drones can enter confined spaces indoors and ensure that conditions are safe and adequate for the rope access team to inspect

Spending on innovation in industry inadequate

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     9th March 2018 The private sector is not investing enough money and resources in innovation in the chemicals and petrochemicals industry, says thermoplastic products supplier Astore Keymak business development director Malindi Nkambule. “One of the greatest challenges facing the industry is the lack of product... 

Spending on innovation in industry inadequate
MALINDI NKAMBULE The chemicals and petrochemicals industry is in a fairly good state in relation to the challenges being faced

Transport company awarded contract for Africa’s largest oil refinery

9th March 2018 Transportation service provider Mammoet has been contracted to provide heavy lifting and transport solutions for a new multibillion-dollar oil refinery in Nigeria. In January, Mammoet and Nigerian multinational industrial conglomerate Dangote Group signed the contract for the project during... 

SA’s radioisotope producer restarts production

By: Rebecca Campbell     9th March 2018 The South African Nuclear Energy Corporation (Necsa) announced on February 21 that its subsidiary company, NTP Radioisotopes, had resumed production. Necsa shut down operations at NTP in late November due to non-compliance with safety protocols at the radioisotope producer, a step with which the... 

Domestic drugs manufacturing could benefit from increased local demand

By: Dylan Slater     9th March 2018 The South Africa pharmaceutical manufacturing industry is “well positioned” to assist in contributing to the economy with an increase in local manufacturing, which needs to be driven by a decrease in importing drugs and consequent increase in local manufacturing, says local procurement lobby... 

Therapeutic brands help lift Aspen Pharmacare's H1 profit

By: Reuters     8th March 2018 South Africa's Aspen Pharmacare said on Thursday first-half earnings rose 26%, buoyed by a strong result from therapeutic focused brands and positive performance of the pharmaceutical business in its home market. Aspen, which counts developed Europe as its biggest revenue generator, has been... 

Long-suffering SA manufacturing sector hoping to reap Ramaphosa dividend

By: Dylan Slater     2nd March 2018 Prior to the Valentine’s Day resignation of now former President Jacob Zuma, popular industry sentiment pointed towards a better year in terms of manufacturing and gross domestic product (GDP) on the back of a recovering commodities market.  

Long-suffering SA manufacturing sector  hoping to reap Ramaphosa dividend

Omnia acquires Oro Agri for $100m

By: Simone Liedtke     1st March 2018 Chemical manufacturing company Omnia Group has agreed to acquire 100% of the ordinary shares of Oro Agri SEZC and 52% of the ordinary shares of Oro Agri South Africa (SA), which is not already owned by Oro Agro SEZC, for $100-million. Omnia will fund the transaction through existing available... 

Ascendis launches strategic review, headline earnings increase to R535m in H1

By: Simone Liedtke     1st March 2018 Pharmaceutical company Ascendis Health has initiated a strategic business review to create a sustainable market position for itself and to accelerate organic growth following the completion of several acquisitions locally and offshore since the company's listing in 2013. The review is expected to... 

Ascendis launches strategic review, headline earnings increase to R535m in H1

AECI posts record HEPS for FY17

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     27th February 2018 Explosives and specialty chemicals group AECI on Tuesday reported its highest recorded headline earnings per share (HEPS) to date, at 959c, for the financial year ended December 31. HEPS were up 17% year-on-year, while earnings a share increased by 22% year-on-year to 900c. 

AECI posts record HEPS for FY17
Photo by Duane Daws
AECI CEO Mark Dytor

Accéntuate aims for recovery as political power changes hands

By: Irma Venter     23rd February 2018 Flooring, water and chemicals specialist Accéntuate experienced a tough six months to December 31, 2017, with the company moving from a R3.5-million profit in the same period in 2016, to a loss of R1.78-million. Accéntuate said on Friday that its business had suffered on the back of depressed... 

Inferior imports likely to increase in refrigerant industry

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     23rd February 2018 Illegal inferior refrigerants imports will increase as the ongoing phasing out of hydrochlorofluorocarbon and the impending phase out of hydrofluorocarbon (HFC) gases progresses, argues speciality chemical and gas supplier A-Gas South Africa national sales manager Michael Labacher. “These... 

Inferior imports  likely to increase in  refrigerant industry
Photo by Duane Daws
LAB INSPECTION A-Gas tests and inspects refrigerants to ensure that they are legitimate and meet global specifications prior to shipment to South Africa

KAP gears up for growth, announces solid interim results

By: Schalk Burger     23rd February 2018 Diversified industrial group KAP Industrial Holdings has raised R2-billion through the issuance of three- to five-year bond tenures to fund its future growth, the firm stated in its six-month interim results for the period ended December 31. Its revenue from continuing operations increased by 29%... 

Nuclear corporation, and country, hit hard by safety shut of radioisotope maker

By: Rebecca Campbell     23rd February 2018 The safety compliance failures at NTP Radioisotopes, a wholly-owned subsidiary of the State-owned South African Nuclear Energy Corporation (Necsa), has created a crisis within the parastatal and for the country’s nuclear medicine community and its patients. Necsa shut down operations at NTP in... 

South African nuclear group in tight financial situation, but optimistic about recovery

By: Rebecca Campbell     23rd February 2018 The South African Nuclear Energy Corporation (Necsa) is currently facing financial pressures, confirms the State-owned group’s Chief Executive, Phumzile Tshelane to “Engineering News”. “At the moment, Necsa is under financial stress, because [subsidiary] Pelchem is loss-making and we need to... 

Slow start to year to impact on Tiger Brands’ FY18 performance

By: Creamer Media Reporter      21st February 2018 JSE-listed Tiger Brands’ shares fell by 9% on Wednesday morning after the company announced that its revenue for the four months to January 31 had decreased by 5% year-on-year, driven by price deflation of 1% and volume declines of 4%. In a voluntary trading update to the market, the company... 

South African radioisotope producer restarts production

By: Rebecca Campbell     21st February 2018 The South African Nuclear Energy Corporation (Necsa) announced on Wednesday that its subsidiary company, NTP Radioisotopes, had resumed production. Necsa shut down operations at NTP in late November due to non-compliance with safety protocols at the radioisotope producer, a step with which the... 

South African radioisotope producer restarts production
Photo by Duane Daws/Creamer Media
The Necsa complex at Pelindaba

Legacy issues, poor Q1 affect Rolfes' H1 earnings

By: Simone Liedtke     19th February 2018 Black-empowered chemical group Rolfes' financial results for the six months ended December 31 were negatively affected by legacy issues and a poor first quarter, resulting in headline earnings halving to R23.62-million, from R48.23-million in the six months to December 31, 2016. Revenue from... 

Shutdown of radioisotope subsidiary is a crisis for nuclear corporation and for the country

By: Rebecca Campbell     14th February 2018 The safety compliance failures at NTP Radioisotopes, a wholly-owned subsidiary of the State-owned South African Nuclear Energy Corporation (Necsa), has created a crisis within the parastatal and for the country’s nuclear medicine community and its patients. Necsa shut down operations at NTP in... 

Shutdown of radioisotope subsidiary is a crisis for nuclear corporation and for the country
Photo by Duane Daws/Creamer Media
An aerial view of Necsa’s Pelindaba complex

KAP gears up for growth, announces solid interim results

By: Schalk Burger     12th February 2018 Diversified industrial group KAP Industrial Holdings has raised R2-billion through the issuance of three- to five-year bond tenures to fund its future growth, the firm stated in its six-month interim results for the period ended December 31. The group on Monday reported that its revenue from... 

Lubricants company creates specialist division to drive localisation

By: Marleny Arnoldi     9th February 2018 Lubricants specialist FUCHS Lubricants South Africa (FUCHS) and its parent company FUCHS Petrolub SE, based in Germany, have created a Lubritech division to drive a specialisation and localisation agenda.  

Lubricants company creates specialist  division to drive localisation
Photo by Duane Daws
PLANT FOR PURPOSE Before food-grade lubrication can be manufactured, it needs certain certifications, including Kosher, Halaal and ISO 21469 certification

Lubricants manufacturer opens analytical centre

By: Marleny Arnoldi     9th February 2018 Leading automotive and industrial products manufacturer G.U.D Holdings’ subsidiary, Indy Oil, has opened its analytical centre at its blending plant in Pietermaritzburg, KwaZulu-Natal.  

Lubricants manufacturer opens analytical centre
LAB GEM An ultra-shear viscometer is used for the research and development of engine oils and additive packages

High-performance diesel engine oil launched

9th February 2018 Earlier this month, lubricant and grease manufacturer Blue Chip Lubricants launched a super high-performance diesel engine oil called Q8 Formula Truck 7000 15W-40.  

High-performance diesel engine oil launched
EXTENDING ENGINE LIFE With the current influx of diesel engines into the South African market requiring this type of technology, now is the ideal time to introduce the Q8 Formula Truck 7000 15W-40

Supplier adds food-grade range to lubricant offering

By: Marleny Arnoldi     9th February 2018 Engineering consumables and components distributor BMG will start supplying a National Sanitation Foundation International-certified H1 food-grade range of lubricants from the third quarter this year to the food and beverage industry.  

South African nuclear group under financial stress, but optimistic about recovery

By: Rebecca Campbell     8th February 2018 The South African Nuclear Energy Corporation (Necsa) is currently facing financial pressures, the State-owned group’s Chief Executive, Phumzile Tshelane, has confirmed to Engineering News Online. “At the moment, Necsa is under financial stress, because [subsidiary] Pelchem is loss-making and we... 

South African nuclear group under financial stress, but optimistic about recovery
Photo by Duane Daws
Necsa CE Phumzile Tshelane
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