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Oct 31, 2014
BIOLOGICALLY ACTIVE COSMETICS UP plant scientists are exploring the cosmetic and medicinal applications of more than 100 indigenous plants used in traditional remedies
Updated 6 hours ago Scientists at the University of Pretoria (UP) Plant Science department are researching the medical and cosmetic applications of indigenous plant species traditionally used for ailments among the more than 100 indigenous South African medicinal plants already...
Oct 28, 2014
Africa’s underdeveloped agrochemicals market has presented AECI’s agrochemical solution business, Nulandis, with a double-digit growth opportunity to cement its place in the agriculture sector, particularly within the smallholder farmer industry. This emerged at...
Oct 24, 2014
EXPANDED OFFERING ImproChem concluded the purchase and integration of Swiss speciality chemicals company Clariant’s African water treatment business on July 1
JSE-listed speciality chemicals group African Explosives and Chemical Industries’ (AECI’s) wholly owned water, energy and air solutions subsidiary ImproChem recently expanded its technology offering and market reach to provide water, energy and air quality management...
Oct 24, 2014
Oct 17, 2014
INDUSTRY FIRST The Metal-Safe personal protective garments are made from Lenzing FR, antistatic, high-strength synthetic and other fibres
Local specialised protective-clothing manufacturer Charnaud introduced its new Aci-Flam and Metal-Safe ranges of protective clothing to industry last month. Charnaud supplies products and specialised footwear to industries dealing with, for example, hot-metal...
Oct 08, 2014
More than 20 people were injured when a fire broke out at Sasol's Secunda plant in Mpumalanga, the company said on Wednesday. "Around 23 employees were treated at the local medical station, mostly for smoke inhalation. No employees were hospitalised," Sasol...
Aug 29, 2014
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Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene
The key to the development of South Africa lay in mineral beneficiation and industrialisation in joint development with its regional neighbours, South Africa’s new Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene told the Centre for Education In Economics and Finance (CEEF). Speaking...
Aug 29, 2014
A society that is aware of the benefits of science and technology will work to ensure it remains competitive in those areas, and petrochemicals major Sasol’s yearly Techno X expo provides a dynamic and interactive platform for learners to discover career...
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Jun 26, 2014
Sasol Chemical Industries (SCI), which was found guilty by the Competition Tribunal on June 5 of charging excessive prices on propylene and polypropylene between 2004 and 2007, said on Thursday that it had decided to lodge an appeal against the decision. SCI said in...
Jun 24, 2014
Specialised chemicals provider Omnia has lifted revenue 21% to a record R16.3-billion for the twelve months ended March 31, 2014, on the back of volume and sales price increases in its mining and agricultural divisions, price increases in the chemicals division and...
Jun 13, 2014
South African radiation applications business NTP Radioisotopes (NTP), a wholly-owned subsidiary of the South African Nuclear Energy Corporation (better known as Necsa) will soon expand the range of radioisotopes it provides to the local and international medical...
Jun 10, 2014
Chemicals company Sasol Chemicals North America and US-based Ineos Olefins & Polymers have reached a final investment decision to form a joint venture (JV) to build a high-density polyethylene (HDPE) plant in LaPorte, Texas. The 50:50 JV plant, which was expected to...
Jun 09, 2014
Chemicals group Omnia announced on Monday that Wayne Koonin would replace outgoing group FD Noel Fitz-Gibbon on October 1, following Fitz-Gibbon’s impending retirement on September 30.  Sixty year-old Fitz-Gibbon had served on the board since 1993 and would continue...
Jun 06, 2014
With a 25% yearly increase in its sales of hygiene and cleaning chemicals since being established in 2009, hygiene solutions company Branson Chemicals expects to sustain growth by at least 20% a year to become a major force across all the markets it which it operates.
Jun 05, 2014
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The Competition Tribunal has imposed a R534-million penalty on energy and petrochemicals group Sasol's subsidiary Sasol Chemical Industries (SCI) for charging domestic customers excessive prices for purified propylene and polypropylene between January 2004 and...
May 30, 2014
Vietnam is hoping that it will be able to increase its exports of certain agricultural products to South Africa. In particular, it is seeking to increase its exports of coffee, tea, rice and peppers. In parallel, South Africa is also hoping to increase its exports to...
May 12, 2014
Solidarity spokesperson Marius Croucamp
Trade union Solidarity will this week start negotiating with the National Bargaining Council for the Chemical Industry (NBCCI), demanding an increase of 9.5% for the industrial chemicals sector, Solidarity spokesperson Marius Croucamp said on Monday, adding that the...
May 09, 2014
South African industrial instrumentation and control equipment supplier Etest says its compressed-air-sourced Air Amplifiers – manufactured by US-based compressed-air product manufacturer Exair – remains one of the most effective methods for air, gas, fumes and dust...
May 09, 2014
May 09, 2014
South African laboratory equipment supplier Labotec says its supply of air- filtration protection equipment for laboratory personnel, which is manufactured by global laboratory equipment manufacturer Erlab, ensures chemists’ safety in laboratories. Labotec product...
Apr 29, 2014
JSE-listed specialty chemicals group AECI on Monday announced that it had appointed current JSE-listed manufacturer Distribution and Warehousing Network chairperson Recht Louis Hiemstra nonexecutive director of the company, effective May 1. Hiemstra was previously...
Mar 21, 2014
The Department of Labour (DoL) and its social partners signed the Chemical Sector Health and Safety Accord to improve the status of occupational health and safety (OHS) in the South African chemicals sector, in November 2013. The accord was signed by the DoL; the...
Mar 21, 2014
South Africa-based wood-preservative chemicals supplier Dolphin Bay Chemicals implemented its first pilot  wood treatment of wood ammonium copper quaternary (ACQ) in October 2013. ACQ was developed in the US and is being manufactured locally by Dolphin Bay Chemicals...
Mar 21, 2014
The South African branch of global chemicals company BASF signed the Responsible Care (RC) pledge with Chemical and Allied Industries' Association (Caia), in Midrand, in December last year. BASF Business Center South Africa and Sub-Sahara head Joan-Maria...
Mar 21, 2014
Energy and chemicals group Sasol inaugurated its new R1.9-billion ethylene purification unit, known as the Ethylene Purification Unit 5 (EPU5), in Sasolburg, in January. The inauguration, which was held at the Sasol Polymers Plant in Sasolburg, was attended by CEO...
Mar 21, 2014
Compressor and generator hire company Rand-Air played a significant role in the delivery of mission-critical equipment and service to energy and chemicals group Sasol’s Synfuels nitrogen project, it reported in October. The company, which is part of international...
Mar 21, 2014
The Federation of Gujarat Industries (FGI) hopes that its recent nine day trade mission to South Africa will, on its own, generate at least $10-million in bilateral trade. So stated FGI senior VP and mission head Janak Seth at a trade briefing in Sandton (north...
Mar 21, 2014
South Africa-based, women-owned chemicals manufacturer and distributor Elegant Line Chemicals received the Frost & Sullivan 2013 South African Entrepreneurial Company of the Year Award in the industrial commodity chemicals space last month. Elegant Line Chemicals has...
Mar 21, 2014
DEVELOPING TECHNOLOGY Upgrading technologies requires high capital investments, which are not easily accessible in South Africa, owing to product cost implications
Despite South Africa having the largest and most sophisticated chemicals industry in Africa, estimated at $30-billion, it only contributes about 1% to the global market, says global growth consulting firm Frost & Sullivan chemicals, materials and food industry...
Mar 21, 2014
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Western Cape-based wine producer Namaqua Wines signed an agreement with Paarl-based distillation design and technology provider Taurus Distillation, in February, to establish a commercial 1.2-million ℓ 96.4% fuel ethanol pilot plant at their Spruitdrift Cellar near...
Mar 14, 2014
Researchers from the US and Denmark have identified a new, nickel-gallium, catalyst that turns hydrogen and carbon dioxide into methanol while producing fewer byproducts than the current catalyst. This new approach is low-cost and much cleaner that the existing...
Mar 10, 2014
Energy and chemicals group Sasol reported a 26% rise in headline earnings to R30.19 a share for the six months to December 31, 2013 – results that were supported by the weaker rand and higher production from its Synfuels unit. Cash generated from operations rose 50%...
Mar 06, 2014
The Federation of Gujarat Industries (FGI) hopes that its current, nine day, trade mission to South Africa will, on its own, generate at least $10-million in bilateral trade. So stated FGI senior VP and mission head Janak Seth at a trade briefing in Sandton (north...
Feb 20, 2014
Soda ash is used in various manufacturing processes including that of glass
The Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) has issued a call for proposals to conduct a prefeasibility study on the establishment of a soda ash, or sodium carbonate, manufacturing plant in South Africa. The IDC said soda ash was used in a number of manufacturing...
Jan 13, 2014
Sasol CEO David Constable
Energy and chemicals group Sasol expects to implement its new operational business model from July 1, 2014, and has confirmed that the restructuring could have an impact on some of its 35 000 employees. However, the JSE-listed company stresses that the organisational...
Dec 09, 2013
Explosives and speciality chemicals group AECI on Monday said it would post higher earnings for the year to December. The JSE-listed group expected earnings and headline earnings a share for the year under review to be 20% higher than the respective 564c and 547c a...
Dec 06, 2013
ROD HUMPHRIS For the six months under review, Omnia’s revenue increased 25.7% year-on-year to R7.5-billion, while profit was up 16.8% to R424-million
JSE-listed Omnia’s earnings a share for the for the six months ended September 30, rose 16% year-on-year to 637c a share, with Omnia MD Rod Humphris noting at the company’s interim results presentation last month that the macro environment for the company’s mining...
Dec 05, 2013
Sasol CEO David Constable
Integrated energy and chemicals company Sasol has appointed Stephen Cornell executive VP of international operations, based in Houston, Texas, in the US, effective February 1, 2014. Cornell, who would report directly to Sasol CEO David Constable, was currently...
Dec 02, 2013
JSE-listed Bidvest has moved to challenge Chile’s CFR Pharmaceutical’s R12-billion offer to buy out 100% of pharmaceuticals group Adcock Ingram with a multibillion-rand offer for a 34.5% stake in Adcock. Following an unsuccessful R6.2-billion bid to raise its stake...
Nov 26, 2013
Nov 22, 2013
Academics, policy makers and government are in the process of developing the Pilot carbon dioxide (CO2) Storage Project (PCSP) that will demonstrate the potential viability of long-term carbon dioxide storage in deep underground geological basins and the project has...
Nov 06, 2013
JSE-listed speciality chemicals group AECI’s explosives division AEL Mining Services will look to grow and consolidate its South African market share, while reducing its local cost base and advancing its international expansion strategy. At an investor day on...
Nov 01, 2013
Sasol CEO David Constable
Energy and chemicals group Sasol has confirmed changes to executive responsibilities, which it says are in line with a group-wide business performance enhancement programme unveiled in September. The changes will become effective from July 1, 2014. The JSE-listed...
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