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Feb 05, 2016
SUE JANSE VAN VUUREN corporate risk manger at Air Products South Africa
Gas products supplier Air Products South Africa has, over a number of years, developed a formal occupational health and safety (OHS) programme, which has proven effective, and has gained recognition in the health and safety industry. The safety programme involves not...
Jan 29, 2016
PROJECT IN PILOT PRODUCTION PHASE The discovery of natural gas in the Amersfoort and Volksrust regions is a first of its kind in South Africa
The Afro Energy joint venture initiative between South Africa-based company Badimo Gas and the Austrailia-based gas exploration company Kinetiko Energy is focusing on the monetisation of natural gas in coals and sandstones at Amersfoort and Volksrust located in the...
Jan 29, 2016
SACHIN KULKARNI Air Products highlights the advantages and need for oxygen and ozone technologies that can address wastewater treatment issues globally
With oxygen constituting about 21% air and a gaseous-specific gravity of 1.1 kPa, industrial and specialty gas products and chemicals provider Air Products highlights the advantages and need for oxygen – which can be stored as gas –  and ozone technologies that can...
Jan 28, 2016
Energy and chemical group Sasol warned on Thursday that its first-half earnings could decline by as much as 28% when compared with the same period last year, owing mainly to lower oil and chemical prices. Headline earnings a share for the six months ended December...
Dec 11, 2015
Bongani Nqwababa
Energy and chemicals group Sasol announced on Friday that it had appointed Bongani Nqwababa and Stephen Cornell as joint-CEOs, with effect from July 1, 2016. The appointments follow the June 8 announcement that incumbent CEO David Constable had decided not to extend...
Dec 04, 2015
Outgoing Sasol CEO David Constable
Sasol's search for CEO David Constable’s replacement has almost been concluded, chairperson Mandla Gantsho told shareholders at the company's annual general meeting in Johannesburg on Friday. Sasol earlier this year announced that Constable had decided not to renew...
Nov 27, 2015
TOP 500 Bentley's list of global infrastructure owners provides an understanding of the dollar value of assets owned by some of the world’s top owner-operators
The South African government has been ranked thirty-third out of this year’s top 500 global infrastructure owners, up two places from last year with a 0.55% increase in its infrastructure assets to $81.03-billion, as measured by reported net tangible fixed assets....
Nov 24, 2015
Despite a bleak economic outlook, JSE-listed Omnia is confident of returning to an upward growth trajectory after posting a double-digit drop in earnings for the six months to September 30. Shares in the specialised chemical products and services provider plunged...
Nov 13, 2015
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Listed integrated energy and chemical group Sasol’s synfuels business produced eight-million barrels of refined product in the first quarter of the current financial year. The company said a planned shutdown at Sasol Synfuels operation affected production in the...
Oct 23, 2015
CONSERVATION IMPERATIVE Sasol still plans to deliver remaining cash conservation benefits of between R30-billion and R50-billion over the following 24 months
The extensive business performance enhancement programme (BPEP), implemented in 2012 by integrated chemicals and energy company Sasol, has resulted in cost savings of R2.5-billion during 2015 – ahead of the group’s R1.5-billion financial-year target. Moreover, the...
Oct 23, 2015
SASOL GERMANY Sasol has expanded production capacity of its alumina spheres plant in Brunsbüttel, Germany, strengthening its position in the alumina market
Integrated energy and petrochemicals giant Sasol announced in May that it had expanded the production capacity of its alumina spheres plant in Brunsbüttel, Germany to 4 000 t/y. The group, through its Performance Chemicals Inorganics & Catalyst division, produces...
Oct 23, 2015
Based on its recent analysis of the lubricants industry international growth consulting firm Frost & Sullivan Shell Lubricants was given the 2014 sub-Saharan Africa Frost & Sullivan Award for Product Leadership, the consultancy announced last month. “This...
Oct 23, 2015
South African petrochemicals group Sasol supplied just under 144 000 t of polyvinyl chloride (PVC) to the local industry last year, dropping from the near 150 000 t it supplied in 2013, reports the South African Vinyls Association (Sava). Sasol also exported over 62...
Oct 23, 2015
Petrochemicals giant Sasol celebrated its sixty-fifth anniversary last month, in which time the group has progressed from a pioneer in the production of oil from coal in its South African hometown of Sasolburg, in the Free State, to a global integrated energy and...
Oct 23, 2015
Gas-to-liquids (GTL) systems developer Greyrock Energy last month announced the performance results from the testing of the company’s ultra-premium, zero sulfur diesel fuel. Greyrock’s fuels are produced from natural gas, natural gas liquids, flare gas and other...
Oct 23, 2015
VISCOSITY REDUCTION The high-temperature temper packaged heating system will be used to heat up the heavy fuel oil from 20 ˚C to 80 ˚C
Oil and gas specialised equipment supplier Energas Technologies this month commissioned a packaged heating system for a local oil storage facility upgrade – the first type of this installation for the oil storage facility. Heavy fuel oil (HFO) is stored in large...
Oct 23, 2015
PROGRESSING INVESTMENT Early works activities, site preparation and civil construction work at the ethane cracker and derivatives complex in Louisiana have been under way since 2014
While energy and chemicals major Sasol has somewhat shifted its focus from energy to chemicals in the near term, the company continues to drive its growth programmes in the US, Sasol president and CEO David Constable says. Speaking during the group’s 2015 results...
Oct 23, 2015
As part of its corporate social responsibility programme geared towards improving Mozambique citizens’ access to healthcare through infrastructure development, international integrated energy and chemicals company, Sasol, this year handed over the Benzane health...
Oct 23, 2015
BOOSTING ELEMENTS Sasol’s group-wide operational performance resulted from increased sales volumes, significant cost savings contribution and resilient gross margins
Despite a highly volatile and uncertain macroeconomic environment, exacerbated by lower global oil prices, integrated energy and chemicals company Sasol has registered a strong operational and cost performance for the 2015 financial year. The company released its...
Oct 23, 2015
ENVIRONMENT-FRIENDLY ALTERNATIVE The power-to-liquids plant transforms water and carbon dioxide to high-purity synthetic fuels with the aid of renewable electricity
Dresden, Germany-based cleantech company Sunfire in April started producing synthetic diesel – which does not contain any sulphur or fossil oil – from air, water and green electrical energy at its power-to-liquids (PTL) demonstration rig in Dresden. The rig uses...
Oct 16, 2015
South African businesses have been encouraged to increase their participation in the United Nations (UN) procurement processes. UN Procurement Division Field Procurement Service Chief Sean Purcell pointed out recently that the amount of goods purchased by the UN from...
Oct 16, 2015
MAKING A COMEBACK The largest African trade exhibition of its kind will take place in May 2017
Exhibition organiser Specialised Exhibitions Montgomery last month announced the official launch of Machine Tools Africa 2017, an upcoming trade conference and exhibition that is expected to be the biggest Africa-based trade expo of its kind. The exhibition will be...
Oct 09, 2015
ROOFTOP WATERPROOFING Polyurea can be applied to rooftop waterproofing projects in a safe and fast manner
Polyurea, a 100% organic compound that can be used as a wear- or waterproofing coating, is gaining rapid market acceptance, owing to its application techniques and composition, says chemicals company a.b.e. Construction Chemicals.
Oct 05, 2015
With the global generics pharmaceuticals market projected to grow at a yearly rate of 11%, reaching $283-billion by 2018, Ascendis Health has expanded its offering, acquiring 85 products from Sandoz South Africa that were currently not marketed with existing South...
Oct 02, 2015
Caption: SURVIVE-ARC SWITCHING SUIT Charnaud's FR Range is IEC, SAB-S and NFPA approved
Personal protective clothing (PPC) manufacturer Charnaud has embarked on an initiative to educate people on the dangers of combustible dust. “Considering the history of combustible dust, one finds that nearly 300 explosions have injured or killed more than 800...
Oct 02, 2015
DROVISION GOGGLES. Magnet has added personal protective equipment to its product range
Electrical solutions consultant Magnet was appointed Southern African distributor for Dromex personal protection equipment (PPE) in April this year. MD Brian Howarth said that Magnet had recognised an urgent need in the electricity industry for increased safety for...
Oct 02, 2015
PPE VENDING SOLUTION. Select PPE's improved vending solution has all the benefits of n on-site store
Personal protective equipment (PPE) management solutions provider Select PPE has introduced an improved version of its PPE vending machine that provides all the benefits of an on-site store. Select PPE sales director Dries van Tonder tells Engineering News that the...
Sep 25, 2015
The State-owned power utility Eskom Business Investment Competition Awards held earlier this month saw Mamapo Chemicals from Limpopo crowned the 2015 winner, winning R150 000 to help expand the business and create more employment opportunities.
Sep 21, 2015
As Rolfes Holdings tucks away the acquisition that will open new doors for it, the JSE-listed firm continues to aggressively pursue chemicals and related product opportunities in the mining, pharmaceutical, petrochemicals, animal health and feeds and personal care...
Sep 18, 2015
Joseph Keenan
JSE-listed chemicals group Omnia has appointed Joseph Keenan the new MD of its explosives division, Bulk Mining Explosives. Group CEO Rod Humphris said in a statement to shareholders on Friday that Keenan was an accomplished international executive with more than 20...
Sep 15, 2015
MTN, Vodacom and Sasol have emerged as the top three most valuable brands in South Africa. This was revealed on Tuesday when Brand South Africa and Brand Finance Africa announced the country’s top 50 corporate brands in Houghton, Johannesburg. “In the third annual...
Sep 11, 2015
SAFETY AT HEIGHT Rope access technicians are able to carry out numerous tasks relating to inspection, protective coating, maintenance and surveying
Rope access specialist company Skyriders was in early-2015 commissioned by a large listed, multi-disciplinary construction and engineering group to establish, inspect and maintain access systems at a petrochemical plant for a 14 month period.
Sep 07, 2015
Sep 04, 2015
Firefighting and fire protection equipment manufacturer Elkhart Brass Manufacturing Company has received Factory Mutual (FM) approval for its Industrial Spitfire Monitor and four models of its X-Stream Industrial Nozzles. The FM rigorously tests and evaluates...
Sep 04, 2015
Industrial and logistics company KAP posted robust results for the 2015 financial year, ended June 30, including reducing its debt-to-equity ratio from 40% to 27%, in a tough and competitive environment. The board and management are “comfortable” with the streamlined...
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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