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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

ARV project’s third attempt to supply affordable medicine

     20th May 2016 Government driven initiative the Ketlaphela project, which is aimed at establishing a fully backward integrated pharmaceutical company that bridges the gap between research and development capabilities in South Africa, is going through its third attempt at being implemented. 

DTI identifies first five companies in industrialist programme 

By: Irma Venter     19th May 2016 Government had identified the first five companies that would benefit from its Black Industrialists (BI) programme, said Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) incentive development and administration division deputy director-general Malebo Mabitje-Thompson on Thursday. Speaking to Engineering... 

CSIR launches biomanufacturing facility to support local bio-industry

By: David Oliveira     13th May 2016 The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) on Friday launched the R90-million Biomanufacturing Industry Development Centre (BIDC) facility at the CSIR’s main campus in Pretoria. The R90-million investment had resulted in new infrastructure, pilot-scale equipment, enterprise support... 

Drones to deliver much-needed medicine in Rwanda

By: African News Agency      9th May 2016 Three private American-based companies will team up with the Rwandan government to begin delivery of much-needed medical supplies to areas around the country where medical treatment remains virtually inaccessible, one of the partners said on Monday. The UPS Foundation – the community arm of the... 

Drones to deliver much-needed medicine in Rwanda

UCT inks TB and malaria drug development partnership

     8th April 2016 The University of Cape Town’s (UCT's) Drug Discovery and Development Centre, H3D, has entered into a strategic partnership with Janssen Pharmaceutica N.V., one of the Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson & Johnson (Janssen), aimed at jointly identifying and addressing the unique issues of... 

UCT inks TB and malaria drug development partnership
H3D founder and director Professor Kelly Chibale

High-pressure heat exchangers becoming key in Africa

By: Kimberley Smuts     8th April 2016 Local manufacturer and maintenance service provider of utility-scale pulverised coal steam generators, Steinmüller Africa, is now offering turnkey solutions for both shell and tube heat exchangers; both the header-type and the tubesheet-type are offered. These heat exchangers are not only... 

High-pressure heat exchangers becoming key in Africa
INTEGRAL PLANT COMPONENTS Shell and tube heat exchangers are particularly prevalent in Rankine cycle power generation with regeneration, as used in most modern power stations

System designed to store significantly more natural gas at lower pressures

     8th April 2016 Cylinders and conversion kits providers Cenergy Solutions is working with compressed natural gas fuel station ReFuel, at CleanWorld’s biomethane plant, to store as much as four times more natural gas at low pressures with its adsorbent natural gas storage system. ReFuel currently stores... 

System designed to store significantly more natural gas at lower pressures
Photo by Bloomberg
STORAGE VOLUME INCREASED Cenergy Solutions ANG systems allow facilities and vehicles to store significantly more natural gas at lower pressures

Africa’s pharmaceutical industry grows, but needs funding

By: RDM News Wire      6th April 2016 Africa’s pharmaceutical markets are growing in every sector as the industry is undergoing a period of very significant transformation, but more funding was necessary to expand further. This was said at the high-level panel discussion on the theme “unleashing the potential of pharmaceuticals in... 

Africa’s pharmaceutical industry grows, but needs funding

SA, Chinese firms team up on Moz–Gauteng gas pipeline study

By: David Oliveira     1st April 2016 JSE- and Aim-listed oil and gas company SacOil signed a cooperation agreement with the China Petroleum Pipeline Bureau (CPPB) last month for the possible construction of a gas processing facility near the Rovuma basin, in Mozambique, as well as a 2 600-km-long, large-diameter pipeline to... 

Black industrialists funding forum sifting through first 50 applications 

By: Terence Creamer     31st March 2016 South Africa’s black industrialists funding forum had its inaugural meeting in mid-March to consider 50 applications from aspirant black-owned manufacturing enterprises, Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies revealed this week. Speaking following a meeting with the Black Business Council... 

Black industrialists funding forum sifting through first 50 applications

First ARVs from State-owned pharmaceutical company expected by 2017

By: News24Wire      29th March 2016 During his State of the Nation Address, President Jacob Zuma announced that a State-owned pharmaceutical company called Ketlaphela had been established. He noted that “the company will participate in the supply of antiretroviral drugs to the Department of Health from the 2016/17 financial year”. 

First ARVs from State-owned pharmaceutical company expected by 2017

Locally produced flocculants provide cost-effective solutions

By: Simon Sonnekus     25th March 2016 With increasing productivity and water availability being the biggest challenges for sugar and ethanol plants, chemicals group AECI’s wholly owned water, energy and air solutions subsidiary ImproChem has reaffirmed its focus to provide sustainable solutions for the sugar industry. 

Locally produced  flocculants provide  cost-effective solutions
SIMON TRESTON The new SENFLOC range of products is suited to the market as it has a unique property in uncurling to reach maximum expansion

KAP posts robust interim results, moots Africa expansion and acquisitions

By: Schalk Burger     18th March 2016 Diversified industrial group KAP posted robust interim results for the half-year to 31 December 2015, during which the company improved its margins, and faced down the constraining macroeconomic conditions. The company increased revenue by 3%, operating profit by 11% and headline earnings a share... 

Pumps focus shifting from buying to MRO

By: Nadine James     18th March 2016 Amid depressed commodity prices and expected increased interest rates, companies and government entities often spend less on capital projects, resulting in fewer new pumps being bought, but more focus on maintenance, repair and operations (MRO), says industrial components supplier RS Components... 

Pumps focus shifting from buying to MRO
ITT FLOWJET DIAPHRAGM PUMP One of the 400 pumps and accessories stocked by RS Components

Vacuum pumps effective in manufacturing process

     18th March 2016 In order to exclude air bubbles and vapour generated by high temperature and pressure from blood collection tube stoppers, Italy-based rubber components manufacturer Datwyler Pharma Packaging (DPP) makes use of vacuum pumps manufacturer Busch Vacuum Pumps and Systems’ Cobra dry screw vacuum pumps... 

Vacuum pumps  effective in  manufacturing process
BLOOD STOPPING Rubber tube stoppers are molded under a vacuum

Ascendis to widen international exposure, eyes Australian, European assets

By: Natasha Odendaal     9th March 2016 JSE-listed Ascendis Health has set its sights on further international acquisitive growth in Australia and Europe to improve its hard currency revenue base, as it emerged from a period of consolidation within its South African operations and following the integration of its first international... 

Ascendis to widen international exposure, eyes Australian, European assets

Resilient Sasol weathering storm 

By: Martin Creamer     7th March 2016 Worsening market volatility and uncertainty have prompted Sasol to raise its cash conservation target to an even higher outside range of R75-billion from a previous R50-billion. The intensified response plan in response to the low oil price ensured balance sheet and earnings resilience at an oil... 

Resilient Sasol weathering storm
Outgoing Sasol CEO David Constable tells Engineering News Online’s Martin Creamer of an oil price set to be lower for much longer. Photographs: Duane Daws. Video: Nicholas Boyd. Video Editing: Lionel da Silva.

Sasol earnings plunge

By: Martin Creamer     7th March 2016 The first-half earnings attributable to the shareholders of South Africa’s fuel-from-coal producer Sasol plunged 63% to R7.3-billion in the six months to December 31, from R19.5-billion in the prior period. Headline earnings a share of the company headed by outgoing CEO David Constable fell 24%... 

Sasol earnings plunge
Photo by Duane Daws
David Constable

Business units strengthen customer focus

     4th March 2016 Multinational chemicals manufacturer BASF is reorganising its paper, water, oilfield and mining units within the performance chemicals division to form a new global business unit in order to foster customer and industry focus and increase competitiveness through the merger of its water solutions... 

Business units strengthen  customer focus
Photo by Bloomberg
CORPORATE RESTRUCTURING The merging of business units will enable BASF to achieve efficiency gains and create additional market opportunities
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