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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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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...
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...
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...
Nov 01, 2013
Oct 25, 2013
Construction on South African energy and chemicals group Sasol’s $7-billion ethane cracker, located in the US state of Louisiana, will start in 2014, following the final investment decision. Sasol CEO David Constable pointed out that this forms part of Sasol’s...
Oct 25, 2013
Matching a human being’s distinct genetic blueprint, their DNA, found on a crime scene, to a profile found on an extensive DNA database of offenders, seems like a simple exercise these days. Done on almost every American cop show on television, and at law...
Oct 14, 2013
Nampak incoming CEO Andre de Ruyter
Sasol senior group executive for global chemicals and North American operations André de Ruyter has resigned to take up the top job at JSE-listed Nampak. De Ruyter has been appointed Nampak executive director and CEO designate from January 2014, fully taking over on...
Oct 11, 2013
THE LAST LEGThe final phase of Wrapsa’s R80-million refurbishment project – which will result in the upgrade and refurbishment of the oral solid dosage (OSD) plant – is due for completion in July 2014
South Africa’s largest pharmaceutical contract manufacturer Wrapsa has embarked on the final stage of an R80-million refurbishment project, initiated in July, 2007, which has focused on increasing the capacity and upgrading the facilities of the company’s 13...
Oct 11, 2013
POLYUREA APPLICATIONVoelkel Industrie Produkte’s high-performance coating systems have been successfully used on a diverse range of structures overseas
Germany-based industrial adhesives and coatings manufacturer Voelkel Industrie Produkte’s (VIP’s) new cold spray-applied low-pressure waterproofing system and a VIP coating system, specifically developed for industrial and commercial flooring in Southern Africa,...
Sep 09, 2013
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Aug 30, 2013
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For many years, cleaning contractors and various markets have had to deal with the risk of damaging various surfaces, owing to incorrect chemical use and dilutions, which subsequently created a need in the cleaning industry for a sustainable and green cleaning solution.
Aug 26, 2013
Outgoing CFO Christine Ramon
JSE-listed Sasol has appointed executive for group finance Paul Victor to take over as acting CFO and executive director from September 10, as Christine Ramon announced her resignation on Monday. Ramon, whose last day would coincide with the release of Sasol’s...
Aug 23, 2013
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Aug 19, 2013
Sasol CEO David Constable
Petrochemicals giant Sasol has completed its exit from Iran, announcing on Monday that it had found a buyer for its Arya polymer business, which it flagged for divestment in 2011. The Johannesburg-based group sold its 50% stake in the Arya Sasol Polymer Company – a...
Aug 16, 2013
The South African Nuclear Energy Corporation (Necsa) has achieved a turnaround of more than R100-million in just one financial year, from a deficit of R75-million at the start of 2012/2013 to a surplus of R29-million at the end of 2012/2013. As a result, a planned...
Aug 09, 2013
Municipalities should investigate energy-saving opportunities by conducting energy audits and issues, such as electrical load management during peak demand periods, must be clear and understood by wastewater treatment plant operations staff, says Water Research...
Aug 02, 2013
Aug 01, 2013
Energy and chemicals producer Sasol reported on Thursday that its earnings for the financial year ended June 30, 2013, would be stronger, owing to an improved production performance and favourable exchange-rate conditions. Year-on-year headline earnings a share are...
Jul 31, 2013
Moving into the rest of Africa could “reignite” South Africa’s lagging chemicals industry with vast opportunities for growth in the rest of the continent as the population expands and the middle class grows, the Global Business Report (GBR) said in its latest...
Jul 26, 2013
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MEGAPOWERThe Sasol gas-engine power plant has a 140 MW operating capacity, which can power 200 000 households
Sasol New Energy inaugurated South Africa’s first gas-engine power plant at its Sasolburg site, in the Free State, earlier this month.
Jul 26, 2013
THOUGHT PROVOKINGErrorthoughtical engineer Peter Greenwall and entrepreneur Robin Bayhack support the innovation competition
Online registrations for entry into South Africa's newest technology innovation competition, the Step-Up Technology Innovation Competition, have been phenomenal for a competition in its inaugural year, says Step-Up Technology Innovation Competition manager Martin...
Jul 24, 2013
Mark Dytor
Industrial chemicals and explosives manufacturer AECI would work “furiously” to pursue acquisitions in the rest of Africa and South America, CEO Mark Dytor said on Wednesday. The JSE-listed group, which was currently in talks for four or five undisclosed...
Jul 24, 2013
Energy and chemical company Sasol and US-based Ineos Olefins & Polymers have teamed up to form a joint venture  to manufacture high-density polyethylene (HDPE). Sasol on Wednesday said in a statement that the parties signed a memorandum of understanding to develop a...
Jul 24, 2013
AECI CEO Mark Dytor
Explosives and specialty chemicals group AECI on Wednesday posted higher headline earnings a share (Heps) for the six months to June 2013 on the back of an improved performance from the explosives sector. Heps and basic earnings a share rose to 356c during the...
Jul 15, 2013
Energy and chemicals group Sasol has appointed a number of engineering and technology providers to support it with its proposed development of a 1.5-million-ton-a-year ethane cracker, in Lake Charles, Louisiana. The South African company recently appointed Fluor...
Jul 11, 2013
In line with its strategy of growing its value-adding specialty product and service offering to Southern Africa’s food production sector, chemicals group AECI on Thursday announced its intention to acquire animal feed company SA Premix. “AECI subsidiary Chemfit...
Jul 05, 2013
CYRIL GAMEDEThe Engineering Council of South Africa is transforming to improve its structures to what is required in the professional engineering field
The Engineering Council of South Africa (ECSA) has embarked on a transformation process to ensure maximum efficiency in the delivery of its core mandate and, consequently, improve its service to the engineering profession and the public, says ECSA president Cyril...
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