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Chemicals & Pharmaceuticals News

Adcock’s H1 trading profit rises 17% y/y to R485m 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     21st February 2019 JSE-listed pharmaceuticals manufacturer Adcock Ingram on Thursday reported a 17% increase in trading profit to R485-million for the six months ended December 31, 2018, compared with the R416-million profit posted in the comparable period of 2017. The company also reported a 16% increase in... 

Africa has opportunity to supply more gas to China

By: Marleny Arnoldi     18th February 2019 Gas demand is expected to overtake coal demand globally by 2030, says Standard Bank Southern Africa oil and gas head Paul Eardley-Taylor. Speaking at Africa Gas Forum, on Monday, he stated that global energy demand was increasing by 1.3% a year, while gas demand was increasing at between 1.7% and... 

Adcock Ingram, Cipla awarded portions of State’s ARV tender

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     18th February 2019 Pharmaceutical manufacturers Adcock Ingram and Cipla have each secured a portion of a tender to provide State-run hospitals with antiretroviral (ARV) medicines over a three-year period from July 1. Adcock was awarded a 12% share of the ARV tender.   

Africa must have clear plan for using its gas reserves

By: Marleny Arnoldi     18th February 2019 It is vital that Africa has a clear and cohesive vision in place for how it plans to use its gas reserves, says New Partnership for Africa's Development Business Foundation senior project manager John Rocha. Speaking at the Africa Gas Forum, on Monday, he pointed out that African countries have... 

Sasol achieves beneficial operation of first Lake Charles production unit

By: Simone Liedtke     13th February 2019 Local chemicals and energy company Sasol on Wednesday announced that its new linear low-density polyethylene unit, in Lake Charles, in the US, officially achieved beneficial operations on February 13. This is the first of the seven Lake Charles chemicals project (LCCP) production units to come on... 

Sasol expects higher H1 earnings, but warns of Lake Charles cost increase

By: Nadine James     8th February 2019 Chemicals and energy company Sasol expects to report earnings per share (EPS) and headline earnings per share (HEPS) of between R23.71 and R24.16 and between R22.97 and R23.68, respectively, for the six months ended December 31. This means EPS is expected to increase by between 110% and 114%... 

Omnia group FD Wayne Koonin resigns

By: Marleny Arnoldi     4th February 2019 JSE-listed Omnia Holdings on Monday announced that group FD Wayne Koonin had resigned to pursue other interests. He will step down on March 31.  

New board has important issues to consider regarding Necsa

By: Rebecca Campbell     18th January 2019 Major decisions are going to have to be taken about the future of the South African Nuclear Energy Corporation (Necsa), new Necsa Board Chairperson Dr Rob Adam has old “Engineering News”. A totally new Board for the corporation was announced by the Government on December 6, the new Board’s term... 

Worst-performing South African stock gets bid for crown jewel

By: Bloomberg     15th January 2019 Ascendis Health is in talks to sell one of its best-performing units as last year’s biggest South African loser on Johannesburg’s stock exchange battles to ensure survival. The debt-laden maker of multivitamins, probiotics and pet nutritional supplements received an unsolicited offer for Cyprian... 

Cerba, Lancet are said to agree Africa deal for $123m 

By: Bloomberg     11th January 2019 Cerba HealthCare SAS, the French owner of a global network of medical laboratories, is expanding in Africa by buying some of Lancet Laboratories’ operations for as much as 12.5-billion Kenyan shillings ($123-million), said a person familiar with the matter. Paris-based Cerba will hold a 51% stake... 

Cerba, Lancet are said to agree Africa deal for $123m

Pharmaceutical giant Mylan acquires ARV drugs manufacturing plant in South Africa

By: African News Agency      8th January 2019 Global pharmaceutical company Mylan on Tuesday announced the acquisition of a manufacturing site, previously owned by Ascendis Health, for its plans to produce high-quality antiretrovirals for seven million South Africans living with HIV. Spread over an expanse of 2.34 ha, the facility at Isando... 

New Necsa board has important issues to consider

By: Rebecca Campbell     11th December 2018 Major decisions are going to have to be taken about the future of the South African Nuclear Energy Corporation (Necsa), new Necsa board chairperson Dr Rob Adam told Engineering News Online on Tuesday. A totally new board for the corporation was announced by the government on December 6, the new... 

New Necsa board has important issues to consider
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Necsa chairperson Dr Rob Adam

Egypt's Carbon Holdings secures $1.25bn to build petrochemicals complex

By: Reuters     10th December 2018 Egypt's Carbon Holdings has secured $1.25-billion in financing to build a giant petrochemicals complex in the Red Sea port of Ain Sokhna. The Tahrir Petrochemicals Complex, a $10.9-billion project, would be the largest in the Middle East and is expected to create 48 000 jobs. 

Delays in biofuel framework hinder industry

By: Paige Müller     7th December 2018 Despite the local sugar industry championing a bioethanol fuel subsidy as a potential method to relieve the burden on sugar through demand diversification, Ethanol Producers Association of Southern Africa secretary, Alf Stevens, suggests that this may not have the timely impact that the local... 

Delays in biofuel framework hinder industry
Photo by Bloomberg
SLOW PROGRESS Even if the Biofuels Regulatory Framework is attractive, the first ethanol for biofuel would only reach the petrol blenders by the end of 2021 at the earliest

Ventilation key to genset safety

By: Mc'Kyla Nortje     7th December 2018 Gensets that are stored indoors should be stationed in a well ventilated area to avoid the temperature of the genset rising too high, says fire risk management and support company ASP Fire CEO Michael van Niekerk. 

Ventilation key  to genset safety
MICHAEL VAN NIEKERK Generators can be a potential source of fire ignition, owing to the high temperatures of the manifold, if not stored correctly

Stakeholder development support aids growth in WC

By: Thabi Madiba     7th December 2018 Continued development support offered by Western Cape organisations will aid manufacturing growth in the Western Cape, says event organiser Siyenza MD Liz Hart. These organisations comprise the official tourism, trade and investment promotion agency for Cape Town and the Western Cape, Wesgro;... 

Stakeholder development support aids growth in WC
ON DISPLAY Manufacturers exhibited their products during the Manufacturing Indaba

Two South African entrepreneurs shortlisted for Africa Prize for Engineering Innovation

By: Simone Liedtke     4th December 2018 Pelebox Smart Lockers and the Hybrid Five-Axis Machine Tool are two South African innovations that have been shortlisted for the Royal Academy for Engineering’s (RAE’s) Africa Prize for Engineering Innovation, accelerated by the Cape Innovation and Technology Initiative (CiTi).   

Two South African entrepreneurs shortlisted for Africa Prize for Engineering Innovation
Pelebox Smart Locker system developer Neo Hutiri

Sasol anticipates rise in H1 earnings

By: Marleny Arnoldi     21st November 2018 Petrochemicals giant Sasol expects to deliver a solid set of results for the six months to end December 31, underpinned by higher Brent crude oil and product prices, a weaker average rand exchange rate and good performance from its global asset base. Sasol on Wednesday said it was likely to... 

Sasol anticipates rise in H1 earnings

Vaal River pollution: 'There have been challenges to compliance', Sasol says

By: News24Wire      21st November 2018 Petrochemicals giant Sasol has denied that it is responsible for pollution in the Vaal river. However, it has admitted struggling to interpret some compliance requirements with regard to regulations on the discharge of waste. According to a report by the Department of Water and Sanitation... 

Regulator approves restart of NTP’s isotope production facility 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     16th November 2018 NTP Radioisotopes on Friday confirmed that the National Nuclear Regulator (NNR) had given it the go-ahead to resume production of essential medical radioisotopes at its Pelindaba facility. NTP, which is a subsidiary of State-owned South African Nuclear Energy Corporation (Necsa), will start with... 

Regulator approves restart of NTP’s isotope production facility

Lack of funding worsens skills shortage

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     16th November 2018 A lack of government funding is exacerbating the shortage of skilled coating technologists and accredited paint applicators, says paint industry representative South African Paint Manufacturing Association (Sapma) executive director Deryck Spence. The Chemical Industries Education and Training... 

Lack of funding worsens skills shortage
LEAD FREE Sapma is advocating for the removal of lead from all paint

Repair, maintenance vital for infrastructure life span

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     16th November 2018 Preventive maintenance and the timeous repair of infrastructure can save significant costs and extend the life of infrastructure, says specialised construction products supplier a.b.e. Construction Chemicals general construction sales manager Warren Trew. “Unfortunately, many players in the... 

Repair, maintenance vital for infrastructure life span
BRIDGE RESORATION a.b.e. Construction Chemicals is involved in the restoration of bridges on the N17 and N14

Sappi mulls further Saiccor expansion as it moves ahead with R7.7bn project 

By: Terence Creamer     15th November 2018 JSE-listed forest products group Sappi has confirmed that it is considering a further expansion of its giant Saiccor dissolving wood pulp (DWP) mill in KwaZulu-Natal, having only recently pulled the trigger on a R7.7-billion investment to expand output at the facility by 110 000 t/y. An... 

Sappi mulls further Saiccor expansion as it moves ahead with R7.7bn project
The Saiccor mill

Omnia shares fall as it warns of interim loss

By: Simone Liedtke     12th November 2018 Local chemicals company Omnia Holdings’ share price on the JSE fell by more than 16% on Monday after it announced that it expects to swing to a loss a share for the six months to September 30. It expects to report a loss a share of between 85c and 170c, compared with the earnings a share of 423c... 

Demand increases for thermoplastic valves

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     9th November 2018 Demand for thermoplastic materials over conventional alloy metals has increased since engineering consumables and components distributor BMG was appointed exclusive distributor of UK-based manufacturer SAFi Thermoplastic Valve Solutions’ (SAFi’s) products, says BMG industrial valves national... 

Demand increases for thermoplastic valves
PROCESSING PLANT BMG’s SAFi range of valves can be used in mining, energy, environmental, process plant, agriculture, and food and beverage applications

Lack of valve traceability hampers local industry

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     9th November 2018 The local valves industry has become extremely competitive, especially since there has been an influx of products that have no traceability, says industrial automation, valve and control supplier Fluid Control Services owner Allen Maguire. Many products are entering the local market from the... 

Lack of valve traceability hampers local industry
VALVE STANDARD The local valves industry needs to conform to a certain standard in terms of traceability

Sealing solution prevents shaft damage

By: Paige Müller     9th November 2018 Split roller bearing specialist OE Bearings (OEB) has developed and patented a new sealing solution to prevent costly shaft damage in the event of bearing failure. OEB founder and MD Warwick Steinhobel tells Engineering News that the company first undertook the development of the new sealing... 

Sealing solution prevents shaft damage
INDUSTRY CONCERN OE Bearings has identified that shaft damage caused by undetected bearing failure is costly

NTP awaits NNR’s signature of approval to restart production

By: Simone Liedtke     7th November 2018 State-owned South African Nuclear Energy Corporation (Necsa) CEO Phumzile Tshelane remains hopeful that production at its subsidiary NTP Radioisotopes’ facility will resume within the next two weeks, pending approval from the National Nuclear Regulator (NNR). Production at the facility was shut... 

NTP awaits NNR’s signature of approval to restart production
Photo by Dylan Slater
(Left) Necsa CEO Phumzile Tshelane and (Right) Necsa board chairperson Kelvin Kemm

Lightweight window cleaner developed for industry

By: Halima Frost     2nd November 2018 Cleaning equipment manufacturer and supplier Kärcher Industrial’s Window Vac Professional 10 (WVP 10 Adv) is now available to the South African market following the good reception received by participating contract cleaners, retailers and prospective clients in its test samples. Having made the... 

Lightweight window cleaner developed for industry
BETTER SQUEEGEE The handheld steam and vacuum window washer is available from Kärcher

Local cleaning product supplier receives GreenTag certification

By: Halima Frost     2nd November 2018 Cleaning chemicals manufacturer Blendwell Chemicals is the first South African company to be awarded the international GreenTag certification for its Enviroblend range.  GreenTag, which is recognised by the Green Building Council of South Africa, is an international certifying body that claims... 

Local cleaning product supplier receives GreenTag certification
GREEN GREASE Green degreaser chemicals supplied for industrial applications are available from Blendwell Chemicals

Good reception for cleaning system

By: Halima Frost     2nd November 2018 Following the launch of its KaiVac 1750 No-Touch cleaning system at last year’s Cleantex Cleaning Expo, held from June 12 to 14, cleaning solutions provider Goscor Cleaning Equipment says the system has since been taken up by the top five contract cleaning service providers in the country. The... 

Good reception for cleaning system
UPSTANDING PRODUCT The vertical unit has a smaller footprint, thereby allowing for easier access to tighter areas

enX records increased Ebit, undertakes key investment

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     29th October 2018 Diversified industrial group enX achieved an increase in adjusted earnings before interest and taxes (Ebit) to R815-million for the financial year ended August 31, compared with an Ebit of R736-million in the prior financial year. enX has three business segments – enX Industrial Equipment (EIE),... 

Study examines impact of strikes on South African economy

26th October 2018 Amid continued protest action at chemical and petrochemicals heavyweight Sasol, university-led research foundation the Mandela Initiative has released conclusions on its research into the topic of local strikes and labour unrest. Sasol employees and members of trade union Solidarity have been on... 

Study examines impact of strikes on South African economy
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PROLONGED INDUSTRIAL ACTION Sasol employees and members of trade union Solidarity have been on a go-slow since September of this year

Sasol poised to improve operational performance in 2019

26th October 2018 Integrated chemicals and energy company Sasol reported that it is well positioned to continue improved operational performance in the 2019 financial year despite electricity supply interruptions, as its sales volumes increased by 1% for its performance chemicals business owing to robust market... 

Sasol poised to improve operational performance in 2019
LOWER VOLUMES Liquid fuels sales volumes for Sasol were down 2% as a result of lower production volumes and a challenging local retail liquid fuels market

Automatic shut-off valves improve plant safety

By: Paige Müller     26th October 2018 Valves, steam and combustion system solution provider Heaton Valves Africa (HVA), states that its extensive range of German-made Albrecht-Automatik safety shut-off systems and components, significantly improve combustion system operational safety in the industries it serves. HVA combustion... 

Automatic shut-off valves improve  plant safety
SAFETY SHUT-OFF Albrecht-Automatik safety shut-off systems have a closing time of between one and five seconds during control function

Industries must address legacy contamination – firm

By: Paige Müller     26th October 2018 Despite a significant improvement in the parameters outlined by current environmental policy – often diligently upheld by the local chemicals and petrochemicals industries – multidisciplinary engineering consultant SRK Consulting states that historic practices caused by lack of knowledge have... 

Industries must address  legacy contamination – firm
CONTAMINATED SITE Significant harm has arisen from a legacy of poor waste management, particularly within the chemicals industry

Progress made to deliver value-based company strategy

By: Paige Müller     26th October 2018 Integrated chemical and energy company Sasol’s 2018 financial year – which came to a close in June of this year – has proven positive in terms of realising the company’s strategy. “The company has made significant strides in bettering its organisational culture and advancing opportunities in its... 

Progress made to deliver value-based company strategy
REMAIN COMPETITIVE Sasol is looking to further enhance its performance by ensuring it is able to remain competitive at an oil price of $40/bl
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