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Chemicals & Pharmaceuticals News

Procurement opportunities abound in West Africa’s oil industry

26th March 2004 Local service and supply companies are missing out on huge opportunities in upstream and downstream activities from a number of oil-resourced West African countries such as, Angola, Nigeria, Cameroon, Gabon and Equatorial Guinea, says Africa Project Access MD and one of the speakers at Oil Africa... 

Resin manufacturer to implement maintenance and Sheq solution

26th March 2004 French-based multinational resins manufacturing giant and member of the Atofina group, Cray Valley, is to implement the Aurora plant-maintenance solution from ApplyIT at its South African operation in Durban, Kwazulu-Natal, to complement the enterprise resource planning (ERP) system through which... 

New process could save millions for South African chemical industry

26th March 2004 New process could save millions for South African chemical industry?The South African chemicals industry accounted for R95,8-billion in 2000. 

Special sealant for motorway expansion joint repairs

26th March 2004 A special road sealant supplied by abe Construction Chemicals of Boksburg was used for the sealing of more than 100 bridge expansion joints on Johannesburg’s M1 motorway. 

Cabinets suit chemical and corrosive conditions

26th March 2004 Electrical equipment and wire accessories company Legrand has launched two cabinets – a polyester Marina cabinet and an Atlantic stainless steel cabinet – designed for use in any environment. 

Group increases size through acquisition

26th March 2004 Specialised chemical services company Omnia, providing customised solutions in the agricultural, mining and industrial chemical markets, was successful in its bid to acquire the largest distributor and trader of chemicals in South Africa, the Prochem group. 

Heat exchanger delivered to petrochemical giant

28th March 2003 Gauteng engineering company Mass & Heat Transfer Technology has supplied a heat exchanger to Sasol. 

Doors open at cleaner production centre

28th March 2003 The South African National Cleaner Production Centre (NCPC) has been inaugurated in February. 

Oil industry’s long-term sustainability questioned

28th March 2003 South Africa’s oil industry returns may still be insufficient to attract the investment need for the industry’s rapidly growing capex requirements. 

Manufacturing plant installs automation system

28th March 2003 Speciality chemicals supplier Zetachem’s manufacturing capacity has been automated with an Adroit 32-bit automation supervisory control and data acquisition (Scada) system. 

New system allows refineries significant savings

By: Luxolo Tyali     28th March 2003 The South African branch of an international software company has innovated a propriety non-linear solution for fuel gas systems, that will save refineries up to $0,02 a barrel of crude oil. 

Road hauliers urged to be responsible chemical carriers

By: Luxolo Tyali     28th March 2003 Major chemical companies in South Africa are known to outsource their transport arrangements. 

Research project under way for safer plastics manufacturing

By: Luxolo Tyali     28th March 2003 A research project on a new effluent-free process of producing hydrotalcite from magnesite in South Africa is under way. 

Regrouped company takes on new strategy

By: Luxolo Tyali     28th March 2003 Sulphuric acid and sulphur-based chemicals manufacturer and distributor Chemical Initiatives is doing things smarter, reports MD Steve Sackett. 

Region’s chemicals export market worth $3,8-billion

By: Luxolo Tyali     28th March 2003 South Africa accounts for more than half of the South African Development Community’s (SADC) chemicals market. 

Government launches regional chemicals Internet database

By: Luxolo Tyali     28th March 2003 Information on the chemicals market and industry in the Southern African Development Community (SADC) region is now available with the click of a button. 

Company expands its product range to local industry

28th March 2003 Supplier of polyurethane products, solutions and systems to local industry Industrial Urethanes is expanding its business to polyalkylene glycols. 

Chemicals manufacturer celebrates 22nd birthday

28th March 2003 Manufacturer and distributor of fine and industrial chemicals used in the industrial and hygiene maintenance sector, South African Fine & Industrial Chemicals (SAFIC), says it ended 2002, its 21st year, on a high note in terms of meeting industry standards, product development and its ongoing... 

Local subsidiary of oil giant launches new diesel fuel

28th March 2003 Wholly-owned subsidiary com-pany of Shell, Shell South Africa, has launched DieselTech. 

Region’s chemicals export market worth $3,8-billion

28th March 2003 South Africa accounts for more than half of the South African Development Community’s (SADC) chemicals market. 

Group rises above struggling chemicals market

29th March 2002 Chemicals, fibres and explosives group AECI produced solid results for its first financial year since buying back 40% of its shares from Anglo American, with headline earnings per share increasing by 32% on the previous year. 

Corrosion protection for concrete and steel

By: Zonika Botha     29th March 2002 In the chemical industry, concrete and steel are to attack by various chemicals, especially acids. 

Chemical dosing pump now in SA

29th March 2002 Jesco reciprocating chemical dosing pumps, manufactured in Germany and marketed in South Africa by Howden-Orbit, are used to introduce precise quantities of reagent into chemical manufacturing processes at specific periods. 

Sulphuric acid dominates product offering

By: Zonika Botha     29th March 2002 A wholly-owned subsidiary of Chemserve, Chemical Initiatives, is a leading supplier of industrial chemicals in Southern Africa. 

Growth on gypsum front for SA firm

By: Zonika Botha     29th March 2002 As the industrial chemical division of the Omnia Group, Intaba Chemicals has been targeted as an important growth facilitator for the group within the next two years, MD Tony Winter reports. 

$340-million investment in South African chemical plants

By: Zonika Botha     29th March 2002 In what is a first for Sasol Chemical Industries (SCI), the company has given the go-ahead for a $200-millon acrylic acid project at its Midland site, in Sasolburg, Sasol Solvents divisional MD Anton Putter reports. 

Chemicals industry cleans up its act

By: Zonika Botha     29th March 2002 South Africa’s chemical industry is of substantial economic significance to the country, contributing around 5% to the gross domestic product and about 25% of its manufacturing sales. 

Chemical imports from China, India climb

By: Zonika Botha     29th March 2002 The consolidation of the global chemical manufacturing industry has resulted in the worldwide growth of the chemical distribution industry, particularly in Southern Africa, Protea Chemicals executive director Peter Gubb reports. 

SA chemical sector leading the world

8th June 2001 The local chemical industry is on a par with international trends and technologies and, in some cases, leading the pack. 

Leaner company structure increases

8th June 2001 Chemical firm Ciba Specialty Chemicals has simplified its structure to increase profitable growth. 

More contracts for corrosion-prevention firm

8th June 2001 Two significant contracts have been awarded to Paradigm Projects, of Pinetown, a company specialising in corrosion prevention. 

Return to core competences mooted

By: System Author     9th June 2000 Chemicals 

Growth predicted for local chemical subsidiary

By: System Author     9th June 2000 Chemicals 

Increase in exports on the cards

By: System Author     9th June 2000 Chemicals 

Co-operation contract concluded

By: System Author     9th June 2000 Chemicals 

Chemical industry looking positive

By: System Author     9th June 2000 Chemicals 

Global strategy for chem firms

By: System Author     11th June 1999 A strategy to enable chemical companies to achieve a maximum return on their investment in information technology (IT) has, for more than two years, been consistently worked through and executed by SAP, a developer of enterprise-resource planning (ERP) systems. At present, more than 12 000... 

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