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Chemicals & Pharmaceuticals News

New malaria-combat insecticide to infiltrate market by 2017

By: Malusi Mkhize     4th March 2016 Leverkusen-based, multinational life sciences company Bayer expects its Fludora Fusion to be readily available to the African market towards the end of 2017 and early 2018 to combat diseases such as malaria. Bayer sub-Saharan Africa divisional head for environmental science Jose de Sousa tells... 

Portfolio refocused to lean on chemicals business

By: Malusi Mkhize     4th March 2016 Integrated energy and chemicals provider Sasol is refocusing its portfolio to lean more on its chemicals business, following the division’s turnover of R105-billion, which accounted for 57% of the group’s total turnover for the 2015 financial year. Sasol executive VP: chemicals business Fleetwood... 

Portfolio refocused to lean  on chemicals business
CHEMICAL NETWORK Sasol’s chemical business has a footprint in more than 23 countries

JV refinery boosts skills development

By: Malusi Mkhize     4th March 2016 The Durban-based crude oil refinery joint venture (JV) between Shell South Africa Refining and BP Southern Africa – Sapref – in January awarded 70 pupils with a training opportunity, which includes bursaries for university studies in the fields of engineering and artisan training through the... 

JV refinery boosts  skills development
PROVIDING OPPORTUNITY SAPREF provides training opportunities to 70 pupils as part of its R18-million skills and development program

Innovative water-based dispersions to be introduced

     4th March 2016 Latices and speciality emulsion polymers producer Synthomer is set to introduce its latest water-based products for coatings, construction and flooring adhesives at this year’s American Chemical Society Exhibition scheduled for March 13 to 17 at the San Diego Convention Center.  Among the next... 

Innovative water-based  dispersions to be introduced
NEW WATER-BASED TECHNOLOGY Synthomer makes a return to the American Chemical Society Exhibition

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

Local chemicals group reshuffles board with new appointment

     4th March 2016 Specialty chemical group AECI announced the appointment of Dr Khotso Mokhele last month as a nonexecutive director of the company. Mokhele joins the company’s board which comprises of eight non-executive members namely Schalk Engelbrecht, Richard Dunne, Zellah Fuphe, Godfrey Gomwe, Liziwe Mda,... 

Local chemicals group reshuffles board with new appointment
IN WITH THE NEW Dr Khotso Mokhele joins AECI as a nonexecutive director

Institute backs whistle blowing in professional conduct regulations

     4th March 2016 The global professional chemical engineering and biochemical membership body the Institution of Chemical Engineers’ (IChemE) rules of professional conduct and disciplinary regulations underwent a revision process that oblige chemical engineers to ‘whistle-blow’ in circumstances where they feel... 

Institute backs whistle blowing in professional conduct regulations
Photo by Bloomberg
BLOWING THE WHISTLE Institution of Chemical Engineers aims to end malpractice within the chemicals industry through supporting whistle blowing

Legislation prompts refineries to employ safer seal technology

     4th March 2016 Mechanical and industrial seal supplier AESSEAL’s sales at its Secunda branch have doubled year-on-year owing to petrochemical refineries replacing their single mechanical seals with a double mechanical design in order to comply with stringent safety legislation. The company claims to be the only... 

Legislation prompts  refineries to employ  safer seal technology
DOUBLING UP Specifications indicate the fitting of double mechanical seals to pumps transferring hazardous fluids

Global chemicals production growth continues to slow

     4th March 2016 Ahead of 2016 local chemicals industry body the Chemical and Allied Industries' Association (CAIA) projected a continued slump global chemical production growth rates ahead of 2016.  Among the factors global trends that will affect the chemicals industry worldwide are as the twenty-first... 

Global chemicals production growth continues to slow
EXPANDING AGROCHEMICALS PORTFOLIO AECI recently acquired 100% of Malawi-based agricultural company Farmer Organisation Limited from Rendale Holdings

Maintenance strategies key to SA industry

By: Malusi Mkhize     4th March 2016 The stagnating economy, coupled with depressed oil prices, has led petrochemicals refineries to emphasise pump and equipment maintenance rather than investing in capital procurement, states pump supplier AESPUMP sales and marketing director Neil Britz. Owing to this, he notes that the company can... 

Maintenance strategies key to SA industry
MAINTENANCE IS KEY Effective maintenance reduces capital expenditure of equipment

Continental Compounders adds polypropylene, nylon to product range

By: Zandile Mavuso     4th March 2016 Compounding company Continental Compounders has expanded its range and product offering by adding polypropylene and nylon (PA66 and PA6) to its local compound range. 

Control technology improves refining and chemicals industry

By: Malusi Mkhize     4th March 2016 Advance process control (APC) technology has become an industry standard for petrochemicals and chemicals companies, owing to its ability to improve the overall management of a refinery, says process and operations management solutions provider BluESP chief engineer Dr Kevin Brooks. He tells... 

Control technology  improves refining and  chemicals industry
QUALITY DECISIONS Advance process control technology enables petrochemical companies to make decisions that lead to optimum functioning capacity of refineries and plants

Manufacturing company will experience demand for insect repellent

     4th March 2016 Synthesis and manufacturing company Saltigo a wholly owned subsidiary of specialty chemicals company LANXESS, is experiencing a marked increase in demand for icaridin, an active ingredient in insect repellents which the company markets for its global market.  Saltigo MD Wolfgang Schmitz says,... 

Accéntuate H1 headline earnings up 53% y/y

By: Anine Kilian     29th February 2016 JSE-listed Accéntuate saw a 53% year-on-year increase in its headline earnings per share (HEPS) to 5.75c for the six months ended December 31, 2015, while  normalised HEPS  showed an increase of 63%. Accéntuate CEO Fred Platt noted at a media briefing that, while cash flow remained somewhat under... 

Accéntuate H1 headline earnings up 53% y/y

Bidvest lifts H1 earnings, despite challenging markets; Joffe to step down as group CEO

By: Mia Breytenbach     29th February 2016 Notwithstanding “a backdrop of challenging market conditions, particularly in the Southern African region”, JSE-listed Bidvest’s headline earnings a share rose 13% to R10.02c, while basic earnings a share rose 7.8% to 930.9c for the six months to December 31. Headline earnings rose 14.7% to... 

Bidvest lifts H1 earnings, despite challenging markets; Joffe to step down as group CEO
Bidvest CEO Brian Joffe

Bulk land sale boosts AECI’s earnings to 6% a share

By: Mia Breytenbach     23rd February 2016 Explosives and specialty chemicals company AECI’s headline earnings per share (HEPS) rose 6% to 894c for the year ended December 31, mostly owing to benefits gained from the company’s bulk property sale in Somerset West in June 2015, which contributed 230c to HEPS. Speaking at the company’s... 

Bulk land sale boosts AECI’s earnings to 6% a share
AECI CEO Mark Dytor

enX acquires WAI for R250m

     19th February 2016 JSE-listed Industrial energy group enX has acquired Durban-based reseller and distributor of polymer, rubber, fillers and specialised chemicals West African International (WAI) for R250-million. The acquisition of WAI, which also distributes oil lubricants produced by ExxonMobil to Caterpillar... 

enX acquires WAI for R250m
enX CEO Paul Mansour

Construction chemicals producer to open R&D centre in Jet Park

     12th February 2016 Construction chemicals producer The Chryso Group’s plans to use South Africa as the springboard for increased penetration into the African continent will be boosted by the establishment of a new research and development (R&D) facility at the Chryso Southern Africa head office in Jet Park, in the... 

Construction chemicals producer to open R&D centre in Jet Park
THIERRY BERNARD The CEO of Chryso group recently announced the opening of a new research and development centre in Jet Park

Skills development and blue economy prioritised at CIS 2016

By: Simon Sonnekus     12th February 2016 Having identified the lack of training opportunities as a rising concern in the oil industry, the biennial Cape Industries Showcase (CIS), scheduled to take place from July 13 to 15 at the Cape Town International Convention Centre, will focus on skills development and training in the sector. 

Skills development  and blue economy  prioritised at CIS 2016
JOHN THOMSON The focus on training at the CIS will provide useful networking platforms for employers, government, training organisations and other stakeholders

Knowledge of tribology key for lubricants industry

By: Simon Sonnekus     12th February 2016 The focus in the oils and lubricants industry is constantly being shifted to address regulations that arise, which, in turn, creates a need to establish a better understanding of tribology for the industry, says the South African Institute of Tribology (Sait). 

Knowledge of tribology  key for lubricants industry
THOMAS SURMON Sait is working with the Department of Science and Technology and the South African Bureau of Standards to make sure local lubricant standards match international standards

Swedish group completes acquisition of South African lubricants company

     12th February 2016 Swedish lubrication systems company SKF have been given the approval by relevant authorities to take over South Africa-based lubrication system suppliers Lincoln Lubricants. 

Castrol supplies lubricants for record-chasing Bloodhound SSC

By: Simon Sonnekus     12th February 2016 Global industrial and automotive lubricants brand Castrol will be on the forefront of innovation when the Bloodhound Supersonic Car (SSC) attempts to break the land speed record by reaching 1 609 km/h this year. 

Castrol supplies lubricants for  record-chasing Bloodhound SSC
THREE POWER SOURCES The engine from a Eurofighter Typhoon fighter plane will bring the Bloodhound from standstill to 563 km/h before the H2 O2 rockets are powered

'Simplistic’ to correlate Sasol with oil price as chemicals contribution rises

By: Terence Creamer     11th February 2016 Incoming joint Sasol CEO Bongani Nqwababa believes “simplistic” correlations of the company’s performance to the oil price will become less relevant in coming years as the revenue and profit contribution of its chemicals business rises in line with its large North American expansion projects.... 

'Simplistic’ to correlate Sasol with oil price as chemicals contribution rises
Photo by Duane Daws
Incoming joint Sasol CEO Bongani Nqwababa

Gas supplier strives for OHS excellence

     5th February 2016 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 only strict adherence to... 

Gas supplier strives  for OHS excellence
SUE JANSE VAN VUUREN corporate risk manger at Air Products South Africa

Gas exploration provides clean alternative energy source

By: Kimberley Smuts     29th January 2016 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 Mpumalanga region in South Africa. 

Gas exploration provides  clean alternative energy source
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

Industrial gas and chemicals provider stresses need for oxygen-based technologies

By: Kimberley Smuts     29th January 2016 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 address wastewater treatment... 

Industrial gas and chemicals provider stresses need for oxygen-based technologies
SACHIN KULKARNI Air Products highlights the advantages and need for oxygen and ozone technologies that can address wastewater treatment issues globally

Lower oil price to weigh on Sasol’s interim earnings

By: Creamer Media Reporter      28th January 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 31, 2015, would be between R7.36... 

Lower oil price to weigh on Sasol’s interim earnings

Sasol appoints Nqwababa, Cornell as joint-CEOs

By: Terence Creamer     11th December 2015 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 his contract with beyond June... 

Sasol appoints Nqwababa, Cornell as joint-CEOs
Photo by Duane Daws
Bongani Nqwababa

Sasol launches global search for new CEO

By: News24Wire      4th December 2015 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 his contract when it expires in... 

Sasol launches global search for new CEO
Outgoing Sasol CEO David Constable

South African infrastructure assets rank 33 in global 500 ranking

By: Samantha Herbst     27th November 2015 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. Three other local entities made... 

South African infrastructure assets rank 33 in global 500 ranking
Photo by Duane Daws
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

Omnia H1 earnings fall on mixed divisional performance

By: Natasha Odendaal     24th November 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 over 9% on Tuesday morning after... 

Sadara chemicals complex nears completion  

By: Kimberley Smuts     13th November 2015 Sadara, a joint venture (JV) developed by the Saudi Arabian Oil Company (Saudi Aramco) and The Dow Chemical Company, is currently in advanced stages of construction of the largest chemical complex ever build worldwide in Jubail Industrial City, in Saudi Arabia. Dow polyurethane business regional... 

Sadara chemicals complex nears completion
Dow Southern Africa discusses the current state of the construction industry

New door-to-door valves service adds value to industry

     6th November 2015 Mechanical engineering services provider EnerMech has invested R5.3-million in developing a door-to-door valves service for South Africa’s industrial services and energy sectors.   The international mechanical engineering group has equipped two mobile pressure safety valve (PSV) testing rigs,... 

New door-to-door valves service adds value to industry
MOBILE TESTING RIG EnerMech’s pressure safety valve testing rigs provide a rapid response service to valves clients in the gas, iron, steel and chemicals industries

S African govt's ranking rises among global infrastructure owners 

By: Samantha Herbst     5th November 2015 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. Three other local entities made... 

S African govt's ranking rises among global infrastructure owners 

Gold Fields, Sasol top in tax reporting

By: News24Wire      29th October 2015 Gold Fields and Sasol have clinched the top awards in PwC’s Building Public Trust Awards: Excellence in the field of tax reporting in 2015. Gold Fields was the overall winner in the category for tax reporting for multinational companies, while Sasol was announced the overall winner in the... 

Gold Fields, Sasol top in tax reporting

Refinery shutdowns hit Sasol output

By: News24Wire      28th October 2015 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 quarter to end September. The... 

Refinery shutdowns hit Sasol output

Sasol improves volumes, predicts strong 2016 output

By: Mia Breytenbach     23rd October 2015 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 full-year results for the year... 

Sasol improves volumes,  predicts strong 2016 output
Photo by Sasol
BOOSTING ELEMENTS Sasol’s group-wide operational performance resulted from increased sales volumes, significant cost savings contribution and resilient gross margins

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