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Electrical solution provider distributes PPE

     2nd October 2015 Electrical solutions consultant Magnet was appointed Southern African distributor for Dromex personal protection equipment (PPE) in April this year. MD Brian Howarth said that Magnet had recognised an urgent need in the electricity industry for increased safety for workers and made a strategic... 

PPE solutions provider introduces new vending solution

By: Nadine James     2nd October 2015 Personal protective equipment (PPE) management solutions provider Select PPE has introduced an improved version of its PPE vending machine that provides all the benefits of an on-site store. Select PPE sales director Dries van Tonder tells Engineering News that the latest model, which was... 

PPE solutions provider introduces new vending solution
PPE VENDING SOLUTION. Select PPE's improved vending solution has all the benefits of n on-site store

Limpopo SME wins R150 000 from Eskom Foundation to expand business

By: Zandile Mavuso     25th September 2015 The State-owned power utility Eskom Business Investment Competition Awards held earlier this month saw Mamapo Chemicals from Limpopo crowned the 2015 winner, winning R150 000 to help expand the business and create more employment opportunities. 

Rolfes reports higher earnings, continues aggressive growth strategy

By: Natasha Odendaal     21st September 2015 As Rolfes Holdings tucks away the acquisition that will open new doors for it, the JSE-listed firm continues to aggressively pursue chemicals and related product opportunities in the mining, pharmaceutical, petrochemicals, animal health and feeds and personal care sectors as it builds a strategic... 

Rolfes reports higher earnings, continues aggressive growth strategy

Omnia appoints new explosives division MD

By: Sashnee Moodley     18th September 2015 JSE-listed chemicals group Omnia has appointed Joseph Keenan the new MD of its explosives division, Bulk Mining Explosives. Group CEO Rod Humphris said in a statement to shareholders on Friday that Keenan was an accomplished international executive with more than 20 years of global experience in... 

Omnia appoints new explosives division MD
Joseph Keenan

SA's top brands announced

By: SANews, SA government news service     15th September 2015 MTN, Vodacom and Sasol have emerged as the top three most valuable brands in South Africa. This was revealed on Tuesday when Brand South Africa and Brand Finance Africa announced the country’s top 50 corporate brands in Houghton, Johannesburg. “In the third annual study, Brand Africa Finance... 

SA's top brands announced

Rope access teams maintain access network, ensure safety

     11th September 2015 Rope access specialist company Skyriders was in early-2015 commissioned by a large listed, multi-disciplinary construction and engineering group to establish, inspect and maintain access systems at a petrochemical plant for a 14 month period. 

Rope access teams maintain access  network, ensure safety
SAFETY AT HEIGHT Rope access technicians are able to carry out numerous tasks relating to inspection, protective coating, maintenance and surveying

Sasol sees low oil prices persisting to 2017, but expects strong upswing by decade’s end 

By: Terence Creamer     7th September 2015 Energy and chemicals group Sasol reported a 17% fall in headline earnings to R49.76/share in the year to June 30, 2015, with a strong operational performance offset by a sharp weakening in market conditions, including a year-on-year oil price decline of 33%. Outgoing President and CEO David... 

Sasol sees low oil prices persisting to 2017, but expects strong upswing by decade’s end
Sasol CEO David Constable on the outlook for the oil price. Camera Work & Editing: Nicholas Boyd. Recorded: 7.9.2015

Industrial firefighting equipment receives third-party approval

     4th September 2015 Firefighting and fire protection equipment manufacturer Elkhart Brass Manufacturing Company has received Factory Mutual (FM) approval for its Industrial Spitfire Monitor and four models of its X-Stream Industrial Nozzles. The FM rigorously tests and evaluates products against stringent guidelines... 

Streamlined industrial group focusing on high-barrier-to-entry markets

By: Schalk Burger     4th September 2015 Industrial and logistics company KAP posted robust results for the 2015 financial year, ended June 30, including reducing its debt-to-equity ratio from 40% to 27%, in a tough and competitive environment. The board and management are “comfortable” with the streamlined structure and performance of... 

Hygienic flooring a necessity in food sector

By: Anine Kilian     21st August 2015 Hygienic flooring is important in the food and beverage sector because it prevents the growth of bacteria in food-processing plants, says speciality construction products manufacturer Verni technical sales manager Peter Breiting. He notes that hygienic flooring is also easier to clean than plain... 

Hygienic flooring a  necessity in food sector
UNIQUE APPLICATION Verni installs its Supaflor PU HD 9mm polyurethane screed in industrial freezers because it can withstand extreme temperatures

Paints industry spearheads lead-removal mission

By: Dylan Slater     14th August 2015 Local paints industry representative organisation the South African Paint Manufacturers Association (Sapma) will meet with the Department of Health (DoH) this month to propose that the South African paints industry is aligned with US and UK legislation regarding lead-containing paints, says Sapma... 

Paints industry spearheads lead-removal mission
MAKING PAINT SAFE The quantities of lead used to manufacture some pigmented paints is insignificant

Weak oil price exacts toll on Sasol’s earnings

By: Terence Creamer     7th August 2015 South African energy and chemicals group Sasol confirmed on Friday that its earnings for the financial year to June 30, 2015, would be down on the previous year, despite a strong operational performance – the weaker result was largely attributed to the sharp fall in the oil prices during the... 

 Weak oil price exacts toll on Sasol’s earnings

Custom granulation dryer designed for pharmaceuticals industry

     7th August 2015 Industrial oven, furnace, and environmental temperature cycling and stability test chamber designer and manufacturer Thermal Product Solutions (TPS), announced last month that it had designed a custom industrial oven that serves as a granulation dryer for a leading pharmaceuticals manufacturer. 

Microbiological cleaning suitable for use in rural and urban sanitation

By: Schalk Burger     31st July 2015 Bacteria of the Bacillus subtilis species secrete four enzymes that break down organic material to enable the bacteria to digest it, and microbiological cleaning company Green Worx Cleaning Solutions uses their natural functions to clean organic waste in sanitation systems. The protease, lipase,... 

Microbiological cleaning suitable for use in rural and urban sanitation
SANITATION PRODUCTS GreenWorx sells its biological sanitation products for use in urban systems

A new nuclear medicine procedure pioneered in Pretoria 

By: Keith Campbell     28th July 2015 The South African Nuclear Energy Corporation’s (Necsa’s) subsidiary company NTP Radioisotopes has, in conjunction with the Steve Biko Academic Hospital/University of Pretoria and Germany’s ITG Isotopes Technologies Garching, undertaken a new anti-cancer procedure in a human being for the first... 

A new nuclear medicine procedure pioneered in Pretoria

AECI H1 earnings rise 45% on bulk property sale

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     28th July 2015 Explosives and specialty chemicals company AECI’s R400-million bulk property sale, in Somerset West, paired with a maintained market share, despite a difficult environment, pushed its headline earnings for the six months to June 30, up 45% to R632-million, compared with R436-million in the first... 

AECI H1 earnings rise 45% on bulk property sale
Photo by Duane Daws
AECI CEO Mark Dytor

Land sale likely to boost AECI’s H1 earnings by 47%

By: Natalie Greve     24th July 2015 Explosives and specialty chemicals group AECI expects the R400-million in revenue it earned through the recent bulk sale of land in Somerset West to the City of Cape Town to bolster its headline earnings per share (HEPS) for the half-year ended June 30 by up to 47% to between 168c and 183c, it... 

Land sale likely to boost AECI’s H1 earnings by 47%

Rolfes inks deal to lift BEE ownership amid exco reshuffle

By: Natalie Greve     15th July 2015 After last month announcing that it plans to further expand its chemical manufacturing capability, JSE-listed Rolfes Holdings has inked a deal that will see it acquire the entire issued share capital in, and all the shareholders’ loans against, industrial ingredient importer Bragan Chemicals for... 

Rolfes inks deal to lift BEE ownership amid exco reshuffle

Lanxess appoints new S Africa country manager

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     1st July 2015 Speciality chemicals group Lanxess on Wednesday appointed its South African CFO Ben Marais as country representative and MD. Marais, a qualified South African chartered accountant, completed his articles with international accounting firm Deloitte. Over the years, he gained extensive experience... 

Omnia keeping afloat despite tough market conditions

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     23rd June 2015 Despite a tough financial year, marked by weaker performance in its mining division and a flat performance in its chemicals division, owing to a struggling manufacturing sector, JSE-listed chemicals company Omnia achieved a 3% increase in headline earnings a share to R14.65 for the 12 months to... 

Omnia keeping afloat despite tough market conditions
Photo by Duane Daws
Rod Humphris

AECI grows its agrochemicals footprint in Africa

By: Creamer Media Reporter      22nd June 2015 South African explosives and specialty chemicals group AECI has entered into an agreement to acquire Malawi-based agrochemicals, seeds and spraying equipment distributor Farmers Organisation Limited (FOL) from Rendale Holdings for an undisclosed amount. This formed part of AECI’s strategy to... 

AECI grows its agrochemicals footprint in Africa

Company to identify key growth drivers at Manufacturing Indaba

By: Bruce Montiea     19th June 2015 Drying catalysts and resins manufacturer and exporter Metallica Chemicals aims to use this year’s Manufacturing Indaba to identify and understand the key drivers of growth in the manufacturing industry from industry leaders at the event, says Metallica Chemicals  MD Neville Naicker. He tells... 

Company to identify key growth drivers at Manufacturing Indaba
ADVANCED MANUFACTURING Metallica Chemicals aims to use knowledge gained at Manufacturing Indaba to improve its production processes

New chemical fixing solution reaches local shores

     19th June 2015 Construction fastener distributor Upat South Africa has expanded its range of chemical fixings, following the launch of the fischer Superbond chemical fixing range at the end of last year. The Superbond – a universal solution for cracked concrete – is available as RSB resin capsules or injection... 

Sasol appeal after R534m penalty upheld

By: African News Agency      18th June 2015 Sasol on Thursday welcomed the Competition Appeal Court’s decision to uphold the company’s appeal against a Competition Tribunal finding that resulted in a R534-million penalty for over-charging local customers for plastic products. After a hearing concluded in October 2013, the tribunal found... 

Sasol appeal after R534m penalty upheld

Kentz awarded $24m mechanical, piping contract for Sasol 

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     15th June 2015 Engineering and construction company Kentz has secured a $24-million contract to carry out the mechanical and piping work for Work Pack 3 of Phase 2 of energy and chemicals group Sasol’s Fischer-Tropsch Wax Expansion Project (FTWEP) in Sasolburg. The contract would be executed by the construction... 

Kentz awarded $24m mechanical, piping contract for Sasol

AECI sells 709 ha of land to the City of Cape Town 

By: Natalie Greve     5th June 2015 Explosives and specialty chemicals group AECI has inked a deal with the City of Cape Town that will see the metropole acquiring 709 ha of land and certain buildings in Somerset West from AECI subsidiary Paardevlei Properties for R400-million. AECI said in a statement that the assets had become... 

CSIR outlines biotechnology commercialisation ambitions

By: Zandile Mavuso     5th June 2015 Ecofriendly biotechnology company OptimusBio, created under the auspices of the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), is expected to manufacture biotechnology products for commercial use in wastewater treatment, aquaculture and agriculture in the next two years. The company, led... 

New long glass fibres used to manufacture axial impellers

By: Bruce Montiea     5th June 2015 Denmark-based axial impellers developer Multi-Wing International A/S has been using chemical company BASF’s new long glass fibre-reinforced polyamide Ultramid Structure B3WG10 LFX material in the production of the hubs of its new mixed flow fans since January, when the product was introduced to... 

New long glass fibres used to manufacture  axial impellers
FIBRE-GLASS REINFORCEMENT BASF’s new long glass fibre-reinforced polyamide Ultramid Structure B3WG10 LFX is used in the production of mixed flow fan hubs

Phase 1 of Sasol’s wax expansion project commissioned

By: Creamer Media Reporter      2nd June 2015 Phase 1 of petrochemicals group Sasol’s Fischer-Tropsch wax expansion project (FTWEP), in Sasolburg, in the Free State, has been successfully commissioned. “This is a significant milestone and we are very pleased with this development. It marks another step towards expanding our Southern African... 

Phase 1 of Sasol’s wax expansion project commissioned

Construction chemicals specialist to open East Africa branch

By: Kimberley Smuts     8th May 2015 The establishment of construction chemicals specialist Chryso Southern Africa Group’s first subsidiary outside South Africa – Chryso Eastern Africa, headquartered in Nairobi, Kenya – is currently under way and is expected to be operational by June 2015. This development is part of Chryso Group’s... 

Construction chemicals specialist to open East Africa branch
CEMENT'S GLOBAL GROWTH One of the primary demands from customers is the assurance that the Chryso Group’s products are 'green'

Sasol nears tail end of R15.3bn mine replacement project in Secunda  

By: Natalie Greve     6th May 2015 A sweeping R15.3-billion project that will replace three of petrochemical group Sasol’s ageing coal mines across the Secunda coalfields of Mpumalanga continues to advance within budget and will, once fully completed in 2016, supply the group’s nearby Synfuels complex with 42-million tons of coal... 

Sasol nears tail end of R15.3bn mine replacement project in Secunda
Sasol Mining senior VP Peter Steenkamp discusses the group's R15.3bn mine replacement project in Secunda. Camerawork and Editing: Nicholas Boyd.

Company tackles haul truck dust emissions

By: Bruce Montiea     1st May 2015 International research, using human health and environment protection agency the US Environmental Protection Agency’s emissions factors for unpaved haul roads, indicates that haul trucks generate the most dust emissions from surface mining sites, accounting for between 78% and 97% of total dust... 

Company tackles haul truck dust emissions
TREATED ROAD SURFACE Haul road surface treated with the Dust-A-Side bituminous-based product

Fine-particle engineering solution cost-effective for industry

By: Bruce Montiea     1st May 2015 Dust-suppression solutions provider 88Chemco is saving costs for clients in the mining, oil and gas, and plantation industries with its chemical technologies and engineering methods, including fine-particle engineering, which was launched in July last year, says 88Chemco CEO Sebastian Karsas. He... 

Fine-particle engineering solution cost-effective  for industry
TOTAL DUST MANAGEMENT 88Chemco uses appropriate chemistry for each project to ensure the solution fits performance and economic parameters

AECI appoints acting CEO for mining subsidiary

By: Natalie Greve     17th April 2015 Explosives and specialty chemicals group AECI has appointed Edwin Ludick as acting MD of subsidiary AEL Mining Services, with effect from May 15, until the process to appoint a permanent candidate has been completed. Ludick is a member of the AECI executive committee and an executive of the... 

Company delivers mayonnaise-mixing plant

By: David Oliveira     10th April 2015 Process equipment design and manufacturing company Anderson Engineering in January handed over a turnkey solution to Pietermaritzburg-based mayonnaise manufacturer Tasti Mayonnaise. Anderson Engineering CEO and managing member Hans Coertse tells Engineering News that the solution, which can... 

Company delivers mayonnaise-mixing plant
MAKING MAYO Anderson Engineering designed a turnkey solution for Tasti Mayonnaise, allowing the company to produce a 1 000 ℓ batch of mayonnaise

Automation improves wood treatment processes

     20th March 2015 In their quest for accuracy, chemical specialists from wood preservative chemicals company Dolphin Bay Chemicals have taken an innovative approach to determining the correct solution strength of Permacure CCA, which is a wood preservative, which involves using existing technology and adapting it... 

Automation improves wood treatment processes
Photo by Duane Daws
AUTOMATED PROCESS The titration process has been automated to ensure the adequate retention of Permacure CCA in timber

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