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Cash to burn, synfuels in sight?

By: Matthew Hill     20th June 2008 As the Chinese economy roars ever onward, resource companies are well poised to increasingly benefit, firstly because of growing demand for their products, but the immense Asian country is also embarking on what will likely turn out to be the world's biggest ever shopping spree. An expert on... 

Rising tide of African consumerism creating opportunities, says Dow president

By: Martin Creamer     20th June 2008 A rising tide of consumerism was creating opportunities in Africa for New York-listed chemicals-plastics company Dow, the company’s president India Middle East Africa John Dearborn said in Johannesburg on Monday. 

'Rising tide' of African consumerism creating major opportunities, says Dow president

By: Martin Creamer     9th June 2008 A "rising tide" of African consumerism was creating opportunities for New York-listed chemicals-plastics company Dow, the company's president India Middle East Africa John Dearborn said in Johannesburg on Monday. 

Chemicals giant Dow appoints Sazi Lutseke Southern African MD

By: Martin Creamer     9th June 2008 New York-listed chemicals-plastics company Dow on Monday announced the appointment of Sazi Lutseke as the company's new Southern African MD. 

Sasol starts alcohol production at new Chinese plant, idles Italian output

By: Mariaan Webb     28th May 2008 South Africa-based petrochemicals company Sasol on Wednesday said that it had started commercial production at its new 60 000 t/y oleochemical-base alcohols plant in China. At the same time, the company also announced that it would idle 65 000 t of its Augusta oxo-alcohol plant's capacity in... 

Sasol expects earnings surge, but lowers '08 fuel output forecast

By: Mariaan Webb     13th May 2008 Petrochemicals firm Sasol said on Tuesday that its headline earnings for the 2008 financial year could rise by as much as 60% on the back of a higher oil price and favourable exchange rate, but warned that its synfuels production was expected to be lower than its previous guidance. But while the... 

SA paint manufacturer making inroads into China

By: Matthew Hill     8th May 2008 AltX-listed paint maker ChemSpec said that it had secured a foot in the door of the booming Chinese automotive market, thorough the first sale of its premium automotive refinish product to a customer there. Environmentally friendly Metalux 2 entering the Asian country’s market was in line... 

Sasol finds alternative route for chemical exports

By: Reuters     23rd April 2008 South Africa's Sasol said on Wednesday it was still unable to transport coal for export after a fire closed a main railway line on Sunday, but it had found an alternative route for its chemicals. "An alternate route for the transportation of chemicals has been activated. We are still... 

Sasol celebrates fifth anniversary of New York listing

By: Creamer Media Reporter      9th April 2008 South African petrochemicals company Sasol will the New York stock exchange's closing bell on Wednesday, as its celebrates its five-year anniversary of listing on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE). Sasol said in a statement that that the share price had appreciated almost five-fold from... 

AECI to sell Sans Fibres unit to IDC, employees

By: Matthew Hill     7th April 2008 Chemicals and explosives maker AECI has reached an agreement to sell its Sans Fibres nylon light decitex (LDI) business to a group comprising management, a workers’ trust, and the State-owned Industrial Development Corporation (IDC), which will finance the bulk of the transaction. The sale... 

Sasol-Huntsman to expand maleic anhydride output by 75%

1st April 2008 Chemicals joint venture Sasol-Huntsman, located in Moers, Germany, announced on Tuesday that it planned to expand its maleic anhydride manufacturing capacity by 75% from 60-million tons to 105-million tons by the first quarter of 2011. 

Sasol weighs up more power generation schemes, but says it must prioritise fuel security 

By: Terence Creamer     28th March 2008 South African energy group Sasol is considering an array of power-generation options over and above an already approved plan to introduce 280 MW of new electricity capacity at Secunda by 2011, through a capital programme involving of R2,5-billion. 

Sasol Wax to expand North American operations with Luxco acquisition

26th March 2008 South African petrochemicals firm Sasol announced on Wednesday that its subsidiary, Sasol Wax, had acquired the remaining 50% share of its North American joint venture (JV) Luxco Wax, turning it into a wholly owned Sasol Wax operation. Luxco Wax, which operates a plant in Richmond, California,... 

Local company awarded demineralisation plant contract

21st March 2008 Engineering services company VWS Envig has been awarded a contract to design and construct a demineralisation plant for chemical manufacturing company Chemical Initiatives. 

Ion-exchange subsidiary ceases production

21st March 2008 Speciality chemicals company Lanxess Corporation will discontinue production of ion- exchange resins and related products at its wholly owned subsidiary Lanxess Sybron Chemicals effective May 2, 2008, at its facility in Birmingham, New Jersey, US. This will affect about 90 jobs. 

Green chemicals pave the way

By: Desislava Tzoneva     21st March 2008 Drilling and mining chemicals supplier and manufacturer Samchem is increasing its development of environment-friendly products, Samchem head of research and development Dr Rakhi Pathak tells Engineering News. 

New sulphuric acid plant under consideration

By: Desislava Tzoneva     21st March 2008 Chemicals manufacturing company Chemical Initiatives, owned by the AECI Group, is considering building another sulphuric acid plant, owing to increased demand for sulphuric acid worldwide and more appropriately in Southern Africa, Chemical Initiatives MD Steve Sackett tells Engineering News.  

Adhesives research used for photovoltaic modules

By: Desislava Tzoneva     21st March 2008 Adhesives and sealants products manufacturer for industry sectors, Henkel is investigating and testing a number of options to increase energy efficiency with solar panels and associated adhesives worldwide, Henkel South Africa MD Dr Michael Zipp tells Engineering News.  

Measuring equipment to detect sulphur up to 0,26 ppb

By: Desislava Tzoneva     21st March 2008 Scientific instruments and consumables suppliers Wirsam Scientific offers a range of sulphur content-detecting scientific equipment from Antek and Rigaku, in South Africa. 

Refinery pipeline project on schedule

By: Desislava Tzoneva     21st March 2008 The seven pipes replacement-project, for Shell and BP Petroleum Refineries (Sapref), is on schedule and will be completed early this year, says Sapref project manager Ebrahim Vawda. 

Committee to advise on chemicals sector implementation strategy

By: Desislava Tzoneva     21st March 2008 A chemicals sector expert advisory committee, consisting of government and industry players (i.e., business and labour), has been established to advise the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) on implementation of key action programmes (KAPs) for the chemicals sector, DTI chief director for... 

Biological range of products offers cleaner industry solutions

By: Desislava Tzoneva     21st March 2008 Chemical manufacturing company Chemical Convertors has developed a new range of biological chemical products for waste and sewage applications, Chemical Convertors sales representative Michael Smith tells Engineering News. 

Contract for design of integrated control system for new LNG plant

21st March 2008 New York, London and Chicago Stock Exchange-listed Honeywell was awarded a contract in January to provide the integrated control system for Woodside’s new Pluto liquefied natural gas (LNG) project in Western Australia. The project, based on Woodside’s Pluto gas field north-west of... 

Chemicals company launches two-component slurry technology

21st March 2008 The two-component TruPlane is available as separate concentrated abrasive and additive packages, allowing them to be mixed in different ratios to tune removal rates, as well as selectivity in customers’ fabrication facilities. The two-component slurry should be opted for use as a... 

BEE-owned chemicals company makes first acquisition

21st March 2008 Black-controlled and-owned investment company Nkunzi Investment Holdings’ Nkunzi Chemicals has purchased 17-year-old Daytona Chemicals. 

Indonesian chemicals group manages fleet safety

21st March 2008 Bulk chemicals trading, distribution and logistics company in Indonesia, AKR Corporindo, has diversified in the spheres of distribution and logistics and is spearheading the field of supply chain management (SCM) in Indonesia. 

Electrical trace heating outperforms steam trace heating

21st March 2008 Design, certification, manufacture and supply of electronic equipment for hazardous areas, Bartec, recommends the use of electrical trace heating (ETH) in large industrial plants as a viable alternative to traditional steam trace heating, owing to more accurate control systems which lead to... 

Chemicals company completes sale of polymers business

21st March 2008 New York Stock Exchange-listed Air Products has completed the previously announced sale of its interests in its vinyl acetate ethylene (VAE) polymers joint venture (JV) to its partner, Wacker Chemie, for $265-million and full ownership in the Elkton and Piedmont, production facilities and their... 

Petrochemical pumps receive tenth edition upgrade

By: Desislava Tzoneva     21st March 2008 Engineered pumps manufacturer APE Pumps is manufacturing its petrochemical pump range to a new edition of the American Petroleum Institute (API) standard 610, APE Pumps engineering director Alan Sternsdorf tells Engineering News. 

AECI mulls split of property unit from core business

By: Terence Creamer     21st March 2008 JSE-listed explosives and chemicals company AECI would consider “all options” for the release of further value from its 3 000-ha-plus land holdings in Modderfontein, Gauteng, and Somerset West, in the Cape, including a possible separate listing of the Heartland unit. 

Chemicals company strives towards further transformation, growth

By: Leandi Kolver     21st March 2008 Multinational pharmaceuticals and chemicals supplier Merck Chemicals has achieved a level five ranking on its broad-based black economic empowerment (BBBEE) scorecard according to the generic scorecard and codes of good practice. This is one level up from its previous ranking. 

Coca Cola opens international quality testing laboratory in Gauteng  

By: Matthew Hill     14th March 2008 World number-one beverage maker Coca Cola on Friday launched a new $6-million (nearly R50-million) quality testing laboratory in Midrand, which it lauded as its most technologically advanced globally. The facility would test Coca Cola products from 162 bottlers in 56 African countries and... 

Sasol to unveil final terms of R25bn BEE deal this month

By: Leandi Kolver     10th March 2008 South African petrochemicals giant Sasol said at its interim results presentation on Monday that it had reached its final terms of its black economic-empowerment (BEE) transaction, with an announcement expected later this month. The initial BEE deal stood at R17,9-billion, but grew to a... 

AltX-listed firm studies Eastern Cape wind power options 

By: Matthew Hill     22nd February 2008 AltX-listed flooring and chemicals company Safic has taken a proactive stance in light of South Africa's power crisis and is studying the feasibility of building a wind turbine power station at its East London plant, which could become the third such facility in the country. CEO Fred Platt... 

AECI falls to year low on fresh profit warning

By: Terence Creamer     1st February 2008 JSE-listed explosives, chemicals and property group AECI reported on Friday that it expected its headline earnings a share to be between 10% and 15% below the lower guidance it provided to the market in a note to shareholder on November 28.  

Sasol will maintain fuel output for ‘foreseeable future' despite cutting power usage

By: Christy van der Merwe     25th January 2008 Petrochemicals giant Sasol said on Friday said its production volumes would be affected after Eskom requested it to cut back on electricity consumption. 

Lonhro sells stakes in telecoms, chemicals firms to Zimbabwe subsidiary

By: Olivia Soraya Spadavecchia     15th January 2008 Zimbabwean investment company LonZim has acquired an 80% shareholding in Blueberry International Services from Lonrho for some £2,431-million in cash and payment of a deferred consideration of $908 000, its said on Tuesday.  

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