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May 28, 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...
May 13, 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...
May 08, 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...
Apr 23, 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...
Apr 09, 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...
Apr 07, 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...
Apr 01, 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.
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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.
Mar 21, 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,...
Mar 21, 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...
Mar 21, 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...
Mar 21, 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...
Mar 21, 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...
Mar 21, 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...
Mar 21, 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.
Mar 21, 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.
Mar 21, 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...
Mar 21, 2008
Engineering services company VWS Envig has been awarded a contract to design and construct a demineralisation plant for chemical manufacturing company Chemical Initiatives.
Mar 21, 2008
Scientific instruments and consumables suppliers Wirsam Scientific offers a range of sulphur content-detecting scientific equipment from Antek and Rigaku, in South Africa.
Mar 21, 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...
Mar 21, 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.
Mar 21, 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.
Mar 14, 2008
Mar 10, 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...
Feb 22, 2008
Feb 01, 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.
Jan 25, 2008
Petrochemicals giant Sasol said on Friday said its production volumes would be affected after Eskom requested it to cut back on electricity consumption.
Jan 15, 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.
Jan 07, 2008
Africa's biggest gases and welding products producer, Afrox, on Monday said that it had appointed a new nonexecutive director named Karen Oliver.
Jan 07, 2008
South African food acid, placticiser and anhydride manufacturer Isegen on Friday announced its conclusion of a black-economic empowerment (BEE) transaction, where Imbewu Capital partners acquired a 15% stake in the company.
Dec 14, 2007
Diversified chemical services provider Omnia, is "well on track" with it's registered clean development mechanism (CDM) project, the ‘Envinox' clean air plant, which is expected to be complete by January 2008.
Dec 13, 2007
Packaging firm Astrapak took a nearly 5% tumble on Thursday after it said that it had overstated its figures for the six months ended Feburuary 2007, with earnings 9,3% lower than previously reported.
Dec 03, 2007
Monday signified a new start for the recently unbundled Barloworld coatings division, as the company listed as Freeworld Coatings on the main board of the JSE. The decorative, automotive and industrial coatings manufacturer, of which former mining boss Bobby Godsell...
Nov 28, 2007
Chemicals and explosives firm AECI would report headline earnings a share for the 2007 fiscal year that were 48% to 53% lower than the previous year, owing to gains from a disposal and a pension fund employer surplus account in financial 2006, it said on Wednesday.
Nov 28, 2007
JSE-listed chemicals group AECI will be closing three of its SANS Fibres businesses, leading to it retrenching some 850 people, it said on Wednesday.
Nov 26, 2007
A milestone in the Department of Science and Technology's (DST) nanotechnology strategy was reached on Monday, as two nanotechnology innovation centres (NIC) were launched at the CSIR in Pretoria, aiming to make science work for society.
Nov 23, 2007
A proposal by Indian multinational Tata Chemicals to construct a soda ash-extraction and -processing plant at Lake Natron, in Tanzania, hangs in the balance following intense opposition from environmental conservationists.
Nov 19, 2007
South African petrochemicals group Sasol has identified global climate change as a ‘principal strategic challenge' in its ability to deploy coal- and gas-to-liquids technologies globally, group environmental expert Fred Goede said on Monday.
Nov 19, 2007
Restructured industrial brands and logistics group Barloworld confirmed on Monday that it would unbundle its shares in its coatings unit, known principally for the Plascon brand, and list the company on the JSE in early December.
Nov 16, 2007
JSE-listed flooring and chemicals company Safic Holdings is currently expanding its focus in an attempt to become a niche but dominant player in all its current markets.
Nov 07, 2007
A comprehensive review of tariff protection on certain upstream industrial inputs - including chemicals and plastics, textile for apparel and clothing, and aluminium - has been launched by the International Trade Administration Commission of South Africa (Itac).
Oct 26, 2007
Despite a fall-off in the percentage contribution from Sasol's chemicals businesses to group turnover and earnings over the last few years as the synfuels business rides high on strong oil prices, the head of the group's chemicals cluster insists that the twin fuels...
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