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Sasol pursuing flexible US cracker funding plan to leave GTL headroom 

By: Terence Creamer     12th November 2014 In a reversal of traditional foreign-investment flows, an African company is poised to make the largest-ever capital investment into the southern US State of Louisiana, with a second, even bigger, investment under investigation. JSE-listed energy and chemicals group Sasol is poised to invest... 

Plastics-to-diesel plants to power grid-independent electricity plants 

By: Schalk Burger     7th November 2014 Small-scale plastics-to-diesel plants can be used by communities and in cooperation with municipalities to derive value from waste plastics, says Plastic Diesel cofounder and entrepreneur Deon Bester. With the help of a research partner in New Zealand, the plant has been developed from 2012 to... 

Plastics-to-diesel plants to power grid-independent electricity plants
PLASTICS TO DIESEL DEMONSTRATION The demonstration plant converts oil-containing plastics to diesel and multifuel

UP evaluating indigenous plants for cosmetic, medicinal use

By: Schalk Burger     31st October 2014 Scientists at the University of Pretoria (UP) Plant Science department are researching the medical and cosmetic applications of indigenous plant species traditionally used for ailments among the more than 100 indigenous South African medicinal plants already documented. UP medicinal plant science... 

UP  evaluating indigenous plants for cosmetic, medicinal use
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BIOLOGICALLY ACTIVE COSMETICS UP plant scientists are exploring the cosmetic and medicinal applications of more than 100 indigenous plants used in traditional remedies

Africa ripe for agrochemicals growth 

By: Natasha Odendaal     28th October 2014 Africa’s underdeveloped agrochemicals market has presented AECI’s agrochemical solution business, Nulandis, with a double-digit growth opportunity to cement its place in the agriculture sector, particularly within the smallholder farmer industry. This emerged at AECI’s investor day, held in... 

Africa ripe for agrochemicals growth

Company expands offering to hydrocarbon processing and petrochemical sectors

     24th October 2014 JSE-listed speciality chemicals group African Explosives and Chemical Industries’ (AECI’s) wholly owned water, energy and air solutions subsidiary ImproChem recently expanded its technology offering and market reach to provide water, energy and air quality management solutions to hydrocarbon... 

Company expands offering to hydrocarbon processing and petrochemical sectors
EXPANDED OFFERING ImproChem concluded the purchase and integration of Swiss speciality chemicals company Clariant’s African water treatment business on July 1

Realignment of operational focus and practices drives success 

By: Ilan Solomons     24th October 2014 Last month South African energy and chemicals group Sasol highlighted at its full-year financial results briefing for the year ended June 30 that the organisation intended to continue improving operational efficiencies in line with its group-wide change programme. Speaking at the company’s head... 

Realignment of operational focus  and practices drives success
Sasol president and CEO David Constable discusses the state of Sasol's operations at the company's financial results announcement function, in Johannesburg

New coverall range launched for industry

By: Mia Breytenbach     17th October 2014 Local specialised protective-clothing manufacturer Charnaud introduced its new Aci-Flam and Metal-Safe ranges of protective clothing to industry last month. Charnaud supplies products and specialised footwear to industries dealing with, for example, hot-metal smelting, firefighting, shaft... 

New coverall range launched for industry
INDUSTRY FIRST The Metal-Safe personal protective garments are made from Lenzing FR, antistatic, high-strength synthetic and other fibres

23 injured in Sasol Secunda plant fire

By: Sapa     8th October 2014 More than 20 people were injured when a fire broke out at Sasol's Secunda plant in Mpumalanga, the company said on Wednesday. "Around 23 employees were treated at the local medical station, mostly for smoke inhalation. No employees were hospitalised," Sasol spokesperson Elton Fortuin said. 

23 injured in Sasol Secunda plant fire

Mineral beneficiation, industrialisation key to development – Finance Minister 

By: Martin Creamer     29th August 2014 The key to the development of South Africa lay in mineral beneficiation and industrialisation in joint development with its regional neighbours, South Africa’s new Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene told the Centre for Education In Economics and Finance (CEEF). Speaking at a CEEF dinner in... 

Mineral beneficiation, industrialisation key to development – Finance Minister
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Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene

Expo seeks to foster science literacy among young South Africans

By: Sashnee Moodley     29th August 2014 A society that is aware of the benefits of science and technology will work to ensure it remains competitive in those areas, and petrochemicals major Sasol’s yearly Techno X expo provides a dynamic and interactive platform for learners to discover career opportunities in mathematics, science and... 

New hydrogen and oxygen plant unveiled at Pelindaba

By: Keith Campbell     15th August 2014 South African gas and welding products company Afrox, part of the German Linde group, publicly unveiled its new R14-million high-purity hydrogen and oxygen plant at Pelindaba, west of Pretoria, at the end of last month. The new plant uses latest-generation electrolysis technology.  

AEL eyes Australian market for growth

By: Natasha Odendaal     29th July 2014 AECI’s explosives arm AEL has branched out into Australia as it teams up with undisclosed customers for the supply of explosives into this new market. An AECI office had been established in Brisbane, while preparations were under way to ship a bulk emulsion plant from South Africa to an operating... 

AEL eyes Australian market for growth
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AECI CEO Mark Dytor

AECI expecting higher first-half EPS, HEPS

By: Leandi Kolver     22nd July 2014 JSE-listed speciality chemicals group AECI on Tuesday announced that it expected to report higher earnings per share (EPS) and headline earnings per share (HEPS) for the six months ended June 30, mainly owing to the sale of the group’s surplus property assets at Modderfontein. The company stated... 

AECI expecting higher first-half EPS, HEPS

Packaging promotes simplified product description

By: Bruce Montiea     4th July 2014 Although packaging plays an important role in companies’ branding, packaging must also add to the convenience of consumers’ shopping experience and ease of use after they have bought the product. Specialised construction products supplier a.b.e Construction Chemicals implemented a system of... 

Packaging promotes simplified product description
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EASY IDENTIFICATION a.b.e uses QR Codes for easy product identification

Sasol to appeal tribunal's propylene, polypropylene ruling

By: Creamer Media Reporter      26th June 2014 Sasol Chemical Industries (SCI), which was found guilty by the Competition Tribunal on June 5 of charging excessive prices on propylene and polypropylene between 2004 and 2007, said on Thursday that it had decided to lodge an appeal against the decision. SCI said in a statement that a notice of... 

Omnia posts record FY revenue on mining, currency gains

By: Natalie Greve     24th June 2014 Specialised chemicals provider Omnia has lifted revenue 21% to a record R16.3-billion for the twelve months ended March 31, 2014, on the back of volume and sales price increases in its mining and agricultural divisions, price increases in the chemicals division and foreign currency gains. Gross... 

Omnia posts record FY revenue on mining, currency gains

SA radiation applications specialist to expand radioisotopes range

By: Keith Campbell     13th June 2014 South African radiation applications business NTP Radioisotopes (NTP), a wholly-owned subsidiary of the South African Nuclear Energy Corporation (better known as Necsa) will soon expand the range of radioisotopes it provides to the local and international medical communities, when it starts... 

     SA radiation applications specialist to expand radioisotopes range

Sasol, Ineos to build HDPE plant in Texas

By: Leandi Kolver     10th June 2014 Chemicals company Sasol Chemicals North America and US-based Ineos Olefins & Polymers have reached a final investment decision to form a joint venture (JV) to build a high-density polyethylene (HDPE) plant in LaPorte, Texas. The 50:50 JV plant, which was expected to become operational in 2016,... 

Sasol, Ineos to build HDPE plant in Texas

Omnia ushers in Koonin as new FD

By: Natalie Greve     9th June 2014 Chemicals group Omnia announced on Monday that Wayne Koonin would replace outgoing group FD Noel Fitz-Gibbon on October 1, following Fitz-Gibbon’s impending retirement on September 30.  Sixty year-old Fitz-Gibbon had served on the board since 1993 and would continue to serve as nonexecutive... 

Omnia ushers in Koonin as new FD

Cleaning chemicals firm hopeful of sustaining double-digit growth rates

By: Zandile Mavuso     6th June 2014 With a 25% yearly increase in its sales of hygiene and cleaning chemicals since being established in 2009, hygiene solutions company Branson Chemicals expects to sustain growth by at least 20% a year to become a major force across all the markets it which it operates. 

Sasol subsidiary fined R534m for excessive polymers pricing 

By: Natalie Greve     5th June 2014 The Competition Tribunal has imposed a R534-million penalty on energy and petrochemicals group Sasol's subsidiary Sasol Chemical Industries (SCI) for charging domestic customers excessive prices for purified propylene and polypropylene between January 2004 and December 2007. The tribunal said in... 

Sasol subsidiary fined R534m for excessive polymers pricing

Vietnam, South Africa seek to bolster bilateral trade and investment

By: Keith Campbell     30th May 2014 Vietnam is hoping that it will be able to increase its exports of certain agricultural products to South Africa. In particular, it is seeking to increase its exports of coffee, tea, rice and peppers. In parallel, South Africa is also hoping to increase its exports to the South East Asian country,... 

Solidarity to demand 9.5% industrial chemicals wage increase

By: Leandi Kolver     12th May 2014 Trade union Solidarity will this week start negotiating with the National Bargaining Council for the Chemical Industry (NBCCI), demanding an increase of 9.5% for the industrial chemicals sector, Solidarity spokesperson Marius Croucamp said on Monday, adding that the union was determined to engage... 

Solidarity to demand 9.5% industrial chemicals wage increase
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Solidarity spokesperson Marius Croucamp

Compressed-air purifier an effective air-control method

By: Pimani Baloyi     9th May 2014 South African industrial instrumentation and control equipment supplier Etest says its compressed-air-sourced Air Amplifiers – manufactured by US-based compressed-air product manufacturer Exair – remains one of the most effective methods for air, gas, fumes and dust control available to industry... 

Protection of chemists from gas emissions prioritised

By: Pimani Baloyi     9th May 2014 South African laboratory equipment supplier Labotec says its supply of air- filtration protection equipment for laboratory personnel, which is manufactured by global laboratory equipment manufacturer Erlab, ensures chemists’ safety in laboratories. Labotec product manager Ashmita Rajkumar tells... 

First facial air curtain to be launched this month  

By: Pimani Baloyi     9th May 2014 South African air filtration solutions company Aircure has advanced the country’s innovative product development capacity by designing and developing the first facial air curtain, the Airhead – to be attached onto hard hats of workers who are exposed to fumes, dust, gas and polluted air – to... 

First facial air curtain to be  launched this month
How the Airhead works and in which Darren Bibby discusses the product.

AECI appoints Hiemstra nonexecutive director

By: Leandi Kolver     29th April 2014 JSE-listed specialty chemicals group AECI on Monday announced that it had appointed current JSE-listed manufacturer Distribution and Warehousing Network chairperson Recht Louis Hiemstra nonexecutive director of the company, effective May 1. Hiemstra was previously employed by diversified... 

AECI appoints Hiemstra nonexecutive director

South African chemicals industry has growth potential

By: David Oliveira     21st March 2014 Despite South Africa having the largest and most sophisticated chemicals industry in Africa, estimated at $30-billion, it only contributes about 1% to the global market, says global growth consulting firm Frost & Sullivan chemicals, materials and food industry analyst Dilshaad Booley. The South... 

South African chemicals industry has growth  potential
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DEVELOPING TECHNOLOGY Upgrading technologies requires high capital investments, which are not easily accessible in South Africa, owing to product cost implications

Chemical expands market opportunities

By: David Oliveira     21st March 2014 South Africa-based wood-preservative chemicals supplier Dolphin Bay Chemicals implemented its first pilot  wood treatment of wood ammonium copper quaternary (ACQ) in October 2013. ACQ was developed in the US and is being manufactured locally by Dolphin Bay Chemicals under its Permacure brand. 

Rapid expansion reaps award

By: David Oliveira     21st March 2014 South Africa-based, women-owned chemicals manufacturer and distributor Elegant Line Chemicals received the Frost & Sullivan 2013 South African Entrepreneurial Company of the Year Award in the industrial commodity chemicals space last month. Elegant Line Chemicals has expanded rapidly within its... 

Critical equipment keeps upgrade project on schedule

By: David Oliveira     21st March 2014 Compressor and generator hire company Rand-Air played a significant role in the delivery of mission-critical equipment and service to energy and chemicals group Sasol’s Synfuels nitrogen project, it reported in October. The company, which is part of international engineering group Atlas Copco,... 

Wine producer to establish ethanol fuel plant in Western Cape 

     21st March 2014 Western Cape-based wine producer Namaqua Wines signed an agreement with Paarl-based distillation design and technology provider Taurus Distillation, in February, to establish a commercial 1.2-million ℓ 96.4% fuel ethanol pilot plant at their Spruitdrift Cellar near Vredendal. The customised,... 

Chemicals companies commit to Responsible Care

     21st March 2014 The South African branch of global chemicals company BASF signed the Responsible Care (RC) pledge with Chemical and Allied Industries' Association (Caia), in Midrand, in December last year. BASF Business Center South Africa and Sub-Sahara head Joan-Maria Garcia-Girona together with a BASF... 

Accord to improve safety status of chemicals sector

     21st March 2014 The Department of Labour (DoL) and its social partners signed the Chemical Sector Health and Safety Accord to improve the status of occupational health and safety (OHS) in the South African chemicals sector, in November 2013. The accord was signed by the DoL; the Chemical and Allied Industry... 

Chemicals group inaugurates R1.9bn polyethylene plant

By: David Oliveira     21st March 2014 Energy and chemicals group Sasol inaugurated its new R1.9-billion ethylene purification unit, known as the Ethylene Purification Unit 5 (EPU5), in Sasolburg, in January. The inauguration, which was held at the Sasol Polymers Plant in Sasolburg, was attended by CEO David Constable and the South... 

Indian trade mission aimed to generate millions in new business with South Africa

By: Keith Campbell     21st March 2014 The Federation of Gujarat Industries (FGI) hopes that its recent nine day trade mission to South Africa will, on its own, generate at least $10-million in bilateral trade. So stated FGI senior VP and mission head Janak Seth at a trade briefing in Sandton (north Johannesburg) during their visit.... 

US-Danish team identifies new option for methanol production

By: Keith Campbell     14th March 2014 Researchers from the US and Denmark have identified a new, nickel-gallium, catalyst that turns hydrogen and carbon dioxide into methanol while producing fewer byproducts than the current catalyst. This new approach is low-cost and much cleaner that the existing process. The research is a joint... 

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