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Jan 22, 2010
Chemical group BASF reports that a new plastic film, for which a patent has been applied, will protect its pharmaceutical excipient polyvinylpyrrolidone (PVP) even better against the penetration of atmospheric oxygen and thus against oxidation. “With this product,...
Jan 22, 2010
Jan 22, 2010
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One of the challenges currently facing the plastics industry is developing a new waste management plan, which is concerned with how best to avoid landfilling and also with carbon and water footprints, says Plastics Federation of South Africa (PFSA) executive director...
Jan 11, 2010
The CEO of AltX-listed a.b.e. Construction Chemicals, Stan Stacey, would resign from his post at the end of January. The company would make further announcements regarding a successor in due course.
Dec 01, 2009
Petrochemicals group Sasol would invest R8,4-billion to double its hard wax production in South Africa by 2014. Sasol Wax would increase its wax production capacity at its Sasolburg site by about 40% by 2012, before further increasing capacity in a second phase,...
Nov 30, 2009
With a “much improved” outlook for JSE-listed diversified and specialist chemical services group Omnia Holdings, MD Rod Humphris expects the group to return to profitability in the second half of the 2010 financial year. Profit for the six months ended September 30,...
Nov 27, 2009
South African petrochemicals group Sasol has committed itself to further enhance its competition law compliance processes and systems, saying it had mandated its executive management to do so. The company noted in a statement at its annual general meeting on Friday...
Nov 12, 2009
Energy and chemicals group Sasol said on Thursday that it had initiated basic engineering in the US for the first commercial installation of its proprietary ‘Tetramerisation' technology ­- a process, which was developed in South Africa, for reacting four ethylene...
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Sep 14, 2009
Sasol CEO Pat Davies was comfortable that the petrochemicals group’s Synfuels operation, in Secunda, would see a better performance going forward, while the group was also planning to increase the amount of own-generated electricity to 50%. Sasol was aiming to...
Sep 14, 2009
South African energy and chemicals group Sasol - which reported a 39% fall in full-year earnings to R13,6-billion from R22,4-billion in the year to end June 2008, on the back of weaker market conditions for its products - announced on Monday that it had reprioritised...
Aug 20, 2009
Specialist chemical company Omnia has acquired KwaZulu-Natal-based petroleum jelly and white oils manufacturer Petroleum Fine Product (PFP) for an undisclosed amount, the JSE-listed firm announced on Thursday. PFP has been in business since 2001 and generates a...
Aug 04, 2009
JSE-listed chemicals specialist Omnia on Tuesday reported the resignation of independent nonexecutive director JG Pretorius, effective from October 23. Pretorius would retire after serving on the Omnia board since 1987.
Aug 04, 2009
South African phosphate rock and phosphoric acid producer Foskor’s net profit increased by 128% to R1,9-billion in the 2009 financial year, compared with R841-million the year before, driven by strong commodity prices. “Foskor’s renewed focus on fiscal and...
Jul 28, 2009
JSE-listed chemical and explosives firm AECI on Tuesday said that during the next 12 to 18 months, the company would focus on ramping up its capital expenditure (capex) projects in its different divisions. Speaking at a results presentation in Johannesburg, AECI...
Jul 28, 2009
JSE-listed chemical and explosives firm AECI on Tuesday reported a 68% drop in headline earnings for the six months ended June to R112-million, compared with the R352-million recorded in the corresponding period of 2008. Headline earnings a share totalled 105c a...
Jul 17, 2009
Specialist dished-head manufacturing company Tank Ends Engineering has unveiled a three-dimensional computer numerically controlled CNC Profiler - one of only three profilers in the world.
Jul 02, 2009
A black economic-empowerment (BEE) deal involving a 26% stake in South African phosphate rock and phosphoric acid producer Foskor would be unveiled next week, but it was likely that the listing of the company, initially scheduled for 2009, would be placed on hold...
Jun 23, 2009
The year ahead would be “tough” for JSE-listed diversified and specialist chemical services company Omnia, with a reduction in turnover and operating profit expected, despite its “exceptional” results in the 2009 financial year. Omnia on Tuesday reported a 57%...
Jun 19, 2009
Energy and chemicals group Sasol warned on Friday that its attributable earnings a share and headline earnings a share would probably decline by between 40% and 50% for the year to June 30, 2009, when compared to the prior year. The large decrease was attributable...
Jun 19, 2009
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Premature deaths from respiratory illness owing open fires used for cooking in developing countries can be curbed by using simple modern stoves fuelled by liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) says the World Liquefied Petroleum Gas Association (WLPGA).
Jun 05, 2009
The recent Competition Tribunal hearing to confirm a consent order and a R250,68-million fine against Sasol was arguably merely the end of the beginning for the energy and chemicals giant.

Even the fertiliser matter, which was the subject of the mid-May hearing, was...
May 27, 2009
Trade union Solidarity has declared a dispute with employers in the industrial chemicals sector of the National Bargaining Council for the chemical industry. This came after trade unions and employers could not reach an agreement after the second round of wage...
May 20, 2009
JSE-listed chemical services company, Omnia on Wednesday said it noted the comment by the Competition Commission, linking it to the Sasol Nitro collusion investigation, which was heard at the Competition Tribunal. “Notwithstanding recent media reports, the grounds...
May 20, 2009
The Competition Commission is proceeding with a new investigation of possible anticompetitive behaviour in the fertiliser industry, the commission’s economist and divisional manager of policy research Dr Simon Roberts confirmed on Wednesday. Addressing a Competition...
May 19, 2009
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Energy and chemicals group Sasol announced on Tuesday that, in line with an amended agreement reached with the Competition Commission, it had agreed to an even heftier fine of R250,68-million to settle competition breaches involving its fertiliser unit. Earlier, a...
May 11, 2009
Petrochemicals giant Sasol will meet with the Competition Tribunal next week to make submissions on a R188-million settlement it had agreed to with the Competition Commission last week, regarding uncompetitive behaviour in the fertiliser industry. The petrochemicals...
May 08, 2009
American bioenergy company OriginOil has developed what it has described as a “breakthrough oil extraction technology” that may help transform algae into a competitive transport fuel. In addition to integrating the process into its own production system, OriginOil...
May 07, 2009
Products exported from South Africa were subject to two new antidumping measures that were implemented by other nations in the second half of 2008, the World Trade Organisation (WTO) said on Thursday. The organisation revealed that 138 new final antidumping measures...
May 06, 2009
Petrochemicals firm Sasol will pay a penalty of R188-million for contravening South Africa’s competition legislation by fixing prices in the fertiliser sector. This fine is the highest settlement reached with the Competition Commission to date, and is based on 6% of...
May 01, 2009
After three years of planning, KwaZulu-Natal’s eThekwini City Health is ready to move on the implementation of the ‘Safe and Happy Drums’ project. The drums have not been used before, and are safe for food and water storage.
Apr 16, 2009
The South African industrial paints and coatings market could increase the value of its yearly sales to $195,1-million by 2014, with demand likely to be lifted as construction companies moved to complete infrastructure projects. “The booming infrastructure and...
Apr 10, 2009
A number of regulatory changes has been made by the United Nations (UN) regarding the transport of dangerous goods and the globally harmonised system of classification and labelling of chemicals, which will affect the entire industrial packaging industry.
Apr 10, 2009
Mar 24, 2009
The Nuclear Energy Corporation of South Africa’s (Necsa’s) chemical division, Pelchem, on Tuesday launched the Fluorochemical Expansion Initiative (FEI) aimed at establishing value-adding fluorochemical industries in the country. The FEI, which would increase the...
Mar 20, 2009
In spite of the current economic turmoil, a possible ‘silver lining' for small business development may exist in that corporate downsizing and factory layoffs could yield more potential entrepreneurs, says entrepreneurial developer ChemCity business development...
Mar 20, 2009
The European Union (EU) outlined in February key factors crucial for sustaining the success of the 27-member bloc's chemicals industry, which employs 1,2-million people and is a world trade leader.
Mar 20, 2009
The downstream sector of South Africa’s chemicals industry has been identified as having substantial growth and employment potential by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), reports Creamer Media’s Research Channel Africa.
Mar 20, 2009
The overall competitiveness of the European Union’s (EU’s) chemicals industry, compared with other regions of the world, must be enhanced, says the EU High Level Group (HLG) on the Competitiveness of the European Chemicals Industry in a report issued in February in...
Mar 20, 2009
Processor and producer of phosphate and phosphoric acid, Foskor, is considering listing on the JSE.
Mar 20, 2009
International vacuum pump manufacturer and supplier Busch Vacuum is actively rebranding its petrochemical pump offering in South Africa and internationally.
Mar 20, 2009
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South Africa’s chemical and petrochemicals industry is of substantial economic significance to the country, contributing around 5% to gross domestic product and about 25% of its manufacturing sales.
Mar 20, 2009
South African foundry Steloy Castings has established itsself as a global supplier of high-alloy steel components to the local and international oil refining and petrochemicals industry.
Mar 20, 2009
Sasol's chemical businesses produce a variety of commodity and higher-value petrochemicals, fertilisers, mining explosives and pipeline gas. Its products are derived from the beneficiation (the reduction of the sulphur and mineral content) of gas coal at Sasolburg,...
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