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3D printing may shape a new manufacturing revolution 

By: Joanne Taylor     18th January 2013 Additive manufacturing, more commonly known as three-dimensional (3D) printing, is consumer and industry ready. It is gaining momentum as a viable tool for home use and the manufacturing of parts, from scissor handles to titanium aircraft spares. 

Exhibition promoting chemistry awareness 

By: Schalk Burger     7th December 2012 The ‘Reacting to Chemistry’ science exhibition opened at the Sci-Bono Discovery Centre in Newtown, Johannesburg, in November and it would be on display at other South African science centres and schools next year, said Sci-Bono CEO David Kramer. The exhibition was a partnership between France and... 

The OMNIA Group – the secure choice

By: sue charlton     7th December 2012 “The OMNIA Group is diversified with specialised solutions to the mining, agricultural and chemicals markets, while at the same time creating customer wealth by leveraging knowledge. The group, which has always had roots in the fertiliser and agricultural sector, turns 60 in 2013 and prides... 

Sasol reports rise in SA output, pushes ahead with big US projects

By: Natasha Odendaal     3rd December 2012 JSE-listed energy and chemicals group Sasol on Monday said that, despite challenging conditions, it expected to maintain its full-year Synfuels production guidance of between 7.2-million and 7.4-million tons. Sasol Synfuels recorded a production of 1.8-million tons during the first quarter of... 

Report highlights chemicals industry’s sustainability progress and challenges

By: Nomvelo Buthelezi     30th November 2012 The Chemical and Allied Industries Association (CAIA) launched its ‘2012 Responsible Care Performance’ report, which is aimed at increasing transparency in the implementation and performance of responsible care by the chemical industry. The reports shows that South Africa’s chemical industry has... 

AECI names new CEO as Edwards retires

     28th November 2012 JSE-listed explosives and specialty chemicals company AECI on Wednesday announced Mark Dytor as its new CEO, effective March 1. Dytor would take over the position from Graham Edwards, who is retiring next year after five years at the helm of the group. Edwards would remain at AECI until... 

Omnia to reap benefits of electricity expansions, sees mining growth 

By: Idéle Esterhuizen     27th November 2012 JSE-listed specialist chemical services group Omnia, more specifically its mining division, is set to benefit from South Africa’s power generation capacity expansion plans over the next few years,  MD Rod Humphris said on Tuesday. The combined output of the Medupi and Kusile coal-fired plants,... 

Omnia reports 55% profit growth in H1

By: Idéle Esterhuizen     27th November 2012 Specialist chemical services provider Omnia reported a 55.8% growth in profit for the six months ended September to R363-million, boosted by strong demand for mining explosives products, especially from African economies. The company’s performance was also supported by good sales price increases... 

Effective contaminants monitoring necessary in water reuse systems

By: Schalk Burger     2nd November 2012 The effective monitoring of wastewater-derived contaminants in water abstracted for drinking is an important aspect of providing safe drinking water, says US engineering form Hazen and Sawyer director of applied research Dr Ben Stanford. 

Global chemicals output to increase

By: Yolandi Booyens     26th October 2012 The value of chemicals production is estimated to grow to $720-billion in the European Union, $565-billion in the US and $605-billion in China by 2020, petrochemicals group Sasol executive manager for research and technology Sven Godorr told a South African Institution of Chemical Engineers... 

Group mitigates poverty with alternative building technology  

By: Samantha Herbst     26th October 2012 JSE-listed energy and chemicals group Sasol’s enterprise development vehicle, ChemCity, believes alternative building technology (ABT) has the potential to curtail unemployment and poverty – two of South Africa’s most pressing issues. Addressing delegates at the fifth South Africa Innovation... 

Major fireproofing contract secured

     26th October 2012 South African passive fireproofing contractor BICS Fireproofing has secured a contract to insulate and fireproof six large storage vessels, with a total suface area of just under 7 000 m2, for petrochemicals group Sasol’s C3 Stabilisation project, in Secunda. BICS Fireproofing managing member Jim... 

Responsible Care along the logistics chain

By: Joanne Taylor     26th October 2012 Logistics companies that deal with the challenges of transporting hazardous chemicals on Southern Africa’s roads were provided with the latest road-safety tools and information at the Chemical & Allied Industries’ Association’s (CAIA) Responsible Care transport workshop in Johannesburg last month. 

Sasol invests in local CSI initiatives

By: Samantha Herbst     26th October 2012 As part of its long-term commitment to corporate social investment (CSI), energy and chemicals group Sasol, in collaboration with the Department of Health, unveiled a series of community projects in August that the group’s corporate affairs team has been working on since 2010. 

Sasol’s impact on local business ‘cannot be underestimated’ says financial services firm

     26th October 2012 While JSE-listed energy and chemicals group Sasol is a significant competitor in the global market – owing to its established international operations – the petrochemicals giant’s impact on local suppliers, developing markets and new technologies cannot be underestimated, states funding solutions... 

Company launches new chemical protective suit

By: Anine Kilian     19th October 2012 Innovation and science company, DuPont South Africa launched its Tyvek Classic Xpert superior chemical and particle protective suit at the Electra Mining Africa expo last month. The garment, which is manufactured by DuPont in Luxembourg, is an improvement on DuPont Tyvek Classic suit, which... 

US workwear range makes SA debut

By: Anine Kilian     19th October 2012 Fashion brand distributor Skye Distribution South Africa launched the Dickies workwear clothing range onto the South African market at the Electra Mining Africa expo last month. Skye Distribution is the sole South African distributor of the Dickies workwear brand, which was established in Texas,... 

Stakeholder relations prioritised as Sasol recalibrates to post-Marikana world 

By: Terence Creamer     10th September 2012 JSE-listed energy and chemicals group Sasol, which is arguably South Africa’s largest fixed investor, has set the strengthening of stakeholder relationships as one of its top-five priorities for the coming year, as part of a move to deal with the risks posed by South Africa’s social problems of... 

Consultancy unveils latest cleanroom offering

By: Joanne Taylor     24th August 2012 Engineering and environmental consultancy SSI launched its newest engineering service for the pharmaceutical industry at a recent conference focusing on cleanrooms, where it provided insight into efficient cleanroom design and operation. 

Transport company signs responsible care commitment

     24th August 2012 Kempton Park-based transport company G&H Transport and Repairs has become the latest member of the Chemical and Allied Industries’ Association (CAIA) to sign the Responsible Care public commitment. The company transports a diverse range of dangerous goods throughout South Africa, as well as... 

New Omnia nitric acid plant registered as CDM project

By: Idéle Esterhuizen     13th August 2012 Specialist chemical services provider Omnia said on Monday that the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) had registered its new nitric acid complex, in Sasolburg, as a Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) project. Located next to the company’s existing nitric acid plant,... 

Online chemical protection clothing and hazards database

By: Schalk Burger     10th August 2012 Chemicals-industry personnel, emergency response and hazardous-waste workers, as well as the general industry can use chemicals giant DuPont’s online tool to determine what type of protective clothing and gear to use for different chemical hazards, says DuPont Protection Technologies business... 

Reatile buys stake in tank-storage service provider

By: Joanne Taylor     3rd August 2012 Mining, energy and petrochemical company Reatile Chemicals, part of the Reatile Group, bought a 30% non-controlling interest in Royal Vopak Terminal Durban. 

Green energy requires an investment in chemistry

     27th July 2012 The chemical industry is often overlooked as key to the generation of new and alternative energy solutions, says industry body South African Chemical Institute (SACI) Green Chemistry division chair Dr Vincent Nyamori. 

AECI focuses growth on Mozambique, West Africa

By: Idéle Esterhuizen     25th July 2012 Industrial chemicals and explosives manufacturer AECI was assessing more opportunities for its explosives business AEL Mining Services in Mozambique and West Africa, CEO Graham Edwards said Wednesday. This formed part of AECI’s growth strategy in the rest of Africa and further afield. 

India seeks wider economic ties with SA with chemicals industry exhibition

By: Keith Campbell     24th July 2012 India is seeking to explore new areas for business with South Africa by having a chemicals industry exhibition in Johannesburg on July 26 and 27. “It will not be a fully-fledged exhibition,” said Indian High Commissioner to South Africa Virendra Gupta. “It will be a mini kind of exhibition. But... 

Mining underpins Omnia’s earnings growth as chemicals face headwinds

By: Natalie Greve     13th July 2012 Fifty-eight year-old South African chemicals, agriculture and mining services group Omnia Holdings has posted a 39% increase in profit for the 2012 financial year to a record high of R629-million. 

‘French season’ aims to cultivate science, technology and business partnerships

By: Keith Campbell     13th July 2012 The French Season in South Africa, which is now under way, will include science, technology and business encounters as well as cultural events. Running from the start of this month until mid-November, the Season is the first element in a two-part reciprocal Franco-South African programme, to be... 

Omnia sees buoyant growth from mining, profit hits record

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     26th June 2012 Chemicals, explosives and fertiliser group Omnia said on Tuesday its chemicals division remained under pressure as the activity levels in the South African manufacturing sector continued to be muted, but that it was seeing buoyant growth from its mining and agriculture divisions. MD Rod Humphris... 

Mozambique govt studies coal-to-liquid plant

By: Natasha Odendaal     18th June 2012 Mozambique’s Ministry of Energy and Clean Carbon Industries (CCI) on Monday signed an agreement to undertake a full feasibility study for the development of a coal-to-liquid plant in the Tete province. The parties aimed to produce 40 000 bbl/d of transport fuel and chemical by-products from up... 

Petrochemicals giant brings lab services under one roof

     8th June 2012 An increased demand for chemicals laboratory services, and the concurrent increase in demand for laboratory instrumentation, led to petrochemicals giant Sasol opening a new, unified laboratory in Sasolburg, in the Free State, in May. 

Omnia’s new nitric acid complex on time, below budget

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     25th May 2012 Specialist chemical services provider Omnia reports that its new nitric acid complex in Sasolburg has been successfully completed and started operating towards the end of March 2012.  

Chemicals group ramps up African operations

By: Dimakatso Motau     11th May 2012 Diversified chemicals company Dow Africa states that it plans on growing its commercial and manufacturing presence across Africa, with several priority growth areas identified to capitalise on growth opportunities, as it sees significant potential on the continent. 

Omnia starts up new Sasolburg nitric acid plant

By: Creamer Media Reporter      9th May 2012 Chemicals services group Omnia has started operations at its new nitric acid complex in Sasolburg, which the group built to ensure security of supply for its explosives and fertilizer businesses. The plant would alleviate increasing nitric acid shortages, producing 1 000 t/d of nitric acid,... 

SA backs ‘developmental integration’, but still keen on African gateway role

By: Terence Creamer     20th April 2012 One of the few novel themes explored in the latest version of South Africa’s Industrial Policy Action Plan (Ipap) is the concept of “developmental integration” – a emerging idea that seeks to align South Africa’s industrial policy aspirations with the even more challenging goal of regional... 

Proactive approach vital when dealing with hazardous chemicals

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     13th April 2012 The importance of a proactive approach to safety and its implementation in the chemicals industry was again highlighted at the Chemical & Allied Industries Association’s (CAIA) Responsible Care Process Safety workshop, held in Johannesburg, in March. 

Improved lithium manganese dioxide production for batteries

     6th April 2012 US mineral resources company American Manganese is undertaking research to produce improved lithium-manganese dioxide as it anticipates high-growth potential in the applications for advanced lithium ion batteries, says American Manganese president and CEO Larry Reaugh. 

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