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Sasol exits Iran as it finds buyer for Arya stake

By: Creamer Media Reporter      19th August 2013 Petrochemicals giant Sasol has completed its exit from Iran, announcing on Monday that it had found a buyer for its Arya polymer business, which it flagged for divestment in 2011. The Johannesburg-based group sold its 50% stake in the Arya Sasol Polymer Company – a joint venture with Pars... 

Necsa cancels retrenchments in light of turnaround

By: Keith Campbell     16th August 2013 The South African Nuclear Energy Corporation (Necsa) has achieved a turnaround of more than R100-million in just one financial year, from a deficit of R75-million at the start of 2012/2013 to a surplus of R29-million at the end of 2012/2013. As a result, a planned programme of retrenchments has... 

Municipalities urged to probe energy efficiency solutions for treatment plants

     9th August 2013 Municipalities should investigate energy-saving opportunities by conducting energy audits and issues, such as electrical load management during peak demand periods, must be clear and understood by wastewater treatment plant operations staff, says Water Research Commission (WRC) water use and... 

Global aspirations for homegrown gas-pressure regulator 

By: Joanne Taylor     2nd August 2013 Welding, cutting and gas products and services company African Oxygen (Afrox) launched a technologically advanced and engineered gas-pressure regulator, the Smoothflo regulator, in South Africa last month. 

Global aspirations for homegrown gas-pressure regulator
Afrox head of hard goods and exports Nazmi Adams discusses the new features of the new regulator.

Sasol to report earnings rise on volume, currency tailwinds

By: Terence Creamer     1st August 2013 Energy and chemicals producer Sasol reported on Thursday that its earnings for the financial year ended June 30, 2013, would be stronger, owing to an improved production performance and favourable exchange-rate conditions. Year-on-year headline earnings a share are expected to rise by between 20%... 

Africa key to ‘reigniting’ SA’s chemicals industry

By: Natasha Odendaal     31st July 2013 Moving into the rest of Africa could “reignite” South Africa’s lagging chemicals industry with vast opportunities for growth in the rest of the continent as the population expands and the middle class grows, the Global Business Report (GBR) said in its latest research report. The local chemical... 

Africa key to ‘reigniting’ SA’s chemicals industry

Sasol inaugurates the country’s first gas-fired power plant 

By: Joanne Taylor     26th July 2013 Sasol New Energy inaugurated South Africa’s first gas-engine power plant at its Sasolburg site, in the Free State, earlier this month. 

Sasol inaugurates the country’s first  gas-fired power plant
MEGAPOWERThe Sasol gas-engine power plant has a 140 MW operating capacity, which can power 200 000 households

Strong interest in technology innovation competition

     26th July 2013 Online registrations for entry into South Africa's newest technology innovation competition, the Step-Up Technology Innovation Competition, have been phenomenal for a competition in its inaugural year, says Step-Up Technology Innovation Competition manager Martin Feinstein. 

Strong interest in technology innovation competition
Photo by Henry Brink
THOUGHT PROVOKINGErrorthoughtical engineer Peter Greenwall and entrepreneur Robin Bayhack support the innovation competition

AECI continues acquisitions, progresses projects

By: Natasha Odendaal     24th July 2013 Industrial chemicals and explosives manufacturer AECI would work “furiously” to pursue acquisitions in the rest of Africa and South America, CEO Mark Dytor said on Wednesday. The JSE-listed group, which was currently in talks for four or five undisclosed potential acquisitions, noted that about... 

AECI continues acquisitions, progresses projects
Photo by Duane Daws
Mark Dytor

Sasol expands N America strategy with HDPE venture

By: Natasha Odendaal     24th July 2013 Energy and chemical company Sasol and US-based Ineos Olefins & Polymers have teamed up to form a joint venture  to manufacture high-density polyethylene (HDPE). Sasol on Wednesday said in a statement that the parties signed a memorandum of understanding to develop a “world-scale” HDPE plant... 

AECI posts higher earnings as explosives division shines

By: Natasha Odendaal     24th July 2013 Explosives and specialty chemicals group AECI on Wednesday posted higher headline earnings a share (Heps) for the six months to June 2013 on the back of an improved performance from the explosives sector. Heps and basic earnings a share rose to 356c during the interim period, compared with the... 

AECI posts higher earnings as explosives division shines
Photo by Duane Daws
AECI CEO Mark Dytor

Sasol appoints technology partners for 1.5Mt US ethane project

By: Terence Creamer     15th July 2013 Energy and chemicals group Sasol has appointed a number of engineering and technology providers to support it with its proposed development of a 1.5-million-ton-a-year ethane cracker, in Lake Charles, Louisiana. The South African company recently appointed Fluor Corporation as the main front-end... 

AECI to buy animal feed additive producer SA Premix

By: Natalie Greve     11th July 2013 In line with its strategy of growing its value-adding specialty product and service offering to Southern Africa’s food production sector, chemicals group AECI on Thursday announced its intention to acquire animal feed company SA Premix. “AECI subsidiary Chemfit already provides the livestock... 

Steps taken to transform the Engineering Council of South Africa

By: Joanne Taylor     5th July 2013 The Engineering Council of South Africa (ECSA) has embarked on a transformation process to ensure maximum efficiency in the delivery of its core mandate and, consequently, improve its service to the engineering profession and the public, says ECSA president Cyril Gamede. 

Steps taken to transform the Engineering Council of South Africa
CYRIL GAMEDEThe Engineering Council of South Africa is transforming to improve its structures to what is required in the professional engineering field

Omnia grows earnings by 40% as mining business booms

By: Natalie Greve     25th June 2013 JSE-listed Omnia has posted a 40% increase in headline earnings a share to R13.32 for the year ended March 31, on the back of what MD Rod Humphris described as an “exceptional” macro environment for its mining services division. The 60-year old diversified provider of specialised chemical... 

Omnia grows earnings by 40% as mining business booms

Emulsion fuel offers environmental benefits

     7th June 2013 Environmental technology company Nano Bubble Technologies’ (NBT’s) emulsion fuels offer the boiler industry environmental and economic benefits. 

AECI expects H1 earnings to grow by 150%

By: Natalie Greve     31st May 2013 Explosives and specialty chemicals group AECI expects earnings a share and headline earnings a share (HEPS) for the half-year ending June 30, to be at least 150% higher than the comparative prior year’s period, on the back of an improved performance by AEL Mining Services. The group posted HEPS... 

AECI expects H1 earnings to grow by 150%

Sasol customers say lower prices will boost export competitiveness

By: Idéle Esterhuizen     14th May 2013 Despite being called to testify against Sasol Chemical Industries (SCI) during the first week of the Competition Tribunal hearings into allegations of excessive pricing of propylene and polypropylene, Usabco purchasing director Julius Lebi indicated on Tuesday that the company was committed to... 

Soweto features on anniversary airship’s global tour

By: Joanne Taylor     10th May 2013 Pharmaceutical manufacturer for healthcare, agriculture and high-tech materials, Bayer, has had an airship built to celebrate its 150th anniversary. The airship is being deployed to five continents to accompany various other anniversary events taking place. 

Industrial gas group invests R200m in Pretoria West air-separation unit

By: Joanne Taylor     3rd May 2013 Gas products and services company Africa Oxygen (Afrox) launched its new 200 t/d, R200-million Pretoria West air-separation unit (ASU) this month. 

Competition Tribunal gearing up for May polypropylene excessive-pricing hearing 

By: Terence Creamer     12th April 2013 The Competition Tribunal will begin hearings on May 13 into an excessive-pricing referral made by the Competition Commission in 2010 against Sasol regarding the sale of propylene and polypropylene to domestic plastic converters between 2004 and the end of 2007. It is understood that four weeks... 

Sasol orders long-lead equipment for ethane cracker

By: Natasha Odendaal     9th April 2013 International integrated energy and chemical company Sasol has ordered the long-lead equipment for its $5-billion to $7-billion ethane cracker project in Lake Charles in Southwest Louisiana. This followed Sasol’s December start of the front-end engineering and design phase for the ethane cracker... 

Adcock says will not support Bidvest scheme of arrangement

By: Natasha Odendaal     2nd April 2013 The independent board of directors of pharmaceuticals group Adcock Ingram on Tuesday said it would not propose a scheme of arrangement to implement the proposed buyout by Bidvest of a 60% stake in the company. JSE-listed Bidvest announced on March 22 that it intended to increase its 2.54% stake... 

Rolfes to acquire PWM Group, support companies for R54.1m

By: Natalie Greve     25th March 2013 Diversified chemicals manufacturer Rolfes will acquire the businesses of water purification company PWM Group for R54.1-million in a cash-and-share deal. Some 70% of the consideration would be settled in cash, and the balance through the issue of shares in subsidiary, Rolfes Newco. 

8 000 learners, unemployed gain from billboard recycling campaign

     22nd March 2013 Petrochemicals company BP’s first Ads to Bags donation, which has given the vinyl skins from its old advertising billboards a second life as useful school products, reached 8 000 learners this year. 

Adequate safety management on the rise in chemicals industry

By: Zandile Mavuso     22nd March 2013 Companies that use and manufacture hazardous chemicals are realising the importance of having a chemicals management system in place, as being proactive rather than reactive and implementing best-practice requirements for the safe management of chemicals puts them in an advantageous position,... 

Afrox moving ahead with R300m Coega air separation unit 

By: Joanne Taylor     22nd March 2013 Welding, cutting and gas services company Africa Oxygen (Afrox), a member of The Linde Group, is planning to install a 150 t/d air-separation unit (ASU), valued at R300-million in the Coega Industrial Development Zone near Port Elizabeth, in the Eastern Cape. The ASU will produce liquid oxygen,... 

Fastener system improves safety of industry

By: Zandile Mavuso     22nd March 2013 The X-BT system offers high performance in corrosive environments and is best suited to fastening solutions in the petrochemicals industry, fastening systems manufacturer and supplier Hilti tells Engineering News. 

Small market share challenge for SA sector

By: Zandile Mavuso     22nd March 2013 The South African chemicals and petrochemicals sector produces only 1% of the total global market’s consumption, despite the industry being the largest in sub-Saharan Africa, with a refining efficiency of 85%, says Frost & Sullivan chemicals research associate Patrick Nkomo. 

Trusted combination used for waterproofing Namibian water features

     22nd March 2013 Chemicals company a.b.e. Construction Chemicals supplied a proven combination of two of its products for the waterproofing of water features at Namibia’s popular Norotshama River Resort set on the banks of the Orange river about 60 km from the South African border, which was completed in November... 

Competition Tribunal to decide on Air Products settlement agreement

By: Natalie Greve     19th March 2013 The Competition Tribunal would, on Wednesday, decide whether or not to confirm the settlement agreement agreed to between the Competition Commission and Air Products South Africa in February. Last month, Air Products South Africa agreed to pay an administrative penalty of about R2.76-million to... 

AECI homes in on food chemicals prospects as it restructures

     15th March 2013 Explosives and specialty chemicals holding company AECI identified the food chemicals sector as a strategic growth area and has restructured its Lake International Technologies and Chemisphere Technologies businesses. 

Sasol warns of possible unintended carbon-tax consequences  

By: Terence Creamer     11th March 2013 The unintended consequences of South Africa’s proposal to introduce a carbon tax as from January 1, 2015, had to be analysed, Sasol CEO David Constable said on Monday. Speaking following the release of the energy and chemical group’s interim results, Constable noted that South Africa would be... 

With $21bn capex plan, Sasol is poised to become Louisiana's largest foreign investor  

By: Terence Creamer     11th March 2013 South African energy and chemicals group Sasol is preparing to invest the equivalent of around two-thirds of its current market capitalisation into three major projects in the US over the coming seven years, which could also position it as the State of Louisiana’s largest foreign direct... 

Methyl bromide ban holds significant challenges for food industry

By: Yolandi Booyens     8th March 2013 The South African Pest Control Association (Sapca) sent a delegation to the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF) in 2012 to raise its concern about a future without the fumigant Methyl Bromide, which, in the absence of alternatives, could lead to a standstill in the food... 

AECI would work to return AEL to profitability – incoming CEO

By: Idéle Esterhuizen     26th February 2013 South African chemicals and explosives producer AECI would, in the year ahead, focus on improving the operational performance of its explosives business AEL Mining Services, the company’s incoming CEO Mark Dytor said on Wednesday. At the group’s results presentation for the year ended December... 

Czech water treatment company brings expertise to South Africa

By: Joanne Taylor     22nd February 2013 As trade between South Africa and the Czech Republic increases, companies such as Envites are homing in on the South Africa mining and other markets with sophisticated water treatment systems as well as hydro-separation processes. 

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