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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
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Dec 14, 2007
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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...
Oct 26, 2007
A philosophy of the 'whole being greater than the sum of the parts' has already had a profound influence on the performance of Sasol's South African energy cluster and has also strengthened the ability of business to respond to a surge in demand for its products,...
Oct 26, 2007
Possibly more than any other South African company, Sasol, which has been built on the unique application of science and technology, is reliant on having the right skills at the right place and at the right time.
Oct 12, 2007
In recent years, much ink has been spilt (this publication being no exception) over the potential employment benefits that could flow from more competitively-priced basic materials, particularly carbon steel.
Oct 05, 2007
Resin manufacturer Rolfes Chemicals have invested about R1,5-million in computer software, the company announced at the re-commissioning of its chemicals plant in Alberton, in Gauteng, last week.
Oct 05, 2007
Leading business personality Cyril Ramaphosa - who some still believe could make a late entry into the increasingly fraught contest for leadership of the African National Congress - might have described himself as a "failed politician" at a Mondi Packaging...
Oct 02, 2007
African investment firm Lonrho has acquired an 80% stake in offshore company Blueberry International Services for $5,45-million in cash.
Sep 26, 2007
Petrochemicals giant Sasol on Wednesday announced that it had opened an office in Shanghai to market its chemical solvents in the country.
Sep 25, 2007
Synthetic fuels producer Sasol CEO Pat Davies has accompanied South Africa�s Deputy President Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka on her visit to China, Engineering News Online has learnt.
Sep 25, 2007
Leading business personality Cyril Ramaphosa - who some still believe could make a late entry into the increasingly fraught contest for leadership of the African National Congress - might have described himself as a "failed politician" at a Mondi Packaging...
Sep 19, 2007
AltX-listed manufacturing and technology company Rolfes Technology Holdings reported an operating profit of R30,6-million for the year ended June, which is a 42% increase from the previous year.
Sep 10, 2007
Sep 10, 2007
Sep 03, 2007
The South African business community is displaying none of the reticence partially attributed to it in reports following the release, by Trade and Industry Minister Mandisi Mpahlwa, of the National Industrial Policy Framework (NIPF) in early August, and would, in...
Aug 16, 2007
Specialist chemicals services group Omnia has acquired Zetachem, which supplies speciality chemicals and chemical management systems to the water treatment and pulp and paper industries, for R206-million in cash.
Aug 03, 2007
South African chemicals firm AECI was in talks with 'a number' of interested parties to find strategic partners, or owners, to add value to all or part of its speciality fibres business Sans Fibres.
Aug 02, 2007
Local auditing firm KPMG said on Thursday that 90% of the companies in its 2007 black economic empowerment (BEE) survey had an empowerment strategy in place, 10% up from last years figures, but there were still obstacles preventing economic gains flowing through to...
Jul 29, 2007
Large-scale value-added local manufacture had been identified as a top priority for the next two years, the President Thabo Mbeki said on Sunday, in his report back to the media on the outcomes of the mid-year Cabinet Lekgotla.He also revealed that embattled Trade...
Jul 27, 2007
A wage agreement by trade union Solidarity and the South African Chemical Workers Union (SACWU), and employers in in the industrial chemicals sector, on Friday averted a possible strike, the unions said.
Jul 27, 2007
South African chemical company Safripol expects to increase efficiency in the short term by some 25% to 30%, with "small investments" to decrease bottlenecking and improve technology, Safripol CE Joaquin Schoch said on Thursday afternoon.
Jul 26, 2007
Petrochemicals group Sasol confirmed on Thursday that its “back-up solution” for its underperforming Oryx gas-to-liquids (GTL) joint venture, in Qatar, was likely to take until the middle of 2008 to develop, but stressed in a newsletter that “these...
Jul 26, 2007
Petrochemicals company Sasol is stepping up its capital expenditure programme, with some R65-billion earmarked for expanding and enhancing its operations. Capex amounted to R12-billion in the 2007 financial year, which was R2-billion lower than forecasts, but the...
Jul 26, 2007
Following a wage negotiation deadlock between workers in the glass sector and employers on Tuesday, a strike certificate was issued to employers in the glass sector of the chemical industry on Wednesday afternoon.
Jul 24, 2007
Wage negotiations, between the industrial chemicals sector and employee representatives, on Wednesday will determine whether industrial strike action would follow early next week, trade union Solidarity spokesperson Jaco Kleynhans said.
Jul 24, 2007
South African chemicals firm AECI was in talks with "a number" of interested parties to find strategic partners, or owners, to add value to all or part of its speciality-fibres business Sans Fibres, it said on Tuesday.
Jul 24, 2007
Chemicals and explosives firm AECI's headline earnings a share fell by 131c a share in the first six months of the year to 247c a share, when compared with the same period last year when the disposal of Cape Town property boosted earnings by some 200c a share,...
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