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Jul 28, 2010
Jul 20, 2010
The Competition Tribunal on Tuesday confirmed a settlement agreement with petrochemicals group Sasol, after delaying the process by a week to consider written objections submitted by AECI subsidiary African Explosives and Omnia Fertilisers. The tribunal had made two...
Jul 14, 2010
The Competition Tribunal on Wednesday postponed its confirmation of the settlement agreement reached between the Competition Commission and Sasol, relating to allegations of abuse of dominance in the JSE-listed company's fertiliser business. Sasol spokesperson...
Jul 13, 2010
The Competition Tribunal would on Wednesday hear the settlement agreement reached between the Competition Commission and JSE-listed Sasol in a case relating to an abuse of dominance in the fertiliser industry. Last week, Sasol announced that it had reached a...
Jul 08, 2010
South African chemicals and explosives group AECI said on Thursday that it expected its interim earnings a share and headline earnings a share to increase by between 115% and 135%, compared with the results for the first half of 2009. This comes as trading...
Jul 05, 2010
JSE-listed Sasol has agreed to sell five of its fertiliser blending facilities as part of a settlement reached with the Competition Commission in an abuse of dominance investigation. Sasol Nitro, a division of Sasol Chemical Industries, would divest its regional...
Jul 02, 2010
Petrochemicals group Sasol has approved the construction of a 6 000-t/y purified triethyl aluminium (TEAL) production unit at its Olefins & Surfactants (O&S) plant, in Brunsbüttel, in Germany. The new unit, which was expected to come on stream early in 2012,...
Jun 24, 2010
Petrochemicals group Sasol announced on Thursday that its CEO Pat Davies would steer the company for a year beyond his initial retirement date to ensure that his succession was implemented smoothly. The Sasol board said that it had already initiated a comprehensive...
Jun 22, 2010
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May 28, 2010
South Africa’s national minerals technology institute Mintek has developed a unique laboratory facility for testing the susceptibility of alloys to corrosion and hydrogen-induced cracking under the conditions known as ‘sour service.’
May 28, 2010
South African polyurethane product producer Uretech is expanding its service offering to local and foreign markets.
May 28, 2010
Chemical and aerosol manufacturer Specialised Maintenance Products (SMP) reports that it is the first Southern African distributor of the SolarTech ultraviolet- (UV-) cured product range, which provides seamless protection against corrosion, abrasion and other...
May 26, 2010
Decorative and performance coatings company Freeworld Coatings on Wednesday reported a slight increase of 1% in first-half revenue to R1,38-billion, compared with the second half of its last financial year. However, profit dropped by 29% to R80-million, from...
May 21, 2010
Africa Fighting Malaria (AFM) has released a book with important new insights into the debate on environmentalism and dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane (DDT) one of the best-known synthetic pesticides, the widespread use of which has been found to be extremely damaging.
May 20, 2010
Chemicals, explosives and fertiliser group Omnia is confident that the market risks associated with a new R1,4-billion nitric-acid and ammonium-nitrate investment have been minimised, and that the plant's full nameplate capacity of 1 000 t/d will be absorbed over the...
Apr 21, 2010
Petrochemicals group Sasol’s board of directors has approved the construction of a R1,9-billion ethylene purification unit at its Sasol Polymers plant, in Sasolburg. Construction on the plant would start in October.
Apr 09, 2010
The Cement and Concrete Institute’s (C&CI’s) one-day industrial flooring training course is gaining popularity as more designers, specifiers and contractors feel the need to understand the underlying principles of concrete industrial flooring.
Apr 09, 2010
Chemical group BASF Construction Chemicals’ new flooring products range from oil-resistant primers to hygienic and abrasion-resistant flooring systems, says BASF business segment manager Sue Posthumus.
Apr 09, 2010
Mar 19, 2010
Quality control in the products produced by small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) remains a challenge, but chemical technology incubator Chemin has various strategies in place to tackle this issue.
Mar 19, 2010
Several high-profile projects that are in operation in South Africa, set to improve the country’s fuel and chemical reserves, electricity generation and petrochemical transport.
Mar 19, 2010
Timber preservative and fire retardant protection product company Arch Wood Protection South Africa has taken delivery of a new tanker.
Mar 19, 2010
The Chemical and Allied Industries’ Association (CAIA) will be releasing a carbon footprint guideline document later this month, as part of its Responsible Care initiative.
Mar 19, 2010
South Africa-based petroleum products marketer Engen Petroleum has appointed chemical marketer and distributor the Chemicals & Marketing (C&M) Company as the official distributor of Engen’s full range of lubricants and selected chemical products in Malawi.
Mar 19, 2010
One of the biggest challenges facing the chemicals sector is the deficiency in South Africa’s rail infrastructure, says Chemicals Sector Expert Advisory Committee (CSEAC) chairperson Dr Tshenge Demana.
Feb 23, 2010
JSE-listed chemicals and explosives firm AECI's headline earnings fell by 16% to R370-million in the 2009 financial year, from R443-million a year earlier, the group reported on Tuesday. Revenue declined by more than R2-billion to R10,7-billion, owing to significant...
Feb 05, 2010
JSE-listed chemical services group Omnia on Friday reported that its fertiliser division would start a process to evaluate the possible mothballing of its phosphoric acid plant, near Rustenburg, which would affect 160 workers. The company would aim to complete the...
Jan 29, 2010
As a mitigating strategy to the current power crisis on the African continent, power project developers have shifted their focus towards gas turbine-powered power solutions, says growth partnership company Frost & Sullivan. The technology offers a rapid solution...
Jan 29, 2010
Geo-chemical samples management and transportation company MBV Mineral Investments (MBV) has eliminated the need for multiple suppliers by introducing a one-stop service for the management and transportation of geochemical samples to the mining and exploration sector.
Jan 29, 2010
The golden rules when insuring chemicals are to buy as much as one can afford and to accept as little risk as possible, by passing on as much risk as possible, says Alexander Forbes Risk Services client services senior manager Jan Hattingh. To achieve this, the...
Jan 29, 2010
Nonprofit organisation, the Liquefied Petroleum Gas Safety Association of South Africa (LPGSASA), is expecting a large number of vendors who will be supplying food to spectators in the various theme parks during the 2010 FIFA World Cup, to be using liquefied...
Jan 29, 2010
Mine Safety Appliances (MSA) Africa has launched the new Altair 5 multigas detector that can detect up to six gases simultaneously and is preprogrammable in 18 different language choices, including Chinese.

The gas detector has a high-resolution colour display,...
Jan 29, 2010
The Intaka Tech nitrogen gas generation system (GGS) from engineering company Intaka Tech, a division of the Intaka Group, enables owners to continuously produce nitrogen (N) gas on site at quantities ranging from 1 t/m to 639 t/m.

The N produced is dry, is from...
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...
Oct 23, 2009
The chemicals cluster of petrochemicals giant Sasol had experienced “demand destruction” in the past year, said CFO Christine Ramon, at the group’s annual financial results presentation in Rosebank, in central Johannesburg, last month.
Oct 02, 2009
To mark its fiftieth year of business in Africa, international chemicals heavyweight Dow officially launched its Human Element (Hu) campaign in Africa at the end of September, based on the idea that the only element missing from the scientific periodic table is the...
Sep 25, 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...
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