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Chemicals

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. 

Omnia CDM project to receive over a million emission credits

By: Natasha Odendaal     26th March 2012 Chemicals producer Omnia has been issued more than a million emission credits for the clean development mechanism (CDM) project at its nitric acid production facility, in Sasolburg. The JSE-listed company reduced its greenhouse-gas emissions from the plant by 98%, after the incorporation of the... 

Chemicals company commits to global initiative

     23rd March 2012 Chemicals supplier Industrial Distillers & Refiners has signed the global chemicals industry sustainability initiative the Responsible Care Public Commitment, which commits it to implement the guiding principles of the initiative.  

Fuel conditioner to prolong fuel system components’ life

By: Reggie Sikhakhane     23rd March 2012 Fuel degradation, caused largely by the ingress of water, poses a significant challenge to all fuel users, resulting in higher costs as engines have to be serviced more frequently, increased plant downtime and higher carbon emissions, warns fuel additives distributor Liquid Engineering... 

Gas, chemicals supplier wins accolade

     23rd March 2012 South African industrial and speciality gas products and chemicals manufacturer and supplier Air Products has been declared a preferred supplier to industrial services provider A Hak Industrial Services, following the commitment and flexibility it exhibited during a petrochemicals facility... 

Global chemicals group to invest €40m in KZN plant

     23rd March 2012 Germany-based speciality chemicals company Lanxess is investing €40-million in the construction of a carbon dioxide (CO2) concentration unit, to be built at its South African site in Newcastle, in KwaZulu-Natal.  

International company eyes African growth

     23rd March 2012 Multinational chemicals company BASF is planning to more than double its sales in Africa by 2020 and it has opened an office in Nairobi, Kenya, to serve its customers in sub-Saharan and East Africa. 

New demoulding product to improve concrete surface quality

     23rd March 2012 Construction chemicals solutions provider Chryso South Africa has introduced an environmental-friendly, biodegradable and vegetable-based demoulding oil.  

Partnership yields positive results through learning programme

     23rd March 2012 Multinational energy corporation Chevron and nonprofit organisation Discovery Channel Global Education Partnership (DCGEP), have celebrated the success of their Learning Centre initiative in the Sekhukhune district, in Limpopo, and officially handed the project over to the Limpopo Department of... 

Petroleum group’s maths, science schools continue to impress

     23rd March 2012 Malaysia-based petroleum group Engen, which has established eight maths and science schools across South Africa, says its Engen Maths and Science Schools (EMSS) programme achieved a 96.5% pass rate nationally last year, an increase of 3.5% compared with 2010. This is also better than the 70.2%... 

Refineries corrosion damage mechanisms discussed at conference

     23rd March 2012 Corroding infrastructure is costing the South African economy about 5% of its gross national product; however, corrosion costs can be reduced by up to 25% if proper inspections are carried out by industries, says the Corrosion Institute of Southern Africa (CorrISA) president Vanessa Sealy-Fisher.  

SA can contribute to East African hydrocarbon boom, but risks remain

By: Reggie Sikhakhane     23rd March 2012 South Africa can become an important player in the East African oil and gas boom by investing in oil and gas projects, as well as sharing its economic knowledge with the sector and region, says research and strategy firm Consultancy Africa Intelligence (CAI).  

SA chemicals, petrochemicals industry to grow by 4% this year

By: Reggie Sikhakhane     23rd March 2012 A recent surge in the share prices of chemicals and petrochemicals producer Sasol, chemical services provider Omnia and chemicals and explosives company AECI, points to the growth of South Africa’s chemicals and petrochemicals sectors, says Chemical & Allied Industries’ Association (CAIA)... 

Volatile crude oil price leads to slow SA chemicals market growth

By: Reggie Sikhakhane     23rd March 2012 South Africa’s chemicals industry is experiencing slow growth of about 2.2% a year as a result of volatile crude oil prices, global consulting and research firm Frost & Sullivan tells Engineering News.  

Afrox financial director resigns

By: Henry Lazenby     29th February 2012 Commercial gas producer African Oxygen (Afrox) on Wednesday said its financial director Frederick Kotzee resigned, with effect from March 31. Kotzee is joining Kumba Iron Ore as CFO on June 1. 

Packaging manufacturer Transpaco delivers strong performance

By: Henry Lazenby     22nd February 2012 JSE-listed packaging company Transpaco on Wednesday said it had increased its profit from continuing operations by 10% to R45.3-million during the six months to December 31, despite a reduction of about R3.6-million in profit after tax, owing to unexpected industry-wide industrial action. The... 

AECI to expand into Africa, Asia and South America

By: Idéle Esterhuizen     21st February 2012 Industrial chemicals and explosives manufacturer AECI is continuing to look at expansion opportunities for its explosives business, AEL Mining Services, into markets beyond South Africa, especially the rest of Africa, Asia Pacific and South America, CEO Graham Edwards said Tuesday. “Countries... 

South Africans keen to find out more about Karoo gas potential – survey  

By: Henry Lazenby     20th February 2012 About 73% of South Africans were in favour of determining the presence of natural gas in the Karoo and the same proportion would be in favour of gas extraction, a survey showed on Monday. An opinion poll – conducted by market researcher Ipsos on behalf of Shell – found that most adult South... 

Chemicals body to focus on safety awareness in 2012

By: Dimakatso Motau     17th February 2012 The Chemical and Allied Industries Association (CAIA’s) aim for the year is to focus on extensive awareness campaigns including three workshops, namely, risk-based process safety, product stewardship and the transportation of dangerous goods. 

In its centenary year, chemical institute reaches out to the youth

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     17th February 2012 The South African Chemical Institute (SACI), a body that spans the length and breadth of chemistry in and outside South Africa’s borders, is celebrating its centenary this year. 

Chemical cellulose demand ‘relatively’ strong, expansions on track – Sappi

By: Natasha Odendaal     8th February 2012 Paper and packaging group Sappi said on Wednesday that its chemical cellulose business, which accounts for most of its operating profit in Southern Africa, continued to perform strongly, helped by a weaker rand/dollar exchange rate. The business is based on dollar chemical cellulose prices,... 

Sasol expects up to 90% increase in H1 earnings

By: Henry Lazenby     2nd February 2012 South African petrochemicals group Sasol on Thursday advised shareholders that it expected an increase of between 80% and 90% in 2012 first half headline earnings, when compared with the first half of the 2011 financial year. Sasol initially forecast a 45% year-on-year increase in its interim... 

Competition Commission prohibits chemicals merger

By: Henry Lazenby     24th January 2012 The Competition Commission on Tuesday prohibited the proposed acquisition of chemicals company Cellulose Derivatives by Senmin International. The commission said the merger was essentially the same transaction it previously prohibited in February 2009. 

Small farmers in big industry earn consistent income

By: Schalk Burger     20th January 2012 Smallholders, with less than 50 ha in Malaysia, are earning a steady income from the production of palm oil, which is linked to the large-scale, corporate industry manufacturing oils, cosmetics components, biofuels, natural fertilisers and soaps, says Malaysian Minister of plantation industries... 

AECI to buy BEE consortium’s 25.1% stake in AEL Mining

By: Brindaveni Naidoo     24th November 2011 Chemicals and explosives company AECI said on Thursday that it would buy the 25.1% stake in its explosives business, AEL Mining, which an empowerment consortium owns. The acquisition would result in the exchange of 4 678 667 new AECI shares to the consortium, which is led by Kagiso Tiso and the... 

PetroSA appoints new CEO 

By: Henry Lazenby     24th November 2011 Nosizwe Nokwe has been appointed as the new CEO of State-owned PetroSA, the company announced on Thursday. Nokwe, who will take up her new position on March 1, will be PetroSA’s first female CEO, bringing with her a significant amount of managerial experience in the petrochemicals sector. 

Sasol cuts FY synfuels production outlook

By: Brindaveni Naidoo     23rd November 2011 South African petrochemicals group Sasol has revised its 2012 production volume forecast at Sasol Synfuels to between 7-million tons and 7.2-million tons from an initial 7.3-million tons. This is on the back of three-weeks of industrial action in July, and a gasifier incident at the Secunda West... 

Omnia posts higher earnings, R1.4bn nitric acid plant on track  

By: Henry Lazenby     22nd November 2011 JSE-listed chemicals producer Omnia on Tuesday reported a marginal increase in headline earnings for the six months to the end of September, boosted by higher demand from its agriculture and mining divisions on the back of stronger commodity prices. The company said its chemicals division was... 

Rolfes graduates to JSE main board 

By: Henry Lazenby     21st November 2011 South African diversified chemicals manufacturer Rolfes Technologies on Monday moved from the AltX to the JSE main board with an initial market capitalisation totalling R320-million, CEO Erhard van der Merwe said. Just after Van der Merwe blew the JSE’s ceremonial silver kudu horn, signifying... 

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