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Jul 02, 2009
A black economic-empowerment (BEE) deal involving a 26% stake in South African phosphate rock and phosphoric acid producer Foskor would be unveiled next week, but it was likely that the listing of the company, initially scheduled for 2009, would be placed on hold...
Jun 23, 2009
The year ahead would be “tough” for JSE-listed diversified and specialist chemical services company Omnia, with a reduction in turnover and operating profit expected, despite its “exceptional” results in the 2009 financial year. Omnia on Tuesday reported a 57%...
Jun 19, 2009
Energy and chemicals group Sasol warned on Friday that its attributable earnings a share and headline earnings a share would probably decline by between 40% and 50% for the year to June 30, 2009, when compared to the prior year. The large decrease was attributable...
Jun 19, 2009
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Premature deaths from respiratory illness owing open fires used for cooking in developing countries can be curbed by using simple modern stoves fuelled by liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) says the World Liquefied Petroleum Gas Association (WLPGA).
Jun 05, 2009
The recent Competition Tribunal hearing to confirm a consent order and a R250,68-million fine against Sasol was arguably merely the end of the beginning for the energy and chemicals giant.

Even the fertiliser matter, which was the subject of the mid-May hearing, was...
May 27, 2009
Trade union Solidarity has declared a dispute with employers in the industrial chemicals sector of the National Bargaining Council for the chemical industry. This came after trade unions and employers could not reach an agreement after the second round of wage...
May 20, 2009
JSE-listed chemical services company, Omnia on Wednesday said it noted the comment by the Competition Commission, linking it to the Sasol Nitro collusion investigation, which was heard at the Competition Tribunal. “Notwithstanding recent media reports, the grounds...
May 20, 2009
The Competition Commission is proceeding with a new investigation of possible anticompetitive behaviour in the fertiliser industry, the commission’s economist and divisional manager of policy research Dr Simon Roberts confirmed on Wednesday. Addressing a Competition...
May 19, 2009
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May 06, 2009
Petrochemicals firm Sasol will pay a penalty of R188-million for contravening South Africa’s competition legislation by fixing prices in the fertiliser sector. This fine is the highest settlement reached with the Competition Commission to date, and is based on 6% of...
May 01, 2009
After three years of planning, KwaZulu-Natal’s eThekwini City Health is ready to move on the implementation of the ‘Safe and Happy Drums’ project. The drums have not been used before, and are safe for food and water storage.
Apr 16, 2009
The South African industrial paints and coatings market could increase the value of its yearly sales to $195,1-million by 2014, with demand likely to be lifted as construction companies moved to complete infrastructure projects. “The booming infrastructure and...
Apr 10, 2009
A number of regulatory changes has been made by the United Nations (UN) regarding the transport of dangerous goods and the globally harmonised system of classification and labelling of chemicals, which will affect the entire industrial packaging industry.
Apr 10, 2009
Mar 24, 2009
The Nuclear Energy Corporation of South Africa’s (Necsa’s) chemical division, Pelchem, on Tuesday launched the Fluorochemical Expansion Initiative (FEI) aimed at establishing value-adding fluorochemical industries in the country. The FEI, which would increase the...
Mar 20, 2009
In spite of the current economic turmoil, a possible ‘silver lining' for small business development may exist in that corporate downsizing and factory layoffs could yield more potential entrepreneurs, says entrepreneurial developer ChemCity business development...
Mar 20, 2009
The European Union (EU) outlined in February key factors crucial for sustaining the success of the 27-member bloc's chemicals industry, which employs 1,2-million people and is a world trade leader.
Mar 20, 2009
The downstream sector of South Africa’s chemicals industry has been identified as having substantial growth and employment potential by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), reports Creamer Media’s Research Channel Africa.
Mar 20, 2009
The overall competitiveness of the European Union’s (EU’s) chemicals industry, compared with other regions of the world, must be enhanced, says the EU High Level Group (HLG) on the Competitiveness of the European Chemicals Industry in a report issued in February in...
Mar 20, 2009
Processor and producer of phosphate and phosphoric acid, Foskor, is considering listing on the JSE.
Mar 20, 2009
International vacuum pump manufacturer and supplier Busch Vacuum is actively rebranding its petrochemical pump offering in South Africa and internationally.
Mar 20, 2009
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South Africa’s chemical and petrochemicals industry is of substantial economic significance to the country, contributing around 5% to gross domestic product and about 25% of its manufacturing sales.
Mar 20, 2009
South African foundry Steloy Castings has established itsself as a global supplier of high-alloy steel components to the local and international oil refining and petrochemicals industry.
Mar 20, 2009
Sasol's chemical businesses produce a variety of commodity and higher-value petrochemicals, fertilisers, mining explosives and pipeline gas. Its products are derived from the beneficiation (the reduction of the sulphur and mineral content) of gas coal at Sasolburg,...
Mar 20, 2009
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Multinational US technology and services conglomerate General Electric (GE) has signed a R500-million contract to upgrade electricity generation turbines at petrochemicals giant Sasol’s synthetic-fuels plant at Secunda, in Mpumalanga.
Mar 09, 2009
Despite the chemicals cluster of petrochemicals company Sasol having achieved a strong performance in the first half of the 2009 financial year, CFO Christine Ramon on Monday warned that the outlook for the cluster in the second half of the year did not look as...
Mar 02, 2009
By adding more products to its range, exploring new local “territories” and by maintaining its market share where it could, JSE-listed diversified technology company Rolfes Technology, was hopeful that it could maintain sales for the remainder of the 2009 financial...
Feb 24, 2009
JSE-listed chemicals and explosives firm AECI would continue its capital expenditure programme, despite the current depressed economic climate, CEO Graham Edwards said on Tuesday. “The whole of the group is really in a capital cycle. This year is the last year of...
Feb 24, 2009
JSE-listed chemicals and explosives group AECI reported a 16% increase in headline earnings a share t o R443-million, or 412c a share, the company reported on Tuesday. However, AECI stated that headline earnings for the year ended December 31, were adversely...
Feb 13, 2009
Supplier of industrial heating equipment Unitemp has been awarded a R6-million-plus, contract at a large local petrochemicals plant to refurbish a number of the plant's flange heater assemblies.
Feb 10, 2009
Altx-listed a.b.e Construction Chemicals has reported a 37% increase in headline earnings for the six months ended November, while turnover rose by 27%. “We are extremely pleased with our results, as even in the present economic climate, all divisions performed in...
Jan 29, 2009
Energy group Sasol – which announced earlier this month that it was reviewing its R16-billion 2009 capital programme, as well as its R70-billion, three-year project pipeline in light of deteriorating market conditions – reported on Thursday that details of the review...
Jan 21, 2009
Energy and chemicals group Sasol announced on Wednesday that it was officially reviewing and reprioritising its planned R70-billion, three-year capital expenditure programme in the light of dramatically altered and weakening market conditions. The company, which is...
Jan 14, 2009
All suspensive conditions for the acquisition of Triangle Solvents by chemicals producer, Rolfes Chemicals, have now been met, the JSE-listed company said on Wednesday. The company had announced in October that it would acquire the entire issued share capital of New...
Dec 12, 2008
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US-based engineering firm KBR has been awarded two contracts, with a combined value of about $2,7-million, by petrochemicals giant Sasol for projects in Sasolburg. The firm had been awarded an engineering, procurement and project management (EPCM) contract for...
Nov 28, 2008
Petrochemicals producer Sasol was planning to go ahead with its share repurchase programme, despite current global financial difficulties, its CEO said on Friday. “Clearly the board will take into account the current circumstances. As we have indicated, our...
Nov 26, 2008
JSE-listed specialist chemical services company Omnia’s profit for the six months ended September rose by 285% to R373-million, the company reported on Wednesday. Headline earnings increased by 99% from R319-million in the first half of 2007, to R372-million in the...
Nov 14, 2008
Organic waste generated in South Africa has the potential to generate an alternative energy source, through harvesting biogas from the fermentation of the organic fraction of municipal solid waste (OFMSW). This process could thus assist in providing heat and...
Nov 05, 2008
AltX-listed flooring and chemicals group Accentuate’s chemical subsidiary Safic Environmental Solutions will scale down its product range to focus on more niche markets. Safic MD Eric Platt said on Wednesday it needed to find a niche for the company’s chemical...
Oct 31, 2008
Diversified specialist chemical services company Omnia expects headline earnings and basic earnings to increase by between 275% and 285% for the six months ended September 30, it said on Friday. This was compared with the results for the half-year ended September 2007.
Oct 21, 2008
Oct 21, 2008
Diversified specialist chemical services company Omnia’s share price surged on Tuesday, after the company said that interim earnings could increase almost fourfold. Omnia stated that headline and basic earnings could increase by between 270% and 290% for the six...
Oct 02, 2008
JSE-listed energy group Sasol will have to deposit the full €318-million amount that it has been fined by the European Commission for its leadership role in a paraffin-wax cartel, dubbed the ‘paraffin mafia', within three months, regardless of whether it decides to...
Sep 25, 2008
Synfuel producer Sasol has been listed on the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index (DJSI), which comprises the leading 10% of the largest 2 500 global companies, in terms of sustainability. Sasol CEO Pat Davies said that this was a great achievement for Sasol, and...
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