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Lubricants from vegetable oil

By: Karel Smrcka     30th November 2012 Oil-independence is the dream of many countries that lack raw materials. Nevertheless, black gold still retains its dominant role as a power source and also serves as a basic material for the chemicals industry.  

Online SA trilingual wine dictionary available

By: Chantelle Kotze     16th November 2012 Winetech, the organisation that coordinates research, training and technology transfer in the wine industry, and nonprofit organisation South African Wine Industry Information & Systems (Sawis) have collaborated to create a trilingual wine dictionary for the South African industry. 

Setas, industry body to drive skills development

By: Chantelle Kotze     16th November 2012 The Wine Industry Network for Expertise and Technology (Winetech), an organisation that coordinates research, training and technology transfer in the wine industry, hopes to form a steadfast partnership with sector education and training authorities (Setas), the Foodbev and AgriSeta to develop... 

China now a force to be reckoned with in innovation

By: Karel Smrcka     5th October 2012 At first sight, it is disquieting news for esablished industrial nations but, on closer inspection, opportunities become apparent. Emerging nations and aspiring industrial nations are increasingly investing in patents and innovations. This trend is particularly prevalent in China.  

Company Announcement: Foster Wheeler Awarded Basic Engineering Package for QP-Shell Petrochemicals Project in Qatar

5th September 2012 Foster Wheeler AG announced today that a subsidiary of its Global Engineering and Construction Group has been awarded a contract by Shell Global Solutions International B.V. to develop a basic engineering package for a world-scale mono-ethylene glycol facility at Ras Laffan, Qatar 

Newly launched YTIF opens doors for young innovators 

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     30th August 2012 In its aims to stimulate technology innovation and entrepreneurial capacity among young South Africans, the Technology Innovation Agency (TIA) has launched its Youth Technology Innovation Fund (YTIF) on Thursday. Targeted at people between the ages of 18 to 30, who are not already funded by the... 

Company Announcement: Foster Wheeler Awarded Contract By Petrobras for World-scale gas-to-chemicals Complex in Brazil

23rd August 2012 Foster Wheeler AG announced today that a subsidiary of its Global Engineering and Construction Group has been awarded a contract by Petróleo Brasileiro S.A. for a world-scale grassroots gas-to-chemicals complex in Linhares, Espirito Santo State, southeast Brazil, called Complexo Gás-Químico UFN-IV. 

GM food labelling poses many questions 

By: Yolandi Booyens     6th July 2012 While the new Labelling and Advertising of Foodstuffs Regulations (GN R146), which came into effect in March is offering consumers greater awareness, more information and better protection against false advertising on food and beverage products, the labelling of genetically modified (GM) food... 

Luxembourg an innovative, international platform for business

By: Karel Smrcka     6th July 2012 Over the years, Luxembourg has emerged as a sound hub for finance, logistics, information and communication technology and automotive components. 

Bidvest invests R18m into UCT-pioneered heart valve concept

2nd July 2012 JSE-listed trading and distribution group Bidvest on Monday announced that it is to invest R18-million into a University of Cape Town- (UCT-) pioneered heart valve concept with the potential to save countless African lives every year. Southern Access Technologies Holdings (SATH) and Southern... 

Wood-pellet-to-power plant for refractory product firm

By: Joanne Taylor     22nd June 2012 Renewable energy company Infinergy has won a £1-million contract to design and build a carbon-neutral power plant, in the UK, which will use wood pellets instead of fossil fuels to generate electricity. The plant is reportedly the first of its kind and will be used by refractory product firm... 

Real Economy Report  

By: Creamer Media Reporter      21st June 2012 Eskom CE Brian Dames tells us about the influence the R91-billion Medupi project is having on Lephalale. The giant Medupi power station project is currently swarming with 17 000 workers.  

Biotechnology important to Africa’s development 

By: Schalk Burger     15th June 2012 Biotechnology, specifically the genetic modification of plants to produce herbicide tolerance, pesticide and insecticide resistance, confers crop protection, reducing input costs, exposure to harmful chemicals for farmers, can improve grain quality and help to ensure more robust harvests of... 

South African biotechnology firm works on cancer breakthrough

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     8th June 2012 The South African Cancer Association (Cansa) estimates that at least 100 000 people are diagnosed with cancer in the country each year. This equates to a lifetime risk of one in six persons being diagnosed. Cansa head of health Professor Michael Herbst says the 2004 data from the National Cancer... 

08/06/2012 (On-The-Air) 

By: Martin Creamer     8th June 2012 Diamond giant De Beers will decide in two months whether or not to spend R17-billion on expanding its Venetia mine in Limpopo province; a small black-run diamond-cutting operation is proving that local diamond beneficiation is profitable; and a South African biotechnology firm has obtained... 

South African biotechnology firm works on cancer breakthrough 

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     8th June 2012 The South African Cancer Association (Cansa) estimates that at least 100 000 people are diagnosed with cancer in the country each year. This equates to a lifetime risk of one in six persons being diagnosed. 

Pharmaceuticals giants go head-to-head for intellectual property rights

By: Samantha Herbst     25th May 2012 The Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA), last month, ruled in favour of pharmaceutical giant Adcock Ingram over a trademark dispute with competitor Cipla Medpro. 

German institute focusing on algae engineering

By: Karel Smrcka     25th May 2012 At the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), in Germany, several institutes are involved in algae research. In 2009, the KIT Platform for Algae Engineering was founded. It is aimed at integrating, developing and analysing all process steps required for the use of algae biomass for energy... 

SA aims to use fuel cell research as an innovation, beneficiation catalyst 

By: Schalk Burger     11th May 2012 The engagement of South Africa with the potential benefits of fuel cells is centred on the strategic use of the country’s natural resources, including minerals, energy resources and technical skills, says South African Agency for Science and Technology Advancement (Saasta) science communication... 

SA aims to use fuel cell research as an innovation, beneficiation catalyst

By: Schalk Burger     11th May 2012 The engagement of South Africa with the potential benefits of fuel cells is centred on the strategic use of the country’s natural resources, including minerals, energy resources and technical skills, says South African Agency for Science and Technology Advancement (Saasta) Science Communication... 

Fuel from market waste

By: Karel Smrcka     4th May 2012 Drivers who fill up with natural gas instead of petrol or diesel spend less on fuel and are more environment friendly. Natural gas is kinder on the wallet, and the exhaust emissions it produces contain less carbon dioxide and almost no soot particles. As a result, more and more motorists in... 

Company Announcement: Foster Wheeler Awarded PMC Contract By Chemaweyaat For Aromatics Complex in Abu Dhabi

2nd May 2012 Foster Wheeler AG announced today that a subsidiary of its Global Engineering and Construction Group has been awarded a contract by Abu Dhabi National Chemicals Company for the provision of project management consultancy services for an aromatics complex and the supporting infrastructure.  

Study of extreme organisms in SA mines may hold answers to extraterrestrial life and some real pollution threats

By: Irma Venter     27th April 2012 Around 1.3 km in the earth’s crust, at the Beatrix gold-mine, in the Free State, the “devil” lives in a small pocket of fissure water. Or, to be more accurate, it is here where a small microorganism named Mephisto has its home. 

Academy supports applications for international science fellowships

27th April 2012 The Academy of Science of South Africa (Assaf) reports it will once again be facilitating applications by South African scholars for postgraduate training and postdoctoral fellowships advertised in Brazil, China, India, Mexico, Pakistan and Malaysia. 

Study of extreme organisms in SA mines may hold answers to extraterrestrial life, pollution threats

By: Irma Venter     26th April 2012 Around 1.3 km in the earth’s crust, at the Beatrix gold mine, in the Free State, the ‘devil’ lives in a small pocket of fissure water. Or, to be more accurate, it is here that a small microorganism named Mephisto has its home. This asexual worm’s name is derived from Mephistopheles, ‘he who loves... 

Movianto achieves full traceability for pharmaceutical, healthcare deliveries with Zetes TotalProof

20th March 2012 Movianto, logistics service provider to the pharmaceutical, biotechnology and healthcare industry, has implemented Zetes' TotalProof solution to ensure full traceability during the transportation of temperature-sensitive products and to optimise customer service. Companies using Movianto's... 

Company Announcement: Foster Wheeler Awarded Contract for an LNG Receiving Terminal in Dominican Republic

12th March 2012 ZUG, Switzerland--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Foster Wheeler AG (Nasdaq: FWLT) announced today that a subsidiary of its Global Engineering and Construction Group has been awarded the basic design and front-end engineering design contract by Complejo GNL del Este, a Consortium formed by Dominican and... 

SA to sign new biotechnology agreement with the ICGEB

By: Henry Lazenby     8th March 2012 South Africa will sign a new operation agreement with the International Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology (ICGEB), Cabinet said on Thursday. The ICGEB is an international organisation that was established by the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation in 1987 and is... 

Company Announcement: Foster Wheeler Awarded Contract for Fired Heater in Russia

8th March 2012 ZUG, Switzerland--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Foster Wheeler AG (Nasdaq: FWLT) announced today that a subsidiary of its Global Engineering and Construction Group has been awarded a contract by CJSC Antipinsky Refinery for the engineering and material supply of a new fired heater and air preheating system... 

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