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South Gauteng High Court overturns Nedlac decision on Solidarity strike

By: Schalk Burger     14th September 2018 The South Gauteng High Court, in Johannesburg, on Friday overturned the National Economic Development and Labour Council’s (Nedlac’s) decision to reject trade union Solidarity’s application for all of its members at all places of work to be permitted to lawfully participate in protest action in... 

In situ measurement of hydrogen made possible

14th September 2018 The reliable in situ measurement of hydrogen in multiple gas process streams is something that refinery and petrochemical plant process control engineers would like to have been able to do previously, but have never had the capability to, until this year. In a global first, Norwegian laser-based... 

Serialong Trust acquires 25.1% stake in Gra-Tech

By: Simone Liedtke     11th September 2018 Entrepreneur and Business Leadership South Africa CEO Bonang Mohale and Afrika Tikkun Capital have acquired a 25.1% interest in industrial chemical cleaning business Gra-Tech. Mohale described the investment as a “vote of confidence in South Africa’s heavy industrial sector” and adds that it is... 

Sasol, Indian companies join EP100 global energy saving initiative

By: Marleny Arnoldi     10th September 2018 Petrochemicals giant Sasol and Indian companies UltraTech Cement, Mahindra Vehicle Manufacturers, Mahindra Heavy Engines and Godrej Industries and Associate Companies (Gilac) on Monday pledged to put energy efficiency at the heart of their business growth strategies by joining EP100. EP100 is a... 

Solidarity welcomes CCMA’s offer to resolve Sasol dispute

By: Marleny Arnoldi     7th September 2018 The Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA) has offered its assistance to defuse Solidarity’s strike at petrochemicals giant Sasol, the trade union reported on Friday. This follows after thousands of workers participated in a protest march outside Sasol’s operations in... 

New mobile science, maths, tech laboratory using robotics to inspire children 

By: Schalk Burger     7th September 2018 The latest mobile laboratory of the Department of Science and Technology, launched on Friday, has robotics kits that children use to build and program robots, thereby inspiring them to pursue careers in science, mathematics, engineering and technology. The inspire science, engineering and... 

Welding company embarks on massive expansion

7th September 2018 Secunda-based welding company Hydra Arc – ISO 3834 certified by the Southern African Institute of Welding (SAIW) Certification has grown into a leading South African specialised welder that provides services for Southern Africa’s petrochemicals, power, mining and minerals processing industries.... 

Significant growth expected in flame arrestor market

7th September 2018 The global flame arrestors market is estimated to be $713.8-million in 2018 and is projected to reach $924.7-million by 2023, at a compound annual growth rate of 5.31%, according to research company Research and Markets. In their report titled ‘Flame Arrestors Market by Type (In-Line and... 

New oil refinery for Uzbekistan

7th September 2018 Jizzakh Petroleum, a joint venture of Uzbekistan’s State-owned Uzbekneftegaz and Russian oil exploration company Gazprom International’s subsidiary Gas Project Development Central Asia will use American multinational conglomerate Honeywell Universal Oil Products (UOP) technologies to build a new... 

New partnership offers turnkey STO solutions

7th September 2018 At Marcus Evans' tenth annual Chemical/Petrochemical and Refinery Shutdowns and Turnarounds Event in San Antonio, Texas, in May, US-based business management consultant KAP Project Services and US-based industrial workforce management company Mobideo Technologies announced a strategic partnership... 

High demand for SAIW fabricator certification

7th September 2018 Nonprofit technical organisation Southern African Institute of Welding (SAIW) is encouraged to see a high number of large companies applying for Welding Fabricators Certification Scheme (WFCS) which is a quality requirement for fusion welding of metallic materials, as well as certified... 

Vision Automation 

6th September 2018 Vision Automation, specialists in automation control with over 50 years combined experience in programmable logic controller (PLC), instrumentation and control design projects, is the exclusive supplier of Unitronics’ all-in-one PLC+HMI equipment in Southern Africa. 

Sasol launches contingency plan in light of Solidarity strike over share scheme

By: Simone Liedtke     3rd September 2018 Petrochemicals company Sasol on Monday said it had activated contingency measures to minimise potential disruption to its operations, in light of trade union Solidarity’s plans to strike. Currently, parts of Sasol’s Secunda and Sasolburg operations are undergoing planned maintenance shutdowns,... 

Bidvest lifts FY18 HEPS despite volatile market

By: Simone Liedtke     3rd September 2018 JSE-listed services, trading and distribution company Bidvest on Monday declared a final dividend of 301c a share, bringing the total dividend for the financial year ended June 30 to 556c, amid a volatile market, which the company said was characterised by weak economic growth and consumer spend,... 

White workers at Sasol launch 'go-slow' ahead of Thursday strike over black staff scheme

By: Reuters     3rd September 2018 Workers from South Africa's mainly white Solidarity union started a go-slow protest at petrochemicals firm Sasol over a share scheme offered exclusively to black staff, and will launch a full strike on Thursday. The Solidarity union also said it will file a complaint to US regulators over Sasol's... 

Radar Optiwave aids measurement

31st August 2018 Industrial instrumentation solutions manufacturer and supplier Khrohne says the use of radar has expanded into various sectors. 

High-value industrial safety offering

31st August 2018 Industrial gases company Afrox now offers six nine (N6) of HiQ, which is the global brand for a specific range of made-for-purpose gases, gas mixtures and associated products that comply with high purity and quality standards. 

Majority of Solidarity members at Sasol Secunda in favour of proposed strike

By: Marleny Arnoldi     27th August 2018 Eighty-three per cent of trade union Solidarity’s members at petrochemicals giant Sasol’s Secunda operations have voted in favour of strike action regarding Sasol’s exclusion of white employees from an employee share ownership plan. Solidarity is also planning a national protest in which... 

GAIL plans core, noncore diversification

By: Ajoy K Das     23rd August 2018 India’s State-owned natural gas marketer and infrastructure provider, GAIL India, is seeking to diversify into ‘core’ and ‘noncore’ business verticals that extend from solar power generation and electric vehicle charging stations to water transportation pipelines. The natural gas logistics major... 

Pennsylvania petrochemicals complex, US

By: Sheila Barradas     17th August 2018 Shell plans to build a petrochemicals plant comprising an ethylene cracker. 

Emira delivers positive FY18 performance with 2.53% distribution increase

By: Simone Liedtke     15th August 2018 Real estate investment trust (Reit) Emira Property Fund’s distributions for the financial year ended June 30, increased by 2.53% year-on-year, despite persistently tough trading conditions. This increase, CFO Greg Booyens said on Wednesday, reaffirms the company’s turnaround and return to... 

Sonatrach in talks with 14 foreign firms on trading venture – CEO

By: Reuters     10th August 2018 Algerian State energy firm Sonatrach is in talks with 14 international firms for a joint venture to trade oil and gas products after agreeing to buy its first overseas refinery, its CEO said on Thursday. "I am happy to say that 14 firms are on the list to do a JV on trading with us," Abdelmoumen... 

Growth projected for global industrial furnaces and ovens market

10th August 2018 The global industrial furnaces and ovens market will reach $10 800-million by 2025, according to a report by market researcher QY Research. The global industrial furnaces and ovens market was valued at $9 530-million in 2017 representing a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 1.6% between... 

Natural gas vital for S Africa’s energy security

By: Melissa Zisengwe     27th July 2018 The energy sector’s global and inclusive forum for engagement, the Energy Council, believes that South Africa’s Gas-to-Power programme is vital to ensuring energy security for the country. Consequently, the Energy Council regularly engages with the Department of Energy (DoE) to see how the... 

Industrial training and safety pilot project launched

By: Schalk Burger     27th July 2018 Industrial equipment multinational 3M and JSE-listed petrochemicals multinational Sasol have launched an industrial training and safety initiative that aims to nurture local welding and grinding skills, as well as improve safe working conditions using appropriate safety equipment. 3M South Africa... 

Emira to start leasing The Bolton apartments in Rosebank from August

By: Marleny Arnoldi     20th July 2018 JSE-listed real estate investment trust Emira Property Fund’s R200-million The Bolton apartment block, in Rosebank, will start welcoming its first residents in August. Emira converted an office property block formerly occupied by petrochemicals giant Sasol into a contemporary residential... 

Electricity interruptions impact on Sasol’s FY18 production performance

By: Marleny Arnoldi     20th July 2018 Several unplanned electricity supply interruptions and two internal outages at its Secunda synfuels operations, resulted in lower production volumes for petrochemicals group Sasol for the financial year ended June 30. In a trading update published on Friday, the company said its earnings before... 

Company calls for distribution partners to increase footprint

By: Paige Müller     13th July 2018 Industrial equipment supplier Banding and Identification Solutions Africa (Bisa) is calling for distribution partnerships to help the company expand its footprint in Africa. The company – the only certified African distributor of the US and UK manufactured Band-It products – has noted a... 

Niche focussed business supplying a comprehensive range of fluid control systems

6th July 2018 Macsteel Fluid Control is a key niche-focused business which operates throughout various industry sectors. It supplies a comprehensive range of valves, actuators, liquid level gauges, filter systems, valve interlock systems and a comprehensive range of steam products, including traps, strainers... 

Company extends offering

6th July 2018 Safety equipment manufacturer MSA Africa has extended its gas detection capabilities with the acquisition of gas detection technology manufacturer Senscient in the UK, and the launch of its new Ultima X5000 with Bluetooth communication. 

Chemicals factory to support value chain opened in Maluti-a-Phofong SEZ

By: Schalk Burger     6th July 2018 An industrial chemicals factory opened in the Maluti-a-Phofong special economic zone (SEZ), in Harrismith, Free State, will play a key intermediate role in supporting the value chains that pass through this transport node, says the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) Chemicals and Textiles... 

Mining downturn results in profile expansion for consulting firm

By: Paige Müller     29th June 2018 International consulting engineering and scientists consultancy SRK Consulting’s local non-mining contracts have become its main revenue contributor, contributing to about 40% to 50% of the firm’s overall workload over the past three years. “The company’s growth in non-mining work is not just in... 

South Africa to align energy plans with SADC gas master plan

By: Terence Creamer     26th June 2018 Energy Minister Jeff Radebe has promised greater alignment between South Africa’s energy plans, included the new Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) for electricity, with a regional gas master plan, which is currently under development within the the 16-country Southern African Development Community... 

New draft Mining Charter better than ‘disaster’ it is replacing – Mohale

By: Nadine James     22nd June 2018 The latest draft of the third Mining Charter is not perfect, but it is better than the “disaster” it is replacing, Business Leadership South Africa CEO Bonang Mohale told attendees at the African Mining Network event on Thursday evening. He explained that the previous draft, which was... 

Skills development and in-house training crucial for boiler industry

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     22nd June 2018 Stainless steel fabricator and welding services firm Hlakani Engineering strongly advocates the importance of skills development and in-house training, says director Gerhard Holtshauzen, as this significantly improves boiler making and other skills. “We provide people with a chance to become a... 

Butene-1 production unit, Indonesia

By: Sheila Barradas     22nd June 2018 PT Chandra Asri Petrochemicals has awarded the construction contract for the unit. 

Electric thermometer launched for polar applications

By: Paige Müller     15th June 2018 Measuring instrument supplier WIKA launched a tailored electrical thermometer for applications in the crude oil, natural gas and petrochemicals industries in polar climates. WIKA Instruments sales GM Ralf Hesse states that the electrical thermometer can function in ambient temperatures down to... 

Petroleum conference renewed for a third year

By: Paige Müller     15th June 2018 The West African International Petroleum Exhibition and Conference (Waipec) will be renewed for a third consecutive year, following an overwhelmingly successful reception from regional and international participants at this year’s second annual conference in Lagos, Nigeria.   Petroleum Technology... 

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