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Chemicals & Pharmaceuticals News

Need for fire-related event realised

By: Halima Frost     20th May 2022 Event organisers Specialised Exhibitions’ inaugural Firexpo South Africa 2022 will highlight the services and products of local suppliers in the fire prevention and protection sector to visitors. The event will be hosted from May 31 to June 2 at the Gallagher Convention Centre, in Midrand, Gauteng. 

Supplier provides innovative cleaning method

By: Cameron Mackay     20th May 2022 Cleaning chemicals supplier O3 Chemicals has developed two cleaning chemicals specifically for heating, ventilation, air-conditioning and refrigeration (HVACR)  equipment, the first of which is called Smart Air, and the second Smart Finish. The chemicals are designed to remove mould and bacteria... 

Image of a worker cleaning an AHU
EFFECTIVE PROPERTY MANAGEMENT Previously, facility management companies would have no way of measuring the work done by contractors to meet service level agreements

Fire protection foam dosing system on offer

By: Halima Frost     20th May 2022 Fire protection equipment supplier DoseTech offers its FireDos fire protection foam dosing technology, known as proportioners, to the South African fire prevention and firefighting market. The company explains that foam is the only way to effectively fight certain fire scenarios. 

A large fire fighting nozzle which is fitted with a Dosetech Fire Dos proportioner which mixes air water and foam agent to effectively fight fires.
IN THE MIX Dosetech's Firedos proportioners offer the perfect mix of water air and foam agent to fight fires successfully

When Africans asked for Covid shots, they didn't get them. Now they don't want them

By: Reuters     18th May 2022 It's noisy inside the Mamprobi clinic in Accra as kids clamber over their mothers while they wait to get their measles vaccines. Outside, an area reserved for Covid-19 shots is empty. A health worker leans back in his chair and scrolls on a tablet. One woman, waiting to get her daughter... 

Aspen’s Covid flop bodes ill for Africa’s vaccine making drive

By: Bloomberg     18th May 2022 Africa’s drive to set up a vaccine industry after being left at the back of the queue in the global scramble for Covid-19 shots has stumbled at the first hurdle. As the omicron variant was spreading through South Africa late last year, the continent’s biggest pharmaceutical company was... 

Covid-19 vaccine vials at Aspen's manufacturing plant in South Africa

IFC partners with Rameda to ‘green’ its pharmaceutical business in Egypt

By: Donna Slater     17th May 2022 The International Finance Corporation (IFC) is partnering with Egypt-based pharmaceutical producer Rameda, to support the company’s strategy to “green” its operations and improve its production efficiencies to boost the company’s productivity. Through the partnership, the IFC will help Rameda –... 

Fuchs launches new head office, warehouse in Isando

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     16th May 2022 Independent lubricant manufacturer Fuchs Lubricants South Africa on May 13 officially launched its newly built head office and warehouse in Isando, Johannesburg. The company has invested over R250-million in the expansion at its existing location, noting that this came in the wake of it rapid... 

An image showing the exterior of the Fuchs office building
Photo by Creamer Media's Tasneem Bulbulia
Office exterior

AECI invests R505m in US growth projects

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     16th May 2022 South African chemicals group AECI is investing $31-million, or about R505-million, in two strategic growth projects that are expected to double the profitability of AECI Schirm USA on an ongoing basis moving forward. The investments build on AECI Schirm USA’s growth trajectory of the last two... 

Pfizer’s African Covid shots plan threatened by low demand

By: Bloomberg     12th May 2022 Plans to produce Pfizer’s Covid-19 vaccine in Cape Town may be scaled back because of waning demand for the shots, according to the head of the company’s South African manufacturing partner. About 100 million doses a year are slated to be packaged and filled at a plant controlled by the BioVac... 

Industrial software professionals engage during technical streams at conference

By: Schalk Burger     11th May 2022 The Industry Software Services and Support (IS3) X-Change User Conference, aimed at providing the attending industrial software professionals with technical overviews and insights into industrial automation solutions and processes, saw the professionals get detailed updates on various industrial... 

Aspen to slash Covid vaccine capacity within 6 weeks if no orders - CEO

By: Reuters     5th May 2022 Aspen Pharmacare will switch about half of its Covid-19 vaccine production capacity onto other products if demand doesn't pick up within six weeks, its CEO warned, as South Africa's president and health officials urged more Africans to take up the shots. Aspen completed a deal in March to... 

Africa CDC urges Covid-19 vaccine buyers to order from S Africa's Aspen

By: Reuters     5th May 2022 Africa's top public health body urged all those purchasing Covid-19 vaccines for the continent to place orders with South Africa's Aspen Pharmacare, saying the market was key to developing vaccine manufacturing on the continent. The Africa Centre for Disease Control and Prevention said it was... 

Covid-19 vaccine

Aspen Covid-19 vaccine plant risks closure after no orders-executive

By: Reuters     3rd May 2022 Africa's first Covid-19 vaccination plant, touted last year as a trailblazer for an under-vaccinated continent frustrated by sluggish Western handouts, risks shutting down after receiving not a single order, a company executive said on Saturday. South Africa's Aspen Pharmacare negotiated a... 

Sasol opens 2023 engineering, science degree bursary programme

By: Schalk Burger     29th April 2022 Chemical and energy multinational Sasol says applications for its corporate bursary programme for the 2023 academic year are now open to high-performing mathematics and science learners currently in Grade 12, who are invited to apply for an all-inclusive bursary to study engineering and science... 

UPL proposes releasing contaminated water into South African sea

By: Bloomberg     29th April 2022 UPL has proposed releasing water contaminated by a pesticides spill in the eastern South African city of Durban into the sea or municipal sewers. While the Indian agro-chemical firm said experts it contracted have since late 2021 deemed the water fit for disposal using these methods, the city... 

Ramaphosa stresses urgency of African countries cooperating to manufacture Covid-19 vaccines

By: Thabi Madiba     28th April 2022 President Cyril Ramaphosa on Thursday explained that it was urgent that African countries cooperate to manufacture their own vaccines, and strengthen their own health systems so that these vaccines reach the people who need them most. Ramaphosa was speaking during the official talks on the... 

Image of President Cyril Ramaphosa
Photo by GCIS
President Cyril Ramaphosa

Sasol benefits from higher prices, warns of impact of KZN floods on Q4 production

By: Marleny Arnoldi     25th April 2022 JSE-listed petrochemicals giant Sasol says its financial performance for the nine months ended March 31 was underpinned by a favourable macroeconomic environment, with a higher crude oil price, refining margins and chemicals prices. The higher price were driven by prevailing geopolitical... 

I-DAIR hub to boost digital health innovation locally

By: Tracy Hancock     22nd April 2022 While South Africa is leading the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) in Southern Africa, the level of technological advancement in the local medical sector is low, with only some innovation and recognition of its positive use cases. It is hoped that the establishment of an International Digital... 

UJ has positioned itself as a Fourth Industrial Revolution-focused university and has been appointed as the lead of the International Digital Health and Artificial Intelligence Research Collaborative hub in South Africa
LEADING THE WAY UJ has positioned itself as a Fourth Industrial Revolution-focused university and has been appointed as the lead of the International Digital Health and Artificial Intelligence Research Collaborative hub in South Africa

Pesticides, batteries and lubricants producer responsibility consultation process starts

By: Schalk Burger     20th April 2022 Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment Minister Barbara Creecy has started a consultation process with regard to the requirement of the pesticides, batteries and lubricant oils sectors to implement extended producer responsibility (EPR) measures. “All producers of the identified products must... 

Sasol donates R7.5m towards flood relief efforts in KwaZulu-Natal

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     19th April 2022 Integrated chemicals company Sasol is donating R7.5-million to support emergency relief efforts in KwaZulu-Natal, following the floods that have resulted in considerable loss of life and damage to property and infrastructure. Sasol human resources and stakeholder relations executive VP Charlotte... 

New revolutionary glaucoma treatment developed in South Africa

By: Darren Parker     13th April 2022 South African medical innovation company Liqid Medical has designed a novel ocular implant called the OptiShunt that uses a simple concept to revolutionise the treatment of glaucoma. The development of the OptiShunt was funded and supported by the Health Unit of the Technology Innovation Agency... 

New revolutionary glaucoma treatment developed in South Africa

Sasol joins consortium to pursue carbon dioxide conversion to aviation fuel

By: Donna Slater     13th April 2022 Chemicals and energy company Sasol has joined an international consortium of industrial and academic project partners, known as Concrete Chemicals, in an effort to combine its technical knowledge with cement producer Cemex and renewable energy company Enertrag. Concrete Chemicals is focussed on... 

UPL pollution control dam at South African chemical depot spills

By: Bloomberg     13th April 2022 A pollution control dam at UPL’s fire-damaged chemical warehouse near the eastern South African city of Durban has spilled following heavy rains. The warehouse was torched by looters in July last year and the fire released a range of dangerous harmful chemicals into the air and nearby... 

Retaining refining capacity could pose long-term risks for South Africa

By: Darren Parker     8th April 2022 South Africa’s oil refining capacity has always been rather small when considered on a global scale, but there was some sense of national pride and of security in knowing that the country could deliver – even if most of the crude input had to be imported. While local refineries were never able to... 

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Necsa and chemicals industry Seta sign MoU

By: Rebecca Campbell     4th April 2022 The South African Nuclear Energy Corporation (Necsa) and the Chemical Industries Education and Training Authority (Chieta) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), to facilitate cooperation between the two entities in skills development programmes. Skills development is a very important... 

Labat, CSIR sign MoU to accelerate industrial cannabis processing

By: Schalk Burger     1st April 2022 JSE-listed venture capital company Labat Africa has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) that will see both parties engage in the production and processing of cannabis and hemp. The agreement will solidify collaboration and... 

The companies will beneficiate biocomposites and biopolymers that will be applied in the automotive, textile, construction and packaging industries.
The companies will beneficiate biocomposites and biopolymers that will be applied in the automotive, textile, construction and packaging industries.

Beckman Coulter moves premises to Growthpoint’s Centralpoint

By: Darren Parker     28th March 2022 JSE-listed Growthpoint Properties has assisted long-standing tenant biomedical products manufacturer Beckman Coulter to relocate from Growthpoint Business Park in Midrand, Johannesburg, to a new bespoke 5 750 m2 premises in the Centralpoint Innovation District, in Samrand, Johannesburg. The... 

Beckman Coulter's new premises in the Centralpoint Innovation District in Samrand, Johannesburg
Beckman Coulter's new premises in the Centralpoint Innovation District in Samrand, Johannesburg

Pump system showcased at expo

25th March 2022 International pumps and compressors designer and manufacturer Sundyne showcased its SundWASH high pressure wash-down systems for food and beverage applications at the International Production & Processing Expo held at the Georgia World Congress Center, in Atlanta, from January 25 to 27.  SundWASH... 

A SundWASH high pressure wash-down systems for food and beverage applications
NO WASH-OUT The high pressure wash-down system designed by Sundyne was on show at this years International Production & Processing Expo held at the Georgia World Congress Center, in Atlanta US

Court orders government to clean up air in coal belt

By: Reuters     18th March 2022 A South African court on Friday upheld a complaint by activists that poor air quality in the coal belt is a breach of constitutional rights, giving the environment minister a year to enforce a clean air plan. South Africa's coal belt, east of the capital Pretoria and main city Johannesburg is... 

Eskom's Duvha power station
Eskom's Duvha power station

Agreement signed for petrochem product offtake

18th March 2022 Sustainable chemicals manufacturer Bolder Industries announced in January a landmark 20-year strategic marketing agreement with independent petroleum marketer Tauber Oil for exclusive offtake of BolderOil, Bolder’s sustainably derived petrochemical product. United in both companies' ongoing... 

First world-scale methanol facility in sight

18th March 2022 Oil company the Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC) earlier this month signed an agreement with methanol producer Proman to develop the United Arab Emirates’ (UAE’s) first world-scale methanol production facility at the TA’ZIZ Industrial Chemicals Zone in Ruwais, Abu Dhabi. Under the terms of... 

Prevailing food-borne disease needs to be addressed

By: Claire O'Reilly     18th March 2022 Since its initial outbreak in 2017, Listeria monocytogenes has been an ongoing challenge in South Africa, and food testing laboratory and food safety consultancy Food Consulting Services Laboratories director Grant Lawrence argues that it is important that the food sector puts stringent control... 

Clarity needed on supply, energy plan

By: Cameron Mackay     18th March 2022 Local industry stakeholders need clarity on how the decision by multinational companies Shell and BP’s South African Petroleum Refineries (Sapref) to freeze spending and pause refinery operations at the end of this month will impact on security of supply of petroleum-based products, and the local... 

Sector expected to grow from ICT trade

18th March 2022 Market research organisation Kenneth Research last month released a report which showed that the petrochemicals and polymers market is anticipated to grow, primarily on the growth in trade of information and communication technology (ICT) goods and services globally. The report emphasises the... 

Partnership plans circular plastics manufacturing Australia announced

18th March 2022 Global advanced plastic recycling technology company Plastic Energy and French fuels and chemicals technology supplier Axens are partnering with polyethylene manufacturer Qenos in the planning of a major circular plastics manufacturing capability in Australia. Plastic Energy, which specialises in... 

WTO chief welcomes Covid shot patent waiver plan, drugmakers balk

By: Reuters     16th March 2022 -The World Trade Organization praised a provisional deal to waive patent rights for COVID-19 vaccines after more than a year of deadlock, although drugmakers said the move risked undermining the industry's ability to respond to future health crises. The United States, the European Union, India... 

API lab to accelerate research, development and commercialisation of medicines

By: Schalk Burger     11th March 2022 The Active Pharmaceutical Ingredient (API) Plus laboratory, launched by Science and Innovation (DSI) deputy Minister Buti Manamela on March 11, is working with universities and other industry partners to develop novel and competitive processes to manufacture APIs, with the aim of creating local... 

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