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Chemicals & Pharmaceuticals News

Sasol Polymers to introduce new technology at Sasolburg plant

By: Esmarie Iannucci     22nd September 2008 Chemical producer Sasol Polymers’ Monomers business unit would replace its current elevated flare at the momomer ethylene plant in Sasolburg with a new initiative called Totally Enclosed Ground Flare (TEGF) by April next year, it said on Monday. The TEGF would be the first in South Africa and... 

Buoyant conditions lift Accentuate's FY earnings

By: Chanel de Bruyn     18th September 2008 AltX-listed flooring and chemicals group Accentuate, previously known as Safic, on Thursday said that the sectors in which it operated remained buoyant, despite the tough local economic conditions and a slowdown in the domestic construction and other interest-rate sensitive sectors. The group,... 

Sasol to double production of hard waxes in South Africa

By: Creamer Media Reporter      5th September 2008 Petrochemicals company Sasol has approved R558-million to complete basic engineering for a two-phase project to double hard wax production at its Sasol Wax operation, in Sasolburg, the company announced on Friday. Sasol added that the money would also be used to order long-lead items for the... 

Specialist develops heat exchanger cleaning method

By: Loni Prinsloo     29th August 2008 Industrial cleaning systems specialist Proctor Industrial Cleaning Systems (Proctor Systems) has manufactured a new cleaning system used for cleaning heat exchanger tubes. 

Cleaning division nominated a top managed company

By: Loni Prinsloo     29th August 2008 Midway Two services group was nominated as one of South Africa's Top 300 national Companies in 2008, and its industrial cleaning division Democratic Industrial Services (Democratic) was nominated as one of the top five best-managed companies in the contract-cleaning service sector in South Africa. 

Cleaning specialist launches new range additions

By: Loni Prinsloo     29th August 2008 Cleaning specialist Wetrok Industro-Clean has launched two new additions to its product range over the past six months. 

New environment-friendly products enter SA market

By: Loni Prinsloo     29th August 2008 Industrial chemical cleaning specialist, Fine Organics Chemicals, will release a new batch of cleaning product technology from the US, into the South African market within the next three months. 

Engineering firm secures industrial cleaning procedures

29th August 2008 Diversified engineering company Becker Engineering's range of work apparel includes dependable personal protection equipment designed for enhanced safety during industrial cleaning procedures. 

Rolfes sees FY earnings rising by up to 45%

By: Matthew Hill     19th August 2008 Manufacturing and technology company Rolfes, chaired by former national director of the National Prosecuting Authority Bulelani Ngcuka, on Tuesday said it expected headline earnings and basic earnings a share to rise by between 35% and 45% for the year to June 30. The AltX-listed firm, which is... 

Advisers appointed for Foskor’s upcoming IPO

By: Matthew Hill     6th August 2008 The Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) has appointed Deutsche Bank and AloeCap to advise it on its upcoming initial public offering and black economic-empowerment aspects of the restructuring of Foskor. State-owned IDC, which was the majority stakeholder in Foskor, made the appointments in... 

Petroleum company adapts acoustic system to monitor storage tanks

1st August 2008 One of South Africa’s largest petroleum company refineries, based on the coast of Durban, has adopted the Tancpac programme to assist with its tank management system. 

AECI upbeat about remainder of 2008 

By: Chanel de Bruyn     29th July 2008 Chemicals and explosives firm AECI on Tuesday said it expected its 2008 full-year results to be much improved compared with the 2007 financial year, if trading conditions remained buoyant. Growth in the mining and manufacturing sectors, continued consumer buying, although weak, and agricultural... 

AECI upbeat about ’08 as interim profit rises 28%

By: Creamer Media Reporter      29th July 2008 Chemicals and explosives firm AECI on Monday said it expected its 2008 full-year results to be much improved compared with the 2007 financial year, if trading conditions remained buoyant. The company said that while oil prices, inflation and interest rates were expected to remain high for the... 

AECI names new CFO

By: Mariaan Webb     28th July 2008 Chemicals and explosives firm AECI has appointed Mark Kathan as executive director and CFO with effect from September 1, it said on Monday. Kathan, a chartered accountant, is succeeding Roger Williams, who resigned from the company, after announcing his intention to emigrate following the death... 

Sasol Wax expands hydro-treating capacity in Germany

By: Creamer Media Reporter      17th July 2008 Synthetic and petroleum-derived wax producer Sasol Wax, would expand its hydro-treating capacity for paraffin waxes at its plant in Hamburg, Germany, and the company also planned to double the production capacity of synthetic wax at its Sasolburg plant in South Africa by 2013. The project would... 

Chemicals sector workers to get 11,5% salary increase – union

By: Matthew Hill     15th July 2008 Workers union Solidarity secured an 11,5% increase for its members in the chemicals and glass sectors, which would be effective from July, it said on Wednesday. Spokesperson Marius Croucamp said this came after “tremendously pressured” negotiations, adding that the rise would provide much-needed... 

US chemicals firm Dow to buy Rohm & Haas

By: Creamer Media Reporter      10th July 2008 NYSE-listed chemicals company Dow would acquire all outstanding shares of NYSE-listed specialty chemicals producer Rohm & Haas for $18,8-billion, the company announced on Thursday. The company said the acquisition would combine the two organisations' technologies, broad geographic reach and... 

Strike in chemicals sector unavoidable – union

By: Chanel de Bruyn     3rd July 2008 Trade union members working in the industrial chemicals sector may go on strike next week, as trade union Solidarity on Thursday rejected a final wage increase of 11% with an additional 1% increase to be implemented in January next year. Solidarity said a strike in the industrial chemicals... 

SA mulls placing limits on scrap-metal exports 

By: Chanel de Bruyn     1st July 2008 South Africa was considering measures to limit the exportation of scrap metal to allow for sufficient supply to the domestic market, Trade and Industry Minister Mandisi Mpahlwa said on Tuesday. Speaking at a briefing of the Economic Cluster, held at the Union Building in Pretoria, Mpahlwa said... 

IDC's Foskor will head to JSE in 2009 

By: Matthew Hill     26th June 2008 State-owned financing company the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) planned to list its majority owned phosphate and phosphuric acid producer Foskor on the JSE in 2009, after having transferred equity to employees and community groups. The IDC said on Thursday that its strategic partner... 

Cash to burn, synfuels in sight?

By: Matthew Hill     20th June 2008 As the Chinese economy roars ever onward, resource companies are well poised to increasingly benefit, firstly because of growing demand for their products, but the immense Asian country is also embarking on what will likely turn out to be the world's biggest ever shopping spree. An expert on... 

Rising tide of African consumerism creating opportunities, says Dow president

By: Martin Creamer     20th June 2008 A rising tide of consumerism was creating opportunities in Africa for New York-listed chemicals-plastics company Dow, the company’s president India Middle East Africa John Dearborn said in Johannesburg on Monday. 

'Rising tide' of African consumerism creating major opportunities, says Dow president

By: Martin Creamer     9th June 2008 A "rising tide" of African consumerism was creating opportunities for New York-listed chemicals-plastics company Dow, the company's president India Middle East Africa John Dearborn said in Johannesburg on Monday. 

Chemicals giant Dow appoints Sazi Lutseke Southern African MD

By: Martin Creamer     9th June 2008 New York-listed chemicals-plastics company Dow on Monday announced the appointment of Sazi Lutseke as the company's new Southern African MD. 

Sasol starts alcohol production at new Chinese plant, idles Italian output

By: Mariaan Webb     28th May 2008 South Africa-based petrochemicals company Sasol on Wednesday said that it had started commercial production at its new 60 000 t/y oleochemical-base alcohols plant in China. At the same time, the company also announced that it would idle 65 000 t of its Augusta oxo-alcohol plant's capacity in... 

Sasol expects earnings surge, but lowers '08 fuel output forecast

By: Mariaan Webb     13th May 2008 Petrochemicals firm Sasol said on Tuesday that its headline earnings for the 2008 financial year could rise by as much as 60% on the back of a higher oil price and favourable exchange rate, but warned that its synfuels production was expected to be lower than its previous guidance. But while the... 

SA paint manufacturer making inroads into China

By: Matthew Hill     8th May 2008 AltX-listed paint maker ChemSpec said that it had secured a foot in the door of the booming Chinese automotive market, thorough the first sale of its premium automotive refinish product to a customer there. Environmentally friendly Metalux 2 entering the Asian country’s market was in line... 

Sasol finds alternative route for chemical exports

By: Reuters     23rd April 2008 South Africa's Sasol said on Wednesday it was still unable to transport coal for export after a fire closed a main railway line on Sunday, but it had found an alternative route for its chemicals. "An alternate route for the transportation of chemicals has been activated. We are still... 

Sasol celebrates fifth anniversary of New York listing

By: Creamer Media Reporter      9th April 2008 South African petrochemicals company Sasol will the New York stock exchange's closing bell on Wednesday, as its celebrates its five-year anniversary of listing on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE). Sasol said in a statement that that the share price had appreciated almost five-fold from... 

AECI to sell Sans Fibres unit to IDC, employees

By: Matthew Hill     7th April 2008 Chemicals and explosives maker AECI has reached an agreement to sell its Sans Fibres nylon light decitex (LDI) business to a group comprising management, a workers’ trust, and the State-owned Industrial Development Corporation (IDC), which will finance the bulk of the transaction. The sale... 

Sasol-Huntsman to expand maleic anhydride output by 75%

1st April 2008 Chemicals joint venture Sasol-Huntsman, located in Moers, Germany, announced on Tuesday that it planned to expand its maleic anhydride manufacturing capacity by 75% from 60-million tons to 105-million tons by the first quarter of 2011. 

Sasol weighs up more power generation schemes, but says it must prioritise fuel security 

By: Terence Creamer     28th March 2008 South African energy group Sasol is considering an array of power-generation options over and above an already approved plan to introduce 280 MW of new electricity capacity at Secunda by 2011, through a capital programme involving of R2,5-billion. 

Sasol Wax to expand North American operations with Luxco acquisition

26th March 2008 South African petrochemicals firm Sasol announced on Wednesday that its subsidiary, Sasol Wax, had acquired the remaining 50% share of its North American joint venture (JV) Luxco Wax, turning it into a wholly owned Sasol Wax operation. Luxco Wax, which operates a plant in Richmond, California,... 

Local company awarded demineralisation plant contract

21st March 2008 Engineering services company VWS Envig has been awarded a contract to design and construct a demineralisation plant for chemical manufacturing company Chemical Initiatives. 

Ion-exchange subsidiary ceases production

21st March 2008 Speciality chemicals company Lanxess Corporation will discontinue production of ion- exchange resins and related products at its wholly owned subsidiary Lanxess Sybron Chemicals effective May 2, 2008, at its facility in Birmingham, New Jersey, US. This will affect about 90 jobs. 

Green chemicals pave the way

By: Desislava Tzoneva     21st March 2008 Drilling and mining chemicals supplier and manufacturer Samchem is increasing its development of environment-friendly products, Samchem head of research and development Dr Rakhi Pathak tells Engineering News. 

New sulphuric acid plant under consideration

By: Desislava Tzoneva     21st March 2008 Chemicals manufacturing company Chemical Initiatives, owned by the AECI Group, is considering building another sulphuric acid plant, owing to increased demand for sulphuric acid worldwide and more appropriately in Southern Africa, Chemical Initiatives MD Steve Sackett tells Engineering News.  

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