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Chemicals & Pharmaceuticals News

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.  

Adhesives research used for photovoltaic modules

By: Desislava Tzoneva     21st March 2008 Adhesives and sealants products manufacturer for industry sectors, Henkel is investigating and testing a number of options to increase energy efficiency with solar panels and associated adhesives worldwide, Henkel South Africa MD Dr Michael Zipp tells Engineering News.  

Measuring equipment to detect sulphur up to 0,26 ppb

By: Desislava Tzoneva     21st March 2008 Scientific instruments and consumables suppliers Wirsam Scientific offers a range of sulphur content-detecting scientific equipment from Antek and Rigaku, in South Africa. 

Refinery pipeline project on schedule

By: Desislava Tzoneva     21st March 2008 The seven pipes replacement-project, for Shell and BP Petroleum Refineries (Sapref), is on schedule and will be completed early this year, says Sapref project manager Ebrahim Vawda. 

Committee to advise on chemicals sector implementation strategy

By: Desislava Tzoneva     21st March 2008 A chemicals sector expert advisory committee, consisting of government and industry players (i.e., business and labour), has been established to advise the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) on implementation of key action programmes (KAPs) for the chemicals sector, DTI chief director for... 

Biological range of products offers cleaner industry solutions

By: Desislava Tzoneva     21st March 2008 Chemical manufacturing company Chemical Convertors has developed a new range of biological chemical products for waste and sewage applications, Chemical Convertors sales representative Michael Smith tells Engineering News. 

Contract for design of integrated control system for new LNG plant

21st March 2008 New York, London and Chicago Stock Exchange-listed Honeywell was awarded a contract in January to provide the integrated control system for Woodside’s new Pluto liquefied natural gas (LNG) project in Western Australia. The project, based on Woodside’s Pluto gas field north-west of... 

Chemicals company launches two-component slurry technology

21st March 2008 The two-component TruPlane is available as separate concentrated abrasive and additive packages, allowing them to be mixed in different ratios to tune removal rates, as well as selectivity in customers’ fabrication facilities. The two-component slurry should be opted for use as a... 

BEE-owned chemicals company makes first acquisition

21st March 2008 Black-controlled and-owned investment company Nkunzi Investment Holdings’ Nkunzi Chemicals has purchased 17-year-old Daytona Chemicals. 

Indonesian chemicals group manages fleet safety

21st March 2008 Bulk chemicals trading, distribution and logistics company in Indonesia, AKR Corporindo, has diversified in the spheres of distribution and logistics and is spearheading the field of supply chain management (SCM) in Indonesia. 

Electrical trace heating outperforms steam trace heating

21st March 2008 Design, certification, manufacture and supply of electronic equipment for hazardous areas, Bartec, recommends the use of electrical trace heating (ETH) in large industrial plants as a viable alternative to traditional steam trace heating, owing to more accurate control systems which lead to... 

Chemicals company completes sale of polymers business

21st March 2008 New York Stock Exchange-listed Air Products has completed the previously announced sale of its interests in its vinyl acetate ethylene (VAE) polymers joint venture (JV) to its partner, Wacker Chemie, for $265-million and full ownership in the Elkton and Piedmont, production facilities and their... 

Petrochemical pumps receive tenth edition upgrade

By: Desislava Tzoneva     21st March 2008 Engineered pumps manufacturer APE Pumps is manufacturing its petrochemical pump range to a new edition of the American Petroleum Institute (API) standard 610, APE Pumps engineering director Alan Sternsdorf tells Engineering News. 

AECI mulls split of property unit from core business

By: Terence Creamer     21st March 2008 JSE-listed explosives and chemicals company AECI would consider “all options” for the release of further value from its 3 000-ha-plus land holdings in Modderfontein, Gauteng, and Somerset West, in the Cape, including a possible separate listing of the Heartland unit. 

Chemicals company strives towards further transformation, growth

By: Leandi Kolver     21st March 2008 Multinational pharmaceuticals and chemicals supplier Merck Chemicals has achieved a level five ranking on its broad-based black economic empowerment (BBBEE) scorecard according to the generic scorecard and codes of good practice. This is one level up from its previous ranking. 

Coca Cola opens international quality testing laboratory in Gauteng  

By: Matthew Hill     14th March 2008 World number-one beverage maker Coca Cola on Friday launched a new $6-million (nearly R50-million) quality testing laboratory in Midrand, which it lauded as its most technologically advanced globally. The facility would test Coca Cola products from 162 bottlers in 56 African countries and... 

Sasol to unveil final terms of R25bn BEE deal this month

By: Leandi Kolver     10th March 2008 South African petrochemicals giant Sasol said at its interim results presentation on Monday that it had reached its final terms of its black economic-empowerment (BEE) transaction, with an announcement expected later this month. The initial BEE deal stood at R17,9-billion, but grew to a... 

AltX-listed firm studies Eastern Cape wind power options 

By: Matthew Hill     22nd February 2008 AltX-listed flooring and chemicals company Safic has taken a proactive stance in light of South Africa's power crisis and is studying the feasibility of building a wind turbine power station at its East London plant, which could become the third such facility in the country. CEO Fred Platt... 

AECI falls to year low on fresh profit warning

By: Terence Creamer     1st February 2008 JSE-listed explosives, chemicals and property group AECI reported on Friday that it expected its headline earnings a share to be between 10% and 15% below the lower guidance it provided to the market in a note to shareholder on November 28.  

Sasol will maintain fuel output for ‘foreseeable future' despite cutting power usage

By: Christy van der Merwe     25th January 2008 Petrochemicals giant Sasol said on Friday said its production volumes would be affected after Eskom requested it to cut back on electricity consumption. 

Lonhro sells stakes in telecoms, chemicals firms to Zimbabwe subsidiary

By: Olivia Soraya Spadavecchia     15th January 2008 Zimbabwean investment company LonZim has acquired an 80% shareholding in Blueberry International Services from Lonrho for some £2,431-million in cash and payment of a deferred consideration of $908 000, its said on Tuesday.  

Afrox appoints Karen Oliver as nonexecutive director

By: Matthew Hill     7th January 2008 Africa's biggest gases and welding products producer, Afrox, on Monday said that it had appointed a new nonexecutive director named Karen Oliver. 

Chemical manufacturer sells equity stake in BEE deal

By: Christy van der Merwe     7th January 2008 South African food acid, placticiser and anhydride manufacturer Isegen on Friday announced its conclusion of a black-economic empowerment (BEE) transaction, where Imbewu Capital partners acquired a 15% stake in the company. 

Pollution busting could earn fertiliser firm R60m/y

By: Christy van der Merwe     14th December 2007 Diversified chemical services provider Omnia, is "well on track" with it's registered clean development mechanism (CDM) project, the ‘Envinox' clean air plant, which is expected to be complete by January 2008. 

Astrapak says interim figures overstated, shares plunge

By: Matthew Hill     13th December 2007 Packaging firm Astrapak took a nearly 5% tumble on Thursday after it said that it had overstated its figures for the six months ended Feburuary 2007, with earnings 9,3% lower than previously reported.  

Unbundled Barloworld unit lists as Freeworld Coatings, eyes Asian markets

By: Christy van der Merwe     3rd December 2007 Monday signified a new start for the recently unbundled Barloworld coatings division, as the company listed as Freeworld Coatings on the main board of the JSE. The decorative, automotive and industrial coatings manufacturer, of which former mining boss Bobby Godsell is the chairperson, has... 

AECI headline EPS to fall by bewteen 48% and 53%

By: Matthew Hill     28th November 2007 Chemicals and explosives firm AECI would report headline earnings a share for the 2007 fiscal year that were 48% to 53% lower than the previous year, owing to gains from a disposal and a pension fund employer surplus account in financial 2006, it said on Wednesday. 

AECI to retrench hundreds as it closes unprofitable Sans Fibres units

By: Matthew Hill     28th November 2007 JSE-listed chemicals group AECI will be closing three of its SANS Fibres businesses, leading to it retrenching some 850 people, it said on Wednesday. 

SA launches two nanotechnology innovation centres

By: Christy van der Merwe     26th November 2007 A milestone in the Department of Science and Technology's (DST) nanotechnology strategy was reached on Monday, as two nanotechnology innovation centres (NIC) were launched at the CSIR in Pretoria, aiming to make science work for society. 

Green opposition could put paid to Indian group’s Tanzania soda-ash plans

By: John Muchira     23rd November 2007 A proposal by Indian multinational Tata Chemicals to construct a soda ash-extraction and -processing plant at Lake Natron, in Tanzania, hangs in the balance following intense opposition from environmental conservationists. 

CTL’s carbon footprint a key challenge, Sasol admits

By: Terence Creamer     19th November 2007 South African petrochemicals group Sasol has identified global climate change as a ‘principal strategic challenge' in its ability to deploy coal- and gas-to-liquids technologies globally, group environmental expert Fred Goede said on Monday.  

Barloworld to unbundle and list shares in paint unit early next month

By: Terence Creamer     19th November 2007 Restructured industrial brands and logistics group Barloworld confirmed on Monday that it would unbundle its shares in its coatings unit, known principally for the Plascon brand, and list the company on the JSE in early December. 

Diversified industrial player sees public offering as next step in growth plan

By: Leandi Kolver     16th November 2007 JSE-listed flooring and chemicals company Safic Holdings is currently expanding its focus in an attempt to become a niche but dominant player in all its current markets.  

SA reviews duties on chemical, aluminium and textile inputs

By: Terence Creamer     7th November 2007 A comprehensive review of tariff protection on certain upstream industrial inputs - including chemicals and plastics, textile for apparel and clothing, and aluminium - has been launched by the International Trade Administration Commission of South Africa (Itac). 

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