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Chemicals and Petrochemicals

SA a drawcard for chemical firms

8th June 2001 South African expertise holds exciting potential for synergies between international and local participants. 

SA chemical sector leading the world

8th June 2001 The local chemical industry is on a par with international trends and technologies and, in some cases, leading the pack. 

Leaner company structure increases

8th June 2001 Chemical firm Ciba Specialty Chemicals has simplified its structure to increase profitable growth. 

More contracts for corrosion-prevention firm

8th June 2001 Two significant contracts have been awarded to Paradigm Projects, of Pinetown, a company specialising in corrosion prevention. 

Plans advance for chem hub

8th June 2001 The shareholding of a South African virtual chemical city business concept, known as ChemCity, is expected to be finalised by year-end. 

SA-Brazil marketing plan

By: Keith Campbell     1st June 2001 BRAZIL is proposing that sugarcane producing countries should jointly develop a global market in ethanol, for use as an additive in petrol, and has already suggested the idea to South Africa, Engineering News can report. 

Final approval granted for R998-million alcohol plant

By: System Author     8th December 2000 Sasol chemicals industries 

R2,5-billion in projects in progress

By: System Author     8th December 2000 Sasol chemicals industries 

R1,4-billion acid plant design near completion

By: System Author     24th November 2000 Basic engineering of Sasol Chemical Industries’ R1,43-billion acrylic acid and acrylates complex in Sasolburg, Free State, is nearing completion. 

Concrete-penetrating chemical in South Africa

By: System Author     10th November 2000 A chemical formulation, which penetrates concrete through its micropore structure and reacts with it to reduce porosity and increase its strength, has been launched in South Africa. 

Progress and promise with syngas

By: System Author     10th November 2000 Spells it Out 

Chemical supplier to expand services

By: System Author     27th October 2000 Stainless Steel 

South Africa part of worldwide chemical consolidation

By: System Author     13th October 2000 The reshuffling of Dow in Africa continues as the world’s second-largest chemical company continues to stamp its authority on the South African chemical industry. 

Petrochem company’s R27bn growth ‘six-pack’

By: System Author     8th September 2000 Petrochemicals giant Sasol plans to spend about R27-billion on capital projects over the next four years as it continues to pursue its ‘six-pack’ growth plan – the good news for South Africa is that some 60% of the expenditure is destined for this country. 

Engineering complete for alcohol plant

By: System Author     14th July 2000 Construction of South African petrochemicals giant subsidiary Sasol Chemical Industries’s billion-rand world-scale detergent alcohol plant is due to start in October. 

Boost for SA fine chemicals

By: System Author     7th July 2000 South Africa’s fine chemical and chemical processing industries have received a welcome boost with CSIR Food, Biological and Chemical Technologies’ acquisition of a Novartis multipurpose plant. 

New acid regeneration

By: System Author     23rd June 2000 A new acid regeneration system for the galvanising and powder-coating industries has been developed by Eskom Industrelek. 

Chemical industry looking positive

By: System Author     9th June 2000 Chemicals 

Co-operation contract concluded

By: System Author     9th June 2000 Chemicals 

Increase in exports on the cards

By: System Author     9th June 2000 Chemicals 

Growth predicted for local chemical subsidiary

By: System Author     9th June 2000 Chemicals 

Return to core competences mooted

By: System Author     9th June 2000 Chemicals 

Large chemicals expansion

By: System Author     2nd June 2000 Local manufacturer and distributor of chemicals and plastics CH Chemicals group has invested R30-million in a new manufacturing facility at Tunney, outside Johannesburg. 

Local company manufactures chemical-resistant concrete

By: System Author     2nd June 2000 Concrete 

Project Sky High resurrected

By: System Author     12th May 2000 South African petrochemical company Sasol has re-embarked on feasibility studies for the further expansion of its synthetic fuels plant in Secunda, Mpumalanga, a year after the project had been put on ice. 

Tallest petrochem column

By: System Author     12th May 2000 A new steel column, which is reportedly the tallest in Southern Africa, was erected at Sasol’s Alpha Olefins plant in Secunda, Mpumalanga, last month. 

African distribution of biochemical products secured

By: System Author     12th May 2000 Cleantex 2000 

Opportunities abound in chemicals

By: System Author     7th April 2000 Uncertainty in the downstream chemicals sector is being turned into a business opportunity through an innovative scheme led by ChemCity and its shareholders Sasol Chemicals Industries, Labat Industrial Holdings and Gensec. 

Rubber chemicals manufactured in SA

By: System Author     7th April 2000 Rubber 

New surface heat-treatment process

By: System Author     17th March 2000 New thermochemical heat-treatment processes to combat wear and corrosion are now available in South Africa. 

Sulphur-elimination trend growing

By: System Author     11th February 2000 State-of-the-art sulphur analysers have been commissioned at Sasol’s Mpumalanga synthetic-gas complex by AR Controls, of Vanderbjlpark, the South African distributor for Houston Atlas of the US. 

Little ol’ SA aids big US

By: System Author     11th February 2000 Besides transferring its know-how to this country and ploughing R6-billion into it, the world’s second-largest chemical company says it has learnt from little ol’ South Africa. 

Making inroads into export market

By: System Author     4th February 2000 Plastics, petrochemicals and synfibres 

Benefits from EU–SA trade deal

By: System Author     4th February 2000 Plastics, petrochemicals and synfibres 

German chemicals giant mulls SA projects

By: System Author     26th November 1999 German speciality chemicals company Degussa-H 

SA solvents giant turns eyes offshore

By: System Author     12th November 1999 Following the opening of Sasol Solvents’ new 140 000 t/y methanol plant at Sasolburg, the division is considering expansion overseas. 

New actor on SA chemicals stage

By: System Author     5th November 1999 There is a new entity in the South African chemicals industry. 

Detergent alcohol plant, Mpumalanga,

By: System Author     22nd October 1999 A detergent alcohol production plant at Secunda. 

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