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Chemicals and Petrochemicals

High hopes for SA-manufactured teflon

By: System Author     5th March 1999 South Africa’s new R40-million polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) or teflon-producing pilot plant will be commissioned in the second half of this year. Over the past nine years AEC commercial arm, Pelindaba Technologies’ chemical division has developed a plasma-based process to produce... 

Enzymes supplier to represent Danish firm

By: System Author     26th February 1999 Supplier of enzymes and speciality chemicals to African Products, Johannesburg company Enzymes SA was appointed the official Novo Nordisk office for enzymes in sub-Saharan Africa effective from January. The Danish company Novo Nordisk is reported to be the world leading enzyme supplier and boasts... 

Continuous ion-exchange resin supply

By: System Author     26th February 1999 Local company Mon- tan Chemicals has been a supplier of ion-exchange resins to African Products since 1990, reports Montan Chemicals product manager Chris Braybrooke. African Products produces starch and a range of related products including glucose. Three of its four plants produce glucose... 

30 years of slick success

By: System Author     19th February 1999 Independent oil distributor Atlas Oil & Chemical celebrated 30 years in the industry at the end of last year. Founders Abie Mulder and Willie Liebenberg started trading in the Dunswart industrial area on the East Rand and progressed literally from an outside shed, where Premier Equipment has its... 

Fibres remove oil

By: System Author     19th February 1999 A chemically-treated fibrous material that removes oil from water has been developed at the University of Wales’s award-winning BioComposites Centre in Bangor, Wales. Treated fibres, based on wood or plant fibres – both well-tried oil absorbers – have the capacity to take up at... 

SA gets five new chemical projects

By: Archivist     15th January 1999 A R1,5-billion investment in five new chemical plants has been approved by Sasol as part of its R14-billion five-year capital expansion programme. In an announcement in December last year, Sasol MD Pieter Cox said that the plants will include a R270-million ethyl acetate plant, a R140-million... 

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