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Chemicals and Petrochemicals

EU outlines priorities for chemicals industry development

20th March 2009 The European Union (EU) outlined in February key factors crucial for sustaining the success of the 27-member bloc's chemicals industry, which employs 1,2-million people and is a world trade leader. 

Sasol chemicals at a glance

20th March 2009 Sasol's chemical businesses produce a variety of commodity and higher-value petrochemicals, fertilisers, mining explosives and pipeline gas. Its products are derived from the beneficiation (the reduction of the sulphur and mineral content) of gas coal at Sasolburg, from feedstock purchased from... 

Chemicals company pushes ahead with capex programme

By: Esmarie Iannucci     20th March 2009 JSE-listed chemicals and explosives firm AECI will continue its capital expenditure programme, despite the current depressed economic climate, CEO Graham Edwards commented earlier this year.  

SA foundry carves international niche in petrochemicals industry

20th March 2009 South African foundry Steloy Castings has established itsself as a global supplier of high-alloy steel components to the local and international oil refining and petrochemicals industry. 

SA chemicals and petrochemicals industry in focus 

By: Loni Prinsloo     20th March 2009 South Africa’s chemical and petrochemicals industry is of substantial economic significance to the country, contributing around 5% to gross domestic product and about 25% of its manufacturing sales. 

Company reports solid earnings 
despite global 
economic crisis

20th March 2009 At chemical company BASF’ yearly press conference in Ludwigshafen, Germany, in February, BASF chairman Dr Jurgen Hambrecht explained that the company is maintaining its solid earnings in the current economic recession, owing to the fact that it has a diversified portfolio and that it has... 

Chemicals association aids energy saving

By: Loni Prinsloo     20th March 2009 The Chemical and Allied Industries’ Association (CAIA) states that it will continue to support the current process of economic implementing energy efficiency measures. 

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. 

Modern heat-exchange technology could cut energy consumption by 20% 

By: Shannon de Ryhove     21st September 2007 Heat transfer, separation and fluid handling technology company Alfa Laval proposes that the South African petrochemical, chemical and refinery process industries could cut their energy consumption levels by 20% by implementing all-welded plate-type heat exchangers in place of the commonly used... 

SA mulls ways to build on strong chemicals platform by upscaling

By: Dennis Ndaba     17th August 2007 Large-scale value-added local manufacture had been identified as a top priority for the next two years, President Thabo Mbeki said in his report back to the media on the outcomes of the mid-year Cabinet Lekgotla. 

Chemicals sector claims responsible-care advances

By: Dennis Ndaba     20th July 2007 The Chemical and Allied Industries' Association (CAIA) says that it has made significant progress in the implementation of responsible care over the last three years. 

Upgrade planned for largest chemical cellulose plant

23rd March 2007 Power and automation technology group ABB South Africa was awarded a $32-million contract for the upgrade of the world's largest chemical cellulose plant. Sappi Saiccor has a capacity to produce about 600 000 t of elemental chlorine free chemical cellulose a year. 

New waste management Bill up for public comment

23rd March 2007 The proposed Waste Management Bill was published in the Government Gazette on the January, 12, this year. The Bill, which appears in General Notice 1832 of 2007 in Government Gazette 29487, will act as a legal framework to provide a basis for the regulation of the country's major waste management... 

Windfall tax reports on Sasol and future fuels

23rd March 2007 A task team appointed by the South African National Treasury to investigate the possibility of the implementation of a windfall tax on petrochemicals giant Sasol, has concluded that the company should not bear additional taxes against its windfall gains. The report followed the suggestion by... 

Synfuels industry fuels economic growth goals

23rd March 2007 The report released by a task team appointed by the South African National Treasury, stated that it was generally accepted that the South African synfuels industry makes a substantial contribution to the economic policy goals of growth, employment and foreign exchange by creating value-added... 

Increased sales for SA chemicals sector

By: Esmarie Iannucci     23rd March 2007 The chemical industry experienced a R27-billion increase in sales compared to 2005. Estimated at around R197-billion for sales, R69,4-million from imports and R38,6-million from exports, the South African Chemical and Allied Industry Association (Caia) reports that it was a very lucrative year.... 

SA's bulk chemicals output larger than expected – DTI

23rd March 2007 The domestic chemical industry into the second largest manufacturing sector in South Africa, second only to the food sector turnover, the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) reports. Given that South Africa’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) is about 0,7% of global GDP, it is noted that... 

Development bank foots bill for Tanzanian bulk liquid storage

23rd March 2007 The Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA) has committed $5,25-million to MGS International to construct a bulk liquid storage terminal in the Kurasini industrial area in Dar es Salaam. The 28 000-m3 tank farm will alleviate the high cost and capacity constraints currently experienced in the... 

Oil report anticipates improved technology

23rd March 2007 International oil mogul Shell has released its first Technology Report. The report covers technological innovations, alternative fuel sources and current projects undertaken by Shell International. 

Flow monitor controls chemical dosing

By: Esmarie Iannucci     23rd March 2007 Dosing pump supplier Grundfos Alldos, previously known as Alldos, has introduced the new TrueDos flow monitor to the South African market. The invention won the innovation of the year award in 2006 at the International Pump Industry Awards. 

Steady growth for petrochemicals industry

By: Esmarie Iannucci     23rd March 2007 Crude oil reached an all-time high of $78 for a barrel of crude oil, reports the South African Petroleum Industry Association (Sapia). The association reports that the demand for oil and oil-related products has seen an increase in South Africa and that diesel especially has seen a very marked... 

Chemical manufacturer grows into fetilisers

By: Esmarie Iannucci     23rd March 2007 Chemical manufacturer Chemical Initiatives (CI) has signed a licensing agreement with Canadian Tiger-Sul products to construct a sulphur betonite forming facility. The facility will be implemented at CI’s Umbogintwini sulphuric acid plant in Durban. Tiger-Sul products will provide CI with... 

Coating over fire hazards

23rd March 2007 Fire protective coating developer Mandoval Vermiculite has developed and introduced new fire protective materials for the chemical and petrochemical industry. Mandoval Vermiculite director Trevor Miller says despite constant improvements in fire fighting techniques, fires in the chemical and... 

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