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Chemicals and Petrochemicals

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... 

Chlorine supplier announces planned expansion

23rd March 2007 South Africa’s sole supplier of its chlorine requirements for purifying drinking water, NCP Chlorchem has announced a planned expansion programme. 

Local supplier introduces new generation degreaser

23rd March 2007 The chemical supplier South African Fine and Industrial Chemicals (Safic) has recently developed a new generation of environmentally friendly, ultra concentrated degreasers. Safic claims that the degreaser is up to seven times more concentrated than standard degreasers. 

Speciality company expands product line

23rd March 2007 American owned speciality company Rohm and Haas South Africa has recently launched a new high-performance, pure acrylic binder designed for the improved formulation of environmentally-friendly wall paints. 

SA, Oman ink cooperation agreement on science and technology

23rd March 2007 Minister of Science and Technology Mosibudi Mangena has signed an agreement with the Minister of Higher Education in the Sultanate of Oman, Dr Rawya Al Busaidi, in Pretoria. 

Polymer pricing likely to take centre stage as optimism grows that steel formula is possible

By: Terence Creamer     2nd February 2007 Pricing in the chemicals sector is likely to come under more intense scrutiny this year as the Department of Trade and industry (DTI) and steel group Mittal Steel South Africa reportedly close in on a mutually acceptable developmental steel-price formula and studies into polymer prices come to a... 

Lanxess completes SA chemicals acquisition

2nd February 2007 German chemicals group Lanxess announced on Thursday that it had completed its acquisition of Dow Chemical’s chrome chemicals business in South Africa. 

Lanxess buys Chrome stake from Dow

By: Nelendhre Moodley     14th December 2006 German chemicals company Lanxess announced on Thursday that it had acquired the remaining 50% interest in Chrome International South Africa, previously held by Dow subsidiary, Sentrachem. 

Demand swells for analytic services

By: Clement Deane     3rd November 2006 There has recently been a noticeable growth in the demand for environmental services, says global supplier of professional laboratory and commodity inspection services M&L Laboratories. 

ACCREDITED AND ON CALL

By: Keith Campbell     20th October 2006 Armscor’s Protechnik Laboratories is the only facility in the Southern Hemispere to be accredited by the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW). 

A diesel additive that passes the test 

By: Keith Campbell     6th October 2006 It meets the requirements of the specification of South African Bureau of Standards (SABS) SANS 342 automotive diesel fuel standard. 

Revived group targets product development as key growth driver

By: Irma Venter     4th August 2006 Chemical and plastics manufacturer and distributor CHC Group has grown its employee numbers from 70 to 250 people over the last five years, as well as having trebled its turnover. 

Going for broad-based BEE from the outset

By: Laura Tyrer     30th June 2006 Global leader in the laboratory supply business Merck South Africa has qualified for broad-based black economic-empowerment (BBBEE) status as a level six contributor with no fronting risk. 

State-of-the-art technology for new Sasol plant

By: Liezel Hill     28th April 2006 A new octene plant for synfuels and chemicals producer Sasol is expected to be ready to begin operation in April next year, says German technology group Linde, which has been awarded the contract, by Sasol Olefins and Surfactants, for the engineering, procurement and construction of the Alpha... 

Covering all aspects of sewage-water management

By: Mischa Drotsky     31st March 2006 The chemical and bacteriological analysis of water samples conducted by Regen Waters Laboratory are realised by employing highly sophisticated instrumentation and extensively qualified personnel, says Regen Waters manager, Ludolf Uys. 

New process plant for petrochemicals giant

24th March 2006 Structural steel fabricator Cosira International has been appointed to fabricate all structural steel components, including equipment support steelwork and pipe rack steelwork, for Sasol’s new 1-octene process plant in Secunda. 

South African company represents four new products

24th March 2006 South African company Labotec is supplying a number of international products under its brand. 

Leading speciality chemicals company seals BEE deal

By: Amy Heydenrych     24th March 2006 Diverse specialty chemicals supplier Henkel South Africa has concluded the company’s black economic-empowerment (BEE) initiative that commenced in 2004. 

Chemicals company undertakes two major Coega developments

By: Amy Heydenrych     24th March 2006 South African company Straits Chemicals is in the foundational stages of two major developments in the Coega area. ? 

Mobile container handling system improves safety

24th March 2006 Specialist in materials-handling equipment for empty and loaded conainers in shipping, road, rail and air applications, Big Lift Trucks, has launched a new mobile container-handling system that also ensures the safe handling, transportation and storage of hazardous and nonhazardous substances. 

Sulphur specialist thinks zinc

By: Amy Heydenrych     24th March 2006 Local sulphur specialist Chemical Initiatives has been awarded a five-year contract to supply sulphur to Skorpion Zinc, a company in the Anglo Base Metals stable. 

New enviro-friendly solvent product for industrial cleaning market

By: Amy Heydenrych     24th March 2006 Early this year, an innovative environment-safe solvent product was launched to the industrial cleaning market. 

New products add to company’s repertoire

24th March 2006 South African company Bearing Man has introduced to new products to its distribution repertoire to serve the chemical industry. 

New opaque polymer technology launched

24th March 2006 The Rohm & Haas range of specialty chemicals includes Ropaque Ultra-E opaque polymers that offer excellent opacity contribution, owing to inherent light-scattering technology. ? 

Firm wins multimillion rand facilities management contract

24th March 2006 South Africa’s leading asset-maintenance company, Pragma, has landed a five-year contract with petrochemical giant Shell SA marketing for the maintenance and management of its retail facilities and assets. 

Industry commits to improve chemicals management

24th March 2006 In Dubai in February this year, the International Council of Chemical Associations (ICCA) announced the launch of two new initiatives – the Responsible Care Global Charter and the Global Product Strategy – aimed at further elevating the global chemical industry’s commitment to... 

Prospects for the chemicals industry are bright

By: Amy Heydenrych     24th March 2006 The South African Chemical and Allied Industries Association (CAIA) notes that the prospects for the chemicals industry are bright, although the sector is not without its challenges. Director of information resources Dr Mike Booth reports that the industry is performing well and is contributing... 

Local company appointed exclusive distributor for British firm

24th March 2006 Johannesburg company Filteg Solutions has been appointed as the exclusive distributor for KnitMesh products into the industrial environment, including the chemical and petrochemical industries. 

Plant-hire firm plays its part in refinery shutdown

24th March 2006 Rand-Air, a South African plant-hire company in the Atlas Copco Group, supplied compressed air and on-site generators during the shutdown of Engen’s Durban plant in October 2005, as the refinery made the conversion to the clean fuels project. 

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