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Chemicals and Petrochemicals

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. 

Vapour combustion systems aid in pollution control

By: Amy Heydenrych     24th March 2006 Driven by the global concern regarding hazardous organic pollution in industrial and urban areas, South African company Explochem is providing a product that has been proved to reduce harmful emissions. 

Spoornet-Sasol sets 1mt/y chemicals export target

By: Terence Creamer     10th November 2005 Railways utility Spoornet and petrochemicals group Sasol have signed-off on a collaborative supply-chain deal, which should see a doubling of railed tonnage of specialty chemicals over the next three years. 

IDZ confounds critics as international investments flow in

By: Keith Campbell     4th November 2005 With some R2,9-billion in international investments announced since May, the once much-derided Coega Industrial Development Zone seems set fair to have the last laugh. 

Quality job promise

By: Liezel Hill     28th October 2005 Some 5 000 sustainable high-wage jobs and an initial R4,5-billion in new investments over the next five years could be generated through a proposed sector development strategy for the chemical industry, released this week for public comment by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI). 

R1,1bn chemicals investment destined for Coega

By: Liezel Hill     26th October 2005 Newly-formed local firm Straits Chemicals - a joint operation between South East Asian and South African businesses - yesterday announced that it would build a chlorine-manufacturing plant as well as a desalination plant at the Coega Industrial Development Zone (IDZ), near Port Elizabeth. 

Chemicals sector holds quality job promise

By: Liezel Hill     20th October 2005 Some 5 000 sustainable high-wage jobs and an initial R4,5-billion in new investments over the next five years could be generated through a proposed sector-development strategy for the chemicals industry, released this week for public comment by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI). 

Chemical firm continues acquisition strategy

By: Nicola Mawson     19th October 2005 In the final round of JSE-listed AECI's roadshow on its assorted subsidiaries, Chemical Services MD Frank Baker told assembled analysts that the firm was still aggressively following its acquisition strategy. 

Highest rating achieved by SA scientist

By: peter cromberge     30th September 2005 Professor Diane Hildebrandt of the University of Witwatersrand was awarded an A-rating, the highest rating a scientist can achieve, for 2004, making her the only scientist bestowed with the award by the National Research Foundation (NRF) for 2004. 

Sasol has 'sympathy' for State's pricing concerns

By: Nicola Mawson     15th September 2005 Petrochemicals giant Sasol claims to be cooperating with the National Economic Development and Labour Council (Nedlac) on the contentious question of import parity pricing (IPP) and says it is “sympathetic to the IPP concerns of government. 

Chemicals and explosives group has designs on new markets

By: peter cromberge     5th August 2005 Having braved a strong rand, sluggish growth in the manufacturing sector, the high oil price and high input costs, specialty product and services company AECI has weathered the storm and announced trading profits across all its operations. 

R25m plant to double firm's output volumes

By: elizabeth rebelo     8th July 2005 The official launch of Chryso SA’s new R25-million plant and South African head office facility in Jet Park will allow the company to double its current production volumes. 

Chemicals firm expands Africa presence

20th June 2005 Chemicals company BASF Coatings has announced that it is expanding its market presence in Africa, with the immediate entry of automotive products in Ghana. 

Association plans measures to curb container dumping

By: Nicola Mawson     27th May 2005 A judgment dealing with environmental infringement was this week handed down. 

Chemicals group expects earnings rise

26th May 2005 Chemical services company Omnia this week advised shareholders that headline and basic earnings have increased by more than 25%. 

Admixtures are becoming more important

By: Mariaan Webb     20th May 2005 Concrete admixtures are fast becoming almost as essential as concrete itself on building sites, but there appears to be some ignorance about the role these construction chemicals play in formulating the correct concrete mix for specific applications. 

Chemicals multinational seeks to grow SA unit

29th April 2005 Multinational chemicals group BASF yesterday released 2004 financial results for its South African and Sub-Saharan business units, where it achieved sales of R1,3-billion for the financial period despite high oil prices and a strong rand. 

BEE chemicals firm gets quality seal

29th April 2005 Empowered cementitious-products and chemicals company Fine Organic Chemicals has announced that it has gained South African Bureau of Standards approval for a number of its cleaning products. 

Dosing units reduce the risk of chlorine-gas leakage

By: Mariaan Webb     1st April 2005 A chlorine-gas leakage can be potentially deadly and in the process of purifying water and wastewater treatment, chlorine is generally found. 

Environmental systems for the metal-finishing industries

1st April 2005 All manufacturing operations using chemicals and water for its production processes have a responsibility to ensure that the ensuing waste water is treated and meets with the compliance limits laid down by their regulatory bodies, VJL Technologies’ MD Johan Vermeulen says. 

Study to probe chemical-sector pricing

By: Martin Czernowalow     1st April 2005 In response to a call by President Thabo Mbeki to abolish import-parity pricing (IPP) from some industrial sectors, the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) is inviting proposals for a research study into the effects of pricing practices, including IPP, within the chemical sector, with... 

Online process sulphur analyser new to SA

By: abdul cook     25th March 2005 Three analysers that can accurately measure and analyse information in the chemical and petrochemicals industries have been introduced by OEN Enterprises. 

R30-million water upgrading plant for refinery

25th March 2005 A leading water and energy solutions company in Southern Africa, ImproChem, has started construction of a R30-million wastewater upgrading facility at Caltex Refinery in Milnerton, Cape Town. 

Chemical wizardry beats polyurethane shortage

25th March 2005 South African manufacturers of a wide variety of goods based upon polyurethane chemicals are facing pressure as a result of a worldwide shortage of component chemicals such as isocyanates and polyols. 

Chemical incubator facilitates novel projects

By: abdul cook     25th March 2005 Port Elizabeth-based Chemin has been involved in more than forty projects since inception, receiving more than 150 expressions of interest. 

Local pipes launched in the US

By: abdul cook     25th March 2005 The middle of January saw the first delivery of about 2 500 m of Petroplas pipes to the US – marking the export launch of a South African designed and manufactured product despite the unfavourable rand/dollar exchange rate. 

Project Turbo receives secondary cooling pumps

25th March 2005 Gauteng-based APE Pumps has completed manufacture of the first six of ten split-case secondary cooling pumps for Project Turbo. 

Not all acrylic binders are equal

25th March 2005 “In recent years the paint market has been flooded with many 100% acrylic binders purporting to offer outstanding performance in all kinds of exterior applications,” says Rohm & Haas South Africa MD Forbes Merrigan. 

New generation of crude oil distillation systems

25th March 2005 For a number of years now, there have been no new developments or fundamental enhancements in equipment used for laboratory crude oil distillation in compliance with ASTM standards D-2892, D-5236 and D-1160. 

The perfect answer to loose screws

25th March 2005 Henkel Loctite, of Germany, has recently launched a new range of threadlockers and threadsealants to be used in maintenance and repair work in car workshops and various sectors of industry, including the chemical and petrochemical sectors. 

Software package improves operations at refineries

By: abdul cook     25th March 2005 An innovative means to unify all of AspenTech’s products and capabilities into a single cohesive system was introduced late last year by the company. 

Toxicity-testing device to target mining sector

By: abdul cook     25th March 2005 A new field-based method to measure toxicity was introduced to South Africa earlier this month. 

Safety torches operate in potentially-explosive conditions

By: abdul cook     25th March 2005 Gauteng-based Denver Technical Products have introduced one of the first ATEX directive compliant safety lights to South Africa. 

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