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Chemicals and Petrochemicals

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. 


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. 

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. 

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