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Chemicals and Petrochemicals

Petrochemical project for welding machine specialist

By: abdul cook     25th March 2005 Port Elizabeth-based Fabinox Projects is taking delivery of three more Orbital welding machines, increasing its total Orbital equipment to seven. 

Study to probe chemical sector pricing

By: Martin Czernowalow     17th March 2005 In response to a call by President Thabo Mbeki to abolish import parity pricing (IPP) from some industrial sectors, South Africa's Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) is inviting proposals for a research study into the effect of pricing practices, including IPP, within the chemical sector,... 

'Corporate SA coming to grips with strong rand'

By: Helene Le Roux     11th March 2005 The strong rand is forcing South African companies to trim the fat off their operations and adapt to much leaner conditions. 

Use of contractors under scrutiny

By: Irma Venter     25th February 2005 Trade union Solidarity has broadened its criticism of petrochemicals giant Sasol’s use of contractors to include South Africa’s chemical and petrochemical industry. 

Dewatering-wells project the biggest in Southern Africa

By: abdul cook     3rd December 2004 A joint venture between France-based Soletanche Bachy and Dura Piling, of Gauteng, constructed a single-phase self-hardening slurry cut-off wall and installed deep dewatering wellpoints and piezometers at the Port of Ngqura. 

Quick-fix solutions for damaged pipelines

By: abdul cook     19th November 2004 Pipeline corrosion and mechanical damage in the form of cracks, dents and gouges can cause costly downtime for processing and manufacturing industries. 

Poor-quality fuel may cost fleet owners dearly

19th November 2004 The quality of South African diesel has become quite an issue, says fuel-analysis firm WearCheck Africa. 

Aluminium plant's costs fall as breakdowns are slashed

By: abdul cook     19th November 2004 After eight months of response work and attending to breakdowns at Bayside Aluminium in, Richards Bay, Crane Aid, a subsidiary of Morris Material Handling, has landed a contract to maintain the Reduction B and C cranes at the plant. 

The challenge of online effluent testing

5th November 2004 Increasingly strict environmental legislation makes the reliable measurement of waste-water parameters essential for the effective treatment of effluents. 

Cape varsity emerging as catalysis hub

By: Jill Stanford     15th October 2004 THE first National Centre of Excellence has been launched at the University of Cape Town’s chemical engineering building by vice-chancellor Professor Njabulo Ndebele. 

Orlik

By: Laura Franz     15th October 2004 Orlik Speciality Chemicals is involved in the manufacture and supply of speciality chemicals for metal finishing to the electro-plating, anodising, phosphating and wire-drawing industries. 

Joe Makhoere

17th September 2004 Full name: Tsoeu Joseph Makhoere Position: MD Merisol RSA since March 2003 Main activity of the company: Manufacture of cresylic chemicals from material that would otherwise be dumped as waste Date and place of birth: December 18, 1956, Vereeniging Education: Lekoa Shandu High School,... 

Sasol mulls offshore chemicals integration options

By: Terence Creamer     10th September 2004 Petrochemicals firm Sasol is considering a variety of options for the vertical-integration of its troubled international chemicals business - it is also expecting a significant turnaround from the business in 2005 due to a change in the fortunes of the chemicals cycle. 

Move to rid Africa of obsolete pesticides

30th June 2004 A new international initiative is on the cards to rid Africa of some 50 000 t of obsolete pesticides over the next 12 to15 years. The entire undertaking is estimated to cost some $250-million, the World Bank reports. 

20% of R12-billion project budget spent

25th June 2004 Some 20% of the R12-billion capital for Project Turbo, one of the largest projects ever undertaken in South Africa, has already been spent, Engineering News can today report. 

New corrosion-resistant material’s products by Q1 2004

By: elizabeth rebelo     4th June 2004 When it comes to available materials engineered to combat wear, most provide?either for good abrasion resistance or for good corrosion resistance, but few for?both abrasion and corrosion resistanc 

Centralised lubrication promoted

By: elizabeth rebelo     4th June 2004 The Safematic centralised lubrication systems, from John Crane, provides a comprehensive and reliable coverage, which eliminates the need for any manual lubrication. 

Consortium acquires stabiliser business

1st June 2004 A consortium consisting of Sun Ace Group, Reagens SpA and Shinagawa, has purchased Cognis polyvinyl chloride (PVC) stabiliser business in Europe and Asia. 

Increased sulphur production

By: Martin Creamer     21st May 2004 Sasol is in the final stages of implementing an environmentally driven R360-million project to reduce hydrogen sulphide (H2S) emissions from its synthetic fuels production facilities in Secunda, Mpumalanga, Engineering News can today report. 

Miniature proportional valves introduced

By: elizabeth rebelo     14th May 2004 The VP12 miniature proportional valve has recently been launched by Norgren, which is locally distributed by Ernest Lowe, in response to a market demand. 

Strong demand expected for new butterfly valve

By: elizabeth rebelo     14th May 2004 Subsidiary of Steinm 

Butterfly valve declared fire-safe

By: elizabeth rebelo     14th May 2004 A new fire-safe design of the butterfly valve DANA1S 150 has passed the fire-safety test according to API 607 standard (American Petroleum Institute). 

Chemical Initiatives

14th May 2004 Chemical Initiatives is the manufacturer of sulphur-based chemicals, including sulphuric acid, sulphonic acid, aluminium sulphate, liquidsulphur dioxide, raw sulphur and molten sulphur. 

South Africa's import parity pricing war

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     26th April 2004 Labour and sections of industry are livid. But the Competition Commission insists that import parity pricing (IPP) is not necessarily anticompetitive and has advised the government against imposing a blanket ban on the practice. 

Cleaning-products firm sets sights on Europe

By: Zonika Botha     23rd April 2004 Local industrial cleaning products manufacturer Reinol-Janek Chemicals, of Germiston, is setting its sights on the European market. 

Chemicals industry learnership programme has been launched

23rd April 2004 South African Labour Minister Membathisi Mdladlana launched the Chemical Industry Sectoral Education and Training Authority (Chieta) learnership programme, known as the shutdown, maintenance and construction project, accelerating the enrolment of unemployed learners into learnerships. 

Price Wars

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     23rd April 2004 Labour and sections of industry are livid. But the Competition Commission insists that import-parity pricing (IPP) is not necessarily anticompetitive and has advised the government against imposing a blanket ban on the practice. 

Varsity opens new chemeng facility

By: Jill Stanford     23rd April 2004 THE University of Cape Town has opened its new chemical engineering building. 

Road-stabilising-polymer firm targeting Africa

16th April 2004 As development of Africa continues, the need for road infrastructure has been identified by Botswana company Renolith Africa as a growth area for its product, a road stabilising polymer. 

Sasol commissions a R2,2bn acrylics complex

By: Laura Franz     9th April 2004 Petrochemicals giant Sasol has successfully commissioned a R2,2-billion acrylics and acrylates complex at Sasolburg, and has started exporting product on the back of growing international demand. 

Cabinets suit chemical and corrosive conditions

26th March 2004 Electrical equipment and wire accessories company Legrand has launched two cabinets – a polyester Marina cabinet and an Atlantic stainless steel cabinet – designed for use in any environment. 

Special sealant for motorway expansion joint repairs

26th March 2004 A special road sealant supplied by abe Construction Chemicals of Boksburg was used for the sealing of more than 100 bridge expansion joints on Johannesburg’s M1 motorway. 

New process could save millions for South African chemical industry

26th March 2004 New process could save millions for South African chemical industry?The South African chemicals industry accounted for R95,8-billion in 2000. 

Resin manufacturer to implement maintenance and Sheq solution

26th March 2004 French-based multinational resins manufacturing giant and member of the Atofina group, Cray Valley, is to implement the Aurora plant-maintenance solution from ApplyIT at its South African operation in Durban, Kwazulu-Natal, to complement the enterprise resource planning (ERP) system through which... 

Procurement opportunities abound in West Africa’s oil industry

26th March 2004 Local service and supply companies are missing out on huge opportunities in upstream and downstream activities from a number of oil-resourced West African countries such as, Angola, Nigeria, Cameroon, Gabon and Equatorial Guinea, says Africa Project Access MD and one of the speakers at Oil Africa... 

Chains suitable for chemical environments

26th March 2004 The power transmission division of Bearing Man has designed a range of high-performance IWIS corrosion-resistant chains with high fatigue- and wear-resistance for improved performance and extended service life in chemical environments. 

Pumps become more suited to chemical applications

26th March 2004 When it comes to available materials engineered to combat wear, most provide either for good abrasion resistance or good corrosion resistance, but few for abrasion and corrosion resistance. 

Pump and blending equipment added to range

26th March 2004 Through its international holding company, SPX Process Equipment, Lightnin Africa has broadened its marketing thrust into the petrochemical and chemical industries with the addition of world-renowned pump and blending equipment ranges. 

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