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Chemicals and Petrochemicals

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. 

A possible solution to dust on gravel roads

26th March 2004 South Africa has 550 000 km of untarred or gravel roads in its nine provinces, and most of these roads are the only form of communication between the rural communities. ? 

Birthday celebrations marked by accreditation announcement

26th March 2004 Well-established chemicals, additives and food ingredients supplier, Carst & Walker, is proud to announce its 70th birthday this year. 

Plasticiser allows two hours of concrete workability

26th March 2004 A plasticiser providing unprecedented two-hour long workability of concrete, called Chrysoplast Omega 101, has been launched by Chryso South Africa. 

Tukkies patents biofouling monitor

26th March 2004 Biofilm is a significant problem in meeting the ever-increasing food-safety requirements that stakeholders in the food and beverage (F&B) industry demand and what the consumer requires from their F&B products. 

Construction chemicals help to waterproof hotel

26th March 2004 Products supplied by abe Construction Chemicals played important interior and exterior roles in the construction of the new five-star Arabella Sheraton Grand Hotel on the foreshore of Cape Town. 

Chemicals firm sets up blending plants in Africa

26th March 2004 Leading manufacturer of industrial, hygiene and environmentally-acceptable chemicals, South Africa Fine and Industrial Chemicals, (Safic), has set up secondary blending plants in Africa. 

Chemical company’s growth goals outlined

By: zeena isaacs     26th March 2004 Chemicals manufacturer and supplier Chemical Initiatives is in the process of implementing a significant growth strategy to increase its competitiveness in the South African chemical industry. 

Third-party verification improves Responsible Care credibility

By: zeena isaacs     26th March 2004 The Chemical and Allied Industries’ Association (Caia) reports that it plans to implement an external auditing system for its Responsible Care (RC) signatories by the second half of this year. 

Oil refineries reduce emissions

By: zeena isaacs     26th March 2004 In the nine years between 1992 and 2001 oilrefineries have increased their capacity by 32%, from 513 000 barrels of fuel a day to 676 000 barrels a day. 

Group increases size through acquisition

26th March 2004 Specialised chemical services company Omnia, providing customised solutions in the agricultural, mining and industrial chemical markets, was successful in its bid to acquire the largest distributor and trader of chemicals in South Africa, the Prochem group. 

Pulp mill technology introduced

By: Deborah Spicer     12th March 2004 For over 40 years, Air Products has worked closely with pulp and paper manufacturers to design, develop, and implement improvements throughout the mill, providing solutions to process challenges. 

Sasol Dia Acrylates project to come onstream soon

By: candice haase     23rd January 2004 South Africa’s first acrylic acids and acrylates (AAA) complex, based in Sasolburg, is on schedule to begin production in early 2004. 

DTI to host cosmetics-manufacturing event

By: laurian clemence     20th January 2004 The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) will be hosting a cosmetics and beauty products manufacturing workshop on February 4, in Sandton, in a bid to jump-start cosmetics business opportunities in South Africa. 

World beaters

By: Martin Creamer     12th December 2003 The new acrylic acids and acrylate (AAA) project in Sasolburg is on track to beat the world construction norm for plants of this kind, Engineering News can today report. 

Resins firm in polyester coup

12th December 2003 Local manufacturer of unsaturated polyester resins, gelcoats and pigment pastes in South Africa, NCS Resins, has signed a major three-part agreement with Reichhold of the US, the world’s largest UPE producer. 

Fine performance

By: Martin Creamer     28th November 2003 Every year for the past 22, Engineering News has used its last edition of November to feature those companies whose exceptional performance has caught the eye of the editor. 

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