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Chemicals and Petrochemicals

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. 

Big deal required much midnight oil to be burnt

28th November 2003 A significant and positive aspect of the Prochem transaction was the seamless manner in which Omnia’s management worked together with Omnia’s lawyers, Goldman Judin Maisels Inc, in finalising the complicated legal agreements. 

Joint venture in New Zealand

28th November 2003 Omnia has entered into a joint venture agreement with Ravensdown Fertiliser Cooperative (Ravensdown) for the development, production and distribution of speciality products in New Zealand, demonstrating the company’s commitment to the growing New Zealand agricultural market and enhancing... 

Sulphur dioxide is pivotal to the making of wine

21st November 2003 Sulphur dioxide (SO2) plays a critical role in the production and preservation of quality wine and grape juice. 

SA maize carry out at 7,058m tons in September

27th October 2003 South Africa's unutilised maize stocks declined by the end of September from the previous month, but they were still well above levels at the same time last year, data showed at the weekend. 

Rising input costs put pressure on water prices

By: Deborah Spicer     10th October 2003 Bulk water supplier Rand Water is concerned that increases in input costs for its business may have a negative effect on the poorest South Africans. 

Chemicals firm appoints new executive director

30th September 2003 Specialised chemical services company Omnia announced yesterday that it has appointed a new executive director to its board of directors. 

SA company in sea-cleaning and wealth-from-waste JV

By: Martin Creamer     29th September 2003 A South African company has become the world’s largest producer of lignin chemicals in a waste-to-wealth joint venture with a Norwegian partner – and helped to improve visibility at one of the top-ten marine divers’ sites at the same time, Engineering News can today report. 

She gets R2m a year from chemicals manufacturer

By: zeena isaacs     26th September 2003 Chemicals manufacturer and supplier Chemical Initiatives spends more than R2-million a year on safety, health and environment (She) initiatives. 

13 000 m of insulation, 74 t of stainless cladding

26th September 2003 A total of 13 256 m of insulation and 74 t of stainless-steel cladding were used at the wealth-from-waste plant LignoTech South Africa, the world’s-largest lignin chemicals producer. 


By: Martin Creamer     26th September 2003 A South African company has become the world’s largest producer of lignin chemicals in a waste-to-wealth joint venture with a Norwegian partner – and helped to clean up one of the top-ten marine divers’ sites at the same time, Engineering News can today report. 

Affluent effluent

26th September 2003 A South African company is the world’s largest producer of one of the most subliminal yet ubiquitous ingredients of modern-day living – dissolving pulp, a common ingredient in a diverse number of products ranging widely from suits, spectacles and sausages to cellphones, cigarettes and... 

Biggest infrastructural project uses the SA-made additive

26th September 2003 The world’s costliest infrastructural project – at which a South African-made concrete additive is being used – is the $14-billion high-speed 300 km/h railway between Taiwan’s two largest cities, Taipei and Kaohsiung, a 345 km journey, that will be travelled in 90 minutes... 

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