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Chemicals and Petrochemicals

Sasol mulls disposals from chemicals business

By: Terence Creamer     9th September 2003 Fuels and chemicals producer Sasol will, over the next year, closely scrutinise ‘vulnerable’ businesses within its chemicals portfolio, and may even pursue disposals in cases where products do not meet the group’s criteria with regard to returns or strategic fit. 

AECI shows Chemserve hand

5th September 2003 Chemical group AECI yesterday issued a cautionary stating that it was planning a possible offer to minority shareholders in Chemical Services (Chemserve) - AECI currently owns 74% of this specialty chemicals subsidiary. 

WTO gives final approval to cheap drugs deal

1st September 2003 The World Trade Organisation (WTO) at the weekend approved a deal to let poorer nations import cheaper generic drugs to fight scourges such as Aids. 

WTO executive dealys deal on cheap drugs

29th August 2003 The World Trade Organisation's executive body decided at the weekend to delay a decision on access to cheaper drugs for poor nations agreed earlier by its top negotiating body. 

$30m to deal with Africa's obsolete-pesticides scourge

28th August 2003 The Africa Stockpiles Programme (ASP), a partnership between various organisations to help eliminate environmental dangers associated with pesticides and contaminated soil, has received $30-million to clean-up of an estimated 50 000 t of obsolete pesticides and contaminated soil that have piled... 

Omnia acquires chemical distributor

27th August 2003 Specialised chemical services company Omnia, yesterday confirmed that it had been successful in its bid to acquire the largest distributor and trader of chemicals in South Africa, the Prochem Group. 

Chieta conference to highlight training targets

13th August 2003 The Chemical Industries Education and Training Authority (Chieta) says one of its major objectives is to ensure that, by the end of March 2005, 84 000 or 70% of the 120 000 permanently employed people in South Africa’s chemical industry will have achieved at least a General Education and... 

Chemserve weathers rand's storm in first half

22nd July 2003 South African chemicals group Chemical Services reported a 15% increase in headline earnings a share for the first half of 2003. 

$250m to tackle organic pollutants

21st July 2003 The Global Environment Facility (GEF) announced on Friday that it is committing $250-million from 2003 to 2006 to help developing countries tackle persistent organic pollutants, a health and environmental threat that was addressed last week at an international meeting in Geneva. 

World’s largest lignin chemicals producer

By: Martin Creamer     18th July 2003 South Africa has become the world’s largest producer of lignin chemicals, Engineering News can today report. 

Slumbering colossus

By: candice haase     11th July 2003 Although the South African biotechnology sector is still in the early stages of development, CSIR Bio/Chemtek executive director Dr Petro Terblanche maintains that it is possible in the next six years or more to stimulate local industry to a point where the bioeconomy could be the leading gross... 

Fertiliser group seeks Australasian opportunities

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     27th June 2003 Fertiliser and chemicals manufacturer Omnia is seeking more opportunities in the Australasian region, where it paid R4,1-million last year to acquire a humate-producing business.? 

R542m chemicals deal announced

20th June 2003 Specialised chemical services company Omnia, which provides customised solutions in the agricultural, mining and industrial chemical markets, announced earlier this month that it has acquired the largest distributor and trader of chemicals in South Africa, the Prochem group, for R542-million... 

Omnia reports record profits

By: Martin Czernowalow     13th June 2003 South African specialist chemical services company Omnia yesterday reported record profits and cash generation for the year ended March 31, positioning the group for expansion in local and global markets. 

R542m chemicals deal announced

9th June 2003 Specialised chemical services company Omnia, which provides customised solutions in the agricultural, mining and industrial chemical markets, last week announced that it has acquired the largest distributor and trader of chemicals in South Africa, the Prochem Group, for R542-million together with... 

Sasol’s chemicals head quits

1st May 2003 South African synthetic fuels firm Sasol said yesterday Ralph Havenstein, director of its chemicals operations, had resigned to take up a position as chief executive of another unnamed, listed company. 

Pump supplier adds new range of chemical pumps to its inventory

25th April 2003 Gauteng chemical pump supplier Aquapump has added the Argal range of chemical pumps to its selection of imported products. 

Schalk Engelbrecht , AECI

11th April 2003 Full name: Schalk Engelbrecht Position: Chief executive, AECI, April 1, 2003 Main activity of the company: Specialty product and services solutions organisation based on chemistry Date and place of birth: March 2, 1946, Middelburg, Eastern Cape Education: Matric Uniondale High, 1963, BSc... 

AECI: a born-again corporate

By: Martin Creamer     7th April 2003 One of South Africa’s oldest and best-known corporate companies entered a new era last week. 

Born-again corporate

By: Martin Creamer     4th April 2003 One of South Africa’s oldest and best-known corporate companies entered a new era this week. 

Region’s chemicals export market worth $3,8-billion

28th March 2003 South Africa accounts for more than half of the South African Development Community’s (SADC) chemicals market. 

Local subsidiary of oil giant launches new diesel fuel

28th March 2003 Wholly-owned subsidiary com-pany of Shell, Shell South Africa, has launched DieselTech. 

Chemicals manufacturer celebrates 22nd birthday

28th March 2003 Manufacturer and distributor of fine and industrial chemicals used in the industrial and hygiene maintenance sector, South African Fine & Industrial Chemicals (SAFIC), says it ended 2002, its 21st year, on a high note in terms of meeting industry standards, product development and its ongoing... 

Company expands its product range to local industry

28th March 2003 Supplier of polyurethane products, solutions and systems to local industry Industrial Urethanes is expanding its business to polyalkylene glycols. 

Government launches regional chemicals Internet database

By: Luxolo Tyali     28th March 2003 Information on the chemicals market and industry in the Southern African Development Community (SADC) region is now available with the click of a button. 

Region’s chemicals export market worth $3,8-billion

By: Luxolo Tyali     28th March 2003 South Africa accounts for more than half of the South African Development Community’s (SADC) chemicals market. 

Regrouped company takes on new strategy

By: Luxolo Tyali     28th March 2003 Sulphuric acid and sulphur-based chemicals manufacturer and distributor Chemical Initiatives is doing things smarter, reports MD Steve Sackett. 

Research project under way for safer plastics manufacturing

By: Luxolo Tyali     28th March 2003 A research project on a new effluent-free process of producing hydrotalcite from magnesite in South Africa is under way. 

Road hauliers urged to be responsible chemical carriers

By: Luxolo Tyali     28th March 2003 Major chemical companies in South Africa are known to outsource their transport arrangements. 

New system allows refineries significant savings

By: Luxolo Tyali     28th March 2003 The South African branch of an international software company has innovated a propriety non-linear solution for fuel gas systems, that will save refineries up to $0,02 a barrel of crude oil. 

Manufacturing plant installs automation system

28th March 2003 Speciality chemicals supplier Zetachem’s manufacturing capacity has been automated with an Adroit 32-bit automation supervisory control and data acquisition (Scada) system. 

Oil industry’s long-term sustainability questioned

28th March 2003 South Africa’s oil industry returns may still be insufficient to attract the investment need for the industry’s rapidly growing capex requirements. 

Doors open at cleaner production centre

28th March 2003 The South African National Cleaner Production Centre (NCPC) has been inaugurated in February. 

Heat exchanger delivered to petrochemical giant

28th March 2003 Gauteng engineering company Mass & Heat Transfer Technology has supplied a heat exchanger to Sasol. 

Membranes to meet ‘green’ standards

By: candice haase     21st March 2003 With the proliferation of emission control standards across industry worldwide, dust control has become a necessary part of any process. 

Omnia makes Australian acquisition

19th March 2003 Specialist South African chemical services group Omnia yesterday announced the acquisition of Australian company HRL Agriculture for R4,1-million (A$825 000). 

KZN chemicals firm given clean-up ultimatum

13th March 2003 The Deputy Minister of Environmental Affairs and Tourism, Rejoice Mabudafhasi, yesterday handed over a National Environmental Management Act (Act 107 of 1998, Section 28) directive to Livingston Leandy Attorneys in Durban, who have been appointed by Guernica Chemicals (previously Thor Chemicals)... 

Construction-chemicals firm eyes civil sector

By: Zonika Botha     28th February 2003 Primarily active in the mining industry, Master Builders Technology (MBT) South Africa – a construction chemicals specialist – is now looking to expand its business into the construction and civil sector as well. 

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