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Chemicals and Petrochemicals

Chemical spillage prevention campaign producing results

By: marisa rodrigues     8th November 2002 An initiative that is being driven by the Chemical and Allied Industries Association (CAIA) to reduce damaging spillages by hauliers transporting chemical products is proving to be successful. 

SA chemical group takes control of China plant

7th November 2002 South African synthetic fuel producer Sasol said yesterday it had acquired the remaining 30% stake at its Condea Nanjing Chemical plant, boosting its presence in the strategic Chinese market. 

R2bn venture to boost polyethylene capacity

6th November 2002 South African petrochemicals group, Sasol, yesterday announced the signing of an agreement with ExxonMobil Chemical Company to license the US firm’s high-pressure process technology for Sasol’s new low-density polyethylene (LDPE) plant in Sasolburg, South Africa. 

Organic solar-power research holds promise

By: Karel Smrcka     25th October 2002 Solar cells made from conventional semiconductor materials, such as silicon. are becoming increasingly common. 

New chemical engineering facility for UCT

11th October 2002 Work has begun on a multi-million rand project to construct a new building to house the University of Cape Town’s (UCT) renowned Chemical Engineering department. 

Yag laser system to be introduced to SA

By: candice haase     4th October 2002 Ever since government began to intensify the development of the automotive component industry, the potential for laser technology has been identified by tooling technology company Retecon. 

SA petrochemical firm in Germany pipeline deal

2nd October 2002 German chemicals group BASF said on Monday it and Sasol Germany had acquired a third of ethylene pipeline company ARG, which oil major BP was obliged to sell for antitrust reasons. 

Cape Town moves ahead with R13-million fluoridation system 

20th September 2002 THE City of Cape Town is installing a R13-million fluoridation process, which it claims will improve the health of the poor. 

Intelligent sealing, glass developed for buildings

By: Karel Smrcka     13th September 2002 Water seeping into the basement is often the result of leaky cable or drain transitions and of house lead-ins for gas and water. 

Plan to take chemicals sector downstream

By: Zonika Botha     13th September 2002 South Africa's only national incubator, the South African Chemical Technology incubator (Chemin), which was established in April this year, has ambitious goals, one of which is to be the leading catalyst in South Africa’s drive to become the most diversified downstream chemical producer in... 

Soap partnerships could bolster hygiene cause

By: Deborah Spicer     13th September 2002 Public-private partnerships between soap manufacturers and developing countries have attracted so much interest that they may be extended beyond the four South American countries where they were successfully implemented, and Ghana and Kerala, in India, where pilot studies are under way. 

These solvents not to be phased out

By: nkolola halwindi     6th September 2002 An industrial chemical and equipment manufacturer has disputed claims by some chemical companies saying that trichloroethylene and tetrasolve solvents will be phased out. 

New range of cleaning products launched for food industry

By: nkolola halwindi     6th September 2002 A new range of SABS 1853 and 1828 certified cleaning chemicals for the food industry has been launched on the South African market. 

Association formed to advance responsible container management

By: candice haase     30th August 2002 The irresponsible disposal of drums and containers that contain hazardous and potentially dangerous contents is an issue which the newly-established Responsible Container Management Association of Southern Africa (RCMASA) wishes to confront. 

Optimising wind-energy capture

By: Karel Smrcka     16th August 2002 A novel, small wind turbine – that can easily be set up on a chosen site or dismantled for delivery elsewhere – is seen as the possible means for redressing the situation for the two billion people in remote communities worldwide who are without electric power. 

New technologies as HCFC ban is enforced

16th August 2002 Local manufacturers using rigid polyurethane foams in products for export to Europe will need to use new technology foam blowing agents to replace the commonly used hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFCs) that will be banned in EU countries from January 2003. 

R1m tank investment

9th August 2002 Polyurethane specialist Industrial Urethanes has increased bulk storage capacity at its polyols plant in Umbogintwini south of Durban by 150 t with the addition of three new storage tanks requiring an investment of R1-million. 

S African tanks bound for a Zanzibar sewage plant

By: candice haase     9th August 2002 East Rand-based vessel and tank manufacturer Famsystems has been awarded a R1,5-million contract to design, manufacture, supply, install and commission tanks for a sewage plant in Zanzibar, an island off the coast of Tanzania. 

R5m-worth of containers are destined for Moz gas pipeline

By: candice haase     9th August 2002 The supply of R5-million worth of converted containers to the Temane gas pipeline project began in June this year and is due for completion by September. 

Ghanaian gold-mines order SA vessels

9th August 2002 South African mixing technology company Lightnin Africa has been involved in three contracts in the gold-mining sector for vessels and mixing equipment. 

New scrubbing vessels for chemical manufacturer

By: candice haase     9th August 2002 Two air-scrubbing vessels fabricated by Wynberg-based company SG Plastic Construction will be installed at a chemical manufacturer on the East-Rand by the end of this month. 

Chemicals giant reports explosive results

31st July 2002 South African chemicals, fibres and explosives group AECI has achieved a strong set of results, benefiting from the completion of the transformation strategy and stronger than expected demand in most domestic markets. 

Drinking-water plant cuts costs at gold-mine

26th July 2002 In the past Gold Fields’ Driefontein gold-mine, in the North West Province, used mine fissure water blended with Rand Water Board water to produce the correct water chemistry for drinking water. 

Impact of chemicals classification studied

26th July 2002 The Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) is inviting interested parties to participate in a research study into the implications of implementing the global harmonized system (GHS) of chemical hazard communication and development in South Africa. 

Demand for sophisticated steel castings climbs

19th July 2002 The increasing demand for sophisticated stainless steel and other castings from the basic iron and steel industry has lead to Steloy Castings becoming a preferred supplier to the industry. 

Bearings ideal for steel milling

19th July 2002 Bearing Man’s bearings division distributes a range of NSK bearings that provides efficient performance and reduced maintenance costs in many steel mill processes, including casting, rolling, finishing, raw materials handling and iron making. 

Buy-out rejuvenates steel and engineering merchant

By: candice haase     19th July 2002 Pooling the skills and resources of steel and engineering merchants Stockwell and Stewarts and Lloyds, previously owned by Barloworld, is a task which has involved the revision of the company’s business strategy, explains Stewarts and Lloyds group market development manager Ronnie Turner. 

SA exports to US surge 83%

By: Keith Campbell     21st June 2002 South African exports to the US under the latter’s African Growth and Opportunity Act (Agoa) jumped by 83% in the first quarter of this year in comparison to the same quarter last year. 

Key acquisition marks 10 years of business success

By: Marius Roodt     31st May 2002 An East Rand company is celebrating the tenth anniversary of its founding by acquiring a complementary business that will immediately increase its yearly sales turnover by more than a third. 

Hotter the better for this rare pair

By: Marius Roodt     31st May 2002 Exactly ten years go to the month, Andr 

How key technologies are managed

By: Martin Creamer     24th May 2002 Sasol has established a special technology-management department for seven key technologies. The seven – which are being advanced under the leadership of technology-management head Rudi Heydenrich – are: 

R50-billion for new projects

By: Marius Roodt     24th May 2002 South Africa’s home-grown world-leader in the commercial production of liquid fuels and chemicals from coal and crude oil has a record R51,5-billion worth of projects in various stages of implementation. 

Leading the way in fuels research

By: Zonika Botha     24th May 2002 As a market leader in the field of research and development (R&D), Sasol has achieved remarkable milestones over the years. 

New building block in unleaded chain

By: Marius Roodt     24th May 2002 The completion in September of the R280-million C5 skeletal isomerisation (SI) plant at Secunda prepares Sasol for the anticipated future increase in unleaded petrol demand. 

First butanol in January

By: Marius Roodt     24th May 2002 The first butanol will be produced at Sasol Chemical Industries (SCI) in Sasolburg in January next year and downstream of the butanol plant, the acrylic acids and acrylates (AAA) project will soon take shape. 

World's largest air-separation plant

By: Marius Roodt     24th May 2002 South African petrochemical giant Sasol’s planned 15th air separation unit (ASU) will be the largest single oxygen producing unit in the world, and will confirm the company’s status as the world-leader in this arena. 

A second detergent alcohols plant is mooted as possible

By: Marius Roodt     24th May 2002 The new billion-rand detergent alcohol plant in Secunda will begin producing next month – and market talk is that the building of a second detergent alcohol plant alongside the first is not out of the question, even in the relatively short term. 

R500m for R&D in the next 12 months

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     24th May 2002 Synthetic chemicals and fuels giant Sasol is to spend some R500-million on research and development (R&D) at its corporate R&D facilities during the 12 months to June next year, Engineering News has been told. 

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