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Chemicals and Petrochemicals

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. 

Changing of the guard for chemicals giant

By: Martin Creamer     26th February 2003 A changing of the guard has taken place at South Africa’s second-largest chemicals company. 

Why is drinking water fluoridated?

By: Kelvin Kemm     21st February 2003 A number of people have asked me my opinion of the fluoridation of drinking water. My position is that I am opposed to it. 

Chemserve reports tenth-year of earnings growth

By: Martin Czernowalow     18th February 2003 Speciality chemicals firm, Chemical Services (Chemserve) announced yesterday that it achieved a 30% increase in headline earnings per share in 2002. 

Chemical-engineering empowerment deal struck

By: Zonika Botha     7th February 2003 GE Betz South Africa, a business unit of US-based GE Speciality Materials, has formed an alliance with the black-owned company Tsutsuma-Petrochem which could result in substantial benefits for both parties. 

Sasol commissions new R1bn alcohol plant

27th January 2003 South African synthetic fuel firm Sasol said last week it had commissioned its new R1-billion alcohol plant at Secunda, near Johannesburg. 

Enquiries flow for chemical incubator

By: Zonika Botha     22nd November 2002 South Africa’s only national chemical technology incubator, Chemin, which was established in April this year as part of government’s Godisa programme to enhance the technology content and global competitiveness of small and medium enterprises in South Africa, has received a number of... 

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. 

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