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Chemicals

Pumps range eliminates leakage of corrosive chemicals

By: Thabi Madiba     8th March 2019 Using the Verdermag pump range in the chemicals and petrochemicals industries eliminates leakage of corrosive and hazardous chemicals, as it is an encapsulated pump and therefore leak-free, states pump manufacturer Verder Pumps South Africa sales engineer Rob Shaw. The Verdermag centrifugal pump... 

Two new liquid analysers added

8th March 2019 South Africa-based company Yokogawa has added two new solutions to the Opre analyser family with the development of the FLXA402 four-wire liquid analyser and the SA11 smart adaptor. These two new liquid analysis products will be offered as part of the Sencom 4.0 series. It is expected that they... 

Two new liquid  analysers added
NEW TECHNOLOGIES This new solution also facilitates connection to the cloud and an industrial Internet of Things environment for improved field maintenance.

Rolfes investigating nanotechnology paints to diversify business

By: Schalk Burger     8th March 2019 Local solvents and chemicals company Rolfes Chemicals is investigating the applications of nanotechnology in coatings to diversify its business in Southern Africa, says Rolfes Chemicals MD Clive Govender. Nanocoatings contain particles in the nanometre scale. These nanoparticles build a... 

UCT academic wins global chemical engineers award

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     7th March 2019 University of Cape Town (UCT) academic Dr Dyllon Randall has become the first African recipient of the prestigious global Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE) Warner Prize. The prize is awarded biennially to people who show “exceptional promise” in sustainable chemical process technology,... 

UCT academic wins global chemical engineers award
University of Cape Town academic Dr Dyllon Randall

Chemicals sector crucial for South Africa's industrialisation

By: Schalk Burger     6th March 2019 As one of 18 sectors identified by a Presidential working group as being crucial to accelerating gross domestic product (GDP) growth in South Africa, the chemicals sector has a foundational role to play in supporting the growth of the country's industrial sectors. The chemicals sector has a 12... 

Necsa is a going concern but this could change, MPs told

By: African News Agency      5th March 2019 The South African Nuclear Energy Corporation (Necsa) remained a going concern but its future remained uncertain, members of Parliament (MPs) were told on Tuesday. Briefing Parliament's energy portfolio committee, Necsa board chairperson Rob Adam addressed concerns raised by Auditor General Kimi... 

Necsa is a going concern but this could change, MPs told

Rolfes H1 headline earnings rise by 33% y/y  

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     4th March 2019 JSE-listed Rolfes Holdings’ revenue from continuing operations increased by 13.5% year-on-year to R833.1-million for the six months ended December 31, 2018, as a result of higher volumes in certain divisions. The group noted, however, that the higher volumes could only be achieved at a lower... 

Omnia appoints new FD

By: Marleny Arnoldi     1st March 2019 JSE-listed chemicals company Omnia Holdings has appointed Seelan Gobalsamy group FD, effective March 1. Gobalsamy, who has been an independent nonexecutive director since September 2018, will also be appointed executive director. 

FLSmidth partners with Black Industrialist to boost Waterval’s chrome 

28th February 2019 Linhleko Projects officially launched its cooperation agreement with FLSmidth this month, in which the 50/50 profit sharing agreement allows Linhleko to use FLSmidth’s REFLUX Classifier technology to enhance chrome recovery from Sibanye-Stillwater’s Waterval operation. Nadine James tells us more. 

FLSmidth partners with Black Industrialist to boost Waterval’s chrome
FLSmidth partners with Black Industrialist to boost Waterval’s chrome

NTP Radioisotopes faces heavy losses this year but is confident of regaining market share  

By: Rebecca Campbell     27th February 2019 NTP Radioisotopes (NTP), a subsidiary of the State-owned South African Nuclear Energy Corporation, is expected to make a loss this year of R224-million, in comparison to profits of R108-million last year and of R184-million in 2017. This was stated in a written reply to a Parliamentary question... 

NTP Radioisotopes faces heavy losses this year but is confident of regaining market share
Photo by Duane Daws/Creamer Media
An aerial view of the South African Nuclear Energy Corporation complex at Pelindaba, which contains the NTP facilit

AECI posts record profit from operations for FY18

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     26th February 2019 Specialty chemicals group AECI has achieved its highest ever profit from operations of nearly R2-billion for the year ended December 31, 2018. This was 27% higher than the R1.58-billion profit from operations achieved in 2017. 

CSIR showcases medicine dispensing robot's capabilities

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     25th February 2019 The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) has, in partnership with Right ePharmacy, developed a pharmacy automation robot for medicine dispensing. The robot is being showcased in conjunction with the Intelligent Manufacturing Systems ManuVation 4.0 workshop, which is being held on... 

CSIR showcases medicine dispensing robot's capabilities
The pharmacy automation robot for medicine dispensing

Sasol to accelerate portfolio ‘simplification’ as review of 100 assets nears completion  

By: Terence Creamer     25th February 2019 Chemicals and energy group Sasol confirmed on Monday that its asset review was at an advanced stage and indicated that it would, in the coming months, accelerate efforts to simplify its portfolio. The group has indicated previously that it expects to realise more than $1-billion from the disposal... 

Sasol to accelerate portfolio ‘simplification’ as review of 100 assets nears completion
Sasol joint CEO Bongani Nqwababa on why 2019 is a 'defining year' for the group. Camera Work & Editing: Darlene Creamer. Recorded: 25.2.2019

Sasol half-year profit rises

By: Reuters     25th February 2019 South African petrochemicals group Sasol on Monday reported an 18% jump in half-year profit on the back of higher crude oil prices, a weaker rand to the dollar and higher margins in its speciality chemicals unit. Core headline earnings per share (HEPS) rose to R21.45 ($1.54) for the six months... 

Sasol half-year profit rises

Adcock’s H1 trading profit rises 17% y/y to R485m 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     21st February 2019 JSE-listed pharmaceuticals manufacturer Adcock Ingram on Thursday reported a 17% increase in trading profit to R485-million for the six months ended December 31, 2018, compared with the R416-million profit posted in the comparable period of 2017. The company also reported a 16% increase in... 

Africa has opportunity to supply more gas to China

By: Marleny Arnoldi     18th February 2019 Gas demand is expected to overtake coal demand globally by 2030, says Standard Bank Southern Africa oil and gas head Paul Eardley-Taylor. Speaking at Africa Gas Forum, on Monday, he stated that global energy demand was increasing by 1.3% a year, while gas demand was increasing at between 1.7% and... 

Adcock Ingram, Cipla awarded portions of State’s ARV tender

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     18th February 2019 Pharmaceutical manufacturers Adcock Ingram and Cipla have each secured a portion of a tender to provide State-run hospitals with antiretroviral (ARV) medicines over a three-year period from July 1. Adcock was awarded a 12% share of the ARV tender.   

Africa must have clear plan for using its gas reserves

By: Marleny Arnoldi     18th February 2019 It is vital that Africa has a clear and cohesive vision in place for how it plans to use its gas reserves, says New Partnership for Africa's Development Business Foundation senior project manager John Rocha. Speaking at the Africa Gas Forum, on Monday, he pointed out that African countries have... 

Sasol achieves beneficial operation of first Lake Charles production unit

By: Simone Liedtke     13th February 2019 Local chemicals and energy company Sasol on Wednesday announced that its new linear low-density polyethylene unit, in Lake Charles, in the US, officially achieved beneficial operations on February 13. This is the first of the seven Lake Charles chemicals project (LCCP) production units to come on... 

Sasol expects higher H1 earnings, but warns of Lake Charles cost increase

By: Nadine James     8th February 2019 Chemicals and energy company Sasol expects to report earnings per share (EPS) and headline earnings per share (HEPS) of between R23.71 and R24.16 and between R22.97 and R23.68, respectively, for the six months ended December 31. This means EPS is expected to increase by between 110% and 114%... 

Omnia group FD Wayne Koonin resigns

By: Marleny Arnoldi     4th February 2019 JSE-listed Omnia Holdings on Monday announced that group FD Wayne Koonin had resigned to pursue other interests. He will step down on March 31.  

New board has important issues to consider regarding Necsa

By: Rebecca Campbell     18th January 2019 Major decisions are going to have to be taken about the future of the South African Nuclear Energy Corporation (Necsa), new Necsa Board Chairperson Dr Rob Adam has old “Engineering News”. A totally new Board for the corporation was announced by the Government on December 6, the new Board’s term... 

Worst-performing South African stock gets bid for crown jewel

By: Bloomberg     15th January 2019 Ascendis Health is in talks to sell one of its best-performing units as last year’s biggest South African loser on Johannesburg’s stock exchange battles to ensure survival. The debt-laden maker of multivitamins, probiotics and pet nutritional supplements received an unsolicited offer for Cyprian... 

Cerba, Lancet are said to agree Africa deal for $123m 

By: Bloomberg     11th January 2019 Cerba HealthCare SAS, the French owner of a global network of medical laboratories, is expanding in Africa by buying some of Lancet Laboratories’ operations for as much as 12.5-billion Kenyan shillings ($123-million), said a person familiar with the matter. Paris-based Cerba will hold a 51% stake... 

Cerba, Lancet are said to agree Africa deal for $123m

Pharmaceutical giant Mylan acquires ARV drugs manufacturing plant in South Africa

By: African News Agency      8th January 2019 Global pharmaceutical company Mylan on Tuesday announced the acquisition of a manufacturing site, previously owned by Ascendis Health, for its plans to produce high-quality antiretrovirals for seven million South Africans living with HIV. Spread over an expanse of 2.34 ha, the facility at Isando... 

New Necsa board has important issues to consider

By: Rebecca Campbell     11th December 2018 Major decisions are going to have to be taken about the future of the South African Nuclear Energy Corporation (Necsa), new Necsa board chairperson Dr Rob Adam told Engineering News Online on Tuesday. A totally new board for the corporation was announced by the government on December 6, the new... 

New Necsa board has important issues to consider
Photo by Creamer Media
Necsa chairperson Dr Rob Adam

Egypt's Carbon Holdings secures $1.25bn to build petrochemicals complex

By: Reuters     10th December 2018 Egypt's Carbon Holdings has secured $1.25-billion in financing to build a giant petrochemicals complex in the Red Sea port of Ain Sokhna. The Tahrir Petrochemicals Complex, a $10.9-billion project, would be the largest in the Middle East and is expected to create 48 000 jobs. 

Delays in biofuel framework hinder industry

By: Paige Müller     7th December 2018 Despite the local sugar industry championing a bioethanol fuel subsidy as a potential method to relieve the burden on sugar through demand diversification, Ethanol Producers Association of Southern Africa secretary, Alf Stevens, suggests that this may not have the timely impact that the local... 

Delays in biofuel framework hinder industry
Photo by Bloomberg
SLOW PROGRESS Even if the Biofuels Regulatory Framework is attractive, the first ethanol for biofuel would only reach the petrol blenders by the end of 2021 at the earliest

Ventilation key to genset safety

By: Mc'Kyla Nortje     7th December 2018 Gensets that are stored indoors should be stationed in a well ventilated area to avoid the temperature of the genset rising too high, says fire risk management and support company ASP Fire CEO Michael van Niekerk. 

Ventilation key  to genset safety
MICHAEL VAN NIEKERK Generators can be a potential source of fire ignition, owing to the high temperatures of the manifold, if not stored correctly

Stakeholder development support aids growth in WC

By: Thabi Madiba     7th December 2018 Continued development support offered by Western Cape organisations will aid manufacturing growth in the Western Cape, says event organiser Siyenza MD Liz Hart. These organisations comprise the official tourism, trade and investment promotion agency for Cape Town and the Western Cape, Wesgro;... 

Stakeholder development support aids growth in WC
ON DISPLAY Manufacturers exhibited their products during the Manufacturing Indaba

Two South African entrepreneurs shortlisted for Africa Prize for Engineering Innovation

By: Simone Liedtke     4th December 2018 Pelebox Smart Lockers and the Hybrid Five-Axis Machine Tool are two South African innovations that have been shortlisted for the Royal Academy for Engineering’s (RAE’s) Africa Prize for Engineering Innovation, accelerated by the Cape Innovation and Technology Initiative (CiTi).   

Two South African entrepreneurs shortlisted for Africa Prize for Engineering Innovation
Pelebox Smart Locker system developer Neo Hutiri

Sasol anticipates rise in H1 earnings

By: Marleny Arnoldi     21st November 2018 Petrochemicals giant Sasol expects to deliver a solid set of results for the six months to end December 31, underpinned by higher Brent crude oil and product prices, a weaker average rand exchange rate and good performance from its global asset base. Sasol on Wednesday said it was likely to... 

Sasol anticipates rise in H1 earnings

Vaal River pollution: 'There have been challenges to compliance', Sasol says 

By: News24Wire      21st November 2018 Petrochemicals giant Sasol has denied that it is responsible for pollution in the Vaal river. However, it has admitted struggling to interpret some compliance requirements with regard to regulations on the discharge of waste. According to a report by the Department of Water and Sanitation... 

Regulator approves restart of NTP’s isotope production facility 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     16th November 2018 NTP Radioisotopes on Friday confirmed that the National Nuclear Regulator (NNR) had given it the go-ahead to resume production of essential medical radioisotopes at its Pelindaba facility. NTP, which is a subsidiary of State-owned South African Nuclear Energy Corporation (Necsa), will start with... 

Regulator approves restart of NTP’s isotope production facility

Lack of funding worsens skills shortage

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     16th November 2018 A lack of government funding is exacerbating the shortage of skilled coating technologists and accredited paint applicators, says paint industry representative South African Paint Manufacturing Association (Sapma) executive director Deryck Spence. The Chemical Industries Education and Training... 

Lack of funding worsens skills shortage
LEAD FREE Sapma is advocating for the removal of lead from all paint

Repair, maintenance vital for infrastructure life span

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     16th November 2018 Preventive maintenance and the timeous repair of infrastructure can save significant costs and extend the life of infrastructure, says specialised construction products supplier a.b.e. Construction Chemicals general construction sales manager Warren Trew. “Unfortunately, many players in the... 

Repair, maintenance vital for infrastructure life span
BRIDGE RESORATION a.b.e. Construction Chemicals is involved in the restoration of bridges on the N17 and N14

Sappi mulls further Saiccor expansion as it moves ahead with R7.7bn project 

By: Terence Creamer     15th November 2018 JSE-listed forest products group Sappi has confirmed that it is considering a further expansion of its giant Saiccor dissolving wood pulp (DWP) mill in KwaZulu-Natal, having only recently pulled the trigger on a R7.7-billion investment to expand output at the facility by 110 000 t/y. An... 

Sappi mulls further Saiccor expansion as it moves ahead with R7.7bn project
The Saiccor mill

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