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Industrial gas group invests R200m in Pretoria West air-separation unit

By: Joanne Taylor     3rd May 2013 Gas products and services company Africa Oxygen (Afrox) launched its new 200 t/d, R200-million Pretoria West air-separation unit (ASU) this month. 

Competition Tribunal gearing up for May polypropylene excessive-pricing hearing 

By: Terence Creamer     12th April 2013 The Competition Tribunal will begin hearings on May 13 into an excessive-pricing referral made by the Competition Commission in 2010 against Sasol regarding the sale of propylene and polypropylene to domestic plastic converters between 2004 and the end of 2007. It is understood that four weeks... 

Sasol orders long-lead equipment for ethane cracker

By: Natasha Odendaal     9th April 2013 International integrated energy and chemical company Sasol has ordered the long-lead equipment for its $5-billion to $7-billion ethane cracker project in Lake Charles in Southwest Louisiana. This followed Sasol’s December start of the front-end engineering and design phase for the ethane cracker... 

Adcock says will not support Bidvest scheme of arrangement

By: Natasha Odendaal     2nd April 2013 The independent board of directors of pharmaceuticals group Adcock Ingram on Tuesday said it would not propose a scheme of arrangement to implement the proposed buyout by Bidvest of a 60% stake in the company. JSE-listed Bidvest announced on March 22 that it intended to increase its 2.54% stake... 

Rolfes to acquire PWM Group, support companies for R54.1m

By: Natalie Greve     25th March 2013 Diversified chemicals manufacturer Rolfes will acquire the businesses of water purification company PWM Group for R54.1-million in a cash-and-share deal. Some 70% of the consideration would be settled in cash, and the balance through the issue of shares in subsidiary, Rolfes Newco. 

Small market share challenge for SA sector

By: Zandile Mavuso     22nd March 2013 The South African chemicals and petrochemicals sector produces only 1% of the total global market’s consumption, despite the industry being the largest in sub-Saharan Africa, with a refining efficiency of 85%, says Frost & Sullivan chemicals research associate Patrick Nkomo. 

8 000 learners, unemployed gain from billboard recycling campaign

22nd March 2013 Petrochemicals company BP’s first Ads to Bags donation, which has given the vinyl skins from its old advertising billboards a second life as useful school products, reached 8 000 learners this year. 

Fastener system improves safety of industry

By: Zandile Mavuso     22nd March 2013 The X-BT system offers high performance in corrosive environments and is best suited to fastening solutions in the petrochemicals industry, fastening systems manufacturer and supplier Hilti tells Engineering News. 

Afrox moving ahead with R300m Coega air separation unit 

By: Joanne Taylor     22nd March 2013 Welding, cutting and gas services company Africa Oxygen (Afrox), a member of The Linde Group, is planning to install a 150 t/d air-separation unit (ASU), valued at R300-million in the Coega Industrial Development Zone near Port Elizabeth, in the Eastern Cape. The ASU will produce liquid oxygen,... 

Adequate safety management on the rise in chemicals industry

By: Zandile Mavuso     22nd March 2013 Companies that use and manufacture hazardous chemicals are realising the importance of having a chemicals management system in place, as being proactive rather than reactive and implementing best-practice requirements for the safe management of chemicals puts them in an advantageous position,... 

Trusted combination used for waterproofing Namibian water features

22nd March 2013 Chemicals company a.b.e. Construction Chemicals supplied a proven combination of two of its products for the waterproofing of water features at Namibia’s popular Norotshama River Resort set on the banks of the Orange river about 60 km from the South African border, which was completed in November... 

Competition Tribunal to decide on Air Products settlement agreement

By: Natalie Greve     19th March 2013 The Competition Tribunal would, on Wednesday, decide whether or not to confirm the settlement agreement agreed to between the Competition Commission and Air Products South Africa in February. Last month, Air Products South Africa agreed to pay an administrative penalty of about R2.76-million to... 

AECI homes in on food chemicals prospects as it restructures

15th March 2013 Explosives and specialty chemicals holding company AECI identified the food chemicals sector as a strategic growth area and has restructured its Lake International Technologies and Chemisphere Technologies businesses. 

Sasol warns of possible unintended carbon-tax consequences  

By: Terence Creamer     11th March 2013 The unintended consequences of South Africa’s proposal to introduce a carbon tax as from January 1, 2015, had to be analysed, Sasol CEO David Constable said on Monday. Speaking following the release of the energy and chemical group’s interim results, Constable noted that South Africa would be... 

With $21bn capex plan, Sasol is poised to become Louisiana's largest foreign investor  

By: Terence Creamer     11th March 2013 South African energy and chemicals group Sasol is preparing to invest the equivalent of around two-thirds of its current market capitalisation into three major projects in the US over the coming seven years, which could also position it as the State of Louisiana’s largest foreign direct... 

Methyl bromide ban holds significant challenges for food industry

By: Yolandi Booyens     8th March 2013 The South African Pest Control Association (Sapca) sent a delegation to the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF) in 2012 to raise its concern about a future without the fumigant Methyl Bromide, which, in the absence of alternatives, could lead to a standstill in the food... 

AECI would work to return AEL to profitability – incoming CEO

By: Idéle Esterhuizen     26th February 2013 South African chemicals and explosives producer AECI would, in the year ahead, focus on improving the operational performance of its explosives business AEL Mining Services, the company’s incoming CEO Mark Dytor said on Wednesday. At the group’s results presentation for the year ended December... 

Czech water treatment company brings expertise to South Africa

By: Joanne Taylor     22nd February 2013 As trade between South Africa and the Czech Republic increases, companies such as Envites are homing in on the South Africa mining and other markets with sophisticated water treatment systems as well as hydro-separation processes. 

Mining, transport strike impact to cut AECI earnings

By: Natalie Greve     12th February 2013 Explosives and speciality chemicals company AECI expected its earnings a share (EPS) and headline earnings a share (HEPS) for 2012 to decline by between 21% and 28%, owing to strike action in the mining and transport industries. EPS and HEPS would be further impacted on by the recognition of... 

Sasol takes R1.97bn Arya knock as sales process continues

By: Terence Creamer     8th February 2013 Energy and Chemicals group Sasol says it is continuing to engage with possible buyers for its share in the Arya Sasol Polymers Company (ASPC), in Iran, as it announced that it had taken a R1.97-billion impairment on the business. The company said in an interim trading statement the impairment... 

Group supports efforts to alleviate town’s waterborne diseases

25th January 2013 Coal producer Sasol Mining has provided two suction trucks for the Charl Cilliers community in the Govan Mbeki municipality (GMM), in Mpumalanga, to help alleviate the spread of water-borne diseases. The initiative forms part of Sasol Mining’s contribution to investment in Mpumalanga, as part of... 

3D printing may shape a new manufacturing revolution 

By: Joanne Taylor     18th January 2013 Additive manufacturing, more commonly known as three-dimensional (3D) printing, is consumer and industry ready. It is gaining momentum as a viable tool for home use and the manufacturing of parts, from scissor handles to titanium aircraft spares. 

The OMNIA Group – the secure choice

By: sue charlton     7th December 2012 “The OMNIA Group is diversified with specialised solutions to the mining, agricultural and chemicals markets, while at the same time creating customer wealth by leveraging knowledge. The group, which has always had roots in the fertiliser and agricultural sector, turns 60 in 2013 and prides... 

Exhibition promoting chemistry awareness 

By: Schalk Burger     7th December 2012 The ‘Reacting to Chemistry’ science exhibition opened at the Sci-Bono Discovery Centre in Newtown, Johannesburg, in November and it would be on display at other South African science centres and schools next year, said Sci-Bono CEO David Kramer. The exhibition was a partnership between France and... 

Sasol reports rise in SA output, pushes ahead with big US projects

By: Natasha Odendaal     3rd December 2012 JSE-listed energy and chemicals group Sasol on Monday said that, despite challenging conditions, it expected to maintain its full-year Synfuels production guidance of between 7.2-million and 7.4-million tons. Sasol Synfuels recorded a production of 1.8-million tons during the first quarter of... 

Report highlights chemicals industry’s sustainability progress and challenges

By: Nomvelo Buthelezi     30th November 2012 The Chemical and Allied Industries Association (CAIA) launched its ‘2012 Responsible Care Performance’ report, which is aimed at increasing transparency in the implementation and performance of responsible care by the chemical industry. The reports shows that South Africa’s chemical industry has... 

AECI names new CEO as Edwards retires

28th November 2012 JSE-listed explosives and specialty chemicals company AECI on Wednesday announced Mark Dytor as its new CEO, effective March 1. Dytor would take over the position from Graham Edwards, who is retiring next year after five years at the helm of the group. Edwards would remain at AECI until... 

Omnia to reap benefits of electricity expansions, sees mining growth 

By: Idéle Esterhuizen     27th November 2012 JSE-listed specialist chemical services group Omnia, more specifically its mining division, is set to benefit from South Africa’s power generation capacity expansion plans over the next few years,  MD Rod Humphris said on Tuesday. The combined output of the Medupi and Kusile coal-fired plants,... 

Omnia reports 55% profit growth in H1

By: Idéle Esterhuizen     27th November 2012 Specialist chemical services provider Omnia reported a 55.8% growth in profit for the six months ended September to R363-million, boosted by strong demand for mining explosives products, especially from African economies. The company’s performance was also supported by good sales price increases... 

Effective contaminants monitoring necessary in water reuse systems

By: Schalk Burger     2nd November 2012 The effective monitoring of wastewater-derived contaminants in water abstracted for drinking is an important aspect of providing safe drinking water, says US engineering form Hazen and Sawyer director of applied research Dr Ben Stanford. 

Global chemicals output to increase

By: Yolandi Booyens     26th October 2012 The value of chemicals production is estimated to grow to $720-billion in the European Union, $565-billion in the US and $605-billion in China by 2020, petrochemicals group Sasol executive manager for research and technology Sven Godorr told a South African Institution of Chemical Engineers... 

Sasol invests in local CSI initiatives

By: Samantha Herbst     26th October 2012 As part of its long-term commitment to corporate social investment (CSI), energy and chemicals group Sasol, in collaboration with the Department of Health, unveiled a series of community projects in August that the group’s corporate affairs team has been working on since 2010. 

Responsible Care along the logistics chain

By: Joanne Taylor     26th October 2012 Logistics companies that deal with the challenges of transporting hazardous chemicals on Southern Africa’s roads were provided with the latest road-safety tools and information at the Chemical & Allied Industries’ Association’s (CAIA) Responsible Care transport workshop in Johannesburg last month. 

Major fireproofing contract secured

26th October 2012 South African passive fireproofing contractor BICS Fireproofing has secured a contract to insulate and fireproof six large storage vessels, with a total suface area of just under 7 000 m2, for petrochemicals group Sasol’s C3 Stabilisation project, in Secunda. BICS Fireproofing managing member Jim... 

Group mitigates poverty with alternative building technology  

By: Samantha Herbst     26th October 2012 JSE-listed energy and chemicals group Sasol’s enterprise development vehicle, ChemCity, believes alternative building technology (ABT) has the potential to curtail unemployment and poverty – two of South Africa’s most pressing issues. Addressing delegates at the fifth South Africa Innovation... 

Sasol’s impact on local business ‘cannot be underestimated’ says financial services firm

26th October 2012 While JSE-listed energy and chemicals group Sasol is a significant competitor in the global market – owing to its established international operations – the petrochemicals giant’s impact on local suppliers, developing markets and new technologies cannot be underestimated, states funding solutions... 

Company launches new chemical protective suit

By: Anine Kilian     19th October 2012 Innovation and science company, DuPont South Africa launched its Tyvek Classic Xpert superior chemical and particle protective suit at the Electra Mining Africa expo last month. The garment, which is manufactured by DuPont in Luxembourg, is an improvement on DuPont Tyvek Classic suit, which... 

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