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Chemicals

Planning, quality control critical in the chemicals industry

By: Henry Lazenby     18th March 2011 Continuous quality assurance and accurate planning are key factors in achieving efficient supply chain management in the chemicals industry, consulting company Rifle-Shot Performance Holdings CEO and MD Ian Huntly reports. It is critical to know exactly what chemicals, and what grades of... 

Demand for SA fertilisers set to grow

By: Henry Lazenby     18th March 2011 The South African chemicals sector, mainly comprising fertilisers, base chemicals and petrochemicals, is expected to experience slower growth this year, risk analysis firm Coface reports. Coface industry analyst Johan Coetzee says that the fertiliser industry experienced a relatively profitable... 

Chemicals sector to show moderate growth

By: Henry Lazenby     18th March 2011 The South African chemicals industry is expected to grow by about 0,5% to 1,5% above the country’s gross domestic product (GDP) during this year, industry analyst Frost & Sullivan reports. In his 2011 budget speech, Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan outlined that real GDP growth is projected to... 

Product stewardship key to ensuring safety

18th March 2011 Chemicals safety initiatives in emerging economies in Africa are being hampered by serious gaps in the availability of skills and a lack of capacity in the management and stewardship of chemicals and chemical products, says the Zambia-based Africa regional representative for the Strategic... 

SMMEs thrive with business incubator’s assistance

By: Henry Lazenby     18th March 2011 Business incubator Sasol ChemCity reports that its efforts to support new and existing businesses have resulted in more than 85% of those small, medium-sized and micro enterprises (SMMEs) in the chemicals, energy and related services sector still being in business one year after receiving... 

Aggressive chemicals-resistant pump introduced

18th March 2011 Equipment supplier Air & Vacuum Technologies reports that it has introduced a new chemicals-resistant pump to the Southern African market. The new Minichem pump, from UK-based original-equipment manufacturer Flotronic Pumps, is intended for customers which need to transfer aggressive chemicals... 

Sasol wax reactor key to doubling output

18th March 2011 South African petrochemicals group Sasol says a 712 t hard wax reactor, which was recently delivered to its Sasol One site, in Sasolburg, is a key component of the group’s plans to double its hard wax production capacity in South Africa. 

New chemical-resistant pump distributed in South Africa

18th March 2011 Industrial consumables and engineering firm Bearing Man Group’s (BMG’s) Filtration division has introduced the Pall Ultipleat stress resistant technology (SRT) Pall filter unit (PFU) filters, which can be used in chemicals plants, to the local market.  

Range of medical grade polymers expanded

18th March 2011 International chemicals giant DuPont reports that it has broadened the available range of high-performance polymers with healthcare specific manufacturing applications. These high-grade polymers are intended to support healthcare companies that use polymers to produce new and innovative medical... 

Company ramps up biodiesel catalyst manufacturing capacity

18th March 2011 International chemicals company BASF has announced its intention to build a second sodium methylate production plant in South America. The plant will be located in Argentina, and will be designed to produce about 60 000 t/y of the chemical. 

HIV/Aids programme supports chemicals sector employees

By: Henry Lazenby     18th March 2011 Regional industry association, the Durban Chemicals Cluster (DCC) in KwaZulu-Natal, in partnership with the South African Business Coalition on HIV/Aids, report that it wants to expand an HIV/Aids workplace awareness and treatment programme for member companies’ employees. 

Chemically inert fibre used in propulsion solution

18th March 2011 Wind propulsion technology developer SkySails has applied fibre manufacturer DSM Dyneema’s proprietary ultrahigh molecular-weight polyethylene fibre, reputed to be one of the strongest known synthetic fibres, to create a sustainable propulsion solution, in the form of towing kites for the... 

AECI says its units well positioned to take advantage of any market growth

By: Dennis Ndaba     11th March 2011 Industrial chemicals and explosives group AECI says that its businesses are well-positioned to take advantage of market growth 

Global spotlight on the importance of chemistry in society

4th March 2011 The International Year of Chemistry (IYC) 2011 is well under way, with activities including a global water experiment taking place at schools around the world. 

Sasol to pay R111m for polypropylene collusion, contests excessive pricing charge 

By: Terence Creamer     28th February 2011 The Competition Tribunal has confirmed a settlement agreement reached between chemicals and energy group Sasol and the Competition Commission in December, whereby Sasol agreed to pay a fine of R111,6-million for colluding with Safripol to fix the price of polypropylene. Polypropylene is a... 

Seven projects worth R7bn have applied for SA’s manufacturing tax incentive

By: Terence Creamer     11th February 2011 The South African government has to date received seven applications for manufacturing projects seeking to tap a R20-billion tax incentive, formally launched late last year, and which was given prominence in President Jacob Zuma’s February 10 State of the Nation address. Although Zuma presented... 

Sasol says 712 t wax reactor arrives in Sasolburg 

By: Petronel Smit     9th February 2011 A 712 t reactor for Sasol’s R8,4-billion wax expansion project arrived in Sasolburg on Wednesday, completing its four-week journey from Richards Bay. The 150 m long convoy comprised the superabnormal load of a wax reactor and a quench tower, and was transported in two loads at a speed of about... 

SA chemicals industry meets to discuss compliance with new global standards

By: Mary-Anne O’Donnell     4th February 2011 The Chemical and Allied Industries Association (CAIA) held the 2011 Responsible Care and Product Stewardship Workshop last week at the University of the Witwatersrand, in Johannesburg. 

Sustainability and collaboration emerge as key African themes for International Year of Chemistry

By: Eleanor Seggie     4th February 2011 The role of chemistry in Africa’s future development was the theme of the fortieth South African Chemical Institute (SACI) convention, held recently at the University of the Witwatersrand, in Johannesburg. The convention was the first in a series of events planned by the International Union of... 

Giant reactor component on the move

By: Mary-Anne O’Donnell     28th January 2011 Petrochemical giant Sasols wax reactor, which will significantly increase the production of Sasol hard wax in South Africa, has left Richards Bay. 

Sasol says rand strength has big impact

By: Reuters     27th January 2011 South Africa's oil-from-coal company Sasol said it was speeding up its move into gas and that rand strength was having a big impact on its business. CEO Patrick Davies told Reuters Insider in an interview at the annual meeting of the World Economic Forum that rand strength had made the company... 

Chemical incubator receives fresh support

14th January 2011 The South African Chemical Technology Incubator, Chemin, has been awarded two significant grants that will be used to enhance training and upgrade its facilities. 

Sasol fined R111m in polymers case, but to contest excessive-pricing charge

By: Creamer Media Reporter      14th December 2010 JSE-listed energy and chemicals group Sasol moved on Tuesday to settle yet another case of collusive behaviour by one of its units with South Africa's competition authorities. Sasol Polymers, a division of Sasol Chemical Industries, reached a settlement with the Competition Commission in which... 

Omnia to revert to ‘normal’ earnings pattern in H2 – MD

By: Petronel Smit     7th December 2010 Chemicals, explosives and fertiliser group Omnia expects to revert to a “normal” pattern of higher earnings in the second half of the 2011 financial year, MD Rod Humphris said on Tuesday, releasing the group’s interim results. He said that overall domestic commodity prices had stabilised, albeit... 

Wine estate treats wastewater

3rd December 2010 Dornier Wine Estate, in Stellenbosch, is one of 30 wineries to install a wastewater treatment plant designed by water treatment engineering firm HWT.  

Demand for base chemicals set to rise with economic recovery

3rd December 2010 New analysis from research company Frost & Sullivan on the Sub-Saharan Africa base chemicals market finds that the global recovery from the economic slowdown is anticipated to raise the demand for consumer durables and, in turn, also for base chemicals. 

Sasol pulls trigger on US project using SA technology

By: Creamer Media Reporter      2nd December 2010 JSE-listed energy and chemicals group Sasol confirmed on Thursday that it was proceeding with the construction of the world’s first commercial ethylene tetramerisation unit, capable of producing over 100 000 t/y of combined 1-octene and 1-hexene. Construction would begin at Sasol’s Lake Charles... 

Sasol girds for enduring rand strength, warns of lower synfuels output

By: Terence Creamer     2nd December 2010 Rand-sensitive energy and chemicals group Sasol says that the global environment has created “strong tailwinds” for the South African currency and that it is preparing its business for continued rand strength over the “medium term”. The company has reported previously that, for every 10c change... 

Chemicals industry makes some safety, cleaner-production progress

By: Petronel Smit     26th November 2010 While South Africa’s chemical industry has made significant strides in “greening” business processes and continues to perform well against global safety, health and environmental (SHE) benchmarks, road deaths in the transport of chemicals are on the rise. 

Partnership lays foundation for success in Africa

By: Janice Healing     26th November 2010 A partnership agreement between leading South African chemical distributor Protea Chemicals and global water, air and energy solutions firm Nalco Company is set to pave the way for the new entity to become a formidable force on the African continent. 

Global technology for sustainability

26th November 2010 The global Nalco Company spends more than $90 million on research and development each year, and with the re-entry of the group to South Africa earlier this year, its leading-edge technologies are now available to the local market. 

Fifty-one years of service to the Southern African market 

By: sue charlton     26th November 2010 Dow Southern Africa has been operating in South Africa for 51 years and currently has a commercial and manufacturing presence in eight locations, employing nearly 200 people. Dow Southern Africa is part of the global Dow Chemicals Company, which has a presence in 160 countries. Dow is renowned... 

Zungu's Zico positions itself as ‘empowerment consolidator'

By: Creamer Media Reporter      18th November 2010 Investment holding company Zico Capital, which is chaired by black business personality Sandile Zungu, is positioning itself as an "empowerment consolidator" with the announcement that it plans to acquire 75% of VUYA! Investments, a black women-owned investment company. VUYA!'s key investment is... 

Omnia expects improved half-year results

By: Loni Prinsloo     8th November 2010 JSE-listed Omnia said on Monday that its interim earnings and headline earnings a share would be at least 220% higher than those of the first half in 2009. However, this improvement was off a low base. The company posted a diluted loss a share of 217c for the six months ended September 2009.... 

Southern Africa plastics packaging market seen growing

By: Creamer Media Reporter      2nd November 2010 The Southern African plastics packaging market was likely to earn revenues of $1,41-billion by 2016, up from the $1-billion in 2009, as this market continues to grow, consultancy Frost & Sullivan said on Tuesday. The consultancy noted that the plastic packaging market in Southern Africa recorded... 

Sasol Synfuels completes world's biggest plant shutdown

By: Loni Prinsloo     1st November 2010 Petrochemicals company Sasol Synfuels executed the largest shutdown of its kind in the world, when it decommissioned a portion of its Secunda operations on August 27, for a period of three weeks. The Secunda shutdown created 14 500 temporary jobs and injected more than R500-million into the... 

Contractors 
support lead-free paint

29th October 2010 New support for the South African Paint Manufacturing Association’s (Sapma’s) drive to remove paints containing lead from the coatings industry, has come from paint contractors.  

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