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Oils and Lubricants

Lubricants vendor continues to grow

By: Gia Costella     10th February 2012 Independent lubricants vendor KZN Oils successfully started production of its own brand of lubricants in December.  

Manufacturer to unveil new products, services

By: Gia Costella     10th February 2012 Lubrication specialist Klüber Lubrication plans to unveil a number of new developments this year, the company’s sales and marketing director Paul Holland tells Engineering News. 

Growth in the pipeline for empowered SA oil company

By: Gia Costella     10th February 2012 Empowered oil company Afric Oil plans to increase its market share and business volumes this year, finance director Mangadi Dikotla tells Engineering News. 

Lubricants vendor prepares for future growth

By: Henry Lazenby     4th February 2011 Independent KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) lubricants vendor KZN Oils reports that it has acquired an additional 2,4-million litres of petrochemicals storage capacity in the province, to bring its total storage capacity to more than 12-million litres.  

Institute urges industry to adopt basic lubrication principles

By: Henry Lazenby     4th February 2011 The South African Institute of Tribology (SAIT) urges South African industries to adopt a ‘back-to-basics’ approach when it comes to lubricating machinery. 

Oil blender sources Group 3 base oils

By: Henry Lazenby     4th February 2011 South African downstream petrochemicals products marketer and affiliate of Petronas, Engen, has taken delivery of its first consignment of high-grade Group 3 base oils, marketed under the Etro brand name, from parent company Petronas, in Malaysia. 

Oil additives assist in reducing emissions while improving engine performance

By: Henry Lazenby     4th February 2011 Although major oil companies discourage the need for a supplement additive in oil products, about 90% of forecourt retailers stock the basic supplements, owing to the average age of South African vehicles exceeding ten years. 

Synthetic oil results in cost savings

By: Henry Lazenby     4th February 2011 A demonstration trial undertaken by South African downstream petrochemicals marketer Engen Lubricants, an affiliate of Petronas, points to synthetic oils as being able to significantly reduce operating temperatures and associated energy consumption in plant machinery and gearboxes.  

Energy efficiency drives lubricant development

By: Schalk Burger     15th January 2010 The drive for lubricant development is currently based on energy efficiency, which is attributed to environmental reasons, says South African Institute of Tribology president John Fitton. 

Industry focuses on energy efficiency

By: Schalk Burger     15th January 2010 The drive for energy efficiency will have beneficial outcomes on the environmental footprint of any company using oils and lubricants, wear analysis organisation South African Institute of Tribology (SAIT) president John Fitton says. 

Innovating with industrial waste

By: Schalk Burger     15th January 2010 Industrial waste, specifically the waste containing oil or oil distillates, must be disposed of properly because it is considered hazardous. Oil recycling company Oil Separation Solutions (OSS) believes that it can turn waste oil or used oil, as well as sludge, solids and contaminated soils... 

Oil recycling foundation proves its worth

By: Jacqueline Holman     16th January 2009 The Recycling Oil Saves the Environment (Rose) Foundation, a non-profit organisation that manages environmentally acceptable collection, storage and recycling of used lubricating oil in South Africa, has collected more than 400-million litres of used oil since its formation in April 1994. 

New Middelburg lab offers oil analysis, thermography service

16th January 2009 Oil and fuel analysis company WearCheck Africa, part of the Set Point group has opened a new laboratory in Middelburg, Mpumalanga. 

New range of greases set for 2009 launch

By: Jacqueline Holman     16th January 2009 Friction management company Timken South Africa will officially launch its range of different greases for specific applications to the South African market this year, says MD Danie Coetser. 

New products for the oleochemicals, biodiesel industries

By: Jacqueline Holman     16th January 2009 Vegetable oil related products procurement company PSS Oils has developed new products for the oleochemical industry and biodiesel manufacturers, says company MD Francois Labuschagne.  

New oil-analysis laboratory opens in Gauteng

By: Leandi Kolver     4th April 2008 JSE-listed scientific and industrial group Set Point Industrial Technology has opened its third WearCheck laboratory in Isando, east of Johannesburg.  

Association raises SA’s lubricant blender standards

By: Desislava Tzoneva     18th January 2008 In its first year of existence non-profit organisation, the Independent Lubricant Blender’s Association (Ilba) has made strides to test members’ lubricant products in an effort to ensure that these adhere to industry standards. 

Local company develops new microdosing lubricant system

By: Desislava Tzoneva     18th January 2008 Lubrication company Producut Lubrication Technologies has developed the minimum quantity lubrication (MQL) or microdosing system for lubrication for metalworking operations, owner Eben Du Plessis tells Engineering News. 

Oil recycling scheme pays off 

By: Desislava Tzoneva     18th January 2008 Over R1-million was paid out in environmental incentives (EI) for used oil collections between March and August this year, says the Recycling Oil Saves the Environment (Rose) Foundation CEO Raj Lochan. 

Improved lubrication saves energy

By: Desislava Tzoneva     18th January 2008 Improved lubrication and the consequent reduction of friction on gear sets can result in energy savings of up to 15%, suggests international research. Benefits can accumulate from fuel savings as well as a reduction in carbon emissions, South African Institute of Tribology (SAIT) president... 

Timken lubricants and maintenance tools launched in South Africa

By: Dennis Ndaba     6th July 2007 Friction management company Timken has expanded its line of lubricants and maintenance tools in South Africa. 

Scheduled oil sampling reduces machine operating costs 

19th January 2007 Scheduled oil sampling (SOS) is a proactive equipment management service offered by Barloworld Equipment that acts as a health barometer for the customers� Caterpillar machines, recording critical oil analysis information, such as ingress of dirt, abnormal wear, fluid contamination and incorrect... 

BEE firm clinches RBCT fuel, lubricants supply contract

19th January 2007 In a deal worth some R70-million over five years, black empowerment company Masana Petroleum Solutions, is to take over the supply and participate in the management of fuel and lubricants for the Richards Bay Coal Terminal (RBCT). 

Additive enhances automotive performance

19th January 2007 Additive enhances automotive performance ?Bearing specialist Bearing Man’s automotive division, Top Class, supplies a large range of quality branded spares and accessories for the automotive industry, including performance chemicals. 

Environment-friendly synthetic lubricants meet cross-industry needs

19th January 2007 Bearing specialist Bearing Man distributes the locally manufactured range of Habot synthetic and speciality lubricants, which are designed to meet the exact lubricating needs in diverse industries. 

Contractor focuses on safety improvements

By: Amy Heydenrych     8th September 2006 Safety is one of the key issues when working in oil refineries. Grinaker LTA M&E has taken this to heart. Spending about 1,2 million manhours per month on various projects including oil refineries, the company has brought its disabling injury frequency rate (DIFR) to below 0,29. 

Software product developed for combustion plants

By: Amy Heydenrych     8th September 2006 Through its local representation of international suppliers, South African company The Combustion Group (TCG) is providing innovative designs, and solutions for the manufacture, installation and commissioning of burner equipment for any plant and application. 

Industry in good health, but challenges niggle

By: Amy Heydenrych     8th September 2006 The local oil refining industry is in good shape, but faces the challenge of adjusting to meet growing demand and the need to make progressively cleaner fuels, notes South African Petroleum Industry Association Director Colin McClelland. 

African refiners establish far-reaching forum

By: Amy Heydenrych     8th September 2006 In an effort to counter the pressures created by new refining capacity in the Arabian Gulf and Indian subcontinent, African refiners earlier this year established an association aimed at investigating challenges and opportunities facing the downstream sector of the oil industry in Africa. This is... 

SA firm helps curb refinery emissions

By: Amy Heydenrych     8th September 2006 Mounting concerns over air pollution emissions and the desulpherisation of plants has opened a niche in the market for process analysers and emission reduction equipment. 

Local contractor in Angolan offshore project

8th September 2006 For many years, the oil and gas downstream division of Grinaker-LTA M&E has been a market leader in the execution of shutdowns for the petrochemical plants and refineries in South Africa. 

Wide range of catalysts supplied

8th September 2006 Catalyst innovations are key to high performance process technology. 

Sustainable water solutions supplied

8th September 2006 The reuse of waste-water in the industrial market is a growing international trend. South Africa, in keeping with global water reclamation trends, is realising the potential that the recycling of waste water holds. 

Continent's oil producers record strong growth, but sustainability questioned

By: Jade Davenport     9th June 2006 The recent surge in the commodity markets has paved the way for increased economic growth in mineral-rich Africa, especially amongst the continent’s leading oil-producing countries. 

Lube pump installed on front-end loader

21st April 2006 FloSolve’s Western Cape distributor, Calberg Lubrication, has installed a Vogel GSE multi-outlet driven pump for a centralised lubrication system on a Komatsu WA800 front-end loader for Namakwa Sands on the West Coast. 

New filter range unveiled

17th March 2006 A brand-new range of filters, regulators and lubricators has just been released by Ernest Lowe under its own Elco label. 

African refiners to meet

By: Terry Mackenzie-hoy     10th February 2006 In addition to the Oil Africa 2006 exhibition and conference to be held at the Cape Town International Conference Centre (CTICC) from March 22 to 24, the ARA (African Refiners Association) Annual Meeting and Downstream Workshop will be held in the city from March 20 to 24 at the Cullinan Hotel. 

Big guns set to visit oil show

By: Terry Mackenzie-hoy     10th February 2006 Exhibitor numbers are nudging 100 for Africa’s leading oil expo and conference Oil Africa 2006 to be held in Cape Town from March 22 to 24, 2006. 

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