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Chrome market could change with new export tax regime, dissuading Chinese offtake 

By: Donna Slater     20th January 2021 A “delicate” balancing act between chrome ore mining and stainless steel production may be under threat as South Africa changes its export tax regime to boost the commodity’s “welfare benefits” and to favour local chrome buyers instead of foreign buyers, Simon le Roux, a student at Rhodes... 

Aluminium complex greases: why they make excellent multifunctional lubricants

4th January 2021 While no grease can truly be an “all-purpose” lubricant, aluminium complex grease is a valuable multifunctional, multipurpose product. Since they first came into the market in the 1960s, they have undergone numerous improvements, especially in terms of water resistance and thermal and mechanical... 

Caxton raises stake in Mpact to 26.2%

By: Creamer Media Reporter      18th December 2020 Media company Caxton and CTP Publishers and Printers has bought a further 30.49-million shares in paper and plastic packaging products manufacturer Mpact. Caxton acquired the shares from clients of Allan Gray, Old Mutual Investment Group, Old Mutual Customised Solutions, Visio Capital Management... 

Group celebrates 21 years

4th December 2020 Process roll cover engineering group H&M Technologies celebrated 21 years of business this year, while also establishing a new black economic empowerment (BEE) company named H&M Rollers SA to bolster its South African footprint and contribute to the upliftment of the previously disadvantaged.... 

Sustainability presents good business case for companies, speakers say

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     27th November 2020 Businesses can achieve both environmental and economic benefits by implementing sustainable business practices and that should be done in a just transitional process, speakers noted during electronics company Epson’s ‘Towards a Greener Future’ webinar on November 27. Industry body, the Paper... 

UL Explores Five Sustainability Trends Among Businesses in Asia

By: Creamer Media Reporter      24th November 2020 In a new white paper, Five Sustainability Trends for Businesses in Asia, UL explores five sustainability trends that are impacting businesses across Asia as they pursue measures in accordance with the UN SDGs. UL, a global safety science company, has helped companies adopt more sustainable... 

Renewable carton packaging to reduce environmental impact

By: Schalk Burger     18th November 2020 The Southern African subsidiary of global food packaging group Tetra Pak is changing its packaging to use materials that are wholly renewable and that meet local and international food safety standards, says Tetra Pak Southern Africa MD Stefan Fageräng. This programme is part of the group's... 

Final Lake Charles unit reaches beneficial operation

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     16th November 2020 Energy and chemicals company Sasol’s low-density polyethylene (LDPE) unit at the Lake Charles Chemicals Complex (LCCP), in Louisiana, in the US, reached beneficial operation on November 15. The LDPE unit is the seventh and final LCCP unit to come online. 

'New roadmap' needed for South Africa to deal with plastic waste pollution 

By: Simone Liedtke     12th November 2020 Although the plastics and plastic products industry contributed about R70-billion to South Africa’s economy in 2019, according to Plastics South Africa, plastic pollution has also had a significant impact on the country’s ecosystem services. Therefore, Environment, Forestry and Fisheries Minister... 

Bearing isolators faring well in bearings sector

6th November 2020 Bearings distributor BMG tells Engineering News that its Garlock Klozure and Guardian Bearing Isolators have fared notably well subsequent to being introduction to the BMG range of isolators. A bearing isolator is an advanced sealing solution that is used to protect bearings on rotating equipment... 

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