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Mobile solution launched to great effect  

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     21st July 2017 Specialist business and project management consultancy SSG Consulting has introduced its newly developed mobile application (app) for its KEY360 management software. The app was showcased at the Mobile App Launch breakfast in May at the Johannesburg Country Club. 

AECI expects 30% rise in H1 HEPS, EPS

By: Creamer Media Reporter      18th July 2017 Explosives and specialty chemicals group AECI expects to report a 30% to 35% increase in its headline earnings per share (HEPS) for the six months ended June 30. Its HEPS are expected to be between 381c and 396c, compared with the 293c reported in the six months ended June 30, 2016. 

Two chemicals companies fined for cartel conduct

By: Anine Kilian     14th July 2017 Two companies involved in the manufacture and supply of key chemical input materials used to make detergents, cosmetics and toiletries have agreed to pay fines to the Competition Commission after admitting to price fixing and dividing markets.   Investchem and Akulu Marchon are manufacturers and... 

Commissioning activities under way at pipeline

By: Simone Liedtke     7th July 2017 Packaging company Nampak Glass in May commissioned a 1-km-long, high-pressure underground gas pipeline that was constructed by multidisciplinary corporation Saiyl. 

Commissioning activities under way at pipeline
NAMPAK STATION This underground pipeline ties into the newly constructed Nampak Pressure Reduction Station in Germiston

Need for accurate designs of dosing systems 

By: Simone Liedtke     7th July 2017 The designs for dosing systems in the gas and fumes industries have to be accurate to ensure safety, says chemical dosing and pumping applications supplier Packaged Metering and Pumping Solutions (PMPS) technical director David O’Neill. 

Need for accurate designs of dosing systems
Packaged Metering and Pumping Solutions’ David O’Neill talks about the company’s strategies with regards to the fracking process. Camerawork and Editing: Nicholas Boyd.

New-generation Sentient hand-held unit for gas detection

     7th July 2017 The new generation Ingress Protection 68 rated Sentient handheld unit is widely regarded as the most cost effective, sophisticated and low maintenance gas detection device in the mining industry today. 

New-generation Sentient hand-held unit for  gas detection
GAS DETECTION SYSTEMS This instrument was developed by Booyco Electronics, specifically to improve safety in any confined spaces

Particulate matter a national concern

By: Simone Liedtke     7th July 2017 Owing to government’s 2020 target that air quality in all low-income settlements should be in full compliance with ambient air quality standards, mineral processing company MIP Process Technologies (MIP) MD Philip Hoff says particulate matter is, therefore, a national concern. 

Particulate matter a national concern
PHILIP HOFF MIP invests in young engineers and has, in the past, offered bursaries to chemical engineering students

Thermometer designed and tested for industry use

     7th July 2017 Handheld-products supplier Fluke - represented locally by distribution service provider Comtest - has launched the Fluke 64 MAX IR thermometer with internal memory, unattended monitoring, improved accuracy, increased battery life, as well as the precision needed to do the job accurately. 

Thermometer  designed and tested  for industry use
THERMOMETER APPLICATIONS Applications include the industrial maintenance, the electrical as well as the heating, ventilation and air conditioning industries

Unisa professors scoop 2016/17 NSTF awards

By: Creamer Media Reporter      30th June 2017 Two University of South Africa (Unisa) professors have been recognised for excellence in science, engineering and technology and innovation at the nineteenth Annual National Science and Technology Forum (NSTF) 2016/17 Awards. Material and Process Synthesis research unit director and chemical... 

New solution available in SA

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     30th June 2017 US-based safe water disinfection company MIOX, a Johnson Matthey company, designs and manufactures on-site chemical generators, which are an alternative solution to using hazardous chemicals, and its many benefits can be applied positively in South Africa, suggests MIOX senior applications... 

New solution available in SA
ALTERNATIVE SOLUTION MIOX’s on-site chemical generators are an alternative to using hazardous chemicals for water treatment

Omnia FY17 results pinched by tough economy

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     27th June 2017 Chemicals producer Omnia on Tuesday reported a drop in headline earnings a share to 881c for the year ended March 31, from 944c in the prior financial year, owing to a tough economic environment. This resulted in an 8% drop in its profit before tax, to R856-million. 

Omnia FY17 results pinched by tough economy
Photo by Duane Daws
Omnia chairperson Rod Humphris

Omnia profit drops against tough economic backdrop

By: Reuters     27th June 2017 South African diversified chemicals maker Omnia Holdings' full-year profit dropped 7% as a tough economic environment hit its mining and chemicals divisions, the company said on Tuesday. Headline earnings per share (EPS), the main profit measure in South Africa that strips out certain one-off... 

Omnia profit drops against tough economic backdrop

Company focuses on total cost of ownership

By: Marleny Arnoldi     16th June 2017 With an increased focus on total cost of ownership rather than individual product expenditure, chemicals supplier CPS Chemicals Oil-Tech has started tailoring its optimisation services to cater for improved total cost of ownership solutions.  

Company focuses on total cost of ownership
Photo by Bloomberg
SHARING KNOWLEDGE CPS Chemicals Oil-Tech offers training on friction, wear and lubrication for engineers

Funding a thorny issue as Gautrain boss pushes for 150 km network expansion

By: Irma Venter     16th June 2017 Gauteng faces large-scale urbanisation pressure, says Gautrain Management Agency CEO Jack van der Merwe. “Around 547 people arrive in the province every day. At this rate, Gauteng’s population will far exceed 19-million people in 2037. Current population is around 13.5-million people. 

Funding a thorny issue as Gautrain boss  pushes for 150 km network expansion

Need for environmental awareness in growing industry

By: Simone Liedtke     16th June 2017 There is a growing need for the construction industry to become more environmentally aware, which includes considering solvent emissions, recycling and toxicity, and building materials supplier DenBraven national sales and marketing manager Michael Berg says the company has made higher... 

Newly developed chemical on trial in S Africa and Zim

By: Marleny Arnoldi     16th June 2017 Chemcol, the latest product in research and development (R&D) from chemicals supplier ChemQuest, is currently on plant trials and laboratory evaluations at three platinum mines in South Africa and Zimbabwe concurrently.  

Regulation changes for chemicals industry next year

By: Marleny Arnoldi     16th June 2017 Major Hazard Installation (MHI) regulations for hazardous chemical and petrochemical industries – which fall under the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA) – are under review to align them with international standards.  

Regulation changes for chemicals industry next year
Photo by Bloomberg
SAFETY ABOVE ALL Ishecon’s training helps engineers to build and operate safe chemical plant installations

Several Green trends expected to emerge this year

By: Simone Liedtke     16th June 2017 As the green-building groundswell takes hold globally, construction materials supplier AfriSam says industry can expect to several trends emerge this year. 

Several Green trends expected to emerge this year
VICTOR BOUGUENON Trends include South Africa’s property and construction players committing to greener practices

Competition Commission swoops on pharmaceutical companies

By: African News Agency      13th June 2017 The Competition Commission on Tuesday announced that it has initiated an investigation of anti-competitive conduct into companies in the healthcare sector relating to provision of cancer medicine in South Africa. The commission said it would be investigating pharmaceutical giants like Roche,... 

Sasol awards consultancy contract to Petroplan

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     13th June 2017 Local chemicals and energy company Sasol has contracted oil and gas recruitment specialist Petroplan to provide consultancy and managed services in the UK, South Africa and Mozambique. Petroplan already has a long-standing working relationship with Sasol through the provision of both contract and... 

Sasol starts construction at new China-based chemicals plant

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     8th June 2017 Sasol on Thursday reported that construction of its new alkoxylation plant in Nanjing, China, has started, with the new plant expected to be fully operational by early 2019. The new production unit will modernise and expand Sasol's current alkoxylation capacity, research and development facility... 

Coatings increase turbine efficiency

     2nd June 2017 Thermal barrier coatings can significantly increase the turbine efficiency of turbomachinery by allowing higher firing temperatures while reducing component thermal fatigue, warpage, oxidation and cracking, says thermal spray coatings supplier Thermaspray. 

Coatings increase turbine efficiency
SPRAY BOOTH The company has a top-loading spray booth that can handle shafts of 5 500 mm in length

Full range of corrosion control products available in Southern Africa

     2nd June 2017 Corrosion control product supplier JST International’s (JST’s) cathodic protection and impressed current cathodic protection systems and corrosion resistant pipe supports product ranges have been expanded to include the full range of corrosion control coatings and wrappings in Southern Africa. 

Full range of corrosion control products available in Southern Africa
Photo by Duane Daws
CORROSION CONTROL JST has several products that can be used to control the corrosion of wood, steel and concrete

Industry teams up to craft road map for ‘a million new manufacturing jobs’  

By: Terence Creamer     29th May 2017 Manufacturing associations across a range of subsectors, including plastics and packaging, chemicals, agroprocessing and steel have endorsed a Manufacturing Circle-led initiative, designed to find ways of creating an additional one-million manufacturing jobs in South Africa. Manufacturing Circle... 

Industry teams up to craft road map for ‘a million new manufacturing jobs’
Manufacturing Circle chairperson André de Ruyter explains the ‘Map-to-a-Million’ initiative. Camera Work & Editing: Nicholas Boyd.

Authorities help to curb counterfeit pharmaceuticals

By: Marleny Arnoldi     26th May 2017 Owing to the devastating effects of counterfeit pharmaceuticals on individual patients, brand owners and the economy, law firm Spoor & Fisher works with the South African Police Service (SAPS), the South African Revenue Service’s division, the Department of Customs & Excise and State Prosecutors... 

Authorities help to curb counterfeit pharmaceuticals
Photo by Bloomberg
COUNTERFEIT CAUTION Consumers should be vigilant about where they buy products from to avoid health risks and potential fatalities

Peristaltic pump ideal for pharmaceuticals industry

By: Marleny Arnoldi     26th May 2017 Owing to the pharmaceutical industry requiring gentle pumping solutions, pump solutions supplier Verder Pumps South Africa emphasises the importance of the standard peristaltic pump for the pharmaceutical industry.  

Peristaltic pump ideal for pharmaceuticals industry
VERDERFLEX VANTAGE 5000 The fully programmable peristaltic pump meets the high hygiene requirement for the pharmaceutical industry

Work-based experience for graduate interns

By: Mia Breytenbach     26th May 2017 Technology ecosystem company Resolution Circle has welcomed 115 South African graduates to its graduate internship programme, which aims to develop them into high-quality, employable individuals that can excel in South Africa’s economy. Resolution Circle, an ‘idea-to-barcode’ ecosystem that... 

Work-based experience  for graduate interns
GAINING EXPERIENCE Resolution Circle’s internship will provide the 115 participants with practical skills in decision making and client services

Sasol, Linde conclude engineering services agreement

By: Creamer Media Reporter      16th May 2017 Petrochemicals group Sasol South Africa has signed a professional services term agreement with Linde Group’s engineering division for an initial term of two years, with an option to extend.     The agreement supports a close working relationship to create and ensure long-term engineering,... 

Cement and concrete affected by faltering construction industry

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     12th May 2017 The construction industry in South Africa – which is tied directly to the state of cement and concrete – is stuttering, but there is scope to improve, says chemicals solutions provider Chryso Southern Africa (Chryso) CEO Norman Seymore. It has been widely reported that the construction industry... 

Cement and concrete affected by faltering construction industry
Photo by Bloomberg
NOTHING CONCRETE A lack of major infrastructure projects in South Africa is negatively affecting the construction industry, thereby hindering the state of cement and concrete

New research facility enhances offerings

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     12th May 2017 Chemicals solutions provider Chryso Southern Africa (Chryso) has established a research facility in Jet Park, Johannesburg, to develop products specifically for the African market while offering regional testing services. Chryso CEO Norman Seymore tells Engineering News that South Africa has been... 

New research facility enhances offerings
NORMAN SEYMORE New Chryso products are the continual evolution of improvements on existing products

Omnia takes majority stake in Umongo for R780m

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     11th May 2017 Chemicals company Omnia Holdings is acquiring a 90% stake in Umongo Petroleum to strengthen its chemicals cluster. The R780-million transaction was a logical step in Omnia’s development, group FD Wayne Koonin pointed out on Thursday, adding that Umongo would complement the company’s existing... 

Machines produce components for isotope facility 

By: Simone Liedtke     28th April 2017 Machine component manufacturer Precision Separators bought six computer numerical control (CNC) machines from machine industry company Hurco to manufacture and produce components for private company Klydon’s medical isotope facility MoF6. 

Machines produce components for isotope facility
Machines produce components for isotope facility

Wastewater management short course presented

By: Marleny Arnoldi     28th April 2017 Owing to ageing water infrastructure as well as the increasing drought crisis that has affected various regions in the country, Enterprises University of Pretoria (Enterprises UP) notes that its short courses on water quality management and effluent treatment challenge attendees to come up with... 

Aspen welcomes DA-initiated price-fixing probe

By: African News Agency      24th April 2017 Aspen Pharmacare on Monday issued a statement welcoming reports that South Africa’s Competition Commission had agreed to take up a request from the country’s official opposition to investigate alleged anti-competitive conduct by the company. The South African pharmaceutical company said it... 

Temperature transmitter ideal for numerous industries

By: Nadine James     21st April 2017 The DT722 relative humidity and temperature transmitter is ideal for the chemicals, food and beverage, as well as heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) industries because it offers accurate, stable measurement and control of humidity and temperature, says instrumentation and... 

Temperature transmitter ideal for numerous industries
VERSATILITY PERSONIFIED DT722 is suitable for measuring temperature and humidity in any controlled environment

Sasol finalises currency hedges worth $4bn

By: Terence Creamer     11th April 2017 Energy and chemicals group Sasol reported on Tuesday that it had finalised currency hedges with a total notional amount of $4-billion for its 2018 financial year. The hedges represent about 70% of its expected net rand/US dollar exposure for the period, which runs until June 30, 2018. The... 

Sasol finalises currency hedges worth $4bn

Pretoria property development to incorporate lagoon technology

By: David Oliveira     7th April 2017 Multinational water innovation company Crystal Lagoons has partnered with JSE-listed Balwin Properties to construct and operate South Africa’s first local Crystal Lagoon, a proprietary technology used to construct and maintain lagoons at low costs.   Balwin Properties’ new R4.2-billion The Blyde... 

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