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Chemicals & Pharmaceuticals News

Sulphuric acid dominates product offering

By: Zonika Botha     29th March 2002 A wholly-owned subsidiary of Chemserve, Chemical Initiatives, is a leading supplier of industrial chemicals in Southern Africa. 

Growth on gypsum front for SA firm

By: Zonika Botha     29th March 2002 As the industrial chemical division of the Omnia Group, Intaba Chemicals has been targeted as an important growth facilitator for the group within the next two years, MD Tony Winter reports. 

$340-million investment in South African chemical plants

By: Zonika Botha     29th March 2002 In what is a first for Sasol Chemical Industries (SCI), the company has given the go-ahead for a $200-millon acrylic acid project at its Midland site, in Sasolburg, Sasol Solvents divisional MD Anton Putter reports. 

Chemicals industry cleans up its act

By: Zonika Botha     29th March 2002 South Africa’s chemical industry is of substantial economic significance to the country, contributing around 5% to the gross domestic product and about 25% of its manufacturing sales. 

Chemical imports from China, India climb

By: Zonika Botha     29th March 2002 The consolidation of the global chemical manufacturing industry has resulted in the worldwide growth of the chemical distribution industry, particularly in Southern Africa, Protea Chemicals executive director Peter Gubb reports. 

SA chemical sector leading the world

     8th June 2001 The local chemical industry is on a par with international trends and technologies and, in some cases, leading the pack. 

Leaner company structure increases

     8th June 2001 Chemical firm Ciba Specialty Chemicals has simplified its structure to increase profitable growth. 

More contracts for corrosion-prevention firm

     8th June 2001 Two significant contracts have been awarded to Paradigm Projects, of Pinetown, a company specialising in corrosion prevention. 

Return to core competences mooted

By: System Author     9th June 2000 Chemicals 

Growth predicted for local chemical subsidiary

By: System Author     9th June 2000 Chemicals 

Increase in exports on the cards

By: System Author     9th June 2000 Chemicals 

Co-operation contract concluded

By: System Author     9th June 2000 Chemicals 

Chemical industry looking positive

By: System Author     9th June 2000 Chemicals 

Global strategy for chem firms

By: System Author     11th June 1999 A strategy to enable chemical companies to achieve a maximum return on their investment in information technology (IT) has, for more than two years, been consistently worked through and executed by SAP, a developer of enterprise-resource planning (ERP) systems. At present, more than 12 000... 

Transport contract renewed

By: System Author     11th June 1999 Transport company Cargo Carriers’ contract for transporting hazardous hydrofluoric acid from the Atomic Energy Corporation’s (AEC), Pelindaba plant in the North West Province to customers countrywide has been renewed. This follows ten years and a total of more than 20-million... 

R18m polyurethane facility being built

By: System Author     11th June 1999 n R18-million poly- urethane-manufac- turing plant and warehouse facility is being built by CH Chemicals (CHC) in Germiston, on the East Rand, and is expected to be completed and in full production by September. The company, formed in 1987 when Dow Chemical disinvested, is its appointed... 

Bid to expand higher-value chemical products

By: System Author     11th June 1999 In a bid to expand its product range to include higher-value chemicals and to improve its overall operations, Sasol Chemical Industries (SCI) maintains a highly-focused capex programme for new, expanded and improved chemical plants. Sasol Synthetic Fuels (SSF) and Sasol Technology (Sastech)... 

Household chemicals a potential timebomb

By: System Author     11th June 1999 Most South Africans are aware of the potential damage industrial chemicals can cause to the environment, but are ignorant as to the damage caused by household chemicals, warns Safic operations director Fred Platt. “We believe that few people realise the impact that the day-to-day use of... 

‘Mock’ hazchem accident tests mettle

By: System Author     11th June 1999 Plastics, chlor-alkali chemicals and mining reagents manufacturer Polifin staged one of two yearly mock incidents at an intersection just outside Fochville in the North West Province last month to ensure it maintains high safety and environmental standards in line with its Responsible Care... 

R140-million project on schedule

By: System Author     11th June 1999 Construction of the R140-million high-purity ethanol plant for Sasol Chemical Industries’ Sasol Solvents division is on schedule for completion in September. The lump-sum turnkey contract to construct the plant, which will produce 85 000 t/y of 99,99% pure ethanol, was awarded to Krupp Uhde... 

Boost for chemical-freight transport sector

By: System Author     11th June 1999 A provider of freight logistics solutions to the chemicals and various other industries Spoornet committed itself to the international Responsible Care (RC) initiative last month. RC is the international chemical industry’s initiative for continuous improvement of performance in health,... 

Chemicals expo promises to be bigger and better

By: System Author     11th June 1999 With a substantial intensification of financial infrastructure and support, the third Raw-Chem Expo, to be held in October this year, is expected to have a much different appearance from the previous ones. Exhibition organiser Upmarket Exhibitions has been acquired by media giant Kagiso Media... 

‘Chemical-city’ project reflects changes

By: System Author     11th June 1999 The scope of the ChemCity initiative in Sasolburg, Free State, has changed drastically since August last year when the company was created. Initially the concept focused on the establishment of industrial parks aimed at the fine and speciality-chemicals industry (Engineering News, July 31, 1998).... 

‘Green’ message spreads to associated industries

By: System Author     11th June 1999 Environmental awareness in the South African chemical industry is improving drastically, with not only chemical-manufacturing companies, but also associated industries, becoming signatories of the worldwide environmental initiative dubbed Responsible Care (RC). “The latest move in South... 

Local chemical industry is in transition

By: System Author     11th June 1999 The chemical industry in South Africa is in transition, with many manufacturers looking to penetrate the speciality-chemicals market after years of focusing mainly on commodity-chemicals manufacturing. “We have been manufacturing commodity chemicals in moderately large tonnages, aimed... 

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