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Chemicals and Petrochemicals

Process Pipe

By: Zandile Mavuso     26th August 2016 With 47 years’ expertise in the pipes industry, wholesale carbon and mild steel pipes, fittings and flanges wholesaler Process Pipe has established a national footprint in South Africa, with branches in Gauteng (Alrode), KwaZulu-Natal (Jacobs) and two branches in the Western Cape (Belville and... 

Business units strengthen customer focus

     4th March 2016 Multinational chemicals manufacturer BASF is reorganising its paper, water, oilfield and mining units within the performance chemicals division to form a new global business unit in order to foster customer and industry focus and increase competitiveness through the merger of its water solutions... 

Business units strengthen  customer focus
Photo by Bloomberg
CORPORATE RESTRUCTURING The merging of business units will enable BASF to achieve efficiency gains and create additional market opportunities

Control technology improves refining and chemicals industry

By: Malusi Mkhize     4th March 2016 Advance process control (APC) technology has become an industry standard for petrochemicals and chemicals companies, owing to its ability to improve the overall management of a refinery, says process and operations management solutions provider BluESP chief engineer Dr Kevin Brooks. He tells... 

Control technology  improves refining and  chemicals industry
QUALITY DECISIONS Advance process control technology enables petrochemical companies to make decisions that lead to optimum functioning capacity of refineries and plants

Global chemicals production growth continues to slow

     4th March 2016 Ahead of 2016 local chemicals industry body the Chemical and Allied Industries' Association (CAIA) projected a continued slump global chemical production growth rates ahead of 2016.  Among the factors global trends that will affect the chemicals industry worldwide are as the twenty-first... 

Global chemicals production growth continues to slow
EXPANDING AGROCHEMICALS PORTFOLIO AECI recently acquired 100% of Malawi-based agricultural company Farmer Organisation Limited from Rendale Holdings

Innovative water-based dispersions to be introduced

     4th March 2016 Latices and speciality emulsion polymers producer Synthomer is set to introduce its latest water-based products for coatings, construction and flooring adhesives at this year’s American Chemical Society Exhibition scheduled for March 13 to 17 at the San Diego Convention Center.  Among the next... 

Innovative water-based  dispersions to be introduced
NEW WATER-BASED TECHNOLOGY Synthomer makes a return to the American Chemical Society Exhibition

Institute backs whistle blowing in professional conduct regulations

     4th March 2016 The global professional chemical engineering and biochemical membership body the Institution of Chemical Engineers’ (IChemE) rules of professional conduct and disciplinary regulations underwent a revision process that oblige chemical engineers to ‘whistle-blow’ in circumstances where they feel... 

Institute backs whistle blowing in professional conduct regulations
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BLOWING THE WHISTLE Institution of Chemical Engineers aims to end malpractice within the chemicals industry through supporting whistle blowing

JV refinery boosts skills development

By: Malusi Mkhize     4th March 2016 The Durban-based crude oil refinery joint venture (JV) between Shell South Africa Refining and BP Southern Africa – Sapref – in January awarded 70 pupils with a training opportunity, which includes bursaries for university studies in the fields of engineering and artisan training through the... 

JV refinery boosts  skills development
PROVIDING OPPORTUNITY SAPREF provides training opportunities to 70 pupils as part of its R18-million skills and development program

Legislation prompts refineries to employ safer seal technology

     4th March 2016 Mechanical and industrial seal supplier AESSEAL’s sales at its Secunda branch have doubled year-on-year owing to petrochemical refineries replacing their single mechanical seals with a double mechanical design in order to comply with stringent safety legislation. The company claims to be the only... 

Legislation prompts  refineries to employ  safer seal technology
DOUBLING UP Specifications indicate the fitting of double mechanical seals to pumps transferring hazardous fluids

Local chemicals group reshuffles board with new appointment

     4th March 2016 Specialty chemical group AECI announced the appointment of Dr Khotso Mokhele last month as a nonexecutive director of the company. Mokhele joins the company’s board which comprises of eight non-executive members namely Schalk Engelbrecht, Richard Dunne, Zellah Fuphe, Godfrey Gomwe, Liziwe Mda,... 

Local chemicals group reshuffles board with new appointment
IN WITH THE NEW Dr Khotso Mokhele joins AECI as a nonexecutive director

Maintenance strategies key to SA industry

By: Malusi Mkhize     4th March 2016 The stagnating economy, coupled with depressed oil prices, has led petrochemicals refineries to emphasise pump and equipment maintenance rather than investing in capital procurement, states pump supplier AESPUMP sales and marketing director Neil Britz. Owing to this, he notes that the company can... 

Maintenance strategies key to SA industry
MAINTENANCE IS KEY Effective maintenance reduces capital expenditure of equipment

Manufacturing company will experience demand for insect repellent

     4th March 2016 Synthesis and manufacturing company Saltigo a wholly owned subsidiary of specialty chemicals company LANXESS, is experiencing a marked increase in demand for icaridin, an active ingredient in insect repellents which the company markets for its global market.  Saltigo MD Wolfgang Schmitz says,... 

New malaria-combat insecticide to infiltrate market by 2017

By: Malusi Mkhize     4th March 2016 Leverkusen-based, multinational life sciences company Bayer expects its Fludora Fusion to be readily available to the African market towards the end of 2017 and early 2018 to combat diseases such as malaria. Bayer sub-Saharan Africa divisional head for environmental science Jose de Sousa tells... 

New malaria-combat insecticide to infiltrate market by 2017
FIGHTING MALARIA Bayer’s two-way insecticide Fludora Fusion aims to be an effective solution for African disease control programmes to address the challenge of insecticide resistance

Portfolio refocused to lean on chemicals business

By: Malusi Mkhize     4th March 2016 Integrated energy and chemicals provider Sasol is refocusing its portfolio to lean more on its chemicals business, following the division’s turnover of R105-billion, which accounted for 57% of the group’s total turnover for the 2015 financial year. Sasol executive VP: chemicals business Fleetwood... 

Portfolio refocused to lean  on chemicals business
CHEMICAL NETWORK Sasol’s chemical business has a footprint in more than 23 countries

Rope access maintenance more cost effective than traditional access

By: Malusi Mkhize     4th March 2016 Rope access solutions provider Skyriders is currently providing maintenance solutions on the deluge fire sprinkler system installed at one of South Africa’s largest petrochemicals companies’ fuel and gas tanks as part of a five-year contract.  Skyriders was contracted by the petrochemical company... 

Rope access maintenance more cost effective than traditional access
MAINTAINANCE EXPERTS ROPED IN Skyriders provides cost-effective rope access for petrochemical tank maintenance solutions

Automation improves wood treatment processes

     20th March 2015 In their quest for accuracy, chemical specialists from wood preservative chemicals company Dolphin Bay Chemicals have taken an innovative approach to determining the correct solution strength of Permacure CCA, which is a wood preservative, which involves using existing technology and adapting it... 

Automation improves wood treatment processes
Photo by Duane Daws
AUTOMATED PROCESS The titration process has been automated to ensure the adequate retention of Permacure CCA in timber

Chemicals personnel undergo skills training

By: Dylan Slater     20th March 2015 Chemicals production staff from chemicals company a.b.e. Construction Chemicals recently underwent a 12-month training programme, provided by the Institute for Quality Education Training and Development, to further their skills sets, the company tells Engineering News. 

Chemicals personnel undergo skills training
CHEMICALS GRADUATES a.b.e. Construction Chemicals graduates Jabulani Dlamini, Mapule Mokoena and George Ndlovu, flanked by Institute for Quality Education Training and Development branch manager Judy Shaik and Chryso Southern Africa Group human resources and organisation GM Brian Matthee. Graduate Nathaniel Manganye was absent when the photograph was taken

Event puts petroleum industry in the limelight

By: Dylan Slater     20th March 2015 The fifth Petro.t.ex exhibition and conference, which is supported by the 20 petroleum corporations that are members of the South African Petroleum Industry Association (Sapia), will take place at Gallagher Convention Centre, in Midrand, from May 20 to 22, as part of the South Africa Industry &... 

Fire system maintained at petro depot

By: Dylan Slater     20th March 2015 Since rope access company Skyriders signed a contract with a large petrochemicals depot in 2013, a team of the company’s technicians has been maintaining the plant’s deluge fire sprinkler system, with work completed on 30 structures on site. 

Fire system  maintained at  petro depot
SPRINKLER INSPECTION A skilled rope-access team from Skyriders is tasked with ensuring that a deluge fire sprinkler system is ready to deal with any fire at a petrochemicals plant

Industrial-strength cleaners harmful to human health

By: Dylan Slater     20th March 2015 The increasingly prevalent use of cleaning products marketed as having industrial-strength cleaning properties – especially in the household goods market – does more harm than good to human health and the environment, claims bio-cleaning solutions company Green Worx Cleaning Solutions. 

Industrial-strength cleaners harmful to human health
NEW INITIATIVES Green Worx Cleaning Solutions has launched initiatives aimed at making men’s restrooms more pleasant

Learning centre boosts subjects requirements

     20th March 2015 International petroleum refiner and marketer Chevron South Africa (SA) – which retails under the Caltex brand locally – opened a science learning centre on October 20, 2014 at Bosmansdam High School, in Bothasig, Cape Town. 

Learning centre boosts subjects requirements
EXPLOITING NEW FACILITIES Bosmansdam High School grade 11 learner Shane Klaaste conducting an experiment in the new science centre

Low oil price results in improved petrochemicals demand

By: Dylan Slater     20th March 2015 The recent decline in global oil prices is not only prompting supply chains to destock their petrochemical inventories but is also sowing the seeds for better economic conditions, lower petrochemical prices and improved global petrochemical demand, says information and analysis company IHS Chemical. 

Low oil price  results in improved petrochemicals demand
OIL DEPENDENT With oil serving as the marginal production cost and price-setter for many chemicals, a decline in the oil price typically leads to lower product prices

Oil-free compressors ideal for chemicals, petrochemicals sectors

By: Dylan Slater     20th March 2015 South Africa’s chemical and petrochemical industries contribute substantially to the country’s economy, hence the importance of petrochemical companies maintaining proactive maintenance and good-quality equipment to ensure sustainability and productivity, says compressor and generator rental... 

Oil-free compressors  ideal for chemicals,  petrochemicals sectors
REMOTE MONITORING Rand-Air uses an iAccess platform to remotely montior compressor efficiency and maintenance

Pyrolysis for tyre recycling gains traction in SA 

By: Dylan Slater     20th March 2015 Using pyrolysis to recycle used vehicle tyres is gaining popularity in South Africa, with the first fully functional pyrolysis plant, at Gauteng-based tyre recycler Milvinetix’s premises already operational. 

Pyrolysis for tyre recycling gains traction in SA
TYRE RECYCLING Milvinetix is using a development grant to improve its tyre recycling facilities

Stagnant chemicals industry close to shrinking

By: Dylan Slater     20th March 2015 International executive search firm Odgers Berndtson describes the current state of the South African chemicals and petrochemicals industry as stagnant, if not diminishing, says energy, consumer and technology specialist for sub-Saharan Africa Guy Lundy, a partner in the firm’s Cape Town office. 

Stagnant chemicals industry close to shrinking
GUY LUNDY Industry needs to work more closely with research institutions and universities to encourage and support local research and development

Versatile blocks prevent chemical contamination

     20th March 2015 To eliminate the possibility of chemicals powders cross contaminating and subsequently corroding its supplies, chemicals, plastics, packaging materials and mining and construction products distributor The CHC Group South Africa (SA) recently installed precast concrete infrastructure products... 

Versatile blocks prevent chemical contamination
CHEMICAL POWDER SEGREGATION Alfablocs are used to separate chemical powders to mitigate cross contamination

Accord to improve safety status of chemicals sector

     21st March 2014 The Department of Labour (DoL) and its social partners signed the Chemical Sector Health and Safety Accord to improve the status of occupational health and safety (OHS) in the South African chemicals sector, in November 2013. The accord was signed by the DoL; the Chemical and Allied Industry... 

Chemical expands market opportunities

By: David Oliveira     21st March 2014 South Africa-based wood-preservative chemicals supplier Dolphin Bay Chemicals implemented its first pilot  wood treatment of wood ammonium copper quaternary (ACQ) in October 2013. ACQ was developed in the US and is being manufactured locally by Dolphin Bay Chemicals under its Permacure brand. 

Chemicals companies commit to Responsible Care

     21st March 2014 The South African branch of global chemicals company BASF signed the Responsible Care (RC) pledge with Chemical and Allied Industries' Association (Caia), in Midrand, in December last year. BASF Business Center South Africa and Sub-Sahara head Joan-Maria Garcia-Girona together with a BASF... 

Chemicals group inaugurates R1.9bn polyethylene plant

By: David Oliveira     21st March 2014 Energy and chemicals group Sasol inaugurated its new R1.9-billion ethylene purification unit, known as the Ethylene Purification Unit 5 (EPU5), in Sasolburg, in January. The inauguration, which was held at the Sasol Polymers Plant in Sasolburg, was attended by CEO David Constable and the South... 

Company treats 25 000 t of contaminated soil

By: David Oliveira     21st March 2014 South African environmental management products and services company Procon Environmental Technologies successfully rehabilitated 25 000 t of soil contaminated by a major diesel spillage at a site near Tzaneen, in Limpopo, the company announced in February. The company achieved this by making use... 

Critical equipment keeps upgrade project on schedule

By: David Oliveira     21st March 2014 Compressor and generator hire company Rand-Air played a significant role in the delivery of mission-critical equipment and service to energy and chemicals group Sasol’s Synfuels nitrogen project, it reported in October. The company, which is part of international engineering group Atlas Copco,... 

Gasifier mechanics replaced after 40 years

By: David Oliveira     21st March 2014 Energy and chemicals group Sasol received four stainless steel rotating grate castings from South Africa-based steel castings manufacturer Steloy in July 2013. Steloy sales and marketing director Wynand Labuschagne notes that although certain components of the gasifiers, such as the grate... 

New modular storage system limits lubricant contamination

By: David Oliveira     21st March 2014 Engineering solutions provider Bearing Man Group (BMG) launched engineering products manufacturer and supplier Omsa’s L–shaped 920 ℓ tank, at the end of 2013. Through BMG’s acquisition of OMSA in 2012, BMG’s Fluid Power division has secured several filtration products, making it more competitive. 

Rapid expansion reaps award

By: David Oliveira     21st March 2014 South Africa-based, women-owned chemicals manufacturer and distributor Elegant Line Chemicals received the Frost & Sullivan 2013 South African Entrepreneurial Company of the Year Award in the industrial commodity chemicals space last month. Elegant Line Chemicals has expanded rapidly within its... 

South African chemicals industry has growth potential

By: David Oliveira     21st March 2014 Despite South Africa having the largest and most sophisticated chemicals industry in Africa, estimated at $30-billion, it only contributes about 1% to the global market, says global growth consulting firm Frost & Sullivan chemicals, materials and food industry analyst Dilshaad Booley. The South... 

South African chemicals industry has growth  potential
Photo by Frost & Sullivan
DEVELOPING TECHNOLOGY Upgrading technologies requires high capital investments, which are not easily accessible in South Africa, owing to product cost implications

Wine producer to establish ethanol fuel plant in Western Cape 

     21st March 2014 Western Cape-based wine producer Namaqua Wines signed an agreement with Paarl-based distillation design and technology provider Taurus Distillation, in February, to establish a commercial 1.2-million ℓ 96.4% fuel ethanol pilot plant at their Spruitdrift Cellar near Vredendal. The customised,... 

8 000 learners, unemployed gain from billboard recycling campaign

     22nd March 2013 Petrochemicals company BP’s first Ads to Bags donation, which has given the vinyl skins from its old advertising billboards a second life as useful school products, reached 8 000 learners this year. 

Adequate safety management on the rise in chemicals industry

By: Zandile Mavuso     22nd March 2013 Companies that use and manufacture hazardous chemicals are realising the importance of having a chemicals management system in place, as being proactive rather than reactive and implementing best-practice requirements for the safe management of chemicals puts them in an advantageous position,... 

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