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Chemicals and Petrochemicals

New pump-sealant system is developed

By: System Author     30th April 1999 What is believed to be a unique pump-sealant system has been developed by South African company Chemplast to replace gland-packing rings in most applications. The Easi-feed system feeds a packing sealant directly into a pump’s stuffing box with a simple but effective system, maintains... 

Dutch pumps for local platinum mines

By: System Author     30th April 1999 Pumps designed originally for use in dykes in Holland are finding new applications in South African platinum mines. Bredel pumps have already been successfully installed by Walter Becker SA in the flotation plants of platinum mines near Rustenburg and Potgietersrus in the North West Province. The... 

Chemical transport facility upgrade

By: System Author     30th April 1999 THE multimillion-rand redevelopment of Cargo Carriers Tanker as a world-class chemical transport facility is proceeding according to plan. The company has become a signatory to ‘Responsible Care’ whose international standards are designed to achieve security and safety throughout the... 

Fire-retardant thatch is hot new roofing

By: System Author     16th April 1999 Fire-retardant specialist Micon Coatings of Lonehill, Gauteng, is all fired up about its newest brainchild. Thatch grass is ordinarily coated with a fire-retardant once the thatch roof has been erected, and this coating is generally applied to the exposed internal and external surfaces. The... 

Pultrusion process to combat corrosion

By: System Author     9th April 1999 Water quality is critical to the quality of our future, and today engineers look more and more to lifecycle costs in specifying materials for design and construction of new and upgraded water-treatment facilities. Lower installation and maintenance costs and long-term performance are factored... 

Employment shrinks in rubber-products sector

By: System Author     9th April 1999 The spate of legislation promulgated by the present government in an attempt to redress the legacy of the past has presented the opportunity for creative management in the industrial rubber products sector of the chemicals industry, Industrial Rubber Industry Employers’ Organisation (Irieo)... 

Black-empowerment water-care initiative

By: System Author     26th March 1999 A joint venture (JV), known as Water- care Africa, has been formed between wholly-owned AECI subsidiary Kynochem and Lupoid International, a black-empowerment consortium. The new company will supply a range of chemicals supported by technical service, installation of tanks, operation of plants,... 

Monitoring-systems division is established

By: System Author     26th March 1999 Adivision has been formed by Bartec Barlian Technik to provide solutions for control systems applications, and to market its range of Modex components and Ex personal computers (PCs) for hazardous areas in refineries, petrochemical, chemical, paint manufacturing and other plants. All the... 

Research in chemical and biological defence

By: System Author     26th March 1999 Centurion company Protechnik Laboratories conducts research and development in all the main areas of chemical and biological defence, as well as quality control and quality assurance of chemically protective materials, systems and equipment, and provides technological support and advisory service... 

R80m plant a first

By: System Author     12th March 1999 WHAT is thought to be only malic, tartaric and fumaric acidulants plant in the southern hemisphere has been built and is being commissioned in Durban by leading chemicals concern NCP, a division of Sentrachem Dow Chemicals. The R80-million plant, situated at the company’s Isipingo complex,... 

New laser mapping system

By: System Author     12th March 1999 A new laser mapping system (LMS), which is on the leading-edge of technology in the field of surveying and modelling, has been introduced by Intens Digital & Laser Imaging, a newly-founded division of FJ Intens International Engineering. It has the backing of original laser-equipment manufacturer... 

Leading gas manufacturer in expansion drive

By: System Author     12th March 1999 Leading manufacturer, supplier and distributor of industrial and speciality gas products and chemicals into Southern Africa Air Products reports that the main challenge encountered over the last 30 years includes moving from being a new player in the market to establishing itself as one of the... 

200 km pipeline supply network the key

By: System Author     12th March 1999 Successes achieved by industrial and speciality gas and chemical supplier Air Products can be attributed to its extensive pipeline supply network stretching over more than 200 km underground, reports Air Products deputy MD Michael Gaade. This enables the company to supply five industrial gases... 

High hopes for SA-manufactured teflon

By: System Author     5th March 1999 South Africa’s new R40-million polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) or teflon-producing pilot plant will be commissioned in the second half of this year. Over the past nine years AEC commercial arm, Pelindaba Technologies’ chemical division has developed a plasma-based process to produce... 

Enzymes supplier to represent Danish firm

By: System Author     26th February 1999 Supplier of enzymes and speciality chemicals to African Products, Johannesburg company Enzymes SA was appointed the official Novo Nordisk office for enzymes in sub-Saharan Africa effective from January. The Danish company Novo Nordisk is reported to be the world leading enzyme supplier and boasts... 

Continuous ion-exchange resin supply

By: System Author     26th February 1999 Local company Mon- tan Chemicals has been a supplier of ion-exchange resins to African Products since 1990, reports Montan Chemicals product manager Chris Braybrooke. African Products produces starch and a range of related products including glucose. Three of its four plants produce glucose... 

30 years of slick success

By: System Author     19th February 1999 Independent oil distributor Atlas Oil & Chemical celebrated 30 years in the industry at the end of last year. Founders Abie Mulder and Willie Liebenberg started trading in the Dunswart industrial area on the East Rand and progressed literally from an outside shed, where Premier Equipment has its... 

Fibres remove oil

By: System Author     19th February 1999 A chemically-treated fibrous material that removes oil from water has been developed at the University of Wales’s award-winning BioComposites Centre in Bangor, Wales. Treated fibres, based on wood or plant fibres – both well-tried oil absorbers – have the capacity to take up at... 

SA gets five new chemical projects

By: Archivist     15th January 1999 A R1,5-billion investment in five new chemical plants has been approved by Sasol as part of its R14-billion five-year capital expansion programme. In an announcement in December last year, Sasol MD Pieter Cox said that the plants will include a R270-million ethyl acetate plant, a R140-million... 

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