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Chemicals and Petrochemicals

Chemicals and explosives group has designs on new markets

By: peter cromberge     5th August 2005 Having braved a strong rand, sluggish growth in the manufacturing sector, the high oil price and high input costs, specialty product and services company AECI has weathered the storm and announced trading profits across all its operations. 

R25m plant to double firm's output volumes

By: elizabeth rebelo     8th July 2005 The official launch of Chryso SA’s new R25-million plant and South African head office facility in Jet Park will allow the company to double its current production volumes. 

Chemicals firm expands Africa presence

20th June 2005 Chemicals company BASF Coatings has announced that it is expanding its market presence in Africa, with the immediate entry of automotive products in Ghana. 

Association plans measures to curb container dumping

By: Nicola Mawson     27th May 2005 A judgment dealing with environmental infringement was this week handed down. 

Chemicals group expects earnings rise

26th May 2005 Chemical services company Omnia this week advised shareholders that headline and basic earnings have increased by more than 25%. 

Admixtures are becoming more important

By: Mariaan Webb     20th May 2005 Concrete admixtures are fast becoming almost as essential as concrete itself on building sites, but there appears to be some ignorance about the role these construction chemicals play in formulating the correct concrete mix for specific applications. 

Chemicals multinational seeks to grow SA unit

29th April 2005 Multinational chemicals group BASF yesterday released 2004 financial results for its South African and Sub-Saharan business units, where it achieved sales of R1,3-billion for the financial period despite high oil prices and a strong rand. 

BEE chemicals firm gets quality seal

29th April 2005 Empowered cementitious-products and chemicals company Fine Organic Chemicals has announced that it has gained South African Bureau of Standards approval for a number of its cleaning products. 

Dosing units reduce the risk of chlorine-gas leakage

By: Mariaan Webb     1st April 2005 A chlorine-gas leakage can be potentially deadly and in the process of purifying water and wastewater treatment, chlorine is generally found. 

Environmental systems for the metal-finishing industries

1st April 2005 All manufacturing operations using chemicals and water for its production processes have a responsibility to ensure that the ensuing waste water is treated and meets with the compliance limits laid down by their regulatory bodies, VJL Technologies’ MD Johan Vermeulen says. 

Study to probe chemical-sector pricing

By: Martin Czernowalow     1st April 2005 In response to a call by President Thabo Mbeki to abolish import-parity pricing (IPP) from some industrial sectors, the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) is inviting proposals for a research study into the effects of pricing practices, including IPP, within the chemical sector, with... 

Online process sulphur analyser new to SA

By: abdul cook     25th March 2005 Three analysers that can accurately measure and analyse information in the chemical and petrochemicals industries have been introduced by OEN Enterprises. 

R30-million water upgrading plant for refinery

25th March 2005 A leading water and energy solutions company in Southern Africa, ImproChem, has started construction of a R30-million wastewater upgrading facility at Caltex Refinery in Milnerton, Cape Town. 

Chemical wizardry beats polyurethane shortage

25th March 2005 South African manufacturers of a wide variety of goods based upon polyurethane chemicals are facing pressure as a result of a worldwide shortage of component chemicals such as isocyanates and polyols. 

Chemical incubator facilitates novel projects

By: abdul cook     25th March 2005 Port Elizabeth-based Chemin has been involved in more than forty projects since inception, receiving more than 150 expressions of interest. 

Local pipes launched in the US

By: abdul cook     25th March 2005 The middle of January saw the first delivery of about 2 500 m of Petroplas pipes to the US – marking the export launch of a South African designed and manufactured product despite the unfavourable rand/dollar exchange rate. 

Project Turbo receives secondary cooling pumps

25th March 2005 Gauteng-based APE Pumps has completed manufacture of the first six of ten split-case secondary cooling pumps for Project Turbo. 

Not all acrylic binders are equal

25th March 2005 “In recent years the paint market has been flooded with many 100% acrylic binders purporting to offer outstanding performance in all kinds of exterior applications,” says Rohm & Haas South Africa MD Forbes Merrigan. 

New generation of crude oil distillation systems

25th March 2005 For a number of years now, there have been no new developments or fundamental enhancements in equipment used for laboratory crude oil distillation in compliance with ASTM standards D-2892, D-5236 and D-1160. 

The perfect answer to loose screws

25th March 2005 Henkel Loctite, of Germany, has recently launched a new range of threadlockers and threadsealants to be used in maintenance and repair work in car workshops and various sectors of industry, including the chemical and petrochemical sectors. 

Software package improves operations at refineries

By: abdul cook     25th March 2005 An innovative means to unify all of AspenTech’s products and capabilities into a single cohesive system was introduced late last year by the company. 

Toxicity-testing device to target mining sector

By: abdul cook     25th March 2005 A new field-based method to measure toxicity was introduced to South Africa earlier this month. 

Safety torches operate in potentially-explosive conditions

By: abdul cook     25th March 2005 Gauteng-based Denver Technical Products have introduced one of the first ATEX directive compliant safety lights to South Africa. 

Petrochemical project for welding machine specialist

By: abdul cook     25th March 2005 Port Elizabeth-based Fabinox Projects is taking delivery of three more Orbital welding machines, increasing its total Orbital equipment to seven. 

Study to probe chemical sector pricing

By: Martin Czernowalow     17th March 2005 In response to a call by President Thabo Mbeki to abolish import parity pricing (IPP) from some industrial sectors, South Africa's Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) is inviting proposals for a research study into the effect of pricing practices, including IPP, within the chemical sector,... 

'Corporate SA coming to grips with strong rand'

By: Helene Le Roux     11th March 2005 The strong rand is forcing South African companies to trim the fat off their operations and adapt to much leaner conditions. 

Use of contractors under scrutiny

By: Irma Venter     25th February 2005 Trade union Solidarity has broadened its criticism of petrochemicals giant Sasol’s use of contractors to include South Africa’s chemical and petrochemical industry. 

Dewatering-wells project the biggest in Southern Africa

By: abdul cook     3rd December 2004 A joint venture between France-based Soletanche Bachy and Dura Piling, of Gauteng, constructed a single-phase self-hardening slurry cut-off wall and installed deep dewatering wellpoints and piezometers at the Port of Ngqura. 

Quick-fix solutions for damaged pipelines

By: abdul cook     19th November 2004 Pipeline corrosion and mechanical damage in the form of cracks, dents and gouges can cause costly downtime for processing and manufacturing industries. 

Poor-quality fuel may cost fleet owners dearly

19th November 2004 The quality of South African diesel has become quite an issue, says fuel-analysis firm WearCheck Africa. 

Aluminium plant's costs fall as breakdowns are slashed

By: abdul cook     19th November 2004 After eight months of response work and attending to breakdowns at Bayside Aluminium in, Richards Bay, Crane Aid, a subsidiary of Morris Material Handling, has landed a contract to maintain the Reduction B and C cranes at the plant. 

The challenge of online effluent testing

5th November 2004 Increasingly strict environmental legislation makes the reliable measurement of waste-water parameters essential for the effective treatment of effluents. 

Cape varsity emerging as catalysis hub

By: Jill Stanford     15th October 2004 THE first National Centre of Excellence has been launched at the University of Cape Town’s chemical engineering building by vice-chancellor Professor Njabulo Ndebele. 

Orlik

By: Laura Franz     15th October 2004 Orlik Speciality Chemicals is involved in the manufacture and supply of speciality chemicals for metal finishing to the electro-plating, anodising, phosphating and wire-drawing industries. 

Joe Makhoere

17th September 2004 Full name: Tsoeu Joseph Makhoere Position: MD Merisol RSA since March 2003 Main activity of the company: Manufacture of cresylic chemicals from material that would otherwise be dumped as waste Date and place of birth: December 18, 1956, Vereeniging Education: Lekoa Shandu High School,... 

Sasol mulls offshore chemicals integration options

By: Terence Creamer     10th September 2004 Petrochemicals firm Sasol is considering a variety of options for the vertical-integration of its troubled international chemicals business - it is also expecting a significant turnaround from the business in 2005 due to a change in the fortunes of the chemicals cycle. 

Move to rid Africa of obsolete pesticides

30th June 2004 A new international initiative is on the cards to rid Africa of some 50 000 t of obsolete pesticides over the next 12 to15 years. The entire undertaking is estimated to cost some $250-million, the World Bank reports. 

20% of R12-billion project budget spent

25th June 2004 Some 20% of the R12-billion capital for Project Turbo, one of the largest projects ever undertaken in South Africa, has already been spent, Engineering News can today report. 

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