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Chemicals and Petrochemicals

Fine performance

By: Martin Creamer     28th November 2003 Every year for the past 22, Engineering News has used its last edition of November to feature those companies whose exceptional performance has caught the eye of the editor. 

Big deal required much midnight oil to be burnt

28th November 2003 A significant and positive aspect of the Prochem transaction was the seamless manner in which Omnia’s management worked together with Omnia’s lawyers, Goldman Judin Maisels Inc, in finalising the complicated legal agreements. 

Joint venture in New Zealand

28th November 2003 Omnia has entered into a joint venture agreement with Ravensdown Fertiliser Cooperative (Ravensdown) for the development, production and distribution of speciality products in New Zealand, demonstrating the company’s commitment to the growing New Zealand agricultural market and enhancing... 

Sulphur dioxide is pivotal to the making of wine

21st November 2003 Sulphur dioxide (SO2) plays a critical role in the production and preservation of quality wine and grape juice. 

SA maize carry out at 7,058m tons in September

27th October 2003 South Africa's unutilised maize stocks declined by the end of September from the previous month, but they were still well above levels at the same time last year, data showed at the weekend. 

Rising input costs put pressure on water prices

By: Deborah Spicer     10th October 2003 Bulk water supplier Rand Water is concerned that increases in input costs for its business may have a negative effect on the poorest South Africans. 

Chemicals firm appoints new executive director

30th September 2003 Specialised chemical services company Omnia announced yesterday that it has appointed a new executive director to its board of directors. 

SA company in sea-cleaning and wealth-from-waste JV

By: Martin Creamer     29th September 2003 A South African company has become the world’s largest producer of lignin chemicals in a waste-to-wealth joint venture with a Norwegian partner – and helped to improve visibility at one of the top-ten marine divers’ sites at the same time, Engineering News can today report. 

She gets R2m a year from chemicals manufacturer

By: zeena isaacs     26th September 2003 Chemicals manufacturer and supplier Chemical Initiatives spends more than R2-million a year on safety, health and environment (She) initiatives. 

13 000 m of insulation, 74 t of stainless cladding

26th September 2003 A total of 13 256 m of insulation and 74 t of stainless-steel cladding were used at the wealth-from-waste plant LignoTech South Africa, the world’s-largest lignin chemicals producer. 

SEA-CHANGE

By: Martin Creamer     26th September 2003 A South African company has become the world’s largest producer of lignin chemicals in a waste-to-wealth joint venture with a Norwegian partner – and helped to clean up one of the top-ten marine divers’ sites at the same time, Engineering News can today report. 

Affluent effluent

26th September 2003 A South African company is the world’s largest producer of one of the most subliminal yet ubiquitous ingredients of modern-day living – dissolving pulp, a common ingredient in a diverse number of products ranging widely from suits, spectacles and sausages to cellphones, cigarettes and... 

Biggest infrastructural project uses the SA-made additive

26th September 2003 The world’s costliest infrastructural project – at which a South African-made concrete additive is being used – is the $14-billion high-speed 300 km/h railway between Taiwan’s two largest cities, Taipei and Kaohsiung, a 345 km journey, that will be travelled in 90 minutes... 

Project boost for local engineering company

26th September 2003 A fully-black-owned Kwazulu-Natal company fabricated and erected the drying and evaporator plants at the LignoTech Expansion Project in Umkomaas, south of Durban. 

Broad mechanical seal range supplied

26th September 2003 A broad range of mechanical seals as well as couplings and sealing water-flow meters were supplied to the R330-million LignoTech expansion project in Kwazulu-Natal. 

Danes supply second spray-dryer for plant

26th September 2003 Following on from the successful operation of the first Anhydro spray dryer, LignoTech South Africa again chose to install a second dryer of the same kind for the R330-million expansion project. 

Chemicals business shake-up on cards

By: Terence Creamer     19th September 2003 Fuels and chemicals producer Sasol will, over the next year, closely scrutinise ‘vulnerable’ businesses within its chemicals portfolio, and may even pursue disposals in cases where products do not meet the group’s criteria with regard to returns or strategic fit. 

Sasol mulls disposals from chemicals business

By: Terence Creamer     9th September 2003 Fuels and chemicals producer Sasol will, over the next year, closely scrutinise ‘vulnerable’ businesses within its chemicals portfolio, and may even pursue disposals in cases where products do not meet the group’s criteria with regard to returns or strategic fit. 

AECI shows Chemserve hand

5th September 2003 Chemical group AECI yesterday issued a cautionary stating that it was planning a possible offer to minority shareholders in Chemical Services (Chemserve) - AECI currently owns 74% of this specialty chemicals subsidiary. 

WTO gives final approval to cheap drugs deal

1st September 2003 The World Trade Organisation (WTO) at the weekend approved a deal to let poorer nations import cheaper generic drugs to fight scourges such as Aids. 

WTO executive dealys deal on cheap drugs

29th August 2003 The World Trade Organisation's executive body decided at the weekend to delay a decision on access to cheaper drugs for poor nations agreed earlier by its top negotiating body. 

$30m to deal with Africa's obsolete-pesticides scourge

28th August 2003 The Africa Stockpiles Programme (ASP), a partnership between various organisations to help eliminate environmental dangers associated with pesticides and contaminated soil, has received $30-million to clean-up of an estimated 50 000 t of obsolete pesticides and contaminated soil that have piled... 

Omnia acquires chemical distributor

27th August 2003 Specialised chemical services company Omnia, yesterday confirmed that it had been successful in its bid to acquire the largest distributor and trader of chemicals in South Africa, the Prochem Group. 

Chieta conference to highlight training targets

13th August 2003 The Chemical Industries Education and Training Authority (Chieta) says one of its major objectives is to ensure that, by the end of March 2005, 84 000 or 70% of the 120 000 permanently employed people in South Africa’s chemical industry will have achieved at least a General Education and... 

Chemserve weathers rand's storm in first half

22nd July 2003 South African chemicals group Chemical Services reported a 15% increase in headline earnings a share for the first half of 2003. 

$250m to tackle organic pollutants

21st July 2003 The Global Environment Facility (GEF) announced on Friday that it is committing $250-million from 2003 to 2006 to help developing countries tackle persistent organic pollutants, a health and environmental threat that was addressed last week at an international meeting in Geneva. 

World’s largest lignin chemicals producer

By: Martin Creamer     18th July 2003 South Africa has become the world’s largest producer of lignin chemicals, Engineering News can today report. 

Slumbering colossus

By: candice haase     11th July 2003 Although the South African biotechnology sector is still in the early stages of development, CSIR Bio/Chemtek executive director Dr Petro Terblanche maintains that it is possible in the next six years or more to stimulate local industry to a point where the bioeconomy could be the leading gross... 

Fertiliser group seeks Australasian opportunities

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     27th June 2003 Fertiliser and chemicals manufacturer Omnia is seeking more opportunities in the Australasian region, where it paid R4,1-million last year to acquire a humate-producing business.? 

R542m chemicals deal announced

20th June 2003 Specialised chemical services company Omnia, which provides customised solutions in the agricultural, mining and industrial chemical markets, announced earlier this month that it has acquired the largest distributor and trader of chemicals in South Africa, the Prochem group, for R542-million... 

Omnia reports record profits

By: Martin Czernowalow     13th June 2003 South African specialist chemical services company Omnia yesterday reported record profits and cash generation for the year ended March 31, positioning the group for expansion in local and global markets. 

R542m chemicals deal announced

9th June 2003 Specialised chemical services company Omnia, which provides customised solutions in the agricultural, mining and industrial chemical markets, last week announced that it has acquired the largest distributor and trader of chemicals in South Africa, the Prochem Group, for R542-million together with... 

Sasol’s chemicals head quits

1st May 2003 South African synthetic fuels firm Sasol said yesterday Ralph Havenstein, director of its chemicals operations, had resigned to take up a position as chief executive of another unnamed, listed company. 

Pump supplier adds new range of chemical pumps to its inventory

25th April 2003 Gauteng chemical pump supplier Aquapump has added the Argal range of chemical pumps to its selection of imported products. 

Schalk Engelbrecht , AECI

11th April 2003 Full name: Schalk Engelbrecht Position: Chief executive, AECI, April 1, 2003 Main activity of the company: Specialty product and services solutions organisation based on chemistry Date and place of birth: March 2, 1946, Middelburg, Eastern Cape Education: Matric Uniondale High, 1963, BSc... 

AECI: a born-again corporate

By: Martin Creamer     7th April 2003 One of South Africa’s oldest and best-known corporate companies entered a new era last week. 

Born-again corporate

By: Martin Creamer     4th April 2003 One of South Africa’s oldest and best-known corporate companies entered a new era this week. 

Region’s chemicals export market worth $3,8-billion

28th March 2003 South Africa accounts for more than half of the South African Development Community’s (SADC) chemicals market. 

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