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Chemicals

Barloworld mulls possible listing of unbundled coatings unit

By: Terence Creamer     14th May 2007 A Barloworld board subcommittee established to oversee the unbundling of the group's R2,9-billion coatings division would consider all permutations, including a possible listing on the JSE or an outright sale, CEO Clive Thompson confirmed with Engineering News. 

Omnia gets approval for CDM project

By: Liezel Hill     10th May 2007 South African chemical services provider Omnia has received validation and certification for its Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) project, from which it could earn some R60-million a year, for five years, starting in 2008, the company said on Thursday. 

India's Ranbaxy buys SA pharmaceutical firm for R500m

By: Nelendhre Moodley     7th May 2007 India's largest pharmaceutical company, Ranbaxy Laboratories, on Monday announced that the South Africa Competition Commission had approved its acquisition of Be-Tabs Pharmaceuticals (Be-Tabs) for R500-million, making Ranbaxy the fifth largest generic pharmaceutical company in South Africa. 

Thuthuka buys chemicals firm

     4th May 2007 Engineering firm Thuthuka Group Limited (TGL) has acquired chemical dosing equipment specialist Klomac, the company said on Friday.  

Lanxess finds additional 80Mt of ore at SA chrome mine

By: Nelendhre Moodley     30th April 2007 German chemicals company Lanxess on Sunday announced that it had found 80-million tons of extra ore reserves at its chrome ore mine in Rustenburg, South Africa. 

Straits Chemicals to invest R5,8bn in Coega chlorine, desalination plant

By: Liezel Hill     23rd April 2007 Straits Chemicals on Monday inked a deal which will see it spending R5,8-billion on a chlorine manufacturing and water desalination plant at the Coega Industrial Development Zone, near Port Elizabeth. 

Comp Commission to amend referral on fertiliser case

By: Nelendhre Moodley     19th April 2007 The Competition Tribunal on Thursday granted the Competition Commission leave to amend its complaint referral after Sasol Chemical Industries, Kynoch Fertilizer and Omnia Fertilizer objected to the initial referral on the grounds that it was "vague and embarrassing". 

Sasol to build new SA chemicals plant

By: Nelendhre Moodley     11th April 2007 Petrochemicals giant Sasol on Wednesday announced that it would start construction of a second Methyl Isobutyl Ketone (MIBK) production plant at Sasolburg, which would double MIBK capacity to around 60 000 t. 

SA to target investment in polypropylene beneficiation

By: Nelendhre Moodley     4th April 2007 The Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) on behalf of the Fund for Research into Industrial Development, Growth and Equity (Fridge) expects to appoint consultants to develop an approach to attract investment in polypropylene beneficiation by the end of May. 

Sasol plans 'substantial' BEE equity transaction this year

By: Mariaan Webb     16th March 2007 South African petrochemicals giant Sasol may announce a “substantial” equity deal later this year, as the company’s empowerment initiatives gather pace, CE Pat Davies says. 

WATCHING BRIEF

By: Mariaan Webb     16th March 2007 South African petrochemicals firm Sasol, which is building a major polymer plant in Iran, says it is carefully monitoring the country’s political situation and that it does not see such tensions impacting on its facilities in that country. 

First shipment this month

By: Mariaan Webb     16th March 2007 The 34 000-bbl/d Oryx gas-to-liquid (GTL) plant that South African petrochemicals giant Sasol commissioned in Qatar early this year is expected to start contributing to the firm’s earnings in the 2007 financial year. 

Plant-hire firm plays its part in refinery shutdown

     24th March 2006 Rand-Air, a South African plant-hire company in the Atlas Copco Group, supplied compressed air and on-site generators during the shutdown of Engen’s Durban plant in October 2005, as the refinery made the conversion to the clean fuels project. 

Local company appointed exclusive distributor for British firm

     24th March 2006 Johannesburg company Filteg Solutions has been appointed as the exclusive distributor for KnitMesh products into the industrial environment, including the chemical and petrochemical industries. 

Prospects for the chemicals industry are bright

By: Amy Heydenrych     24th March 2006 The South African Chemical and Allied Industries Association (CAIA) notes that the prospects for the chemicals industry are bright, although the sector is not without its challenges. Director of information resources Dr Mike Booth reports that the industry is performing well and is contributing... 

Industry commits to improve chemicals management

     24th March 2006 In Dubai in February this year, the International Council of Chemical Associations (ICCA) announced the launch of two new initiatives – the Responsible Care Global Charter and the Global Product Strategy – aimed at further elevating the global chemical industry’s commitment to... 

Firm wins multimillion rand facilities management contract

     24th March 2006 South Africa’s leading asset-maintenance company, Pragma, has landed a five-year contract with petrochemical giant Shell SA marketing for the maintenance and management of its retail facilities and assets. 

New opaque polymer technology launched

     24th March 2006 The Rohm & Haas range of specialty chemicals includes Ropaque Ultra-E opaque polymers that offer excellent opacity contribution, owing to inherent light-scattering technology. ? 

New products add to company’s repertoire

     24th March 2006 South African company Bearing Man has introduced to new products to its distribution repertoire to serve the chemical industry. 

New enviro-friendly solvent product for industrial cleaning market

By: Amy Heydenrych     24th March 2006 Early this year, an innovative environment-safe solvent product was launched to the industrial cleaning market. 

Sulphur specialist thinks zinc

By: Amy Heydenrych     24th March 2006 Local sulphur specialist Chemical Initiatives has been awarded a five-year contract to supply sulphur to Skorpion Zinc, a company in the Anglo Base Metals stable. 

Mobile container handling system improves safety

     24th March 2006 Specialist in materials-handling equipment for empty and loaded conainers in shipping, road, rail and air applications, Big Lift Trucks, has launched a new mobile container-handling system that also ensures the safe handling, transportation and storage of hazardous and nonhazardous substances. 

Chemicals company undertakes two major Coega developments

By: Amy Heydenrych     24th March 2006 South African company Straits Chemicals is in the foundational stages of two major developments in the Coega area. ? 

Leading speciality chemicals company seals BEE deal

By: Amy Heydenrych     24th March 2006 Diverse specialty chemicals supplier Henkel South Africa has concluded the company’s black economic-empowerment (BEE) initiative that commenced in 2004. 

South African company represents four new products

     24th March 2006 South African company Labotec is supplying a number of international products under its brand. 

New process plant for petrochemicals giant

     24th March 2006 Structural steel fabricator Cosira International has been appointed to fabricate all structural steel components, including equipment support steelwork and pipe rack steelwork, for Sasol’s new 1-octene process plant in Secunda. 

Vapour combustion systems aid in pollution control

By: Amy Heydenrych     24th March 2006 Driven by the global concern regarding hazardous organic pollution in industrial and urban areas, South African company Explochem is providing a product that has been proved to reduce harmful emissions. 

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. 

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. 

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. 

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. 

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. 

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. 

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. 

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. 

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. 

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. 

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