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Chemicals

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. 

A possible solution to dust on gravel roads

     26th March 2004 South Africa has 550 000 km of untarred or gravel roads in its nine provinces, and most of these roads are the only form of communication between the rural communities. ? 

Birthday celebrations marked by accreditation announcement

     26th March 2004 Well-established chemicals, additives and food ingredients supplier, Carst & Walker, is proud to announce its 70th birthday this year. 

Cabinets suit chemical and corrosive conditions

     26th March 2004 Electrical equipment and wire accessories company Legrand has launched two cabinets – a polyester Marina cabinet and an Atlantic stainless steel cabinet – designed for use in any environment. 

Chains suitable for chemical environments

     26th March 2004 The power transmission division of Bearing Man has designed a range of high-performance IWIS corrosion-resistant chains with high fatigue- and wear-resistance for improved performance and extended service life in chemical environments. 

Chemical company’s growth goals outlined

By: zeena isaacs     26th March 2004 Chemicals manufacturer and supplier Chemical Initiatives is in the process of implementing a significant growth strategy to increase its competitiveness in the South African chemical industry. 

Chemicals firm sets up blending plants in Africa

     26th March 2004 Leading manufacturer of industrial, hygiene and environmentally-acceptable chemicals, South Africa Fine and Industrial Chemicals, (Safic), has set up secondary blending plants in Africa. 

Construction chemicals help to waterproof hotel

     26th March 2004 Products supplied by abe Construction Chemicals played important interior and exterior roles in the construction of the new five-star Arabella Sheraton Grand Hotel on the foreshore of Cape Town. 

Group increases size through acquisition

     26th March 2004 Specialised chemical services company Omnia, providing customised solutions in the agricultural, mining and industrial chemical markets, was successful in its bid to acquire the largest distributor and trader of chemicals in South Africa, the Prochem group. 

New process could save millions for South African chemical industry

     26th March 2004 New process could save millions for South African chemical industry?The South African chemicals industry accounted for R95,8-billion in 2000. 

Oil refineries reduce emissions

By: zeena isaacs     26th March 2004 In the nine years between 1992 and 2001 oilrefineries have increased their capacity by 32%, from 513 000 barrels of fuel a day to 676 000 barrels a day. 

Plasticiser allows two hours of concrete workability

     26th March 2004 A plasticiser providing unprecedented two-hour long workability of concrete, called Chrysoplast Omega 101, has been launched by Chryso South Africa. 

Procurement opportunities abound in West Africa’s oil industry

     26th March 2004 Local service and supply companies are missing out on huge opportunities in upstream and downstream activities from a number of oil-resourced West African countries such as, Angola, Nigeria, Cameroon, Gabon and Equatorial Guinea, says Africa Project Access MD and one of the speakers at Oil Africa... 

Pump and blending equipment added to range

     26th March 2004 Through its international holding company, SPX Process Equipment, Lightnin Africa has broadened its marketing thrust into the petrochemical and chemical industries with the addition of world-renowned pump and blending equipment ranges. 

Pumps become more suited to chemical applications

     26th March 2004 When it comes to available materials engineered to combat wear, most provide either for good abrasion resistance or good corrosion resistance, but few for abrasion and corrosion resistance. 

Resin manufacturer to implement maintenance and Sheq solution

     26th March 2004 French-based multinational resins manufacturing giant and member of the Atofina group, Cray Valley, is to implement the Aurora plant-maintenance solution from ApplyIT at its South African operation in Durban, Kwazulu-Natal, to complement the enterprise resource planning (ERP) system through which... 

Special sealant for motorway expansion joint repairs

     26th March 2004 A special road sealant supplied by abe Construction Chemicals of Boksburg was used for the sealing of more than 100 bridge expansion joints on Johannesburg’s M1 motorway. 

Third-party verification improves Responsible Care credibility

By: zeena isaacs     26th March 2004 The Chemical and Allied Industries’ Association (Caia) reports that it plans to implement an external auditing system for its Responsible Care (RC) signatories by the second half of this year. 

Tukkies patents biofouling monitor

     26th March 2004 Biofilm is a significant problem in meeting the ever-increasing food-safety requirements that stakeholders in the food and beverage (F&B) industry demand and what the consumer requires from their F&B products. 

Chemicals manufacturer celebrates 22nd birthday

     28th March 2003 Manufacturer and distributor of fine and industrial chemicals used in the industrial and hygiene maintenance sector, South African Fine & Industrial Chemicals (SAFIC), says it ended 2002, its 21st year, on a high note in terms of meeting industry standards, product development and its ongoing... 

Company expands its product range to local industry

     28th March 2003 Supplier of polyurethane products, solutions and systems to local industry Industrial Urethanes is expanding its business to polyalkylene glycols. 

Doors open at cleaner production centre

     28th March 2003 The South African National Cleaner Production Centre (NCPC) has been inaugurated in February. 

Government launches regional chemicals Internet database

By: Luxolo Tyali     28th March 2003 Information on the chemicals market and industry in the Southern African Development Community (SADC) region is now available with the click of a button. 

Heat exchanger delivered to petrochemical giant

     28th March 2003 Gauteng engineering company Mass & Heat Transfer Technology has supplied a heat exchanger to Sasol. 

Local subsidiary of oil giant launches new diesel fuel

     28th March 2003 Wholly-owned subsidiary com-pany of Shell, Shell South Africa, has launched DieselTech. 

Manufacturing plant installs automation system

     28th March 2003 Speciality chemicals supplier Zetachem’s manufacturing capacity has been automated with an Adroit 32-bit automation supervisory control and data acquisition (Scada) system. 

New system allows refineries significant savings

By: Luxolo Tyali     28th March 2003 The South African branch of an international software company has innovated a propriety non-linear solution for fuel gas systems, that will save refineries up to $0,02 a barrel of crude oil. 

Oil industry’s long-term sustainability questioned

     28th March 2003 South Africa’s oil industry returns may still be insufficient to attract the investment need for the industry’s rapidly growing capex requirements. 

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

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

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. 

Regrouped company takes on new strategy

By: Luxolo Tyali     28th March 2003 Sulphuric acid and sulphur-based chemicals manufacturer and distributor Chemical Initiatives is doing things smarter, reports MD Steve Sackett. 

Research project under way for safer plastics manufacturing

By: Luxolo Tyali     28th March 2003 A research project on a new effluent-free process of producing hydrotalcite from magnesite in South Africa is under way. 

Road hauliers urged to be responsible chemical carriers

By: Luxolo Tyali     28th March 2003 Major chemical companies in South Africa are known to outsource their transport arrangements. 

$340-million investment in South African chemical plants

By: Zonika Botha     29th March 2002 In what is a first for Sasol Chemical Industries (SCI), the company has given the go-ahead for a $200-millon acrylic acid project at its Midland site, in Sasolburg, Sasol Solvents divisional MD Anton Putter reports. 

Chemical dosing pump now in SA

     29th March 2002 Jesco reciprocating chemical dosing pumps, manufactured in Germany and marketed in South Africa by Howden-Orbit, are used to introduce precise quantities of reagent into chemical manufacturing processes at specific periods. 

Chemical imports from China, India climb

By: Zonika Botha     29th March 2002 The consolidation of the global chemical manufacturing industry has resulted in the worldwide growth of the chemical distribution industry, particularly in Southern Africa, Protea Chemicals executive director Peter Gubb reports. 

Chemicals industry cleans up its act

By: Zonika Botha     29th March 2002 South Africa’s chemical industry is of substantial economic significance to the country, contributing around 5% to the gross domestic product and about 25% of its manufacturing sales. 

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