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Chemicals

First ARVs from State-owned pharmaceutical company expected by 2017

By: News24Wire      29th March 2016 During his State of the Nation Address, President Jacob Zuma announced that a State-owned pharmaceutical company called Ketlaphela had been established. He noted that “the company will participate in the supply of antiretroviral drugs to the Department of Health from the 2016/17 financial year”. 

Locally produced flocculants provide cost-effective solutions

By: Simon Sonnekus     25th March 2016 With increasing productivity and water availability being the biggest challenges for sugar and ethanol plants, chemicals group AECI’s wholly owned water, energy and air solutions subsidiary ImproChem has reaffirmed its focus to provide sustainable solutions for the sugar industry. 

Locally produced  flocculants provide  cost-effective solutions
SIMON TRESTON The new SENFLOC range of products is suited to the market as it has a unique property in uncurling to reach maximum expansion

KAP posts robust interim results, moots Africa expansion and acquisitions

By: Schalk Burger     18th March 2016 Diversified industrial group KAP posted robust interim results for the half-year to 31 December 2015, during which the company improved its margins, and faced down the constraining macroeconomic conditions. The company increased revenue by 3%, operating profit by 11% and headline earnings a share... 

Pumps focus shifting from buying to MRO

By: Nadine James     18th March 2016 Amid depressed commodity prices and expected increased interest rates, companies and government entities often spend less on capital projects, resulting in fewer new pumps being bought, but more focus on maintenance, repair and operations (MRO), says industrial components supplier RS Components... 

Pumps focus shifting from buying to MRO
ITT FLOWJET DIAPHRAGM PUMP One of the 400 pumps and accessories stocked by RS Components

Vacuum pumps effective in manufacturing process

     18th March 2016 In order to exclude air bubbles and vapour generated by high temperature and pressure from blood collection tube stoppers, Italy-based rubber components manufacturer Datwyler Pharma Packaging (DPP) makes use of vacuum pumps manufacturer Busch Vacuum Pumps and Systems’ Cobra dry screw vacuum pumps... 

Vacuum pumps  effective in  manufacturing process
BLOOD STOPPING Rubber tube stoppers are molded under a vacuum

Ascendis to widen international exposure, eyes Australian, European assets

By: Natasha Odendaal     9th March 2016 JSE-listed Ascendis Health has set its sights on further international acquisitive growth in Australia and Europe to improve its hard currency revenue base, as it emerged from a period of consolidation within its South African operations and following the integration of its first international... 

Ascendis to widen international exposure, eyes Australian, European assets

Resilient Sasol weathering storm 

By: Martin Creamer     7th March 2016 Worsening market volatility and uncertainty have prompted Sasol to raise its cash conservation target to an even higher outside range of R75-billion from a previous R50-billion. The intensified response plan in response to the low oil price ensured balance sheet and earnings resilience at an oil... 

Resilient Sasol weathering storm
Outgoing Sasol CEO David Constable tells Engineering News Online’s Martin Creamer of an oil price set to be lower for much longer. Photographs: Duane Daws. Video: Nicholas Boyd. Video Editing: Lionel da Silva.

Sasol earnings plunge

By: Martin Creamer     7th March 2016 The first-half earnings attributable to the shareholders of South Africa’s fuel-from-coal producer Sasol plunged 63% to R7.3-billion in the six months to December 31, from R19.5-billion in the prior period. Headline earnings a share of the company headed by outgoing CEO David Constable fell 24%... 

Sasol earnings plunge
Photo by Duane Daws
David Constable

Business units strengthen customer focus

     4th March 2016 Multinational chemicals manufacturer BASF is reorganising its paper, water, oilfield and mining units within the performance chemicals division to form a new global business unit in order to foster customer and industry focus and increase competitiveness through the merger of its water solutions... 

Business units strengthen  customer focus
Photo by Bloomberg
CORPORATE RESTRUCTURING The merging of business units will enable BASF to achieve efficiency gains and create additional market opportunities

Continental Compounders adds polypropylene, nylon to product range

By: Zandile Mavuso     4th March 2016 Compounding company Continental Compounders has expanded its range and product offering by adding polypropylene and nylon (PA66 and PA6) to its local compound range. 

Control technology improves refining and chemicals industry

By: Malusi Mkhize     4th March 2016 Advance process control (APC) technology has become an industry standard for petrochemicals and chemicals companies, owing to its ability to improve the overall management of a refinery, says process and operations management solutions provider BluESP chief engineer Dr Kevin Brooks. He tells... 

Control technology  improves refining and  chemicals industry
QUALITY DECISIONS Advance process control technology enables petrochemical companies to make decisions that lead to optimum functioning capacity of refineries and plants

Global chemicals production growth continues to slow

     4th March 2016 Ahead of 2016 local chemicals industry body the Chemical and Allied Industries' Association (CAIA) projected a continued slump global chemical production growth rates ahead of 2016.  Among the factors global trends that will affect the chemicals industry worldwide are as the twenty-first... 

Global chemicals production growth continues to slow
EXPANDING AGROCHEMICALS PORTFOLIO AECI recently acquired 100% of Malawi-based agricultural company Farmer Organisation Limited from Rendale Holdings

Innovative water-based dispersions to be introduced

     4th March 2016 Latices and speciality emulsion polymers producer Synthomer is set to introduce its latest water-based products for coatings, construction and flooring adhesives at this year’s American Chemical Society Exhibition scheduled for March 13 to 17 at the San Diego Convention Center.  Among the next... 

Innovative water-based  dispersions to be introduced
NEW WATER-BASED TECHNOLOGY Synthomer makes a return to the American Chemical Society Exhibition

Institute backs whistle blowing in professional conduct regulations

     4th March 2016 The global professional chemical engineering and biochemical membership body the Institution of Chemical Engineers’ (IChemE) rules of professional conduct and disciplinary regulations underwent a revision process that oblige chemical engineers to ‘whistle-blow’ in circumstances where they feel... 

Institute backs whistle blowing in professional conduct regulations
Photo by Bloomberg
BLOWING THE WHISTLE Institution of Chemical Engineers aims to end malpractice within the chemicals industry through supporting whistle blowing

JV refinery boosts skills development

By: Malusi Mkhize     4th March 2016 The Durban-based crude oil refinery joint venture (JV) between Shell South Africa Refining and BP Southern Africa – Sapref – in January awarded 70 pupils with a training opportunity, which includes bursaries for university studies in the fields of engineering and artisan training through the... 

JV refinery boosts  skills development
PROVIDING OPPORTUNITY SAPREF provides training opportunities to 70 pupils as part of its R18-million skills and development program

Legislation prompts refineries to employ safer seal technology

     4th March 2016 Mechanical and industrial seal supplier AESSEAL’s sales at its Secunda branch have doubled year-on-year owing to petrochemical refineries replacing their single mechanical seals with a double mechanical design in order to comply with stringent safety legislation. The company claims to be the only... 

Legislation prompts  refineries to employ  safer seal technology
DOUBLING UP Specifications indicate the fitting of double mechanical seals to pumps transferring hazardous fluids

Local chemicals group reshuffles board with new appointment

     4th March 2016 Specialty chemical group AECI announced the appointment of Dr Khotso Mokhele last month as a nonexecutive director of the company. Mokhele joins the company’s board which comprises of eight non-executive members namely Schalk Engelbrecht, Richard Dunne, Zellah Fuphe, Godfrey Gomwe, Liziwe Mda,... 

Local chemicals group reshuffles board with new appointment
IN WITH THE NEW Dr Khotso Mokhele joins AECI as a nonexecutive director

Maintenance strategies key to SA industry

By: Malusi Mkhize     4th March 2016 The stagnating economy, coupled with depressed oil prices, has led petrochemicals refineries to emphasise pump and equipment maintenance rather than investing in capital procurement, states pump supplier AESPUMP sales and marketing director Neil Britz. Owing to this, he notes that the company can... 

Maintenance strategies key to SA industry
MAINTENANCE IS KEY Effective maintenance reduces capital expenditure of equipment

Manufacturing company will experience demand for insect repellent

     4th March 2016 Synthesis and manufacturing company Saltigo a wholly owned subsidiary of specialty chemicals company LANXESS, is experiencing a marked increase in demand for icaridin, an active ingredient in insect repellents which the company markets for its global market.  Saltigo MD Wolfgang Schmitz says,... 

New malaria-combat insecticide to infiltrate market by 2017

By: Malusi Mkhize     4th March 2016 Leverkusen-based, multinational life sciences company Bayer expects its Fludora Fusion to be readily available to the African market towards the end of 2017 and early 2018 to combat diseases such as malaria. Bayer sub-Saharan Africa divisional head for environmental science Jose de Sousa tells... 

New malaria-combat insecticide to infiltrate market by 2017
FIGHTING MALARIA Bayer’s two-way insecticide Fludora Fusion aims to be an effective solution for African disease control programmes to address the challenge of insecticide resistance

Portfolio refocused to lean on chemicals business

By: Malusi Mkhize     4th March 2016 Integrated energy and chemicals provider Sasol is refocusing its portfolio to lean more on its chemicals business, following the division’s turnover of R105-billion, which accounted for 57% of the group’s total turnover for the 2015 financial year. Sasol executive VP: chemicals business Fleetwood... 

Portfolio refocused to lean  on chemicals business
CHEMICAL NETWORK Sasol’s chemical business has a footprint in more than 23 countries

Rope access maintenance more cost effective than traditional access

By: Malusi Mkhize     4th March 2016 Rope access solutions provider Skyriders is currently providing maintenance solutions on the deluge fire sprinkler system installed at one of South Africa’s largest petrochemicals companies’ fuel and gas tanks as part of a five-year contract.  Skyriders was contracted by the petrochemical company... 

Rope access maintenance more cost effective than traditional access
MAINTAINANCE EXPERTS ROPED IN Skyriders provides cost-effective rope access for petrochemical tank maintenance solutions

Accéntuate H1 headline earnings up 53% y/y

By: Anine Kilian     29th February 2016 JSE-listed Accéntuate saw a 53% year-on-year increase in its headline earnings per share (HEPS) to 5.75c for the six months ended December 31, 2015, while  normalised HEPS  showed an increase of 63%. Accéntuate CEO Fred Platt noted at a media briefing that, while cash flow remained somewhat under... 

Accéntuate H1 headline earnings up 53% y/y

Bidvest lifts H1 earnings, despite challenging markets; Joffe to step down as group CEO

By: Mia Breytenbach     29th February 2016 Notwithstanding “a backdrop of challenging market conditions, particularly in the Southern African region”, JSE-listed Bidvest’s headline earnings a share rose 13% to R10.02c, while basic earnings a share rose 7.8% to 930.9c for the six months to December 31. Headline earnings rose 14.7% to... 

Bidvest lifts H1 earnings, despite challenging markets; Joffe to step down as group CEO
Bidvest CEO Brian Joffe

Bulk land sale boosts AECI’s earnings to 6% a share

By: Mia Breytenbach     23rd February 2016 Explosives and specialty chemicals company AECI’s headline earnings per share (HEPS) rose 6% to 894c for the year ended December 31, mostly owing to benefits gained from the company’s bulk property sale in Somerset West in June 2015, which contributed 230c to HEPS. Speaking at the company’s... 

Bulk land sale boosts AECI’s earnings to 6% a share
AECI CEO Mark Dytor

enX acquires WAI for R250m

     19th February 2016 JSE-listed Industrial energy group enX has acquired Durban-based reseller and distributor of polymer, rubber, fillers and specialised chemicals West African International (WAI) for R250-million. The acquisition of WAI, which also distributes oil lubricants produced by ExxonMobil to Caterpillar... 

enX acquires WAI for R250m
enX CEO Paul Mansour

Castrol supplies lubricants for record-chasing Bloodhound SSC

By: Simon Sonnekus     12th February 2016 Global industrial and automotive lubricants brand Castrol will be on the forefront of innovation when the Bloodhound Supersonic Car (SSC) attempts to break the land speed record by reaching 1 609 km/h this year. 

Castrol supplies lubricants for  record-chasing Bloodhound SSC
THREE POWER SOURCES The engine from a Eurofighter Typhoon fighter plane will bring the Bloodhound from standstill to 563 km/h before the H2 O2 rockets are powered

Construction chemicals producer to open R&D centre in Jet Park

     12th February 2016 Construction chemicals producer The Chryso Group’s plans to use South Africa as the springboard for increased penetration into the African continent will be boosted by the establishment of a new research and development (R&D) facility at the Chryso Southern Africa head office in Jet Park, in the... 

Construction chemicals producer to open R&D centre in Jet Park
THIERRY BERNARD The CEO of Chryso group recently announced the opening of a new research and development centre in Jet Park

Knowledge of tribology key for lubricants industry

By: Simon Sonnekus     12th February 2016 The focus in the oils and lubricants industry is constantly being shifted to address regulations that arise, which, in turn, creates a need to establish a better understanding of tribology for the industry, says the South African Institute of Tribology (Sait). 

Knowledge of tribology  key for lubricants industry
THOMAS SURMON Sait is working with the Department of Science and Technology and the South African Bureau of Standards to make sure local lubricant standards match international standards

Skills development and blue economy prioritised at CIS 2016

By: Simon Sonnekus     12th February 2016 Having identified the lack of training opportunities as a rising concern in the oil industry, the biennial Cape Industries Showcase (CIS), scheduled to take place from July 13 to 15 at the Cape Town International Convention Centre, will focus on skills development and training in the sector. 

Skills development  and blue economy  prioritised at CIS 2016
JOHN THOMSON The focus on training at the CIS will provide useful networking platforms for employers, government, training organisations and other stakeholders

Swedish group completes acquisition of South African lubricants company

     12th February 2016 Swedish lubrication systems company SKF have been given the approval by relevant authorities to take over South Africa-based lubrication system suppliers Lincoln Lubricants. 

'Simplistic’ to correlate Sasol with oil price as chemicals contribution rises

By: Terence Creamer     11th February 2016 Incoming joint Sasol CEO Bongani Nqwababa believes “simplistic” correlations of the company’s performance to the oil price will become less relevant in coming years as the revenue and profit contribution of its chemicals business rises in line with its large North American expansion projects.... 

'Simplistic’ to correlate Sasol with oil price as chemicals contribution rises
Photo by Duane Daws
Incoming joint Sasol CEO Bongani Nqwababa

Gas supplier strives for OHS excellence

     5th February 2016 Gas products supplier Air Products South Africa has, over a number of years, developed a formal occupational health and safety (OHS) programme, which has proven effective, and has gained recognition in the health and safety industry. The safety programme involves not only strict adherence to... 

Gas supplier strives  for OHS excellence
SUE JANSE VAN VUUREN corporate risk manger at Air Products South Africa

Gas exploration provides clean alternative energy source

By: Kimberley Smuts     29th January 2016 The Afro Energy joint venture initiative between South Africa-based company Badimo Gas and the Austrailia-based gas exploration company Kinetiko Energy is focusing on the monetisation of natural gas in coals and sandstones at Amersfoort and Volksrust located in the Mpumalanga region in South Africa. 

Gas exploration provides  clean alternative energy source
PROJECT IN PILOT PRODUCTION PHASE The discovery of natural gas in the Amersfoort and Volksrust regions is a first of its kind in South Africa

Industrial gas and chemicals provider stresses need for oxygen-based technologies

By: Kimberley Smuts     29th January 2016 With oxygen constituting about 21% air and a gaseous-specific gravity of 1.1 kPa, industrial and specialty gas products and chemicals provider Air Products highlights the advantages and need for oxygen – which can be stored as gas –  and ozone technologies that can address wastewater treatment... 

Industrial gas and chemicals provider stresses need for oxygen-based technologies
SACHIN KULKARNI Air Products highlights the advantages and need for oxygen and ozone technologies that can address wastewater treatment issues globally

Lower oil price to weigh on Sasol’s interim earnings

By: Creamer Media Reporter      28th January 2016 Energy and chemical group Sasol warned on Thursday that its first-half earnings could decline by as much as 28% when compared with the same period last year, owing mainly to lower oil and chemical prices. Headline earnings a share for the six months ended December 31, 2015, would be between R7.36... 

Lower oil price to weigh on Sasol’s interim earnings

Sasol appoints Nqwababa, Cornell as joint-CEOs

By: Terence Creamer     11th December 2015 Energy and chemicals group Sasol announced on Friday that it had appointed Bongani Nqwababa and Stephen Cornell as joint-CEOs, with effect from July 1, 2016. The appointments follow the June 8 announcement that incumbent CEO David Constable had decided not to extend his contract with beyond June... 

Sasol appoints Nqwababa, Cornell as joint-CEOs
Photo by Duane Daws
Bongani Nqwababa

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