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Chemicals

Omnia keeping afloat despite tough market conditions

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     23rd June 2015 Despite a tough financial year, marked by weaker performance in its mining division and a flat performance in its chemicals division, owing to a struggling manufacturing sector, JSE-listed chemicals company Omnia achieved a 3% increase in headline earnings a share to R14.65 for the 12 months to... 

AECI grows its agrochemicals footprint in Africa

By: Creamer Media Reporter      22nd June 2015 South African explosives and specialty chemicals group AECI has entered into an agreement to acquire Malawi-based agrochemicals, seeds and spraying equipment distributor Farmers Organisation Limited (FOL) from Rendale Holdings for an undisclosed amount. This formed part of AECI’s strategy to... 

AECI grows its agrochemicals footprint in Africa

Company to identify key growth drivers at Manufacturing Indaba

By: Bruce Montiea     19th June 2015 Drying catalysts and resins manufacturer and exporter Metallica Chemicals aims to use this year’s Manufacturing Indaba to identify and understand the key drivers of growth in the manufacturing industry from industry leaders at the event, says Metallica Chemicals  MD Neville Naicker. He tells... 

Company to identify key growth drivers at Manufacturing Indaba
ADVANCED MANUFACTURING Metallica Chemicals aims to use knowledge gained at Manufacturing Indaba to improve its production processes

New chemical fixing solution reaches local shores

     19th June 2015 Construction fastener distributor Upat South Africa has expanded its range of chemical fixings, following the launch of the fischer Superbond chemical fixing range at the end of last year. The Superbond – a universal solution for cracked concrete – is available as RSB resin capsules or injection... 

Sasol appeal after R534m penalty upheld

By: African News Agency      18th June 2015 Sasol on Thursday welcomed the Competition Appeal Court’s decision to uphold the company’s appeal against a Competition Tribunal finding that resulted in a R534-million penalty for over-charging local customers for plastic products. After a hearing concluded in October 2013, the tribunal found... 

Sasol appeal after R534m penalty upheld

Kentz awarded $24m mechanical, piping contract for Sasol 

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     15th June 2015 Engineering and construction company Kentz has secured a $24-million contract to carry out the mechanical and piping work for Work Pack 3 of Phase 2 of energy and chemicals group Sasol’s Fischer-Tropsch Wax Expansion Project (FTWEP) in Sasolburg. The contract would be executed by the construction... 

Kentz awarded $24m mechanical, piping contract for Sasol

AECI sells 709 ha of land to the City of Cape Town 

By: Natalie Greve     5th June 2015 Explosives and specialty chemicals group AECI has inked a deal with the City of Cape Town that will see the metropole acquiring 709 ha of land and certain buildings in Somerset West from AECI subsidiary Paardevlei Properties for R400-million. AECI said in a statement that the assets had become... 

CSIR outlines biotechnology commercialisation ambitions

By: Zandile Mavuso     5th June 2015 Ecofriendly biotechnology company OptimusBio, created under the auspices of the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), is expected to manufacture biotechnology products for commercial use in wastewater treatment, aquaculture and agriculture in the next two years. The company, led... 

New long glass fibres used to manufacture axial impellers

By: Bruce Montiea     5th June 2015 Denmark-based axial impellers developer Multi-Wing International A/S has been using chemical company BASF’s new long glass fibre-reinforced polyamide Ultramid Structure B3WG10 LFX material in the production of the hubs of its new mixed flow fans since January, when the product was introduced to... 

New long glass fibres used to manufacture  axial impellers
FIBRE-GLASS REINFORCEMENT BASF’s new long glass fibre-reinforced polyamide Ultramid Structure B3WG10 LFX is used in the production of mixed flow fan hubs

Phase 1 of Sasol’s wax expansion project commissioned

By: Creamer Media Reporter      2nd June 2015 Phase 1 of petrochemicals group Sasol’s Fischer-Tropsch wax expansion project (FTWEP), in Sasolburg, in the Free State, has been successfully commissioned. “This is a significant milestone and we are very pleased with this development. It marks another step towards expanding our Southern African... 

Phase 1 of Sasol’s wax expansion project commissioned

Construction chemicals specialist to open East Africa branch

By: Kimberley Smuts     8th May 2015 The establishment of construction chemicals specialist Chryso Southern Africa Group’s first subsidiary outside South Africa – Chryso Eastern Africa, headquartered in Nairobi, Kenya – is currently under way and is expected to be operational by June 2015. This development is part of Chryso Group’s... 

Construction chemicals specialist to open East Africa branch
CEMENT'S GLOBAL GROWTH One of the primary demands from customers is the assurance that the Chryso Group’s products are 'green'

Sasol nears tail end of R15.3bn mine replacement project in Secunda  

By: Natalie Greve     6th May 2015 A sweeping R15.3-billion project that will replace three of petrochemical group Sasol’s ageing coal mines across the Secunda coalfields of Mpumalanga continues to advance within budget and will, once fully completed in 2016, supply the group’s nearby Synfuels complex with 42-million tons of coal... 

Sasol nears tail end of R15.3bn mine replacement project in Secunda
Sasol Mining senior VP Peter Steenkamp discusses the group's R15.3bn mine replacement project in Secunda. Camerawork and Editing: Nicholas Boyd.

Company tackles haul truck dust emissions

By: Bruce Montiea     1st May 2015 International research, using human health and environment protection agency the US Environmental Protection Agency’s emissions factors for unpaved haul roads, indicates that haul trucks generate the most dust emissions from surface mining sites, accounting for between 78% and 97% of total dust... 

Company tackles haul truck dust emissions
TREATED ROAD SURFACE Haul road surface treated with the Dust-A-Side bituminous-based product

Fine-particle engineering solution cost-effective for industry

By: Bruce Montiea     1st May 2015 Dust-suppression solutions provider 88Chemco is saving costs for clients in the mining, oil and gas, and plantation industries with its chemical technologies and engineering methods, including fine-particle engineering, which was launched in July last year, says 88Chemco CEO Sebastian Karsas. He... 

Fine-particle engineering solution cost-effective  for industry
TOTAL DUST MANAGEMENT 88Chemco uses appropriate chemistry for each project to ensure the solution fits performance and economic parameters

AECI appoints acting CEO for mining subsidiary

By: Natalie Greve     17th April 2015 Explosives and specialty chemicals group AECI has appointed Edwin Ludick as acting MD of subsidiary AEL Mining Services, with effect from May 15, until the process to appoint a permanent candidate has been completed. Ludick is a member of the AECI executive committee and an executive of the... 

Company delivers mayonnaise-mixing plant

By: David Oliveira     10th April 2015 Process equipment design and manufacturing company Anderson Engineering in January handed over a turnkey solution to Pietermaritzburg-based mayonnaise manufacturer Tasti Mayonnaise. Anderson Engineering CEO and managing member Hans Coertse tells Engineering News that the solution, which can... 

Company delivers mayonnaise-mixing plant
MAKING MAYO Anderson Engineering designed a turnkey solution for Tasti Mayonnaise, allowing the company to produce a 1 000 ℓ batch of mayonnaise

Automation improves wood treatment processes

     20th March 2015 In their quest for accuracy, chemical specialists from wood preservative chemicals company Dolphin Bay Chemicals have taken an innovative approach to determining the correct solution strength of Permacure CCA, which is a wood preservative, which involves using existing technology and adapting it... 

Automation improves wood treatment processes
Photo by Duane Daws
AUTOMATED PROCESS The titration process has been automated to ensure the adequate retention of Permacure CCA in timber

Chemicals personnel undergo skills training

By: Dylan Slater     20th March 2015 Chemicals production staff from chemicals company a.b.e. Construction Chemicals recently underwent a 12-month training programme, provided by the Institute for Quality Education Training and Development, to further their skills sets, the company tells Engineering News. 

Chemicals personnel undergo skills training
CHEMICALS GRADUATES a.b.e. Construction Chemicals graduates Jabulani Dlamini, Mapule Mokoena and George Ndlovu, flanked by Institute for Quality Education Training and Development branch manager Judy Shaik and Chryso Southern Africa Group human resources and organisation GM Brian Matthee. Graduate Nathaniel Manganye was absent when the photograph was taken

Event puts petroleum industry in the limelight

By: Dylan Slater     20th March 2015 The fifth Petro.t.ex exhibition and conference, which is supported by the 20 petroleum corporations that are members of the South African Petroleum Industry Association (Sapia), will take place at Gallagher Convention Centre, in Midrand, from May 20 to 22, as part of the South Africa Industry &... 

Fire system maintained at petro depot

By: Dylan Slater     20th March 2015 Since rope access company Skyriders signed a contract with a large petrochemicals depot in 2013, a team of the company’s technicians has been maintaining the plant’s deluge fire sprinkler system, with work completed on 30 structures on site. 

Fire system  maintained at  petro depot
SPRINKLER INSPECTION A skilled rope-access team from Skyriders is tasked with ensuring that a deluge fire sprinkler system is ready to deal with any fire at a petrochemicals plant

Industrial-strength cleaners harmful to human health

By: Dylan Slater     20th March 2015 The increasingly prevalent use of cleaning products marketed as having industrial-strength cleaning properties – especially in the household goods market – does more harm than good to human health and the environment, claims bio-cleaning solutions company Green Worx Cleaning Solutions. 

Industrial-strength cleaners harmful to human health
NEW INITIATIVES Green Worx Cleaning Solutions has launched initiatives aimed at making men’s restrooms more pleasant

Learning centre boosts subjects requirements

     20th March 2015 International petroleum refiner and marketer Chevron South Africa (SA) – which retails under the Caltex brand locally – opened a science learning centre on October 20, 2014 at Bosmansdam High School, in Bothasig, Cape Town. 

Learning centre boosts subjects requirements
EXPLOITING NEW FACILITIES Bosmansdam High School grade 11 learner Shane Klaaste conducting an experiment in the new science centre

Low oil price results in improved petrochemicals demand

By: Dylan Slater     20th March 2015 The recent decline in global oil prices is not only prompting supply chains to destock their petrochemical inventories but is also sowing the seeds for better economic conditions, lower petrochemical prices and improved global petrochemical demand, says information and analysis company IHS Chemical. 

Low oil price  results in improved petrochemicals demand
OIL DEPENDENT With oil serving as the marginal production cost and price-setter for many chemicals, a decline in the oil price typically leads to lower product prices

Oil-free compressors ideal for chemicals, petrochemicals sectors

By: Dylan Slater     20th March 2015 South Africa’s chemical and petrochemical industries contribute substantially to the country’s economy, hence the importance of petrochemical companies maintaining proactive maintenance and good-quality equipment to ensure sustainability and productivity, says compressor and generator rental... 

Oil-free compressors  ideal for chemicals,  petrochemicals sectors
REMOTE MONITORING Rand-Air uses an iAccess platform to remotely montior compressor efficiency and maintenance

Pumps specialist highlights need to mitigate AMD in SA

     20th March 2015 Owing to the current acid mine drainage (AMD) crisis in South Africa, which is contributing to the country’s clean natural resources becoming scarcer, mines are being forced to look at ways to enhance their processes and to recycle and treat their water before reintroducing it to the environment,... 

Pyrolysis for tyre recycling gains traction in SA 

By: Dylan Slater     20th March 2015 Using pyrolysis to recycle used vehicle tyres is gaining popularity in South Africa, with the first fully functional pyrolysis plant, at Gauteng-based tyre recycler Milvinetix’s premises already operational. 

Pyrolysis for tyre recycling gains traction in SA
TYRE RECYCLING Milvinetix is using a development grant to improve its tyre recycling facilities

Stagnant chemicals industry close to shrinking

By: Dylan Slater     20th March 2015 International executive search firm Odgers Berndtson describes the current state of the South African chemicals and petrochemicals industry as stagnant, if not diminishing, says energy, consumer and technology specialist for sub-Saharan Africa Guy Lundy, a partner in the firm’s Cape Town office. 

Stagnant chemicals industry close to shrinking
GUY LUNDY Industry needs to work more closely with research institutions and universities to encourage and support local research and development

Versatile blocks prevent chemical contamination

     20th March 2015 To eliminate the possibility of chemicals powders cross contaminating and subsequently corroding its supplies, chemicals, plastics, packaging materials and mining and construction products distributor The CHC Group South Africa (SA) recently installed precast concrete infrastructure products... 

Versatile blocks prevent chemical contamination
CHEMICAL POWDER SEGREGATION Alfablocs are used to separate chemical powders to mitigate cross contamination

Industrial holdings group restructures amid tough economic climate

By: Schalk Burger     13th March 2015 JSE-listed industrial group KAP Industrial Holdings delivered robust interim results, owing to active restructuring of its divisions, cost-savings measures, improved efficiencies and the implementation of new technologies in its industrial division. The group also reduced its gearing ratio from... 

Sasol to cut capex by as much as R22bn as part of ‘lower-for-longer’ oil response plan

By: Terence Creamer     9th March 2015 Energy and chemicals group Sasol aims to save between R13-billion and R22-billion from “capital portfolio phasing and reductions” over the coming 30 months as part of a larger R30-billion to R50-billion cash-conservation programme launched in response to an expectation of a “lower-for-longer” oil... 

Sasol to cut capex by as much as R22bn as part of ‘lower-for-longer’ oil response plan
Photo by Duane Daws
Sasol CEO David Constable

Gas company provides CO2 to remineralise AMD

By: Dylan Stewart     6th March 2015 Gaseous carbon dioxide (CO2), provided by gas products and services company Afrox, has been successfully integrated into a water treatment system at coal miner Optimum Coal’s water reclamation plant near Hendrina, in Mpumalanga. The system treats acid mine drainage (AMD) during the... 

Gas company provides CO2 to remineralise AMD
Photo by Duane Daws
IMMINENT IMPOSITION Acid mine drainage poses a serious threat to parts of South Africa's water supply

Property sale, speciality chemicals division provide impetus for AECI 

By: Ilan Solomons     24th February 2015 The completion of the bulk surplus property sale of a 2 300 ha Heartland property in Modderfontein to Chinese investment company Shanghai Zendai and a “record performance” from the speciality chemicals cluster were key to the growth of JSE-listed speciality chemicals and explosives group AECI’s... 

Property sale, speciality chemicals division provide impetus for AECI
To watch a video in which AECI CEO Mark Dytor discusses the group's performance in 2014 and aims for the year ahead. Camera work and editing: Nicholas Boyd

BASF exposing stakeholders to sustainability practices as it celebrates 150th anniversary

By: Schalk Burger     20th February 2015 Germany-based chemicals giant BASF, which celebrated its 150th anniversary last month, is using its anniversary year to collaborate with all stakeholders and expose them to sustainability practices across the value chain. BASF VP and South and sub-Saharan Africa business centre head Joan Maria... 

BASF exposing stakeholders to sustainability practices as it celebrates 150th anniversary
JOAN MARIA GARCIA GIRONA BASF’s co-creation activities for its 150th anniversary year will focus on urban living, food and smart energy challenges

Necsa develops new process to produce a key modern industrial gas

By: Keith Campbell     20th February 2015 The South African Nuclear Energy Corporation (Necsa) is expanding its technology portfolio of speciality gases. (Necsa subsidiary Pelchem has long been renowned for its production of fluorochemicals, including gases and acids.) Not only is the group adding production capabilities for a new... 

Sasol says Louisiana cracker stress tested for ‘extreme scenarios’

By: Terence Creamer     3rd February 2015 South African energy and chemicals group Sasol insists that it has “stress tested” the $8.9-billion ethane cracker and derivatives complex it is currently building in the US against a number of parameters and that the project’s economics remain “robust, even under extreme scenarios”. Speaking to... 

Sasol says Louisiana cracker stress tested for ‘extreme scenarios’

Home-grown bioremediation process turns harmful industrial sludge into fertilisers

By: Schalk Burger     30th January 2015 Petrochemicals giant Sasol, which typically incinerates its waste sludge streams or sends them to hazardous waste sites, is increasing its use of composting to treat these streams at its Secunda plant, in Mpumalanga, reducing transportation and disposal costs, as well as air pollution. Composting... 

Home-grown bioremediation process turns harmful industrial sludge into fertilisers

Home-grown bioremediation process turns harmful industrial sludge into useful fertilisers

By: Schalk Burger     30th January 2015 Petrochemicals giant Sasol, which typically incinerates its waste sludge streams or sends them to hazardous waste sites, is increasing its use of composting to treat these streams at its Secunda plant, in Mpumalanga, reducing transportation and disposal costs, as well as air pollution. Composting... 

Home-grown bioremediation process turns harmful industrial sludge into useful fertilisers

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