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Chemicals

Business performance programme saves Sasol R2.5bn

By: Mia Breytenbach     23rd October 2015 The extensive business performance enhancement programme (BPEP), implemented in 2012 by integrated chemicals and energy company Sasol, has resulted in cost savings of R2.5-billion during 2015 – ahead of the group’s R1.5-billion financial-year target. Moreover, the group’s response plan to combat... 

German catalyst carrier production capacity increased

     23rd October 2015 Integrated energy and petrochemicals giant Sasol announced in May that it had expanded the production capacity of its alumina spheres plant in Brunsbüttel, Germany to 4 000 t/y. The group, through its Performance Chemicals Inorganics & Catalyst division, produces high-purity and ultrahigh-purity... 

German catalyst carrier production capacity increased
Photo by Sasol
SASOL GERMANY Sasol has expanded production capacity of its alumina spheres plant in Brunsbüttel, Germany, strengthening its position in the alumina market

Local petrochemicals giant turns 65 this year

By: David Oliveira     23rd October 2015 Petrochemicals giant Sasol celebrated its sixty-fifth anniversary last month, in which time the group has progressed from a pioneer in the production of oil from coal in its South African hometown of Sasolburg, in the Free State, to a global integrated energy and chemicals company, with a... 

Synthetic fuel produced from air, water and green electrical energy

     23rd October 2015 Dresden, Germany-based cleantech company Sunfire in April started producing synthetic diesel – which does not contain any sulphur or fossil oil – from air, water and green electrical energy at its power-to-liquids (PTL) demonstration rig in Dresden. The rig uses Sunfire’s PTL technology to... 

Synthetic fuel produced from air, water and green electrical energy
Photo by Sunfire
ENVIRONMENT-FRIENDLY ALTERNATIVE The power-to-liquids plant transforms water and carbon dioxide to high-purity synthetic fuels with the aid of renewable electricity

GTL base oil receives international acclaim

     23rd October 2015 Based on its recent analysis of the lubricants industry international growth consulting firm Frost & Sullivan Shell Lubricants was given the 2014 sub-Saharan Africa Frost & Sullivan Award for Product Leadership, the consultancy announced last month. “This groundbreaking Shell PurePlus Technology... 

Petrochemicals giant maintains focus on US

By: Mia Breytenbach     23rd October 2015 While energy and chemicals major Sasol has somewhat shifted its focus from energy to chemicals in the near term, the company continues to drive its growth programmes in the US, Sasol president and CEO David Constable says. Speaking during the group’s 2015 results presentation, Constable... 

Petrochemicals giant  maintains focus on US
Photo by Sasol
PROGRESSING INVESTMENT Early works activities, site preparation and civil construction work at the ethane cracker and derivatives complex in Louisiana have been under way since 2014

Packaged heating system to reduce heavy fuel oil’s viscosity

     23rd October 2015 Oil and gas specialised equipment supplier Energas Technologies this month commissioned a packaged heating system for a local oil storage facility upgrade – the first type of this installation for the oil storage facility. Heavy fuel oil (HFO) is stored in large tanks at the local oil storage... 

Packaged heating system to  reduce heavy fuel oil’s viscosity
VISCOSITY REDUCTION The high-temperature temper packaged heating system will be used to heat up the heavy fuel oil from 20 ˚C to 80 ˚C

Industry body sees drop in PVC production numbers

By: David Oliveira     23rd October 2015 South African petrochemicals group Sasol supplied just under 144 000 t of polyvinyl chloride (PVC) to the local industry last year, dropping from the near 150 000 t it supplied in 2013, reports the South African Vinyls Association (Sava). Sasol also exported over 62 000 t of PVC powder compounds... 

Sasol helps improve healthcare in Mabote district

     23rd October 2015 As part of its corporate social responsibility programme geared towards improving Mozambique citizens’ access to healthcare through infrastructure development, international integrated energy and chemicals company, Sasol, this year handed over the Benzane health centre to government officials... 

Natural gas diesel reduces GHGs

     23rd October 2015 Gas-to-liquids (GTL) systems developer Greyrock Energy last month announced the performance results from the testing of the company’s ultra-premium, zero sulfur diesel fuel. Greyrock’s fuels are produced from natural gas, natural gas liquids, flare gas and other waste gases using the company’s... 

SA companies should seek more UN business

By: Keith Campbell     16th October 2015 South African businesses have been encouraged to increase their participation in the United Nations (UN) procurement processes. UN Procurement Division Field Procurement Service Chief Sean Purcell pointed out recently that the amount of goods purchased by the UN from South African companies... 

Machine tools trade exhibition returns

By: Nadine James     16th October 2015 Exhibition organiser Specialised Exhibitions Montgomery last month announced the official launch of Machine Tools Africa 2017, an upcoming trade conference and exhibition that is expected to be the biggest Africa-based trade expo of its kind. The exhibition will be held at the Johannesburg Expo... 

Machine tools trade  exhibition returns
MAKING A COMEBACK The largest African trade exhibition of its kind will take place in May 2017

Versatile organic coating gains market acceptance

By: Dylan Slater     9th October 2015 Polyurea, a 100% organic compound that can be used as a wear- or waterproofing coating, is gaining rapid market acceptance, owing to its application techniques and composition, says chemicals company a.b.e. Construction Chemicals. 

Versatile organic coating gains  market acceptance
ROOFTOP WATERPROOFING Polyurea can be applied to rooftop waterproofing projects in a safe and fast manner

Ascendis acquires 85 products in generic pharmaceuticals market

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     5th October 2015 With the global generics pharmaceuticals market projected to grow at a yearly rate of 11%, reaching $283-billion by 2018, Ascendis Health has expanded its offering, acquiring 85 products from Sandoz South Africa that were currently not marketed with existing South African marketing... 

Ascendis acquires 85 products in generic pharmaceuticals market

Educating the public on hazardous dust

By: Nadine James     2nd October 2015 Personal protective clothing (PPC) manufacturer Charnaud has embarked on an initiative to educate people on the dangers of combustible dust. “Considering the history of combustible dust, one finds that nearly 300 explosions have injured or killed more than 800 workers since 1980,” says Charnaud... 

Educating the public on hazardous dust
Caption: SURVIVE-ARC SWITCHING SUIT Charnaud's FR Range is IEC, SAB-S and NFPA approved

PPE solutions provider introduces new vending solution

By: Nadine James     2nd October 2015 Personal protective equipment (PPE) management solutions provider Select PPE has introduced an improved version of its PPE vending machine that provides all the benefits of an on-site store. Select PPE sales director Dries van Tonder tells Engineering News that the latest model, which was... 

PPE solutions provider introduces new vending solution
PPE VENDING SOLUTION. Select PPE's improved vending solution has all the benefits of n on-site store

Electrical solution provider distributes PPE

     2nd October 2015 Electrical solutions consultant Magnet was appointed Southern African distributor for Dromex personal protection equipment (PPE) in April this year. MD Brian Howarth said that Magnet had recognised an urgent need in the electricity industry for increased safety for workers and made a strategic... 

Electrical solution provider distributes PPE
DROVISION GOGGLES. Magnet has added personal protective equipment to its product range

Limpopo SME wins R150 000 from Eskom Foundation to expand business

By: Zandile Mavuso     25th September 2015 The State-owned power utility Eskom Business Investment Competition Awards held earlier this month saw Mamapo Chemicals from Limpopo crowned the 2015 winner, winning R150 000 to help expand the business and create more employment opportunities. 

Rolfes reports higher earnings, continues aggressive growth strategy

By: Natasha Odendaal     21st September 2015 As Rolfes Holdings tucks away the acquisition that will open new doors for it, the JSE-listed firm continues to aggressively pursue chemicals and related product opportunities in the mining, pharmaceutical, petrochemicals, animal health and feeds and personal care sectors as it builds a strategic... 

Rolfes reports higher earnings, continues aggressive growth strategy

Omnia appoints new explosives division MD

By: Sashnee Moodley     18th September 2015 JSE-listed chemicals group Omnia has appointed Joseph Keenan the new MD of its explosives division, Bulk Mining Explosives. Group CEO Rod Humphris said in a statement to shareholders on Friday that Keenan was an accomplished international executive with more than 20 years of global experience in... 

Omnia appoints new explosives division MD
Joseph Keenan

SA's top brands announced

By: SANews, SA government news service     15th September 2015 MTN, Vodacom and Sasol have emerged as the top three most valuable brands in South Africa. This was revealed on Tuesday when Brand South Africa and Brand Finance Africa announced the country’s top 50 corporate brands in Houghton, Johannesburg. “In the third annual study, Brand Africa Finance... 

SA's top brands announced

Rope access teams maintain access network, ensure safety

     11th September 2015 Rope access specialist company Skyriders was in early-2015 commissioned by a large listed, multi-disciplinary construction and engineering group to establish, inspect and maintain access systems at a petrochemical plant for a 14 month period. 

Rope access teams maintain access  network, ensure safety
SAFETY AT HEIGHT Rope access technicians are able to carry out numerous tasks relating to inspection, protective coating, maintenance and surveying

Sasol sees low oil prices persisting to 2017, but expects strong upswing by decade’s end 

By: Terence Creamer     7th September 2015 Energy and chemicals group Sasol reported a 17% fall in headline earnings to R49.76/share in the year to June 30, 2015, with a strong operational performance offset by a sharp weakening in market conditions, including a year-on-year oil price decline of 33%. Outgoing President and CEO David... 

Sasol sees low oil prices persisting to 2017, but expects strong upswing by decade’s end
Sasol CEO David Constable on the outlook for the oil price. Camera Work & Editing: Nicholas Boyd. Recorded: 7.9.2015

Industrial firefighting equipment receives third-party approval

     4th September 2015 Firefighting and fire protection equipment manufacturer Elkhart Brass Manufacturing Company has received Factory Mutual (FM) approval for its Industrial Spitfire Monitor and four models of its X-Stream Industrial Nozzles. The FM rigorously tests and evaluates products against stringent guidelines... 

Streamlined industrial group focusing on high-barrier-to-entry markets

By: Schalk Burger     4th September 2015 Industrial and logistics company KAP posted robust results for the 2015 financial year, ended June 30, including reducing its debt-to-equity ratio from 40% to 27%, in a tough and competitive environment. The board and management are “comfortable” with the streamlined structure and performance of... 

Hygienic flooring a necessity in food sector

By: Anine Kilian     21st August 2015 Hygienic flooring is important in the food and beverage sector because it prevents the growth of bacteria in food-processing plants, says speciality construction products manufacturer Verni technical sales manager Peter Breiting. He notes that hygienic flooring is also easier to clean than plain... 

Hygienic flooring a  necessity in food sector
UNIQUE APPLICATION Verni installs its Supaflor PU HD 9mm polyurethane screed in industrial freezers because it can withstand extreme temperatures

Paints industry spearheads lead-removal mission

By: Dylan Slater     14th August 2015 Local paints industry representative organisation the South African Paint Manufacturers Association (Sapma) will meet with the Department of Health (DoH) this month to propose that the South African paints industry is aligned with US and UK legislation regarding lead-containing paints, says Sapma... 

Paints industry spearheads lead-removal mission
MAKING PAINT SAFE The quantities of lead used to manufacture some pigmented paints is insignificant

Weak oil price exacts toll on Sasol’s earnings

By: Terence Creamer     7th August 2015 South African energy and chemicals group Sasol confirmed on Friday that its earnings for the financial year to June 30, 2015, would be down on the previous year, despite a strong operational performance – the weaker result was largely attributed to the sharp fall in the oil prices during the... 

 Weak oil price exacts toll on Sasol’s earnings

Custom granulation dryer designed for pharmaceuticals industry

     7th August 2015 Industrial oven, furnace, and environmental temperature cycling and stability test chamber designer and manufacturer Thermal Product Solutions (TPS), announced last month that it had designed a custom industrial oven that serves as a granulation dryer for a leading pharmaceuticals manufacturer. 

Microbiological cleaning suitable for use in rural and urban sanitation

By: Schalk Burger     31st July 2015 Bacteria of the Bacillus subtilis species secrete four enzymes that break down organic material to enable the bacteria to digest it, and microbiological cleaning company Green Worx Cleaning Solutions uses their natural functions to clean organic waste in sanitation systems. The protease, lipase,... 

Microbiological cleaning suitable for use in rural and urban sanitation
SANITATION PRODUCTS GreenWorx sells its biological sanitation products for use in urban systems

A new nuclear medicine procedure pioneered in Pretoria 

By: Keith Campbell     28th July 2015 The South African Nuclear Energy Corporation’s (Necsa’s) subsidiary company NTP Radioisotopes has, in conjunction with the Steve Biko Academic Hospital/University of Pretoria and Germany’s ITG Isotopes Technologies Garching, undertaken a new anti-cancer procedure in a human being for the first... 

A new nuclear medicine procedure pioneered in Pretoria

AECI H1 earnings rise 45% on bulk property sale

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     28th July 2015 Explosives and specialty chemicals company AECI’s R400-million bulk property sale, in Somerset West, paired with a maintained market share, despite a difficult environment, pushed its headline earnings for the six months to June 30, up 45% to R632-million, compared with R436-million in the first... 

AECI H1 earnings rise 45% on bulk property sale
Photo by Duane Daws
AECI CEO Mark Dytor

Land sale likely to boost AECI’s H1 earnings by 47%

By: Natalie Greve     24th July 2015 Explosives and specialty chemicals group AECI expects the R400-million in revenue it earned through the recent bulk sale of land in Somerset West to the City of Cape Town to bolster its headline earnings per share (HEPS) for the half-year ended June 30 by up to 47% to between 168c and 183c, it... 

Land sale likely to boost AECI’s H1 earnings by 47%

Rolfes inks deal to lift BEE ownership amid exco reshuffle

By: Natalie Greve     15th July 2015 After last month announcing that it plans to further expand its chemical manufacturing capability, JSE-listed Rolfes Holdings has inked a deal that will see it acquire the entire issued share capital in, and all the shareholders’ loans against, industrial ingredient importer Bragan Chemicals for... 

Rolfes inks deal to lift BEE ownership amid exco reshuffle

Lanxess appoints new S Africa country manager

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     1st July 2015 Speciality chemicals group Lanxess on Wednesday appointed its South African CFO Ben Marais as country representative and MD. Marais, a qualified South African chartered accountant, completed his articles with international accounting firm Deloitte. Over the years, he gained extensive experience... 

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... 

Omnia keeping afloat despite tough market conditions
Photo by Duane Daws
Rod Humphris

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

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