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Chemicals

Sasol subsidiary fined R534m for excessive polymers pricing 

By: Natalie Greve     5th June 2014 The Competition Tribunal has imposed a R534-million penalty on energy and petrochemicals group Sasol's subsidiary Sasol Chemical Industries (SCI) for charging domestic customers excessive prices for purified propylene and polypropylene between January 2004 and December 2007. The tribunal said in... 

Vietnam, South Africa seek to bolster bilateral trade and investment

By: Keith Campbell     30th May 2014 Vietnam is hoping that it will be able to increase its exports of certain agricultural products to South Africa. In particular, it is seeking to increase its exports of coffee, tea, rice and peppers. In parallel, South Africa is also hoping to increase its exports to the South East Asian country,... 

Solidarity to demand 9.5% industrial chemicals wage increase

By: Leandi Kolver     12th May 2014 Trade union Solidarity will this week start negotiating with the National Bargaining Council for the Chemical Industry (NBCCI), demanding an increase of 9.5% for the industrial chemicals sector, Solidarity spokesperson Marius Croucamp said on Monday, adding that the union was determined to engage... 

Solidarity to demand 9.5% industrial chemicals wage increase
Photo by Duane Daws
Solidarity spokesperson Marius Croucamp

Compressed-air purifier an effective air-control method

By: Pimani Baloyi     9th May 2014 South African industrial instrumentation and control equipment supplier Etest says its compressed-air-sourced Air Amplifiers – manufactured by US-based compressed-air product manufacturer Exair – remains one of the most effective methods for air, gas, fumes and dust control available to industry... 

First facial air curtain to be launched this month  

By: Pimani Baloyi     9th May 2014 South African air filtration solutions company Aircure has advanced the country’s innovative product development capacity by designing and developing the first facial air curtain, the Airhead – to be attached onto hard hats of workers who are exposed to fumes, dust, gas and polluted air – to... 

First facial air curtain to be  launched this month
How the Airhead works and in which Darren Bibby discusses the product.

Protection of chemists from gas emissions prioritised

By: Pimani Baloyi     9th May 2014 South African laboratory equipment supplier Labotec says its supply of air- filtration protection equipment for laboratory personnel, which is manufactured by global laboratory equipment manufacturer Erlab, ensures chemists’ safety in laboratories. Labotec product manager Ashmita Rajkumar tells... 

AECI appoints Hiemstra nonexecutive director

By: Leandi Kolver     29th April 2014 JSE-listed specialty chemicals group AECI on Monday announced that it had appointed current JSE-listed manufacturer Distribution and Warehousing Network chairperson Recht Louis Hiemstra nonexecutive director of the company, effective May 1. Hiemstra was previously employed by diversified... 

AECI appoints Hiemstra nonexecutive director

Accord to improve safety status of chemicals sector

     21st March 2014 The Department of Labour (DoL) and its social partners signed the Chemical Sector Health and Safety Accord to improve the status of occupational health and safety (OHS) in the South African chemicals sector, in November 2013. The accord was signed by the DoL; the Chemical and Allied Industry... 

Chemical expands market opportunities

By: David Oliveira     21st March 2014 South Africa-based wood-preservative chemicals supplier Dolphin Bay Chemicals implemented its first pilot  wood treatment of wood ammonium copper quaternary (ACQ) in October 2013. ACQ was developed in the US and is being manufactured locally by Dolphin Bay Chemicals under its Permacure brand. 

Chemicals companies commit to Responsible Care

     21st March 2014 The South African branch of global chemicals company BASF signed the Responsible Care (RC) pledge with Chemical and Allied Industries' Association (Caia), in Midrand, in December last year. BASF Business Center South Africa and Sub-Sahara head Joan-Maria Garcia-Girona together with a BASF... 

Chemicals group inaugurates R1.9bn polyethylene plant

By: David Oliveira     21st March 2014 Energy and chemicals group Sasol inaugurated its new R1.9-billion ethylene purification unit, known as the Ethylene Purification Unit 5 (EPU5), in Sasolburg, in January. The inauguration, which was held at the Sasol Polymers Plant in Sasolburg, was attended by CEO David Constable and the South... 

Critical equipment keeps upgrade project on schedule

By: David Oliveira     21st March 2014 Compressor and generator hire company Rand-Air played a significant role in the delivery of mission-critical equipment and service to energy and chemicals group Sasol’s Synfuels nitrogen project, it reported in October. The company, which is part of international engineering group Atlas Copco,... 

Indian trade mission aimed to generate millions in new business with South Africa

By: Keith Campbell     21st March 2014 The Federation of Gujarat Industries (FGI) hopes that its recent nine day trade mission to South Africa will, on its own, generate at least $10-million in bilateral trade. So stated FGI senior VP and mission head Janak Seth at a trade briefing in Sandton (north Johannesburg) during their visit.... 

Rapid expansion reaps award

By: David Oliveira     21st March 2014 South Africa-based, women-owned chemicals manufacturer and distributor Elegant Line Chemicals received the Frost & Sullivan 2013 South African Entrepreneurial Company of the Year Award in the industrial commodity chemicals space last month. Elegant Line Chemicals has expanded rapidly within its... 

South African chemicals industry has growth potential

By: David Oliveira     21st March 2014 Despite South Africa having the largest and most sophisticated chemicals industry in Africa, estimated at $30-billion, it only contributes about 1% to the global market, says global growth consulting firm Frost & Sullivan chemicals, materials and food industry analyst Dilshaad Booley. The South... 

South African chemicals industry has growth  potential
Photo by Frost & Sullivan
DEVELOPING TECHNOLOGY Upgrading technologies requires high capital investments, which are not easily accessible in South Africa, owing to product cost implications

Wine producer to establish ethanol fuel plant in Western Cape 

     21st March 2014 Western Cape-based wine producer Namaqua Wines signed an agreement with Paarl-based distillation design and technology provider Taurus Distillation, in February, to establish a commercial 1.2-million ℓ 96.4% fuel ethanol pilot plant at their Spruitdrift Cellar near Vredendal. The customised,... 

US-Danish team identifies new option for methanol production

By: Keith Campbell     14th March 2014 Researchers from the US and Denmark have identified a new, nickel-gallium, catalyst that turns hydrogen and carbon dioxide into methanol while producing fewer byproducts than the current catalyst. This new approach is low-cost and much cleaner that the existing process. The research is a joint... 

Sasol poised to move on streamlined business model as it reports strong earnings

By: Terence Creamer     10th March 2014 Energy and chemicals group Sasol reported a 26% rise in headline earnings to R30.19 a share for the six months to December 31, 2013 – results that were supported by the weaker rand and higher production from its Synfuels unit. Cash generated from operations rose 50% to R28.1-billion and the... 

Sasol poised to move on streamlined business model as it reports strong earnings

Indian trade mission to SA hopes to generate millions in new business

By: Keith Campbell     6th March 2014 The Federation of Gujarat Industries (FGI) hopes that its current, nine day, trade mission to South Africa will, on its own, generate at least $10-million in bilateral trade. So stated FGI senior VP and mission head Janak Seth at a trade briefing in Sandton (north Johannesburg) on Thursday.... 

Indian trade mission to SA hopes to generate millions in new business

IDC looking to establish soda ash manufacturing plant in SA

By: Leandi Kolver     20th February 2014 The Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) has issued a call for proposals to conduct a prefeasibility study on the establishment of a soda ash, or sodium carbonate, manufacturing plant in South Africa. The IDC said soda ash was used in a number of manufacturing processes and, while the... 

IDC looking to establish soda ash manufacturing plant in SA
Soda ash is used in various manufacturing processes including that of glass

Jobs impact still uncertain as Sasol moves to finalise streamlined structure

By: Terence Creamer     13th January 2014 Energy and chemicals group Sasol expects to implement its new operational business model from July 1, 2014, and has confirmed that the restructuring could have an impact on some of its 35 000 employees. However, the JSE-listed company stresses that the organisational redesign has not been... 

Jobs impact still uncertain as Sasol moves to finalise streamlined structure
Photo by Duane Daws
Sasol CEO David Constable

AECI to post higher year-end earnings

By: Natasha Odendaal     9th December 2013 Explosives and speciality chemicals group AECI on Monday said it would post higher earnings for the year to December. The JSE-listed group expected earnings and headline earnings a share for the year under review to be 20% higher than the respective 564c and 547c a share recorded during the year... 

Omnia mining business poised for continued growth

By: Sashnee Moodley     6th December 2013 JSE-listed Omnia’s earnings a share for the for the six months ended September 30, rose 16% year-on-year to 637c a share, with Omnia MD Rod Humphris noting at the company’s interim results presentation last month that the macro environment for the company’s mining division was positive, while the... 

Omnia mining business poised for continued growth
Photo by Duane Daws
ROD HUMPHRIS For the six months under review, Omnia’s revenue increased 25.7% year-on-year to R7.5-billion, while profit was up 16.8% to R424-million

Sasol appoints new international operations executive VP

By: Creamer Media Reporter      5th December 2013 Integrated energy and chemicals company Sasol has appointed Stephen Cornell executive VP of international operations, based in Houston, Texas, in the US, effective February 1, 2014. Cornell, who would report directly to Sasol CEO David Constable, was currently British multinational oil and gas... 

Sasol appoints new international operations executive VP
Photo by Duane Daws
Sasol CEO David Constable

Bidvest attempts R4bn second bid for 34.5% stake in Adcock, threatens legal action

By: Natasha Odendaal     2nd December 2013 JSE-listed Bidvest has moved to challenge Chile’s CFR Pharmaceutical’s R12-billion offer to buy out 100% of pharmaceuticals group Adcock Ingram with a multibillion-rand offer for a 34.5% stake in Adcock. Following an unsuccessful R6.2-billion bid to raise its stake in Adcock to 60% earlier this... 

Bidvest attempts R4bn second bid for 34.5% stake in Adcock, threatens legal action

Omnia mining business poised for continued growth 

By: Sashnee Moodley     26th November 2013 JSE-listed Omnia’s earnings a share for the six months ended September 30, rose 16% year-on-year to 637c a share, with Omnia MD Rod Humphris noting at the company’s interim results presentation that the macro environment for the company’s mining division was positive, while the macro environment... 

Omnia mining business poised for continued growth
JSE-listed Omnia MD Rod Humphris discusses the company’s outlook at its interim results presentation. Camerawork: Nicholas Boyd. Editing: Shane Williams. Recorded: 26.11.13

Work under way to select onshore site for South Africa’s carbon capture and storage pilot

By: Schalk Burger     22nd November 2013 Academics, policy makers and government are in the process of developing the Pilot carbon dioxide (CO2) Storage Project (PCSP) that will demonstrate the potential viability of long-term carbon dioxide storage in deep underground geological basins and the project has been granted R197-million over... 

Work under way to select onshore site for South Africa’s carbon capture and storage pilot

AEL looks to grow SA market share

By: Natalie Greve     6th November 2013 JSE-listed speciality chemicals group AECI’s explosives division AEL Mining Services will look to grow and consolidate its South African market share, while reducing its local cost base and advancing its international expansion strategy. At an investor day on Wednesday, AEL CEO Schalk Venter said... 

Sasol confirms changes to executive team

By: Terence Creamer     1st November 2013 Energy and chemicals group Sasol has confirmed changes to executive responsibilities, which it says are in line with a group-wide business performance enhancement programme unveiled in September. The changes will become effective from July 1, 2014. The JSE-listed company reports that Nolitha... 

Sasol confirms changes to executive team
Photo by Duane Daws
Sasol CEO David Constable

Manufacturer installs ultrafiltration technology, significantly improves quality of wastewater 

By: Samantha Herbst     1st November 2013 Adhesive technologies specialist and product manufacturer Henkel South Africa has set a benchmark in sustainability for the global Henkel brand by replacing its old chemical treatment plant with a new R2-million effluent plant that uses ultra-filtration technology in ceramic filters to treat the... 

Manufacturer installs ultrafiltration technology, significantly improves quality of wastewater
Henkel adhesives technologies operations GM Manie Botha speaks about the company’s newly-installed ultrafiltration plant. Camerawork: Nicholas Boyd. Editing: Shane Williams.

US ethane cracker project advances

By: Anine Kilian     25th October 2013 Construction on South African energy and chemicals group Sasol’s $7-billion ethane cracker, located in the US state of Louisiana, will start in 2014, following the final investment decision. Sasol CEO David Constable pointed out that this forms part of Sasol’s strategy of building globally... 

Will enlarged DNA database help police in crime fight?

By: Irma Venter     25th October 2013 Matching a human being’s distinct genetic blueprint, their DNA, found on a crime scene, to a profile found on an extensive DNA database of offenders, seems like a simple exercise these days. Done on almost every American cop show on television, and at law enforcement agencies in numerous... 

Will enlarged DNA database help police in crime fight?

De Ruyter moves from Sasol to Nampak

By: Natasha Odendaal     14th October 2013 Sasol senior group executive for global chemicals and North American operations André de Ruyter has resigned to take up the top job at JSE-listed Nampak. De Ruyter has been appointed Nampak executive director and CEO designate from January 2014, fully taking over on April 1, following the exit of... 

De Ruyter moves from Sasol to Nampak
Nampak incoming CEO Andre de Ruyter

Pharmaceuticals manufacturer in final phase of R80m plant upgrade

By: Samantha Herbst     11th October 2013 South Africa’s largest pharmaceutical contract manufacturer Wrapsa has embarked on the final stage of an R80-million refurbishment project, initiated in July, 2007, which has focused on increasing the capacity and upgrading the facilities of the company’s 13 000m² packaging and manufacturing... 

Pharmaceuticals manufacturer in final phase of R80m plant upgrade
THE LAST LEGThe final phase of Wrapsa’s R80-million refurbishment project – which will result in the upgrade and refurbishment of the oral solid dosage (OSD) plant – is due for completion in July 2014

Polyurea protective coating systems for Southern Africa

By: Ilan Solomons     11th October 2013 Germany-based industrial adhesives and coatings manufacturer Voelkel Industrie Produkte’s (VIP’s) new cold spray-applied low-pressure waterproofing system and a VIP coating system, specifically developed for industrial and commercial flooring in Southern Africa, is to be launched later this year... 

Polyurea protective coating systems for Southern Africa
POLYUREA APPLICATIONVoelkel Industrie Produkte’s high-performance coating systems have been successfully used on a diverse range of structures overseas

Louisiana extends $1bn in incentives for Sasol investments 

By: Terence Creamer     9th September 2013 South African energy and chemicals group has secured investment incentives collectively valued at around $1-billion from the state of Louisiana, in the US, to support its proposed development of an ethane cracker and a gas to liquids (GTL) facility in the Lake Charles area. The JSE-listed group... 

Louisiana extends $1bn in incentives for Sasol investments
Sasol's Andre de Ruyter on progress being made on the group's US mega-projects. Camera Work: Nicholas Boyd. Editing: Shane Williams. Recorded: 9.9.2013.

Sasol unveils Project 2050 SA investment plan amid disinvestment claims  

By: Terence Creamer     9th September 2013 Sasol CEO David Constable unveiled plans on Monday for ‘Project 2050’, an initiative which he says is designed to sustain and expand the company’s integrated value chain in Southern Africa until at least the middle of the century. He also defended the energy and chemical group’s globalisation... 

Sasol unveils Project 2050 SA investment plan amid disinvestment claims
Sasol CEO David Constable speaks on the group's continued commitment to South Africa and on Project 2050. Camera Work: Nicholas Boyd. Editing: Shane Williams. Recorded: 9.9.2013.

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