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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.

Chemical-free, multisurface cleaning solution  

By: Chantelle Kotze     30th August 2013 For many years, cleaning contractors and various markets have had to deal with the risk of damaging various surfaces, owing to incorrect chemical use and dilutions, which subsequently created a need in the cleaning industry for a sustainable and green cleaning solution. 

CFO Ramon to leave Sasol next month

By: Natasha Odendaal     26th August 2013 JSE-listed Sasol has appointed executive for group finance Paul Victor to take over as acting CFO and executive director from September 10, as Christine Ramon announced her resignation on Monday. Ramon, whose last day would coincide with the release of Sasol’s financial year-end results on... 

CFO Ramon to leave Sasol next month
Outgoing CFO Christine Ramon

CSIR unit concludes passive energy efficiency study, moves to continue research  

By: Samantha Herbst     23rd August 2013 The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research’s (CSIR’s) Build Environment unit has signed its second memorandum of understanding with chemicals giant BASF to continue researching passive energy efficiency in new buildings. The CSIR concluded a two-year performance research project earlier,... 

CSIR unit concludes passive energy efficiency study, moves to continue research
CSIR Built Environment senior researcher Llewellyn van Wyk discusses the results of a two-year passive energy-efficiency study.

Sasol exits Iran as it finds buyer for Arya stake

By: Creamer Media Reporter      19th August 2013 Petrochemicals giant Sasol has completed its exit from Iran, announcing on Monday that it had found a buyer for its Arya polymer business, which it flagged for divestment in 2011. The Johannesburg-based group sold its 50% stake in the Arya Sasol Polymer Company – a joint venture with Pars... 

Sasol exits Iran as it finds buyer for Arya stake
Photo by Duane Daws
Sasol CEO David Constable

Necsa cancels retrenchments in light of turnaround

By: Keith Campbell     16th August 2013 The South African Nuclear Energy Corporation (Necsa) has achieved a turnaround of more than R100-million in just one financial year, from a deficit of R75-million at the start of 2012/2013 to a surplus of R29-million at the end of 2012/2013. As a result, a planned programme of retrenchments has... 

Municipalities urged to probe energy efficiency solutions for treatment plants

     9th August 2013 Municipalities should investigate energy-saving opportunities by conducting energy audits and issues, such as electrical load management during peak demand periods, must be clear and understood by wastewater treatment plant operations staff, says Water Research Commission (WRC) water use and... 

Global aspirations for homegrown gas-pressure regulator 

By: Joanne Taylor     2nd August 2013 Welding, cutting and gas products and services company African Oxygen (Afrox) launched a technologically advanced and engineered gas-pressure regulator, the Smoothflo regulator, in South Africa last month. 

Global aspirations for homegrown gas-pressure regulator
Afrox head of hard goods and exports Nazmi Adams discusses the new features of the new regulator.

Sasol to report earnings rise on volume, currency tailwinds

By: Terence Creamer     1st August 2013 Energy and chemicals producer Sasol reported on Thursday that its earnings for the financial year ended June 30, 2013, would be stronger, owing to an improved production performance and favourable exchange-rate conditions. Year-on-year headline earnings a share are expected to rise by between 20%... 

Africa key to ‘reigniting’ SA’s chemicals industry

By: Natasha Odendaal     31st July 2013 Moving into the rest of Africa could “reignite” South Africa’s lagging chemicals industry with vast opportunities for growth in the rest of the continent as the population expands and the middle class grows, the Global Business Report (GBR) said in its latest research report. The local chemical... 

Africa key to ‘reigniting’ SA’s chemicals industry

Sasol inaugurates the country’s first gas-fired power plant 

By: Joanne Taylor     26th July 2013 Sasol New Energy inaugurated South Africa’s first gas-engine power plant at its Sasolburg site, in the Free State, earlier this month. 

Sasol inaugurates the country’s first  gas-fired power plant
MEGAPOWERThe Sasol gas-engine power plant has a 140 MW operating capacity, which can power 200 000 households

Strong interest in technology innovation competition

     26th July 2013 Online registrations for entry into South Africa's newest technology innovation competition, the Step-Up Technology Innovation Competition, have been phenomenal for a competition in its inaugural year, says Step-Up Technology Innovation Competition manager Martin Feinstein. 

Strong interest in technology innovation competition
Photo by Henry Brink
THOUGHT PROVOKINGErrorthoughtical engineer Peter Greenwall and entrepreneur Robin Bayhack support the innovation competition

AECI continues acquisitions, progresses projects

By: Natasha Odendaal     24th July 2013 Industrial chemicals and explosives manufacturer AECI would work “furiously” to pursue acquisitions in the rest of Africa and South America, CEO Mark Dytor said on Wednesday. The JSE-listed group, which was currently in talks for four or five undisclosed potential acquisitions, noted that about... 

AECI continues acquisitions, progresses projects
Photo by Duane Daws
Mark Dytor

Sasol expands N America strategy with HDPE venture

By: Natasha Odendaal     24th July 2013 Energy and chemical company Sasol and US-based Ineos Olefins & Polymers have teamed up to form a joint venture  to manufacture high-density polyethylene (HDPE). Sasol on Wednesday said in a statement that the parties signed a memorandum of understanding to develop a “world-scale” HDPE plant... 

AECI posts higher earnings as explosives division shines

By: Natasha Odendaal     24th July 2013 Explosives and specialty chemicals group AECI on Wednesday posted higher headline earnings a share (Heps) for the six months to June 2013 on the back of an improved performance from the explosives sector. Heps and basic earnings a share rose to 356c during the interim period, compared with the... 

AECI posts higher earnings as explosives division shines
Photo by Duane Daws
AECI CEO Mark Dytor

Sasol appoints technology partners for 1.5Mt US ethane project

By: Terence Creamer     15th July 2013 Energy and chemicals group Sasol has appointed a number of engineering and technology providers to support it with its proposed development of a 1.5-million-ton-a-year ethane cracker, in Lake Charles, Louisiana. The South African company recently appointed Fluor Corporation as the main front-end... 

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