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Plastics and Synfibres

Component manufacturer hopes to capture the market

By: Jonathan Faurie     25th January 2008 Electrical manufacturing company Legrand South Africa, part of the Legrand Group, is hopes to capture a significant share of the South African market with its plastic-based electrical products. 

New factory for polyurethane company

25th January 2008 Polyurehtanes focused company Industrial Urethanes has closed its ageing factory at Sebenza, near Edenvale in Gauteng, and has implemented a new prepolymer production and blending facility at its Umbogintwini plant, south of Durban in KwaZulu-Natal. 

Local plastics producer automates production processes

26th January 2007 Pretoria based process plant manufacturer, VJL Manufacturing, has commissioned two advanced Wegener butt welding and bending machines to streamline its thermoplastics division and increase production. 

New polycarbonate glands enable easy cable installation

26th January 2007 Specialists in electrical equipment and wiring accessories, Legrand, has made a significant contribution to the local electrical industry by introducing plastic based electrical products to the South African market. 

Plastic conveyor belts demonstrate wide-range applicability

26th January 2007 Bearing Man’s specialist belting division, Belting Solutions, distributes the HabasitLink range of modular plastic conveyor belts that provide an ideal support for efficient and safe conveying in diverse industries. 

Increased company involvement needed in skills development initiatives – Merseta

By: Dennis Ndaba     26th January 2007 The lack of employer participation in training initiatives within the plastics industry is a cause for concern, says Manufacturing, Engineering and Related Services Sector Education and Training Authority (Merseta) senior plastics chamber coordinator Sabelo Buthelezi. 

High raw material and labour costs hamper growth

By: Dennis Ndaba     26th January 2007 Growth in South Africa’s plastics industry is hampered by high raw-material and labour costs and, to a limited extent, by foreign investors entering the country with foreign materials and labour, resulting in the loss of 10 000 jobs in the industry, says Plastics Converters Association... 

Pipe and hose producer anticipates industry growth

By: Brindaveni Naidoo     19th January 2007 Producers of plastic pipeand hose systems in South Africa Petzetakis Africa’s black economic-empowerment partner (BEE), Sekunjalo MD Ronnie Dennison, says that theoutlook for the pipes and hose industry for the next few years is positive. He anticipates that theindustry will reap financial... 

Sasol gas-to-liquids project wins global award

17th October 2006 Joint-venture partners Sasol and Qatar Petroleum have won a global achievement award for the Oryx gas-to-liquids (GTL) plant in Qatar in the Middle East. 

Locally-designed ‘mag drive’ range experiences global success

By: Clement Deane     6th October 2006 Owing to a shift in local market requirements from conventional sealing methods to magnetic drive couplings, KSB South Africa has developed a locally-designed and -manufactured petrochemicals ‘mag-drive’ pump range. 

Reserve replacement vital, but contingencies in place

By: Laura Tyrer     28th July 2006 State-owned oil company PetroSA has set a host of contingency plans in motion ahead of its anticipated reserve shortfalls from the company’s current assets. 

Shutdown won't precipitate shortages

By: Laura Tyrer     28th July 2006 National State-owned oil company PetroSA does not anticipate fuel shortages over the period of its scheduled 26-day maintenance shutdown in October this year. 

Automotive goes natural

By: Irma Venter     2nd June 2006 Japanese vehicle manufacturer Mazda Motor Corporation has announced that it has developed a high-strength heat-resistant bioplastic for use in vehicle interior parts, as part of an industry-government-academia joint research project in Hiroshima. 

New venture to help develop black engineering talent

24th March 2006 Joint-venture partners Fluor SA and Igoda Projects have announced that they have formed a new company, Fluor Igoda Projects. 

Local manufacturer in R100m plastics acquisition

By: Liezel Hill     10th March 2006 JSE-listed manufacturing group Control Instruments (CI) reported late last month that its subsidiary, Shurlock Engineering, had acquired the automotive-plastics businesses of local group Sagercy, for R100-million. 

Empowerment firm breaks into plastic piping market

27th January 2006 RMB Corvest, a private equity business within the Firstrand Group, has facilitated the entry of empowerment investor Tandem Capital into one of the country’s leading piping manufacturers, Gazelle Plastics. 

Profit surge for local plastics manufacturer

By: Nelendhre Moodley     27th January 2006 Despite the sharp slowing down of the manufacturing sector last year, specialist in plastic design and manufacture Durattract Plastics, reports a profit surge of over 33% for its last financial year. 

Innovations to benefit packaging, medical and textile industries

By: Nelendhre Moodley     27th January 2006 As part of the redesign process that recently took place at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), the areas of bioceramics and composites within CSIR Materials Science and Manufacturing were integrated with the former Centre for Polymer Technology, and the new area is now... 

Plastic-pipe cutting made easy

27th January 2006 Two new products – pipe shears and an orbital circular saw – have been added to Rothenberger’s range of tools for professionals working with plastic pipes. 

Companies unite to create local jobs

27th January 2006 Sponsorship by global chemical company, BASF of The Lapdesk project in South Africa has created 27 local jobs in the past ten months with at least another 100 expected to be created over the next four years. 

New packaging ensures longer shelf life

By: Nelendhre Moodley     27th January 2006 The desire to change industries has been serendipitous for Dennis Holden, who took up the position of GM at Consol Plastics of the East Rand in February last year. 

Sapref ready with new fuel specifications

14th December 2005 South African refinary Sapref has issued a statement saying it is operating at normal production capacity and is already producing cleaner fuels in line with new specifications. 

Sapia warns of false fuel prices

9th November 2005 Reports of fuel dealers maintaining October's fuel price have reached the South African Petroleum Industry Association. 

East Rand pump manufacturer wins orders from petroleum firms

By: Mariaan Webb     7th October 2005 Local pump manufacturer APE Pumps, based in Germiston, Gauteng, has signed a contract to manufacture and supply API-610 edition eight pumps to the national oil company of South Africa, Petro SA. 

Petrochemicals giant moves forward on BEE

By: Nicola Mawson     13th September 2005 After having come under fire recently for what government pegged as a lack of transformation, petrochemicals giant Sasol indicated at its results presentation yesterday that executive director Nolitha Fakude would soon be joined on the board by another two black appointees. 

Sasol focuses on substitute fuel sources

By: Nicola Mawson     13th September 2005 Petrochemicals giant Sasol is aiming to replicate its successful South African gas-to-liquids model globally and push out 70% of its product as fuel in the next ten years. 

Oil-price surge a threat to growth

By: peter cromberge     9th September 2005 The 4,8% growth figure for the country’s second quarter gross domestic product (GDP) review will help balance the slower 3,5% first quarter growth and also supports hopes that the economy will be able to meet the treasury’s growth target of 4,3% for the year. 

Contractor told Sasol plant was safe - union

18th August 2005 A contractor working at the Sasol plant at which an ethylene gas explosion killed 10 workers last September, has testified that Sasol assured him that work could safely be performed on the plant, said trade union Solidarity. 

Contractors testify at Sasol investigation

17th August 2005 Trade union Solidarity has high hopes that the hearings into the fatal accident at Sasol's ethylene plant in Secunda last September will move forward as contractors have been called to testify from yesterday. 

Sasol in BEE talks with energy minister

11th August 2005 Petrochemicals giant Sasol yesterday announced that its new CEO Pat Davies had met with the newly-appointed Minister of Minerals and Energy Lindiwe Hendricks. 

Petrol sales continue to impress, despite price

2nd August 2005 The South African Petroleum Industry Association (Sapia) saw a continued growth of petroleum product sales in the second quarter of this year, despite prices being some 10% higher than in the previous year. 

Sasol considers disposal of Olefins and Surfactants business

2nd August 2005 In a notice to the JSE, petrochemicals giant Sasol has advised that it is considering the disposal of its Olefins and Surfactants (O&S) business, excluding its co-monomers activities in South Africa. 

Significant growth for local steel fabricator

By: Jade Davenport     15th July 2005 South Africa’s largest privately-owned and black economic empowerment (BEE) compliant structural steel fabricator, the Cosira Group, is experiencing significant growth and expansion as a result of the increased expenditure in the petrochemical and power generation sectors. 

Top butt-welder sold to plastics firm

17th June 2005 The first Wegener SV-320 butt-welding machine has been sold into South Africa, to PFF Plastics, of Robertville, Johannesburg. 

Another contractor fatality at Sasol

7th June 2005 Petrochemical giant Sasol and a contractor on its synfuels sulphur plant, TSI Projects, yesterday announced the death of a contractor. 

Plastic-bags ban bites

By: Irma Venter     3rd June 2005 Government’s 2003 ban on thin plastic bags in favour of thicker, more easily-recycable ones has seen a 70% countrywide drop in bag production. 

Initiatives rolled out to soften rand pinch

By: Jade Davenport     27th May 2005 The South African manufacturing industry is presently experiencing a serious crisis due to the strength of the rand and the extraordinary expansion of China’s manufacturing capabilities. 

Sasol moves on safety improvement plan

27th May 2005 Petrochemicals giant Sasol yesterday announced that it has embarked on a comprehensive change management programme to further improve safety at its South African operations. 

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