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Plastics and Synfibres

South African plastics training down under

By: System Author     7th May 1999 Plastics training organisations in Australia and New Zealand have expressed an interest in South Africa’s plastician qualification. Developed under the umbrella of the Plastics Industry Training Board (PITB), the plastician qualification is bestowed following successful completion of the... 

Acquisition paves way for exports

By: System Author     7th May 1999 PNEUMATIC specialist Parker Hannifin, of Kempton Park, Gauteng, has bought Global Fluid Power (GFP), a manufacturer of pneumatic cylinders, ISO subplates and directional valves. The company was established ten years ago, and is located in Middelburg, in Mpumalanga. It will form part of the Parker... 

Chinese joint venture announced

By: System Author     30th April 1999 A LEADING pump producer, ITT Industries, has announced a joint venture with Shanghai East Shanghai Petrochemical Industrial Company, part of Sinopec, the world’s largest petrochemical company, and China’s flagship petrochemical enterprise. “Our strategy is to increase our... 

South Africa is casting its influence abroad

By: System Author     30th April 1999 International pump manufacturers have identified South Africa as a competitive source of stainless-steel castings in their global sourcing programmes, Steloy MD Danie Slabbert tells Engineering News. He maintains that South African foundries have the production facilities, the people skills and... 

Enviro-hazard removed from plastic

By: System Author     9th April 1999 A new worldwide patented technology developed by a South African company cleans and separates granulated polyvinyl chloride (PVC) and polyethylene contaminated with copper or aluminium. Kew Polymers, in Wynberg, Gauteng, is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Kew Cables, which supplies electrical cables... 

New pure-oxygen treatment system for SA

By: System Author     9th April 1999 More stringent legislation and concern for the environment have increased the awareness in South Africa for improving industrial and municipal wastewater disposal. Companies are looking at new ways to improve existing operations, or apply advanced technologies to new processes. Air Products, a... 

Monitoring-systems division is established

By: System Author     26th March 1999 Adivision has been formed by Bartec Barlian Technik to provide solutions for control systems applications, and to market its range of Modex components and Ex personal computers (PCs) for hazardous areas in refineries, petrochemical, chemical, paint manufacturing and other plants. All the... 

Ensuring quality a gas for synfuel maker

By: System Author     26th March 1999 Assistance on statu- tory inspections at synthetic-fuel (synfuel) producer Mossgas has been contracted to Centurion-based government inspection authority, Innovative Inspection Services (IIS), since April 1996, when it carried out inspections on one of the company’s Synthol units.... 

Site cleared for R1-billion SA–Asian petchem plant

By: System Author     19th March 1999 The R1-billion polyethelene joint venture (JV) in Malaysia between South Africa’s Polifin, Malaysia’s Petronas and DSM of the Netherlands is merely the first step in Polifin’s strategy to penetrate the Asia/Pacific region, Engineering News can today report. “This project... 

R9m detinning plant

By: System Author     12th March 1999 PROGRESS has been made in the detinning operations of Collect-a-Can with the establishment of a R9-million shredding and briquetting plant at Vanderbijlpark. This investment allows used steel beverage cans to be used in new, imaginative ways other than being sold as scrap to steelmakers. Future... 

New laser mapping system

By: System Author     12th March 1999 A new laser mapping system (LMS), which is on the leading-edge of technology in the field of surveying and modelling, has been introduced by Intens Digital & Laser Imaging, a newly-founded division of FJ Intens International Engineering. It has the backing of original laser-equipment manufacturer... 

Company wins oil-supply contracts worth R18,6m

By: System Author     12th March 1999 EMERGING black oil marketing company Tepco Petroleum has won two multi- million-rand contracts to supply petrol and diesel to Eskom and the Uitenhage Town Council over the next three to four years. The tender, awarded by Eskom, is valued at R9-million and will involve the supply of 2,6 milllion... 

More control of LPG sector

By: System Author     12th February 1999 The Liquid Petroleum Gas (LPG) Association of Southern Africa has taken on a stronger policing role to ensure dealer safety standards following its annual general meeting held in October last year, reports MD Colin Bain. The active policing of LPG dealers received the full ratification of members... 

Poor growth seen in SA plastics industry

By: System Author     5th February 1999 Gauged by the volume of polymer converted in South Africa, the plastics industry grows by about 5% a year. “Compared with the growth in the national economy, this figure seems impressive, but the fact is that this kind of growth historically tends to be poor,” Plastics Federation of... 

Thermoplastic elastomer sector to grow

By: System Author     5th February 1999 The thermoplastic elastomers (TPEs) industry worldwide, which has been growing rapidly over the past few years, is expected to maintain a yearly growth rate of 5,5% to 7% well into the next decade. “It is estimated that the demand for TPEs in North America alone will increase to 1,4-billion... 

Local manufacture urged

By: System Author     5th February 1999 The South African plastics-converting industry is virtually a total importer of plant and equipment. “However, there is no reason why so much of this plant and equipment cannot be manufactured in South Africa,” says Plastics Institute of South Africa (Pisa) northern branch chairperson... 

SA at the forefront of plastics recyling

By: System Author     5th February 1999 South Africa recycles some 13% or 114 000 t a year of all plastics consumed, placing it in the forefront of plastics recycling worldwide. Despite popular belief that plastics are the biggest culprit when it comes to waste, studies show that plastics account for only 8,7% in the waste-stream in... 

New composite material launch

By: System Author     5th February 1999 Birmingham manufacturer of engineering plastics and composites Tufnol has enhanced its product range with the launch of a new composite bearing material. The new grade, called Tufnol CBM 2008, has been developed to give high friction and wear performance and is expected to find a range of bearing... 

Rubber and plastics firm celebrates half-centenary

By: System Author     5th February 1999 JOHANNESBURG Stock Exchange-listed Sondor Industries has become a market leader in the manufacture and conversion of closed cell expanded rubber and plastics and celebrated its 50th birthday last year. “Sondor has achieved its present position through commitment to excellence, being our... 

Largest PTFE rods

By: System Author     5th February 1999 NEW ground has been broken by Chemplast Marc Etter with the production of what is said to be the largest-diameter polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) rods of 1 m in length ever made in the Southern Hemisphere. Using the latest moulding techniques and building on the company’s extensive... 

Oxygen-based technology ups production

By: System Author     5th February 1999 A n alternative tech- nique to air-based t technology is to be introduced by Air Products to the petrochemicals industry. Over the years, the multinational has worked internationally with large refiners in North America, Europe, Latin America, the Far East and Japan, and is able to successfully... 

Flame-retardant plastic developed and tested

By: System Author     5th February 1999 A flame-retardant material which meets all the requirements of the UL 214 standard has been developed and tested by Pioneer Plastics Products made from this material are used in various industries locally and internationally and have proved to be successful in replacement of traditional materials... 

Plastics painter invests R30m in plant

By: System Author     5th February 1999 Investments totalling R30-million have been made in world-class technology, plant and equipment by the AIC group following contracts to supply plastics parts to BMW and Volkswagen for their export programmes. The group is a supplier of painted plastic parts such as bumpers, side skirts, bootlid... 

Training effort bolstered

By: System Author     5th February 1999 In a programme to further improve its training efforts, the Plastics Industry Training Board (PITB) is to place new emphasis on the role of coaches at plastics companies around the country this year. “We’ve named 1999 as the ‘year of the coaches’ to emphasise the... 

South African electrical sector using more plastics

By: System Author     5th February 1999 Following a world trend, the local electrical industry is increasing its use of plastics in the manufacture of electrical products. South African manufacturers have traditionally used only metallic materials for the manufacture and installation of electrical equipment and components, elaborates... 

Local non-woven fibre maker succeeds

By: System Author     5th February 1999 Since opening its high-tech Reifenhauser plant in Walmer in January 1995, Port Elizabeth company Cordustex has found buyers for this versatile fabric in the hygiene, medical, furniture, automotive, construction and agriculture markets. “Before Cordustex, these markets had to import their... 

Cosmetics packaging exports

By: System Author     5th February 1999 LEADING technoplastics injection moulder ExactoCraft, which exports 50% of its turnover at present, has secured another substantial contract with a large cosmetics distributor in the US for the manufacture of its cosmetics packaging. This innovative Cape Town manufacturer is already a market... 

University introduces postgrad polymer course

By: System Author     5th February 1999 The University of Pretoria (UP) has introduced a course in polymers at postgraduate level as a new area of specialisation. The course is presented under the auspices of the department of chemical engineering, but also involves assistance from the departments of chemistry and physics, as well as... 

Polymers prevail

By: System Author     5th February 1999 A range of ultra high molecular weight (UHMW) polymers from Poly Hi Solidur South Africa is increasingly used in the concrete- manufacturing industry to line or replace steel and wooden moulds due to its unique non-stick properties. The company’s UHMW polymers are suitable for wet products,... 

New plastic-conveying system

By: System Author     5th February 1999 A new pneumatic conveying system for process waste and light materials such as plastic, packaging and paper has been introduced by waste-handling specialist Kongskilde. “The methodical handling of process waste, critical in any industry, contributes to a lean and efficient working... 

PVC scrubber order filled

By: System Author     5th February 1999 A scrubber for chlorine and hydrochloric acid was supplied by Kya Sand, Johannesburg, company Polytech to the Amplats research centre in Primrose, Johannesburg. The scrubber is made of polyvinyl chloride (PVC) and coated with fibreglass. It measures 5 m in height and 970 mm in diameter and was... 

Local extrusion-coating plant delivers

By: System Author     5th February 1999 The acquisition of a 3 000-mm- wide state-of-the-art extrusion coating plant has brought Nampak Laminated & Coated Products (L&CP) in Isithebe, Kwazulu-Natal, up to speed with the latest in world trends in this field. “The trend in the international extrusion-coating industry is towards... 

Plastic ‘plug-and-play’ home on offer to SA

By: Archivist     29th January 1999 A US composites and building materials multinational is mulling over the possible introduction of an all-plastic ‘plug-and-play’ house as an alternative offering for the South African affordable-housing sector. Owens Corning South Africa MD Dr Michael Effing tells Engineering News... 

‘Green’ plastic from UK for home and heavy industry is a wrap

By: Archivist     29th January 1999 THE environment-unfriendly method of manufacturing the kind of plastic used in things such as buckets and rubbish bins could soon be as dated as horse-drawn streetcars. Scientists have discovered a new way of producing the plastic, which has thousands of uses from around the home to heavy... 

Merger in plastic engineering field

By: Archivist     29th January 1999 THE engineering plastic division of Maizey Plastics has merged with Polypenco to form DSM Engineering Plastic Products SA. The merger, which took place in December last year, will benefit the local market by increasing access and serviceability in the plastic engineering field. Service to the... 

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