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Plastics and Synfibres

Upswing predicted for specialist-flooring market

By: Jade Davenport     15th April 2005 There is an upswing predicted for the specialist flooring market as companies are spending more capital on maintenance and upgrades and, more significantly, there are a number of projects planned this year requiring specialist systems. 

Steep levies to be slapped on high-octane petrol

By: Helene Le Roux     15th April 2005 South African consumers who want to continue using high-octane petrol will feel the pinch of cleaner fuels legislation, which will come into effect early next year, in their pockets. 

Online process sulphur analyser new to SA

By: abdul cook     25th March 2005 Three analysers that can accurately measure and analyse information in the chemical and petrochemicals industries have been introduced by OEN Enterprises. 

Software package improves operations at refineries

By: abdul cook     25th March 2005 An innovative means to unify all of AspenTech’s products and capabilities into a single cohesive system was introduced late last year by the company. 

Safety torches operate in potentially-explosive conditions

By: abdul cook     25th March 2005 Gauteng-based Denver Technical Products have introduced one of the first ATEX directive compliant safety lights to South Africa. 

R30-million water upgrading plant for refinery

25th March 2005 A leading water and energy solutions company in Southern Africa, ImproChem, has started construction of a R30-million wastewater upgrading facility at Caltex Refinery in Milnerton, Cape Town. 

Chemical wizardry beats polyurethane shortage

25th March 2005 South African manufacturers of a wide variety of goods based upon polyurethane chemicals are facing pressure as a result of a worldwide shortage of component chemicals such as isocyanates and polyols. 

Local pipes launched in the US

By: abdul cook     25th March 2005 The middle of January saw the first delivery of about 2 500 m of Petroplas pipes to the US – marking the export launch of a South African designed and manufactured product despite the unfavourable rand/dollar exchange rate. 

Petrochemical project for welding machine specialist

By: abdul cook     25th March 2005 Port Elizabeth-based Fabinox Projects is taking delivery of three more Orbital welding machines, increasing its total Orbital equipment to seven. 

Project Turbo receives secondary cooling pumps

25th March 2005 Gauteng-based APE Pumps has completed manufacture of the first six of ten split-case secondary cooling pumps for Project Turbo. 

Big offshore gas-to-liquid push

By: Helene Le Roux     18th March 2005 Petrochemicals giant Sasol is setting its sights on producing 600 000 bbl/d of liquid fuels based on its proprietary gas-to-liquids (GTL) technology by 2016. Achieving this feat would be equivalent to establishing four new plants similar in size to the group’s large-scale operations in... 

Flowmeter calibrator launched in South Africa

By: Zonika Botha     11th March 2005 Known for its innovative and accurate liquid-fuel accounting and measurement instruments, Liquid Automation Services (LAS) has launched the latest flow-meter calibration technology to South Africa’s petroleum and chemical market. 

Safer conveying with plastic belts

By: Mariaan Webb     4th March 2005 The new range of modular plastic conveyor belts, HabasitLink, distributed by Bearing Man’s specialist belting division, Belting Solutions, provides support for efficient and safe conveying of fresh and frozen foods. 

Tristar Plastics

25th February 2005 Tristar Plastics, a division of packaging group Astrapak, manufactures plastic packaging, including pallet stabilisation products. 

Sasol defends safety record, union still worried

By: Martin Czernowalow     10th February 2005 Following a spate of fatalities and injuries at several of South African petrochemicals giant Sasol's operations recently, chief executive Pieter Cox yesterday vehemently defended the group's safety record and highlighted efforts to further improve occupational safety standards. 

Packaging group spends 70% of R650m capex in SA

By: Ollie Madlala     28th January 2005 Packaging is an essential part of modern life. It protects and preserves commodities so that today’s consumers can have a bewildering array of ready-to-consume products from all over the world in their own homes. 

Imported plastics materials gain in popularity

By: Ollie Madlala     28th January 2005 Imported plastics raw materials are quickly gaining more acceptence in South Africa, MD of MBT South Africa (MBTSA) Dick Coates tells Engineering News. 

Global plastics industry to focus on advanced solutions

By: Ollie Madlala     28th January 2005 Global competitiveness in plastics-application development is set to centre on a sustained commitment to relating the “parts to the whole” of plastics-materials technology. 

Packaging sector fuels moulding-machines demand

By: Ollie Madlala     28th January 2005 Some 800 Ferromatik Milacron plastic injection-moulding machines are believed to be in operation in South Africa, Ferromatic Milacron MD Toni Goncalves tells Engineering News in an interview at the company’s offices in Johannesburgh. 

Firm working on developments to exceed customers’ demands

By: Ollie Madlala     28th January 2005 JJ Precision Plastics (JJPP), a wholly-owned subsidiary of the JSE Securities Exchange-listed Astrapak group, is currently working on several new developments, GM John Hall tells Engineering News in an interview at the company’s facilities in New Germany, Kwazulu-Natal. 

R2,5bn petro-pipeline upgrade advancing

By: Irma Venter     21st January 2005 The feasibility study of a R2,5-billion project to upgrade the 700 km Durban–Johannesburg pipeline (DJP), owned by Petronet, will be completed by March next year. 

Plastic bottle recycling plant opens in Gauteng 

By: Keith Campbell     10th December 2004 THE new recycling plant established by Hosaf at Alrode in Alberton is opening a whole new sector for the company. 

Sub consortium, Daun team up to create jobs

By: Keith Campbell     10th December 2004 THE national industrial participation (Nip – that is, civilian offsets) programme from the German Submarine Consortium (GSC) has resulted in an endeavour which has already created just over 360 jobs and is set to create almost 400 over the next year, for a total of 700 sustainable new jobs. 

Project will gulp down 20-million litres of water daily

By: Nicola Mawson     3rd December 2004 Project Turbo requires 20-million litres of various qualities of water daily but, because of persistent droughts in Southern Africa, an innovative solution had to be found to supplement the existing raw-water supply. 

East Rand firm delivers specialised pumps

By: Nicola Mawson     3rd December 2004 The first consignment of API610 eighth-edition pumps from East Rand-based APE Pumps was due to be on site at Project Turbo by the end of last month. 

Switchgear orders come in at R32m

3rd December 2004 Local switchgear company RBF Technology was awarded with various orders to supply low and medium-voltage electrical switchboards to Sasol for different plants within Project Turbo. 

Gauteng firm wins order to supply 1 200 t of steel

3rd December 2004 Gauteng company Cosira International has secured its first project in the petrochemicals field with the award of a contract to detail, fabricate and erect some 1 200 t of steelwork at Sasol’s Secunda works. 

Construction firm clinches phase two of Secunda project

3rd December 2004 As a result of the success of the first phase of the building works at Sasol Secunda, which are part of Project Turbo, WBHO Construction has been awarded the second phase of the project. 

Biggest industrial project on course for completion by 2006

By: Nicola Mawson     3rd December 2004 With a price tag of R12,2-billion, Project Turbo is regarded as one of the highest-value projects in South African industrial history. 

The most complex petrochemicals project - managing contractor

By: Nicola Mawson     3rd December 2004 On track and on target. 

Fully-automated warehouse for Sasolburg plant

By: Nicola Mawson     3rd December 2004 Engineering company Siemens Southern Africa is involved in the building a fully-automated warehouse for Sasol as part of the petrochemicals giant’s Project Turbo. 

Auto-plastic technology transfer project launched

By: elizabeth rebelo     26th November 2004 The Japan External Trade Organisation (Jetro) in association with the Automotive Industry Development Centre (AIDC) and the CSIR have launched a three-year technology-transfer programme to improve the quality of plastic-injection moulded components used in the automotive sector. 

Quick-fix solutions for damaged pipelines

By: abdul cook     19th November 2004 Pipeline corrosion and mechanical damage in the form of cracks, dents and gouges can cause costly downtime for processing and manufacturing industries. 

Refinery in six-week maintenance shutdown

By: abdul cook     19th November 2004 A six-week maintenance shutdown from October 14, following 20 months of forward planning, is being under taken by Sapref. 

Poor-quality fuel may cost fleet owners dearly

19th November 2004 The quality of South African diesel has become quite an issue, says fuel-analysis firm WearCheck Africa. 

SA petroleum sales up 4,5% year-on-year

4th November 2004 Following a number of years of slow growth, even some years in which growth was negative, overall sales of petroleum products performed considerably better in 2003, exceeding those in 2002 by 4,2%, the South African Petroleum Industry Association said in a statement yesterday. 

SA technology fuels China's large coal-to-liquids plans

By: Ollie Madlala     1st November 2004 A prefeasibility study is under way into the economic viability of constructing two $3-to-$4-billion coal-to-liquids (CTL) plants in China, Sasol Synfuels International MD Willem Louw tells Engineering News in an interview in Johannesburg. 

Polymer market hits fly-up

By: Martin Creamer     29th October 2004 The international polymer market has hit a price fly-up, with strong global demand for polymers exceeding supply, Sasol Polymers MD Terry Bates tells Engineering News in an interview at the company’s corporate offices in Bryanston. 

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