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Plastics and Synfibres

SA exporting mainly raw materials

By: Marius Roodt     31st January 2003 The plastics industry in South Africa has been growing at a rapid rate since the country’s re-entry into the global marketplace in 1994, says Plastics Federation of South Africa technical support manager Annab 

Industry faces wage dilemma

By: Marius Roodt     31st January 2003 The plastics industry finds itself in a difficult position as far as working conditions are concerned. 

Research centre developing ‘green’ polymer compounds

By: Marius Roodt     31st January 2003 The CSIR is developing biodegradable polymer compounds, reports Arrie Kruger, a project manager at the Centre for Polymer Technology at the Pretoria-based research organisation.?This type of polymer can go a long way to combating pollution, and preventing harm to the environment. 

New plastics qualifications from April 1

By: Marius Roodt     31st January 2003 The Plastics Federation of South Africa (PFSA) is doing its utmost to ensure the local plastics industry has a high standard of education and training, Anton Hanekom, training director at the federation, tells Engineering News. 

UK range arrives in SA

By: vanessa vasques     24th January 2003 Plastic pipe technology specialist, Astore Africa, has been appointed by UK company Durapipe as sole distributor in South Africa of its ABS and Air-Line range of pipe equipment and accessories. 

Local company completes R22m order

By: vanessa vasques     24th January 2003 East Rand-based pipe manufacturer, Amiantit Pipe Systems Africa (Apsa), which is a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Saudi stock exchange-listed Amiantit group, has received an order to supply water pipes to Turkmenistan. 

R3,5-million KZN pipe and hose contract nearly completed

24th January 2003 Manufacturer and supplier of plastic pipe and hose systems Petzetakis Africa is fulfilling a R3,5-million contract to supply piping to Richards Bay Minerals. 

Empowerment engineering merchant company established

24th January 2003 Leading piping systems manufacturer DPI Plastics has announced that it has established the largest black empowerment engineering merchant company in South Africa. 

Currency gains hit exporters hard

By: nkolola halwindi     24th January 2003 While economy experts, government and importers are optimistic and excited about the strengthening of the local currency, exporters are currently mourning the turn of events after enjoying 12 months of good profitability when the local currency reached its weakest levels. 

Acquisition forms largest black-owned fuel pump and dispenser manufacturer

By: vanessa vasques     24th January 2003 The largest local black-owned manufacturer and repairer of fuel pumps and dispensers has been created with the acquisition by Kagiso Ventures of a 36,1% shareholding in Prowalco. 

Sasol director to head industry body

24th January 2003 A Sasol oil director has been elected chairperson of the South African Petroleum Industry Association (SAPIA), a body that until recently refused membership to the South African-based petrochemical group. 

Africa still provides opportunities for steel fabricators

By: candice haase     17th January 2003 The demand for steel fabricators that has been stimulated abroad remains the seat of activity for South African steel fabricators. 

Stainless-steel price hike to influence components sector – Naacam

By: candice haase     6th December 2002 The price of South African stainless steel is set to increase. 

Sasol plans NY listing in April 2003

3rd December 2002 South African synthetic fuels producer Sasol said yesterday its long-awaited secondary listing on the New York Stock Exchange was scheduled for April. 

Multibillion Project Turbo awaits final approval

By: Joanne Delaurentis     29th November 2002 A new project on the horizon for South African petrochemicals group, Sasol, could be the single largest private investment in South Africa. 

Resources group to make SA oil-drill decision soon

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     29th November 2002 Diversified resources giant BHP Billiton expects its yearly petroleum production to be in excess of 160-million barrels oil equivalent MMboe) from 2007, up from 134 MMboe for the 2002 financial year. 

Free State bearing maker expects exports growth

By: marisa rodrigues     15th November 2002 Local plain bearing manufacturer and supplier Vesco Plastics, continues its active role in the export market, an area it has been involved in since it first started exporting to Finland in 1975. 

SA chemical group takes control of China plant

7th November 2002 South African synthetic fuel producer Sasol said yesterday it had acquired the remaining 30% stake at its Condea Nanjing Chemical plant, boosting its presence in the strategic Chinese market. 

R2bn venture to boost polyethylene capacity

6th November 2002 South African petrochemicals group, Sasol, yesterday announced the signing of an agreement with ExxonMobil Chemical Company to license the US firm’s high-pressure process technology for Sasol’s new low-density polyethylene (LDPE) plant in Sasolburg, South Africa. 

SA petchem group launches catalyst research in Scotland

5th November 2002 South African petrochemicals group Sasol and the University of St Andrews in Scotland officially opened a multi-million pound research partnership in Scotland last week. 

Brazilian mineral oils offered to SA

By: Keith Campbell     1st November 2002 BRAZILIAN petrochemical group Ipiranga is seeking to be a supplier of white mineral oils to the South African market. 

SA petrochem firm plans to turn Chinese coal into petrol

23rd October 2002 South African fuel company Sasol is in talks with the Chinese government over a multi-billion-dollar plan to turn Central Asia's vast coal reserves into petrol and other liquid fuels, according to press reports. 

Plastics industry fast-tracking implementing new skills legislation

By: Taryn Leicher     18th October 2002 With skills development playing an integral role in the growth of the economy, the plastics industry is fast-tracking the implementation of new skills legislation aimed at uplifting both big business and small, medium and micro enterprises (SMMEs). 

BEE firm wins work on diesel-plant project

By: Deborah Spicer     18th October 2002 Empowerment company APS Fabinox has received a R4,3-million structural-steel contract and, together with joint-venture empowerment partner Barron Engineering, a R26-million pipings-and-mechanicals contract for Petro SA’s low-aromatics distillate plant in Mossel Bay, reports APS Fabinox MD... 

Plastic fastener use suffers from public ignorance

By: nkolola halwindi     11th October 2002 In what was a humble beginning, Easyhold Fasteners Systems started with the production of the Easyhold Plug. 

New 'green' diesel plans for Secunda

By: Martin Creamer     30th September 2002 South Africa's petrochemicals giant Sasol is considering establishing a gas-to-liquids (GTL) plant in South Africa, similar to those being built in Nigeria and Qatar, Engineering News can today report. 

Chemplast Marc Etter

27th September 2002 A specialist fluorocarbon processor, chemical equipment supplier and projects group 

State, industry, labour in plastic bag agreement

27th September 2002 The Department of Environmental Affairs and Tourism, Business and Labour have signed a ground-breaking agreement on the management of plastic bags, taking forward South Africa's fight against waste while ensuring that measures taken to address the problem have a positive economic impact by... 

New 'green' diesel plans for Secunda

By: Martin Creamer     27th September 2002 South Africa’s petrochemicals giant Sasol is considering establishing a gas-to-liquids plant in South Africa, similar to those being built in Nigeria and Qatar, Engineering News can today report. 

Many rope products for various markets

By: candice haase     20th September 2002 A product designed by Johannesburg-based wire rope, sling and chain supplier and manufacturer Rope Constructions, has been widely used in the mining sector for the last three years. 

Company opens new Sasolburg branch

By: vanessa vasques     13th September 2002 April saw one of the largest participants in the fluid sealing industry, Klinger, set up a branch in the Vaal Triangle in order to service clients in its largest market. 

Oil refineries at R10b juncture

By: Irma Venter     13th September 2002 The South African oil refinery industry is at a cross-road – refineries will have to spend about R10-billion before January 2006 to convert to technology that will enable them to change their entire production of leaded petrol to unleaded petrol and produce low-sulphur diesel; or face... 

R50-million project to reduce emissions

By: Irma Venter     13th September 2002 The Durban-based Engen refinery plans to spend about R50-million next year to install the most modern technology to reduce particulate emissions from its fluidised catalytic cracker (FCC) unit. 

R300 000 funding for a World Summit waste plan

By: candice haase     30th August 2002 In efforts to minimise the amount of waste produced at the World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD), the Development Bank of South Africa has invested R300 000 in the Zero Waste programme devised by environmental group EarthLife Africa (ELA). 

Association formed to advance responsible container management

By: candice haase     30th August 2002 The irresponsible disposal of drums and containers that contain hazardous and potentially dangerous contents is an issue which the newly-established Responsible Container Management Association of Southern Africa (RCMASA) wishes to confront. 

Research body forms a waste-management centre

30th August 2002 The CSIR has established a Centre for Integrated Waste Management (CIWM) to provide what it sees as appropriate, innovative and integrated solutions to waste management. 

25% empowerment target just the start

30th August 2002 At the vanguard of far reaching empowerment changes in the South African oil industry has been the African Minerals and Energy Forum (AMEF). 

Stakeholders to meet on plastic-bags ban

27th August 2002 The Minister of Environment Affairs and Tourism, Mohammed Valli Moosa convened a meeting of stakeholders to discuss the plastic bag regulations, which were promulgated on May 9 this year and which come into effect in May 2003. 

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