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Plastics and Synfibres

Amiantit Pipe Systems

23rd August 2002 Alrode 

Slope stabiliser proves successful

16th August 2002 To ensure the stability of slopes at Zimbali Lodge in Kwazulu Natal, Kaytech’s Soilsaver 292 was presribed by Moreland Development and VKE to its client, Sun International. 

SA-linked Gabon oilfield is to begin operating in Sept

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     16th August 2002 Oil production at Sasol Petroleum International’s (SPI’s) 30%-owned Etame block, off the coast of Gabon, is to begin next month, Engineering News has been told. 

Thermoplastic pipe solutions showcased

9th August 2002 Leading supplier in Southern Africa of thermoplastic pipe fittings, valves and pipeline accessories in all recognised materials, Astore Africa, will be exhibiting at the Composites Africa 2002 conference. 

New scrubbing vessels for chemical manufacturer

By: candice haase     9th August 2002 Two air-scrubbing vessels fabricated by Wynberg-based company SG Plastic Construction will be installed at a chemical manufacturer on the East-Rand by the end of this month. 

Modern cars go for plastic surgery

By: Karel Smrcka     9th August 2002 Nowadays, plastics play an irreplaceable role in numerous aspects of our lives. Available in all shapes and colours, polymers have become an extraordinary material for creative minds. 

Control stations standard for fuel tankers

9th August 2002 Bartec ComEx local control stations, industrial participation (IP) 66/67 rated for use in potentially explosive atmospheres, and Bartec junction boxes have been fitted to new fuel tankers to operate decanting pump and valve stations. 

Diesel underpins petroleum product sales recovery

7th August 2002 Major petroleum product sales in South Africa increased by 2,4% in the second quarter of 2002, as compared to the second quarter of 2001, the South African Petroleum Industry Association has revealed. 

Global auto giant sources stainless steel in S Africa

By: candice haase     2nd August 2002 In the pursuit of its plan to develop and support the local stainless-steel industry, the Southern Africa Stainless Steel Development Association (Sassda) has welcomed the announcement of General Motors' plan to source 15% of its stainless-steel component requirements for automotive exhaust... 

New range of wheel-bearing kits launched

2nd August 2002 Bearing Man has launched a new range of wheel-bearing kits for the automotive industry. 

Saudi pipe products bullish on prospects for Alrode facility

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     26th July 2002 Plastic pipe maker Amiantit Pipe Systems Africa’s (Apsa) R50-million pipe factory project at Alrode, on the East Rand, is now nearing completion, less than one year after the project started. 

Study on for a big Uganda fuel pipeline 

26th July 2002 A US Trade and Development Agency feasibility study to construct a $120-150-million petroleum products pipeline for Uganda and the markets of the western Lake Victoria region, is being finalised. 

Demand for sophisticated steel castings climbs

19th July 2002 The increasing demand for sophisticated stainless steel and other castings from the basic iron and steel industry has lead to Steloy Castings becoming a preferred supplier to the industry. 

Buy-out rejuvenates steel and engineering merchant

By: candice haase     19th July 2002 Pooling the skills and resources of steel and engineering merchants Stockwell and Stewarts and Lloyds, previously owned by Barloworld, is a task which has involved the revision of the company’s business strategy, explains Stewarts and Lloyds group market development manager Ronnie Turner. 

Sorghum: biodegradable packaging solution?

By: candice haase     12th July 2002 Research into the film-forming properties of sorghum protein being conducted by the CSIR and the University of Pretoria (UP) began in January this year and is due for completion in December 2005. 

Firm erects R4m plastic packaging factory

By: nkolola halwindi     12th July 2002 In a R4-million investment, plastic packaging firm Alfa Plastex is constructing a new factory in Edenvale to increase its capacity to 250 t of low density polyethylene (LDPE) a month from the current monthly-capacity of 190 t. 

R123-m buyout to increase turnover by 40%

By: nkolola halwindi     12th July 2002 In a R123-million acquisition, South Africa's largest listed plastics packaging group Astrapak has bought a 75% controlling stake in Master Plastics, in a move that will take Astrapak's turnover to above R1,3-billion at the end of this financial year. 

Packaging tape distributor accelerates acquisition drive

By: nkolola halwindi     12th July 2002 Leading distributor in packaging tapes Wilec is looking for local acquisitions to accelerate the growth of its share of the local market for packaging tapes and it is also investing in capital equipment. 

Packaging protection firm expands range

12th July 2002 Leading manufacturer and converter of cross-linked, closed-cell expanded polyethylene, EVA, foam plastics and closed-circuit rubbers Sondor Industries is the sole supplier of Ethafoam brand of polyethylene cushion and protective packaging. 

Subsea pipeline to be completed this month

By: Deborah Spicer     5th July 2002 A 1,8-km subsea pipeline from PetroSA’s Voorbaai tank farm at Mossel Bay, Western Cape, to the tanker mooring offshore is set to be completed by the end of July. 

Malaysian petroleum giant awards South African firm R15m contract

21st June 2002 Prism Holdings (Prism) has been contracted by Malaysia-based petroleum giant Petronas to install an additional 672 of its South African-developed secure self-service terminals (SSTs) on its petrol station forecourts across the country. 

African resins giant embarks on composites export drive

By: marisa rodrigues     14th June 2002 Returning to private ownership at the end of last year, the largest producer of unsaturated polyester resins in Africa, NCS Resins, is looking to focus its attention on growing the composites market in South Africa. 

Jhb firm awarded multimillion-rand projects

31st May 2002 Johannesburg-based specialist manufacturer of low-voltage (LV) switchgear systems RBF Technology launched the Natus Energon system into the South African market last year, and have thus far received orders for the hi-tech system worth around R20-million. 

How key technologies are managed

By: Martin Creamer     24th May 2002 Sasol has established a special technology-management department for seven key technologies. The seven – which are being advanced under the leadership of technology-management head Rudi Heydenrich – are: 

R50-billion for new projects

By: Marius Roodt     24th May 2002 South Africa’s home-grown world-leader in the commercial production of liquid fuels and chemicals from coal and crude oil has a record R51,5-billion worth of projects in various stages of implementation. 

First butanol in January

By: Marius Roodt     24th May 2002 The first butanol will be produced at Sasol Chemical Industries (SCI) in Sasolburg in January next year and downstream of the butanol plant, the acrylic acids and acrylates (AAA) project will soon take shape. 

Comonomer focus shifting from hexene to octene

By: Marius Roodt     24th May 2002 The past year has seen petrochemical prices weakening, yet Sasol’s Chemical Industries (SCI) division has come up trumps, growing its operating profits with 78% in the six-month period preceding December 31, 2001. 

Local breakthrough in concrete reinforcement

24th May 2002 The new South African-developed process of oxyfluorination of polypropylene fibres has ushered in a new era for plastic concrete reinforcement, states Oxyfibre GM Annette Lubbe. 

How story is being 'sold', not just 'told'

By: Zonika Botha     24th May 2002 South Africa’s indigenous petrochemical giant Sasol wants to increase its foreign shareholding from the current 25% to 40% in the next two years. 

Natural gas project in step with Nepad

By: Zonika Botha     24th May 2002 The cross-border agreements between Sasol and the governments of Mozambique and South Africa to bring natural gas from Mozambique to South Africa early in 2004 represents a substantial step towards achieving President Thabo Mbeki’s vision of a New Partnership for Africa’s Development... 

Leading the way in fuels research

By: Zonika Botha     24th May 2002 As a market leader in the field of research and development (R&D), Sasol has achieved remarkable milestones over the years. 

New building block in unleaded chain

By: Marius Roodt     24th May 2002 The completion in September of the R280-million C5 skeletal isomerisation (SI) plant at Secunda prepares Sasol for the anticipated future increase in unleaded petrol demand. 

World's largest air-separation plant

By: Marius Roodt     24th May 2002 South African petrochemical giant Sasol’s planned 15th air separation unit (ASU) will be the largest single oxygen producing unit in the world, and will confirm the company’s status as the world-leader in this arena. 

A second detergent alcohols plant is mooted as possible

By: Marius Roodt     24th May 2002 The new billion-rand detergent alcohol plant in Secunda will begin producing next month – and market talk is that the building of a second detergent alcohol plant alongside the first is not out of the question, even in the relatively short term. 

R500m for R&D in the next 12 months

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     24th May 2002 Synthetic chemicals and fuels giant Sasol is to spend some R500-million on research and development (R&D) at its corporate R&D facilities during the 12 months to June next year, Engineering News has been told. 

Plant to recover millions of litres of water

By: Marius Roodt     24th May 2002 A second tubular reverse osmosis (TRO) plant has been commissioned by Sasol Synfuels in Secunda. 

High-purity carbon project on the way

By: Marius Roodt     24th May 2002 Construction of a R163-million plant to produce high-purity carbon from calcined coke is due to start in Secunda, Mpumalanga, by June 2002. 

Gas-distribution network poised for conversion

By: Zonika Botha     24th May 2002 With its unique environmentally-friendly properties, natural gas is widely regarded as the gas of the new millennium. Not only does it burn cleaner than any other hydrocarbon liquid fuel or coal gas, but it also produces less carbon dioxide per unit of energy. 

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