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Biogas needs favourable REIPPPP allocation for sustainable development

By: Nadine James     17th February 2017 The measureable and sustainable development of South Africa’s biogas industry requires projects, and therefore a favourable  Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP) allocation, to prove sufficient financial viability to financial institutions is essential.... 

Safety always a priority after 90 years in the welding business

     9th February 2017 Despite increasing legal pressure to ensure workplace safety, unsafe gas and electrical arc equipment continues to find its way into industry. This presents a legal risk to companies and a risk to the safety of their employees. As sub-Saharan Africa’s market leader in gases and welding products... 

Afrox secures Western Cape LPG stocks

     1st February 2017 Consumers can expect ongoing security of supply of Handigas thanks to Afrox’s plans to import LPG through the port of Cape Town. The first 2017 stocks of LPG docked and were off-loaded last week into waiting Afrox tankers from the carrier GasChem. “This shipment of LPG marks the ongoing... 

Afrox secures Western Cape LPG stocks

     31st January 2017 Consumers can expect ongoing security of supply of Handigas thanks to Afrox’s plans to import LPG through the port of Cape Town. The first 2017 stocks of LPG docked and were off-loaded last week into waiting Afrox tankers from the carrier GasChem. “This shipment of LPG marks the ongoing... 

Afrox to post higher FY earnings

By: Natasha Odendaal     30th January 2017 JSE-listed African Oxygen (Afrox) expects to report double-digit gains in earnings for the year ended December 31, after reporting improved margins from operational efficiencies and a reduction in fixed costs post its restructuring programme the year before. Earnings a share for the year under... 

Ground-breaking waste-to-energy plant opens in Cape Town

By: Kim Cloete     24th January 2017 The first large-scale waste-to-energy plant in Africa will be opened in Athlone in Cape Town, on Wednesday, with the aim of converting municipal solid waste into energy. The state-of-the-art R400-million biogas plant is expected to create 80 full-time jobs and few hundred indirect jobs. The plant... 

LINDOFLAMM from Afrox for optimal heating applications

     1st December 2016 Whether preheating, postheating, flame straightening, flame hardening, flame brazing, fusing or hot forming, LINDOFLAMM flame solutions from Afrox ensure optimum performance at the lowest processing costs for precision manufacturing processes. LINDOFLAMM is a range of innovative preheating, flame... 

Ozone depleting gas smugglers face clampdown

     3rd November 2016 Industries using imported ozone depleting HCFC refrigerants face escalating retrofit and recycling costs and should not be tempted to use illegal alternatives, warned leading industrial gases company Afrox. The South African government has launched a campaign to clamp down on the smuggling of... 

African Oxygen (Afrox) officially unveiled its flagship R60-million filling and engineering services hub at Riverhorse Valley to the north of Durban on Friday.

     28th October 2016 The 18 000 m² site is home to a one-stop-shop for Argoshield, carbon dioxide, nitrogen, helium, medical and food-grade gases, as well as portable cryogenic containers, Afrox MD Schalk Venter explained. African Oxygen (Afrox) has officially unveiled its flagship R60-million filling and engineering... 

Afrox opens R60m Riverhorse Valley hub

By: Shirley le Guern     24th October 2016 African Oxygen (Afrox) officially unveiled its flagship R60-million filling and engineering services hub at Riverhorse Valley to the north of Durban on Friday. The 18 000 m² site is home to a one-stop-shop for Argoshield, carbon dioxide, nitrogen, helium, medical and food-grade gases, as well as... 

Awards sponsor commits to promoting welding profession

     21st October 2016 Welding equipment supplier African Oxygen’s (Afrox’s) sponsorship of the Southern Africa Stainless Steel Development Association (Sassda) Columbus Stainless Steel Awards 2016 Student category is part of its commitment to promote the welding industry and to encourage the youth to consider this as... 

Schalk Venter

     21st October 2016 This week we feature Schalk Venter, CEO of African Oxygen, an industrial gases and welding technologies company 

Afrox secures LPG deals worth R1bn

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     9th September 2016 Local welding and gas solutions provider Afrox on Friday reported that it had signed additional deals within the liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) sector totalling R1.1-billion. The first contract will see the company provide LPG to major Lesotho distributor Gordon Enterprises over a ten-year period,... 

Afrox posts higher H1 earnings on back of restructuring, clinches various contracts

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     8th September 2016 Owing to the completion of its restructuring process during the last year, JSE-listed Afrox reported a 7.6% increase in earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation to R523-million for the six months to June 30. Headline earnings a share were up 10.4% to 76.5c apiece. 

Afrox restructure starts showing results in H1

By: Natasha Odendaal     2nd August 2016 JSE-listed African Oxygen (Afrox) on Tuesday posted an improvement in earnings for the six months ended June 30, as the restructuring efforts of 2015 start bearing fruit and delivering improved margins. The group, which will publish its interim results on September 8, expects to report a 106% to... 

Welding Skills Development Means Job- Creation, says Afrox

     2nd August 2016 Developing skills across industries will play a key role in developing South Africa’s economy, and training welding artisans locally will increase opportunities within the country’s workforce, says Afrox.  In support of this, sub-Saharan Africa’s leading industrial gases and welding equipment... 

Avedia Energy appoints key senior team

     5th July 2016 Cape Town-based LPG gas company, Avedia Energy is heralding a new era with the appointment of an executive team which will see the energy start-up commission its first LPG facility on the West Coast.   “Nine years ago we identified the need for a permanent LPG solution in South Africa and... 

Gas Up This Winter With Afrox Handigas

     28th June 2016 Afrox has ensured a plentiful supply of Handigas is available for the critical cold snaps with the signing of major import agreement with Petredec Limited, one of the largest global traders in Liquefied Petroleum Gas. Petredec is a global LPG trader which buys, sells, transports, stores and... 

MAP the road to safe, fresh food

     28th June 2016 Poultry is a staple protein source for millions of South Africans, however, it can potentially be host to a range of pathogens that cause severe food poisoning if it is not adequately stored and transported. As a result, the poultry and retail industries continue to place a greater emphasis on... 

Free State helium and natural gas field project, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     24th June 2016 The Free State helium and natural gasfield hosts concentrations of up to 3% to 4% by volume. The project aims to use high-tech extraction technology toseparate helium from natural gas. 

Trevor Miller

     24th June 2016 This week we feature Trevor Miller, executive officer of passive fire protection company Pyro-Cote  

Free State poised to be helium pioneer as gas developments unfold

By: Mia Breytenbach     10th June 2016 The discovery and proposed exploitation of a natural gas dome containing methane and some of the highest concentrations of helium in the world – South Africa’s first onshore gas find – in the Free State has created much excitement and visions of a local gas hub. “The Free State now has the... 

Free State poised to be helium pioneer as gas developments unfold 

By: Mia Breytenbach     10th June 2016 The discovery and proposed exploitation of a natural gas dome containing methane and some of the highest concentrations of helium in the world – South Africa’s first onshore gas find – in the Free State has created much excitement and visions of a local gas hub. “The Free State now has the... 

Afrox signs deal to increase LPG imports

By: African News Agency      12th May 2016 South Africa’s African Oxygen Limited (Afrox) on Thursday said that it had signed “an import agreement” with Petredec Limited and Bidvest Tank Terminals to ensure security of supply of liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) for its customers in South Africa. Petredec Limited is one of the largest global... 

Save millions with revolutionary rollover prevention

     11th May 2016 If one of your trucks is involved in a rollover, the cost can soar into the millions. This kind of loss can be extremely damaging to your business and every business owner should do everything possible to reduce occurrences of rollovers. An international study analysed truck rollovers and found... 

On-The-Air (06/05/2016) 

By: Martin Creamer     6th May 2016 Great new strides were taken this week to put platinum fuel cells on the global map. The discovery of helium gas in the Free State has opened the way for major new investment. South Africa’s stressed iron-ore mines will benefit from this week’s Australian commitment to take its foot... 

Deal opens way for commercialisation of Free State gas deposit, helium plant investment

By: Terence Creamer     4th May 2016 A contract signed on Wednesday between alternative energy company Renergen, JSE-listed Afrox and The Linde Group, of Germany, is expected to open the way for a €13-million investment into the commercialisation of a Free State natural gas resource and the creation of a large-scale helium... 

Afrox clinches top science and technology award

     15th March 2016 Afrox has clinched the Department of Science and Technology Minister’s Award for Large Enterprises in the category of Sustainable Performance at the 2015 Technology Top 100 (TT100) Business Awards.  Afrox was awarded this accolade for its overall contribution within its markets and to South... 

Local chemicals group reshuffles board with new appointment

     4th March 2016 Specialty chemical group AECI announced the appointment of Dr Khotso Mokhele last month as a nonexecutive director of the company. Mokhele joins the company’s board which comprises of eight non-executive members namely Schalk Engelbrecht, Richard Dunne, Zellah Fuphe, Godfrey Gomwe, Liziwe Mda,... 

Afrox secures more multimillion-rand, multiyear supply contracts

By: Creamer Media Reporter      1st March 2016 JSE-listed gas provider African Oxygen (Afrox) on Tuesday announced the addition of several multimillion-rand, multiyear contracts. In an update to shareholders, the group said it had been awarded a R60-million, three-year contract extension to supply bulk liquid nitrogen, compressed and special... 

Afrox enters ‘get strong’, ‘get business’ stages of turnaround plan as FY performance looks up 

By: Natasha Odendaal     29th February 2016 The latest year-end results unpacked by gas provider African Oxygen (Afrox) on Monday showed a significant uptick in financial performance as the company entered the next stage of its expansive turnaround. The JSE-listed group posted a 284.5% surge in headline earnings per share (HEPS) from 36.2c... 

Cut price and costs with Afrox plasma technologies

     10th February 2016 Easy to use and set up, and low running costs are the hallmarks of Afrox’s extensive range of automated plasma cutting equipment. “We strive to implement turnkey profiling solutions that match the longer-term cutting needs of fabricators," says Afrox Applications Development Manager, Heating &... 

Afrox secures more supply contracts

By: Creamer Media Reporter      2nd February 2016 JSE-listed gas provider African Oxygen (Afrox) has been awarded a R100-million contract to supply liquid carbon dioxide to Kingsley Beverages’ new carbonated soft drinks plant in Roodepoort. This followed on from an initial R150-million supply contract, signed in 2013, for the beverage producer’s... 

Afrox expects triple-digit FY earnings hike

By: Natasha Odendaal     29th January 2016 Gas provider African Oxygen (Afrox) on Friday reported an expected surge in earnings after reining in fixed costs and restructuring the business in 2015. Earnings a share for the year to December 31, were expected to increase some 388% to 407% to between 131c and 136c, compared with 26.8c a share... 

Afrox partners with biogas producer to bolster CO2 supply to W Cape

By: Schalk Burger     23rd October 2015 South African industrial gas major Afrox is partnering with a start-up biogas company to produce high-grade carbon dioxide (CO2) and methane for distribution to industries in the Western Cape, which have experienced long-standing shortages of CO2. “Initially, we expect to off-take between 18 t... 

Gas group providing key inputs for large-scale SA renewables projects

By: Schalk Burger     16th October 2015 South African industrial gas major Afrox has invested in technologies and equipment to support large-scale renewable-energy project developments in South Africa, such as solar and wind energy developments, says Afrox sales and marketing GM Nazmi Adams. Concentrated solar energy plants that use... 

Afrox secures R80m Sappi contract

By: Natasha Odendaal     11th September 2015 JSE-listed gas provider African Oxygen (Afrox) has secured an R80-million contract to supply bulk oxygen and nitrogen to pulp and paper manufacturer Sappi’s Ngodwana mill, in Mpumalanga. The long-term contract, which would start in April 2016 for an undisclosed period of time, formed part of the... 

Afrox lands R200m LPG contract extension

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     9th September 2015 Gas and welding services provider Afrox has signed a seven-year contract extension with an undisclosed major supplier to the South African retail industry in the Western Cape, for the exclusive supply of liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) until 2022. The contract was worth in excess of R200-million.  

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