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Industries must address legacy contamination – firm

By: Paige Müller     26th October 2018 Despite a significant improvement in the parameters outlined by current environmental policy – often diligently upheld by the local chemicals and petrochemicals industries – multidisciplinary engineering consultant SRK Consulting states that historic practices caused by lack of knowledge have... 

African Chemicals Imbizo registers impressive growth

By: Natasha Odendaal     19th October 2018 The fourth African Chemicals Imbizo, to be held in Durban from October 24 to 25, is expected to be the largest one in its four-year history. Starting as a modest concept of meetings between members of the Durban Chemicals Cluster (DCC) – a public-private partnership between eThekwini municipality... 

Industry 4.0 to add benefits across the entire value chain

By: Schalk Burger     14th June 2018 The nascent industrial revolution happening across the world, termed Industry 4.0, is helping to improve the entire value chain through the digitalisation of all processes and the integration and improvement of the interdependent processes, says industrial systems multinational Siemens Digital... 

Spending on innovation in industry inadequate

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     9th March 2018 The private sector is not investing enough money and resources in innovation in the chemicals and petrochemicals industry, says thermoplastic products supplier Astore Keymak business development director Malindi Nkambule. “One of the greatest challenges facing the industry is the lack of product... 

A resolute commitment to SHEQ keeps fuels and chemical deliveries in the safe lane

19th September 2017 Renewed and expanded contracts in the fuel and chemicals sector Despite an extremely challenging economic climate, many South African companies are taking a longer-term outlook to business by only partnering reputable providers of specialist supply chain and transport logistics services. 

Auditors trained to assess hazardous materials transport

By: Dylan Slater     25th August 2017 South African chemical industry representative organisation the Chemical and Allied Industries’ Association (CAIA) is embarking on the training of “much-needed” auditors to assess the safety of transporting hazardous materials.  

Carbon capture tech will recycle ferroalloys sector’s emissions

18th August 2017 South African green-technology company Swayana is collaborating with US-based carbon recycling company LanzaTech to introduce its proprietary carbon capture technology to South Africa. Swayana, a level 2 broad-based black economic-empowerment company established in 2016, uses carbon-footprint... 

Omnia FY17 results pinched by tough economy

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     27th June 2017 Chemicals producer Omnia on Tuesday reported a drop in headline earnings a share to 881c for the year ended March 31, from 944c in the prior financial year, owing to a tough economic environment. This resulted in an 8% drop in its profit before tax, to R856-million. 

Company focuses on total cost of ownership

By: Marleny Arnoldi     16th June 2017 With an increased focus on total cost of ownership rather than individual product expenditure, chemicals supplier CPS Chemicals Oil-Tech has started tailoring its optimisation services to cater for improved total cost of ownership solutions.  

Regulation changes for chemicals industry next year

By: Marleny Arnoldi     16th June 2017 Major Hazard Installation (MHI) regulations for hazardous chemical and petrochemical industries – which fall under the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA) – are under review to align them with international standards.  

Govt’s involvement in promoting energy efficiency needed

17th March 2017 Government should be more proactive and involved in encouraging energy efficiency, as it lies at the core of sustained economic growth, says the National Cleaner Production Centre of South Africa (NCPC-SA). This, along with the statement that industries and businesses must prepare more... 

Pumps range optimal for conveying acidic substances

By: Nadine James     10th March 2017 Pumps supplier Verder South Africa notes that its range of centrifugal mag drive pumps, VERDERMAG, operates “exceptionally well” when conveying abrasive and corrosive substances, making it ideal for the chemicals and petrochemicals industries. “One of the many applications Verder specialises in... 

Outstanding achievements earn company chemicals industry award

10th February 2017 Imperial Logistics group company Freightmax has been awarded the Responsible Care Haulier Award by the Chemicals and Allied Industries’ Association (CAIA). This annual award recognises companies in the South African chemicals industry for outstanding achievements in health and safety, resource... 

Automotive industry to achieve international standards with new gas

10th February 2017 Honouring its commitment to the Kigali Amendment to the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer, specialty chemicals and gas company A-Gas South Africa will be phasing out commonly used high global warming potential (GWP) refrigerants in its product range. 

New CSIR chief intends building on ‘excellent work’ of predecessors

By: Keith Campbell     10th February 2017 The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) has announced its new CEO. He is Dr Thulani Dlamini, a chemist. His previous job was VP: Strategic Research and Technology at petrochemical group Sasol. He has worked at the CSIR before, from 2005 to 2011, when he joined Sasol, initially... 

Agreement significant in phasing down ozone depleting substances

3rd February 2017 Specialty chemicals and gas company A-Gas South Africa (SA) has hailed the signing of the Kigali Amendment on October 15, 2016 as an “historic international agreement” for the phasedown of commonly used, high global warming potential (GWP) refrigerants. 

CSIR announces its new CEO

By: Keith Campbell     1st February 2017 The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) announced its new CEO on Wednesday. He is Dr Thulani Dlamini, a chemist. His previous job was VP: strategic research and technology at petrochemical group Sasol. He has worked at the CSIR before, from 2005 to 2011, when he joined Sasol,... 

Emerging economies to drive global speciality chemicals growth

By: Anine Kilian     21st September 2016 The consumption of speciality chemicals globally is expected to increase by 5% between 2015 and 2019, driven primarily by emerging markets, says Frost & Sullivan Chemicals Materials and Food Industry analyst Constance Nyambayo. Countries that have traditionally been at the forefront of the... 

Increasing demand for gasket installation

By: Robyn Wilkinson     5th August 2016 Having identified a need in the market for the correct installation of gaskets at industrial plants, supplier of sealing products and services Klinger Mzansi is offering a Joint Integrity Management Service in addition to its product line to help increase the safety and efficiency of plants. 

Heat exchanger market worth $21.8M by 2019

8th April 2016 India-based market research company Markets and Markets (M&M) predict that the heat exchanger market will be worth $21.08-million by 2019 owing to demand increase from Europe and Asia. The exchanger market report conducted by M&M is based on heat exchanger types such as shell and tube, plate and... 

Modernisation and expansion programme in final phase

By: Kimberley Smuts     1st April 2016 Construction product supplier and subsidiary of the Chryso Southern Africa Group, a.b.e. Construction Chemicals, is in the final phase of completing its modernisation and expansion programme that involves the installation of new high-technology equipment at its Boksburg and Isipingo factories.... 

Mather + Platt

By: Zandile Mavuso     18th March 2016 Established in 1952, pump manufacturer and distributor Mather + Platt is a manufacturer of several pump models used in various applications across industries.  

Maintenance strategies key to SA industry

By: Malusi Mkhize     4th March 2016 The stagnating economy, coupled with depressed oil prices, has led petrochemicals refineries to emphasise pump and equipment maintenance rather than investing in capital procurement, states pump supplier AESPUMP sales and marketing director Neil Britz. Owing to this, he notes that the company can... 

Institute backs whistle blowing in professional conduct regulations

4th March 2016 The global professional chemical engineering and biochemical membership body the Institution of Chemical Engineers’ (IChemE) rules of professional conduct and disciplinary regulations underwent a revision process that oblige chemical engineers to ‘whistle-blow’ in circumstances where they feel... 

Global chemicals production growth continues to slow

4th March 2016 Ahead of 2016 local chemicals industry body the Chemical and Allied Industries' Association (CAIA) projected a continued slump global chemical production growth rates ahead of 2016.  Among the factors global trends that will affect the chemicals industry worldwide are as the twenty-first... 

PVC body releases results of first recycling survey

15th January 2016 Local vinyls representative body the Southern African Vinyls Association (Sava) has released the results of its first-ever polyvinyl chloride (PVC) recycling survey, which details the state, scope and size of PVC recycling currently taking place in South Africa.  

Sadara chemicals complex nears completion  

By: Kimberley Smuts     13th November 2015 Sadara, a joint venture (JV) developed by the Saudi Arabian Oil Company (Saudi Aramco) and The Dow Chemical Company, is currently in advanced stages of construction of the largest chemical complex ever build worldwide in Jubail Industrial City, in Saudi Arabia. Dow polyurethane business regional... 

Auto manufacturer looking to develop diesel cars to run on converted CO2

23rd October 2015 Automotive manufacturer Ford Motor Company is spearheading a €3.5-million research project to investigate the use of alternative fuels that could offer customers the power and performance of modern internal combustion engines, with enhanced fuel efficiency and environmental benefits comparable to... 

Commercial bank speculates about the future of agriculture

By: Kimberley Smuts     7th August 2015 While the future of the agriculture sector is often debated at farmers’ conventions, during general council meetings, in the media and in the political arena, it is now becoming a pertinent topic among investors and agriculture companies says First National Bank (FNB) agriculture marketing and... 

Chemicals Imbizo:Promoting Investment and growth in the chemicals manufacturing sector

23rd July 2015 The first Chemicals Imbizo, hosted by the Durban Chemicals Cluster at Moses Mabhida Stadium, saw various key players in the chemicals value chain come together and create linkages within the industry. The definition of an Imbizo is a “gathering”, the primary objective of the Chemicals Imbizo is... 

Company to identify key growth drivers at Manufacturing Indaba

By: Bruce Montiea     19th June 2015 Drying catalysts and resins manufacturer and exporter Metallica Chemicals aims to use this year’s Manufacturing Indaba to identify and understand the key drivers of growth in the manufacturing industry from industry leaders at the event, says Metallica Chemicals  MD Neville Naicker. He tells... 

Stagnant chemicals industry close to shrinking

By: Dylan Slater     20th March 2015 International executive search firm Odgers Berndtson describes the current state of the South African chemicals and petrochemicals industry as stagnant, if not diminishing, says energy, consumer and technology specialist for sub-Saharan Africa Guy Lundy, a partner in the firm’s Cape Town office. 

Earth Matters

6th March 2015 Aldine Armstrong, of Earth Matters, has been offering conciliation and facilitation services for the past 19 years, specifically in the area of sustainable development and environmental matters. From this, she established Earth Matters, a mediation company designed to cater for disputes... 

Coega IDZ secures R1.84bn investment in 2014

By: Natalie Greve     17th November 2014 The Coega Development Corporation (CDC) secured R1.84-billion in ten new investments in the 2013/14 financial year, becoming the first industrial development zone (IDZ) on the continent to attract a double-digit portfolio of investors in a 12-month period. The corporation stated in its integrated... 

Global megatrends will drive increased merger and acquisition activity in the African chemicals sector, says Deloitte

8th May 2014 Water scarcity and demand for food are the key global megatrends driving merger and acquisition activity in the African chemicals industry, particularly in the vital water treatment and agrochemicals sectors. This is the view of Deloitte Sub-Saharan Africa Chemicals and M&A leaders considering... 

Clinically clean – motan-colortronic shows the ULTRABLEND dosing and mixing system during MEDTEC

24th April 2014 Motan-colortronic gmbh, Friedrichsdorf, Germany, a renowned producer of systems for sustainable raw materials handling in the areas of injection moulding, blow moulding, extrusion, compounding and in the chemicals industry, will show the latest version of the ULTRABLEND gravimetric batch dosing... 

New modular storage system limits lubricant contamination

By: David Oliveira     21st March 2014 Engineering solutions provider Bearing Man Group (BMG) launched engineering products manufacturer and supplier Omsa’s L–shaped 920 ℓ tank, at the end of 2013. Through BMG’s acquisition of OMSA in 2012, BMG’s Fluid Power division has secured several filtration products, making it more competitive. 

South African chemicals industry has growth potential

By: David Oliveira     21st March 2014 Despite South Africa having the largest and most sophisticated chemicals industry in Africa, estimated at $30-billion, it only contributes about 1% to the global market, says global growth consulting firm Frost & Sullivan chemicals, materials and food industry analyst Dilshaad Booley. The South... 

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