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22nd May 2018 A member of the AECI group of companies, Modderfontein-based water- and process-solutions company ImproChem is playing a critical role in engineering and delivering tailor-made, value-added solutions to water-dependant sectors of the economy stricken by water shortages. 

Saldanha fresh fish processing plant invests in desalination solution

By: Schalk Burger     6th April 2018 A water treatment plant built at JSE-listed sea food company Sea Harvest’s internationally accredited Saldanha Bay operations, in the Western Cape, treats effluent and sea water and provides all the water the operations require, says Sea Harvest operations director Terence Brown. “The most... 

Water treatment, desalination plant to meet Sea Harvest’s Saldanha water needs 

By: Schalk Burger     22nd March 2018 A water treatment plant built at JSE-listed sea food company Sea Harvest’s internationally accredited Saldanha Bay operations, in the Western Cape, treats effluent and sea water and provides all the water the operations require, said Sea Harvest operations director Terence Brown on Thursday at... 

AECI posts record HEPS for FY17

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     27th February 2018 Explosives and specialty chemicals group AECI on Tuesday reported its highest recorded headline earnings per share (HEPS) to date, at 959c, for the financial year ended December 31. HEPS were up 17% year-on-year, while earnings a share increased by 22% year-on-year to 900c. 

Plant to be completed in March

By: Simone Liedtke     19th January 2018 Integrated solutions provider ImproChem will be completing the construction and commissioning of a desalination plant for a large factory on the West Coast, in South Africa, with the plant expected to supply its first water in the second week of March 2018. 

AECI reports lower H1 earnings, higher revenue

By: Anine Kilian     26th July 2016 Specialty chemicals and explosives manufacturer AECI on Tuesday reported higher revenue, but lower earnings a share for the six months ended June 30. Headline earnings per share (HEPS) fell 48% year-on-year to 293c, while earnings a share (EPS) decreased 50% year-on-year to 292c. 

Isaac Mpela

8th July 2016 This week we feature Isaac Mpela, MD of Khanya Engineered Projects, which provides water and wastewater treatment solutions, primarily for the municipal sector  

Rural sewage treatment improved by new membrane

22nd April 2016 Water, energy, air and hygiene solutions specialist ImproChem believes that a critical contributor to a healthy population is a well managed sewage process. Owing to this, the company has designed membrane bioreactors (MBRs) for the treatment of sewage at plants in rural municipalities. 

Locally produced flocculants provide cost-effective solutions

By: Simon Sonnekus     25th March 2016 With increasing productivity and water availability being the biggest challenges for sugar and ethanol plants, chemicals group AECI’s wholly owned water, energy and air solutions subsidiary ImproChem has reaffirmed its focus to provide sustainable solutions for the sugar industry. 

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,... 

Bulk land sale boosts AECI’s earnings to 6% a share

By: Mia Breytenbach     23rd February 2016 Explosives and specialty chemicals company AECI’s headline earnings per share (HEPS) rose 6% to 894c for the year ended December 31, mostly owing to benefits gained from the company’s bulk property sale in Somerset West in June 2015, which contributed 230c to HEPS. Speaking at the company’s... 

Company expands offering to hydrocarbon processing and petrochemical sectors

24th October 2014 JSE-listed speciality chemicals group African Explosives and Chemical Industries’ (AECI’s) wholly owned water, energy and air solutions subsidiary ImproChem recently expanded its technology offering and market reach to provide water, energy and air quality management solutions to hydrocarbon... 

AECI property sale offsets platinum-sector strike impact

By: Natasha Odendaal     29th July 2014 Despite the five-month strike in the platinum sector impacting AECI’s half-year performance, the sale of its Modderfontein property and improved performance from the chemical cluster hiked headline earnings per share (HEPS) by 10%. The JSE-listed group’s R1.1-billion sale of property to Shanghai... 

Steadying SA mining sector bolsters AECI’s FY earnings

By: Natalie Greve     25th February 2014 Increased demand for chemical explosives by the South African mining sector drove speciality group AECI’s earnings for the year ended December 31 northwards, pointing to a stronger minerals industry than that of 2012. However, strikes in the platinum mining industry this year had already impacted... 

AECI’s ImproChem to acquire Clariant water business for R409m

By: Leandi Kolver     11th February 2014 JSE-listed speciality chemicals group AECI on Tuesday announced that its wholly-owned subsidiary ImproChem would acquire Clariant Southern Africa’s water treatment business in Africa as well as its Southern African assets for a total cash consideration of R409-million. A 50% shareholding in... 

AECI buys GE’s African water treatment business 

By: Natasha Odendaal     28th June 2012 Chemicals and explosives company AECI agreed to buy General Electric’s African water treatment subsidiary Chemical and Monitoring Solutions for $20-million, the JSE-listed firm announced on Thursday. Chemical and Monitoring Solutions would be merged with AECI’s specialty water treatment and... 

Company Announcement: AECI and GE create alliance to distribute water treatment products in Africa

31st October 2011 ImproChem Proprietary Limited, a wholly-owned subsidiary of AECI Limited and GE Betz, a leading global supplier to the treatment and process chemical industries and a General Electric company, have signed an agreement that will see ImproChem distribute GE’s water and chemical process... 

Fuel enhancer provides ‘green’ benefits

By: Dimakatso Motau     28th October 2011 Supplier of petroleum products Centron Energy has introduced an environment-friendly Centron fuel enhancer to the South African market. 

AECI upbeat about remainder of 2008 

By: Chanel de Bruyn     29th July 2008 Chemicals and explosives firm AECI on Tuesday said it expected its 2008 full-year results to be much improved compared with the 2007 financial year, if trading conditions remained buoyant. Growth in the mining and manufacturing sectors, continued consumer buying, although weak, and agricultural... 

Sustainable water solutions supplied

8th September 2006 The reuse of waste-water in the industrial market is a growing international trend. South Africa, in keeping with global water reclamation trends, is realising the potential that the recycling of waste water holds. 

R30-million JV recycling plant eases pressure on Cape grid

By: khalid patel     21st July 2006 Improchem and Chevron have successfully launched their R30-million joint venture water recycling plant on the 29 March 2006, alleviating pressures placed on the stressed Cape Town municipal drinking water grid. ? 

Chevron, Improchem launch R30m water-saving project

29th March 2006 Petrochemical company Chevron, previously Caltex, and Improchem today opened a R30-million joint venture project at the Chevron Refinery that seeks to save water for the province. 

AECI signs second deal with Tiso

By: Nicola Mawson     30th August 2005 The sale of a 25,1% interest in ImproChem to the Tiso Group has been concluded for a total consideration of R94-million. 

Chemicals and explosives group has designs on new markets

By: peter cromberge     5th August 2005 Having braved a strong rand, sluggish growth in the manufacturing sector, the high oil price and high input costs, specialty product and services company AECI has weathered the storm and announced trading profits across all its operations. 

SA chemicals group looks beyond Africa

By: Nicola Mawson     27th July 2005 Speciality chemicals company Chemical Services (Chemserv) says it is looking to expand its activities beyond the borders of sub-Saharan Africa and will be seeking opportunities in mining-related chemicals elsewhere in the world. 

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. 


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