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Increase in demand to create opportunities

9th June 2017 The utility and industrial boilers market is predicted to experience an increase in demand, across a scope of applications, owing to rising industrialisation, says research and consulting services company Transparency Market Research (TMR). According to a 2017 research report conducted by TMR,... 

Company wins $157m boiler contract

9th June 2017 India-based energy and environmental engineering solutions company Thermax has won export contracts from an undisclosed leading African conglomerate to supply four utility boilers, eight heat recovery steam generators and two flue gas steam generators for its upcoming refinery and petrochemicals... 

South African industries show interest in new flexible borescope

By: Schalk Burger     2nd June 2017 South African technical industries are showing interest in the new Gradient Lens Corporation’s Hawkeye V2 flexible borescope to conduct nondestructive testing and inspections of machines, products and components, says local reseller GP Agencies sales manager Lesley Scott. The flexible borescopes... 

Euro Steel

By: Zandile Mavuso     2nd June 2017 As part of Afmetco Group of Companies, steel distributor and exporter Euro Steel has evolved into one of South Africa’s largest stainless steel, special steels, aluminium and other corrosion-resistant materials distributor and exporter.  

Daesan refining and petrochemicals integrated platform expansion project, South Korea

By: Sheila Barradas     2nd June 2017 The project aims to increase Daesan's ethylene capacity by 30%. 

Ethane steam cracker and polyethylene facility project, US

By: Sheila Barradas     26th May 2017 The project involves the construction of a new light feed cracker and a new polyethylene facility on the US Gulf coast. 

Thos Begbie’s global quality status boosted by on-the-spot Dekra 

By: Martin Creamer     23rd May 2017 The same-site working relationship that Thos Begbie has established with global quality inspectorate Dekra Industrial RSA is giving the prolific exporter of copper castings a commercial edge in its global dealings with mining and smelter-related customers worldwide. Thos Begbie now hosts the... 

Training facility in final stages

By: Marleny Arnoldi     19th May 2017 Valve company Invincible Valves is in the final stages of completing its new training facility on-site at the company’s factory in Knights, in Germiston.  

Sasol, Linde conclude engineering services agreement

By: Creamer Media Reporter      16th May 2017 Petrochemicals group Sasol South Africa has signed a professional services term agreement with Linde Group’s engineering division for an initial term of two years, with an option to extend.     The agreement supports a close working relationship to create and ensure long-term engineering,... 

Acquisitions boost enX group’s H1 revenue

By: Anine Kilian     15th May 2017 Acquisitions concluded by JSE-listed enX Group have contributed to higher revenue and net profit for the six months to February 28. Revenue increased to R2.4-billion, from R517.7-million in the first half of the prior financial year. 

Omnia takes majority stake in Umongo for R780m

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     11th May 2017 Chemicals company Omnia Holdings is acquiring a 90% stake in Umongo Petroleum to strengthen its chemicals cluster. The R780-million transaction was a logical step in Omnia’s development, group FD Wayne Koonin pointed out on Thursday, adding that Umongo would complement the company’s existing... 

Flexible engineering borescopes seeing rising demand 

4th May 2017 US borescope manufacturer Gradient Lens Corporation’s new Hawkeye V2 flexible video borescopes are in demand in South Africa’s technical industries where they support efficient, documented non-destructive testing and inspection.  

New concept crane being developed

By: Simone Liedtke     21st April 2017 Global engineered heavy lifting and transportation specialist Mammoet and engineering specialist Stoof Engineering and Innovation (E&I) are joining forces to develop a containerised heavy lifter named Focus.  

Fabrication facility to expand to accommodate heavy lifting fleet

By: Simone Liedtke     21st April 2017 Manufacturing company Sky Hill Heavy Engineering - a part of project services corporation Hydra-Arc in Secunda, Mpumalanga - has already commenced with the 100 m expansion of three of its four fabrication bays, to accommodate its heavy lifting fleet, says Hydra-Arc. 

Petroleum Industries Company integration project, Kuwait

By: Sheila Barradas     21st April 2017 The project entails the integration of the Petroleum Industries Company’s Olefins III and Aromatics II projects. 

Indian LNG demand to take a dip in the short term

By: Ajoy K Das     19th April 2017 Indian demand for imported liquefied natural gas (LNG) is expected to dip sharply after the government pulled the plug on a scheme supplying subsidised natural gas to power generating plants. Halting the supply of subsidised LNG is expected to shave off at least two-million tons from 22-million... 

KSB Pumps & Valves

14th April 2017 East Rand-headquartered KSB Pumps & Valves is an original-equipment manufacturer of technologically advanced pumps, valves and related products for the water, sewage, chemicals, petrochemicals, mining and building services sectors, among others. Since its establishment in 1959, the company has... 

Cheers to largest centrifugal pump in South Africa

24th March 2017 The largest centrifugal pump available on the South African market for the food and beverage industry has been introduced by Verder Pumps South Africa. Part its new Packo range of food-grade pumps, the new centrifugal pump is capable of pumping beer into eight million 250 ml bottles an hour. It... 

Opportunities from the Indian Ocean Rim

By: Riaan de Lange     24th March 2017 Indian Ocean Rim Association Well, this certainly is a blast from the past. It was a long time ago. I had just joined the then South African Chamber of Business (Sacob) – on March 1, 1995 – and, within a few days, I was jetting off to Mauritius. I thought that I had hit the big time, and yes, the... 

Demand for ecofriendly paint expected to rise as building outlook improves

By: Schalk Burger     17th March 2017 Improving confidence and more projects in the construction sector are providing a boost in demand for a locally manufactured, industrial waste-derived, environment-friendly paint, says Amoriguard technical director and paint chemist Ryan Purchase. 

Recent aquisition enhances firm’s product quality

By: Victor Moolman     17th March 2017 Following filtration technology company Freudenberg Filtration Technologies’ acquisition of technology producer Alphasorb in the second quarter of 2016, the quality of Freudenberg’s gas-control products has increased greatly, says Freudenberg market segment manager for sub-Saharan Africa Pooven... 

Software provider renews refinery service agreement

By: Nadine James     10th March 2017 Process and operations control management specialist BluESP has renewed its yearly service agreement with a local refinery following the client’s decision to maintain its relationship with the company to ensure that the benefits achieved using BluESP’s advance process control (APC) technology... 

Rope access company continues maintenance for petrochemicals giant

By: Nadine James     10th March 2017 Rope access solutions provider Skyriders Access Specialists is continuing maintenance work at a petrochemicals company, in Mpumalanga, as part of a five-year service contract that extends  to 2019. Skyriders marketing manager Mike Zinn says the company is providing maintenance solutions for the... 

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... 

Glycol ether market worth $10-billion by 2024

10th March 2017 A market research report titled ‘Glycol Ether Market: Global Industry Analysis and Forecast, 2016–2024’ compiled by American market research company Persistence Market Research (PMR) concluded that the glycol ether market, currently worth about $6-billion, is expected to exceed a value of about... 

Supplier delivers products for chemical conveyance system

By: Nadine James     10th March 2017 Thermoplastic products supplier Astore Keymak – formerly Astore Africa – supplied and delivered several polymer plastic products to assist with the installation of a conveyance system at Omnia Group’s chemical subsidiary Protea Chemicals’ plant, in Wadeville. The project, a result of a... 

Lake Charles Chemicals Project, US

By: Sheila Barradas     3rd March 2017 The project is on track. 

Anglo American to appoint Nolitha Fakude to the board

By: Natasha Odendaal     27th February 2017 Anglo American has appointed Nolitha Fakude as nonexecutive director, effective April 24. The appointment, which is subject to shareholder approval, will follow the conclusion of Anglo American’s annual general meeting. 

NEF merges with IDC to advance development of black industrialists 

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     15th February 2017 The National Empowerment Fund (NEF) will become a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) in a move designed to better meet the considerable demand for funding by black entrepreneurs. The two entities were identified by government as central in implementing radical... 

Circumventing the challenges of impaired drug tests

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     10th February 2017 There is a need for testing methods that do not cross-react, especially when employees are HIV positive, says drug and alcohol testing equipment and accessories company Alco-Safe. “. . . people who are HIV positive are not obligated to disclose their HIV status, and rightly so. However, it does... 

Call made for intervention to sustain Gauteng’s key industrial heartland

By: Dylan Slater     10th February 2017 Travelling about 60 km south of Johannesburg through Vereeniging and Vanderbijlpark, a general state of decay is visible in the once thriving industrial heartland known as the Vaal Triangle.  

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... 

Sluggish local economic outlook leads big companies to seek growth abroad

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     8th February 2017 As South Africa continues to face stagnant economic growth, spurred by political and economic instability, the country’s multinational enterprises (MNEs) are expected to not only increase their foreign investment outflows, but also to set up corporate offices abroad, a new survey reveals. South... 

Safe transportation of materials a challenge for manufacturers

3rd February 2017 A critical issue facing manufacturers of powders and bulk solid materials globally is the need for a safe, reliable and efficient packaging and transport system, says manufacturer of pallet-free bulk bag systems Tellap director Ken Mouritzen. 

SOCAR gas processing and chemical project, Azerbaijan

By: Sheila Barradas     3rd February 2017 The project aims to export natural gas and gas condensate produced from the processing of raw materials, C2+ fractions polymerisation, polyethylene and polypropylene products to Turkey, Western Europe and China. 

Innovation, outward-looking approach will bolster industry growth

By: Nadine James     20th January 2017 The plastics converter industry needs to alter its mindset and look for innovative solutions while becoming more outward-looking to experience real economic growth, says industry body Plastics SA. Plastics SA chairperson Bernhard Mahl describes real growth as “thousands of tons of plastics,... 

Pipe strainers inexpensive option to protect equipment

20th January 2017 Pipeline strainers can be seen as an “inexpensive insurance policy” as they help to protect piping systems, say liquid filtration manufacturers Flow Clear Filtration. 

Non-sparking maintenance tools from RS Components increases safety in potentially explosive environments

13th December 2016 Extensive range of tools for maintenance engineers from EGA Master helps meet preventative safety needs in a variety of industrial sectors including oil and gas and many other applications. RS Components (RS), the trading brand of Electrocomponents plc, the global distributor for engineers, has... 

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