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SA survives 'deindustrialisation', but now needs investment

14th June 2001 South Africa has managed to avoid a massive ‘deindustrialisation’ of its economy despite far-reaching structural reform over the last six years, but investment in manufacturing remains weak. 

Technology drives globalisation

By: System Author     20th October 2000 Oil refineries 

B2B e-commerce . . . Is the B for Boom or Bust?

By: System Author     6th October 2000 As South African companies cautiously begin embracing the e-commerce revolution, business-to-business (B2B) e-commerce revenues will exceed that of business-to-consumer (B2C) for the first time this year. 

Mpumalanga set to welcome investors

By: System Author     6th October 2000 Financial services 

Focus on voice component of e-commerce

By: System Author     22nd September 2000 Telecom, satellites, cellphones & radio trunking 

Petrochem company’s R27bn growth ‘six-pack’

By: System Author     8th September 2000 Petrochemicals giant Sasol plans to spend about R27-billion on capital projects over the next four years as it continues to pursue its ‘six-pack’ growth plan – the good news for South Africa is that some 60% of the expenditure is destined for this country. 

Petrochemicals, Malaysia

By: System Author     8th September 2000 Polifin has increased its investment in Malaysia to R1,2-billion with an investment in an ethylene cracker at the Kertih petrochemical centre in Malaysia. 

IT@WORK editorial section: Linking ‘clicks’ to ‘bricks’

By: System Author     28th July 2000 Weekly, from August 4, 2000, we will be introducing IT@WORK – new sections in both Engineering News and Mining Weekly – aimed at bridging the gap between the new economy and industry. 

Engineering complete for alcohol plant

By: System Author     14th July 2000 Construction of South African petrochemicals giant subsidiary Sasol Chemical Industries’s billion-rand world-scale detergent alcohol plant is due to start in October. 

Economic development, Southern Cape

By: System Author     14th July 2000 The South Cape District Council has established one anchor technology through South African company Meyer Zall Laboratories and is confident that a second anchor technology will be established before construction begins on the George Institute for Science and Technology later this year. 

China beckons

By: System Author     16th June 2000 Building the Nation 

Contract for new loading-equipment firm

By: System Author     26th May 2000 Loading-equipment supplier Kanon South Africa, of Gauteng, has won a R235 000 contract from a leading petrochemicals company. 

CHI Control

By: System Author     19th May 2000 Factory 

New process valve for petrochemicals company

By: System Author     19th May 2000 Valves 

Germans invest in SA corrosion sector

By: System Author     12th May 2000 German firm Steuler Industriewerke has bought a 35% share in Johannesburg corrosion-protection company Gordon Bennett. 

Project Sky High resurrected

By: System Author     12th May 2000 South African petrochemical company Sasol has re-embarked on feasibility studies for the further expansion of its synthetic fuels plant in Secunda, Mpumalanga, a year after the project had been put on ice. 

Supplier base cut from 100 to 7

By: System Author     28th April 2000 Sasol’s Netgain Project 

New valve surface technology

By: System Author     14th April 2000 New local surface-coating company, Flame Spray Technologies, of Germiston, Gauteng, is set to launch a surface technology for ball and gate valves in the local market this month. 

Making inroads into export market

By: System Author     4th February 2000 Plastics, petrochemicals and synfibres 

Africa trade relations

By: System Author     26th November 1999 Made in SA 

SA firm in Australian gas-to-liquids plan

By: System Author     24th September 1999 South African petrochemicals giant Sasol is not the only local firm eyeing gas-to-liquids opportunities around the world. 

Petrochemical billions are on the horizon

By: System Author     10th September 1999 South Africa’s petrochemicals colossus, Sasol, will spend between R20-billion and R30-billion over the next five years on capital projects and investments. 

South African petrochemicals giant enters oil exploration

By: System Author     20th August 1999 South African petrochemicals giant Sasol, most famous for its oil-from-coal technology, believes that it has substantial growth opportunities from oil exploration. 

Argentine trade opportunities beckon South African business

By: System Author     30th July 1999 ARGENTINA is urging South African business to boost exports to the South American country. Argentine diplomats made this clear at a trade and investment seminar jointly hosted by their embassy and the University of South Africa’s Centre for Latin American Studies. “In global terms,... 

Confidence in SA emerges from UK trade mission

By: System Author     9th July 1999 Positive, optimistic and confident was the general feeling about the potential of the South African economy among the representatives of a group of nine British companies visiting South Africa last week. The trade mission, organised by the North East Development Agency (NEDA) with the support of... 

SA chemical industry is largest in Africa

By: System Author     2nd July 1999 South Africa’s chemical industry is of substantial economic significance to the country, contributing around 5% to gross domestic product, and about 22% of its manufacturing sales. The industry is the largest of its kind in Africa, and is highly complex and widely diversified, with... 

Transport contract renewed

By: System Author     11th June 1999 Transport company Cargo Carriers’ contract for transporting hazardous hydrofluoric acid from the Atomic Energy Corporation’s (AEC), Pelindaba plant in the North West Province to customers countrywide has been renewed. This follows ten years and a total of more than 20-million... 

Progress on water project flows on

By: System Author     28th May 1999 Electrical installations on various pumpstations and treatment plants on the estimated overall US$350-million North–South Carrier water project in Botswana is being executed by Johannesburg-based turnkey electrical projects company RBF Engineering. Work comprises a network of four... 

Synfuel expansion project up in the air

By: System Author     28th May 1999 South African synthetic fuels and petrochemicals giant Sasol has announced that its proposed multibillion-rand Sky High expansion project has been put on hold for at least the next two to three years. As a result of the dramatic plunge in the price of crude oil, fuel and chemicals, in conjunction... 

World’s most-desirable new natural resource

By: System Author     28th May 1999 Natural gas is fast becoming the world’s most desirable source of future hydrocarbons, and will play a far more important role in the global energy mix. The rationale for this trend is axiomatic, as the globe has abundant reserves of natural gas, and the extent of known reserves is... 

New pressure-measurement transmitter

By: System Author     30th April 1999 Process field instrumentation specialist Endress+Hauser will be exhibiting an extensive range of process measurement instrumentation at the Process ’99 exhibition to be held in the MTN Sundome from May 18 to 20. Process ’99 will be a part of the Engineering Technologies ’99... 

New pure-oxygen treatment system for SA

By: System Author     9th April 1999 More stringent legislation and concern for the environment have increased the awareness in South Africa for improving industrial and municipal wastewater disposal. Companies are looking at new ways to improve existing operations, or apply advanced technologies to new processes. Air Products, a... 

Updated version of remote tank-monitoring system released

By: System Author     5th March 1999 A Johannesburg instrumentation company has launched an updated version of its remote tank-monitoring system, comprising changes in its software-based features. N&Z Instrumentation divisional manager Mark Heilbrunn states that its new Datascan remote telemetry unit (RTU) has added features that... 

Oxygen-based technology ups production

By: System Author     5th February 1999 A n alternative tech- nique to air-based t technology is to be introduced by Air Products to the petrochemicals industry. Over the years, the multinational has worked internationally with large refiners in North America, Europe, Latin America, the Far East and Japan, and is able to successfully... 

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