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Gas filtration prevents corrosion in plant components

By: Kimberley Smuts     15th July 2016 Air, gas and liquid filtration company Freudenberg Filtration Technologies explains that petrochemical facilities are extremely corrosive environments.  Therefore, an oil refinery commissioned Freudenberg’s Viledon ChemControl recirculation system and the Viledon ChemControl deep-bed... 

New heavy-duty diesel oil said to improve engine protection

By: David Oliveira     15th July 2016 Petrochemicals group Shell launched a new range of products in its Rimula heavy-duty diesel engine oil (HDDEO) range at the Maslow Hotel, in Sandton, last month. The new Shell Rimula R6 LM 10W-40 fully synthetic HDDEO features the company’s unique Dynamic Protection Plus Technology. It combines... 

Institute moves to raise awareness of importance of nondestructive testing

By: Mia Breytenbach     15th July 2016 With nondestructive testing (NDT) considered as an unknown, or “Cinderella science”, a key driver of the South African Institute for Nondestructive Testing (Saint) is to drive awareness of this process of testing, inspecting and evaluation of materials or components, says Saint president Keith... 

Ethylene cracker project, Al-Jubail, Saudi Arabia

By: Sheila Barradas     15th July 2016 The project entails the construction of an additional cracking furnace to boost ethylene production at Saudi Kayan’s petrochemicals facility, in Jubail. 

Cabinet approves designation of Musina-Makhado SEZ

By: Anine Kilian     11th July 2016 Cabinet has approved the decision by Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies to designate the Musina-Makhado Special Economic Zone (SEZ) in the Vhembe region of Limpopo. The designated zone would promote industrial development in the region with a specific focus on mineral beneficiation,... 

New header designs to be showcased at Power-Gen Africa

By: Robyn Wilkinson     8th July 2016 Engineering, manufacturing, construction and maintenance services provider Steinmüller Africa will showcase two header models at this year’s Power-Gen Africa event, which will be held at the Sandton Convention Centre from July 19 to 21. 

Locally developed low-water brickmaking machine uses industrial waste 

By: Schalk Burger     8th July 2016 Local mechanical and chemical engineer Professor Mulalo Doyoyo has developed a low-water brickmaking machine, acid-resistant bricks and chemical-resistant paints that consume industrial waste. The brickmaking machine is adaptable to local conditions and uses vibration compaction to compress the... 

Sasol reports sharing information with universities benefits both sides

By: Keith Campbell     8th July 2016 South African petrochemicals giant Sasol warns that maintaining strict secrecy regarding intellectual property (IP) hampers cooperation between businesses and universities and thus constrains the development of new innovations, to the disadvantage of business. This was pointed out by Sasol... 

Cilacap refinery upgrade project, Indonesia

By: Sheila Barradas     8th July 2016 The project involves expanding the Cilacap refinery to 370 000 bbl/d. 

South Africa takes steps to nurture nascent biomanufacturing industry

By: David Oliveira     1st July 2016 The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research’s (CSIR’s) Biomanufacturing Industry Development Centre (BIDC), a biomanufacturing innovation hub aimed at supporting small, medium-sized and micro- enterprises (SMMEs) in entering the local bio- industry, will have provided about R50-million... 

Plant-based packaging gains popularity

By: Sascha Solomons     1st July 2016 Food processing and packaging solutions provider Tetra Pak produced the world’s first package made entirely from plant materials, the Tetra Rex Bio-based, using a combination of Forest Stewardship Council-certified paperboard and certified bio-plastics materials. The company is expected to... 

South Africa takes steps to nurture nascent biomanufacturing industry

By: David Oliveira     1st July 2016 The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research’s (CSIR’s) Biomanufacturing Industry Development Centre (BIDC), a biomanufacturing innovation hub aimed at supporting small, medium-sized and microenterprises (SMMEs) to enter the local bio-industry, will have provided about R50-million worth of... 

Sasol experience shows sharing information with universities benefits both sides

By: Keith Campbell     28th June 2016 South African petrochemicals giant Sasol warns that maintaining strict secrecy regarding intellectual property (IP) hampers cooperation between businesses and universities and thus constrains the development of new innovations, to the disadvantage of business. This was pointed out by Sasol... 

Piping fabricators assist in Sasol projects

By: Nadine James     17th June 2016 Pressure vessels and piping fabrication specialists and construction fabrication consortium Hydra Arc Group, is one of the subcontractors assisting with the construction of an air separation unit for energy and chemicals company Sasol. The project’s main contractor, multinational gas and services... 

GCC Engineering

17th June 2016 Established in 1994 as GC Construction, GCC Engineering assumed its current name early this year, a year after the company had built a new workshop and new offices in eMalahleni, Mpumalanga. It is a leading fabrication, refurbishment and maintenance service provider in the province and is... 

On-The-Air (10/06/2016) 

By: Martin Creamer     10th June 2016 New joint action is underway to arrest the devastating decline of the South African mining industry; Great news for platinum is that fuel cell development is bursting out all over the country; and Petrochemicals giant Sasol is investing R20-billion in neighbouring Mozambique to find more natural... 

BASF alcohol and plasticisers facility revamp, US

By: Sheila Barradas     10th June 2016 The project involves the revamp of an alcohol and plasticisers facility in Pasadena to produce Palatinol diethylhexyl terephthalate. 

Aligning welding training with international standards

By: Robyn Wilkinson     10th June 2016 Welding industry association Southern African Institute of Welding (SAIW) is working with government organisations, such as the South African Qualifications Authority and the Quality Council for Trades and Occupations, to further develop its courses so that they are aligned with local... 

Lake Charles Chemicals Project, US

By: Sheila Barradas     10th June 2016 Sasol has reported that the capital cost the Lake Charles Chemicals Project has been revised upwards and that the project schedule has also been extended. 

On-The-Air (03/06/2016) 

By: Martin Creamer     3rd June 2016 Wonderful news is that the acid mine water curse can now be turned into Garden of Eden profit; Deputy Minerals Minister Godfrey Oliphant this week called for a massive turnaround of South Africa’s dying mining industry.  

Monitoring system to provide real-time calculations

3rd June 2016 Boiler and combustion equipment provider Nationwide Boiler president Larry Day, announced the release earlier this year of its latest product to market: the DataStak.  

Residue upgrading complex project, South Korea

By: Sheila Barradas     3rd June 2016 The project aims to reduce fuel oil production while producing propylene through the conversion of atmospheric residue. 

Mozambique steel plant acquired by South African manufacturer

By: Dylan Slater     20th May 2016 Following extensive negotiations with Capital Africa Steel (CAS), LionSteel South Africa (SA) has acquired the Mozambique-based steel pipe manufacturing mill Capital Star Steel SA (CSS), which is located in Matola.  

New risk-based inspection launched

13th May 2016 Integrity, compliance and specialist risk consulting services group Lloyd’s Register announced in March the launch of a new Risk-based Inspection (RBI) service which combines hull integrity management with vessel classification (Class) to help minimise costs for operators of floating offshore... 

Detectors supplied to oil project

13th May 2016 Over $3-million worth of General Monitors (GM) fixed flame and gas detection products have been supplied to the Egina offshore oilfield by safety products manufacturer MSA Africa, which forms part of the Total Upstream Nigeria project. MSA Africa supplied the products to a major engineering,... 

Industries benefit from high-pressure steam valves supply

By: Simon Sonnekus     13th May 2016 Mpumalanga-based valve suppliers Bilfinger Intervalve Africa, a subsidiary of Bilfinger Power Africa based in Rivonia, is supplying high-pressure (HP) steam valves to the power, and petrochemicals industry and becoming more active in supplying the mining industry. 

Cities, industrial infrastructure need protection as connectivity rises

By: Schalk Burger     6th May 2016 The threat landscape is changing, along with technologies, impacting on new fields, such as industrial infrastructure, which is becoming increasingly connected. Smart cities are also developing fast through connected devices, Web services and cloud solutions, but these are also making cities... 

SA defence company partners Saudi Arabian counterpart in new factory

By: Keith Campbell     22nd April 2016 South African defence company Rheinmetall Denel Munition (RDM) has helped set up a munitions manufacturing plant in Saudi Arabia in a venture with that country’s Military Industries Corporation (MIC), the Saudi Press Agency has reported. According to MIC head Mohammad Almadhi the establishment of... 

R&D ensures growth for heavy lifting company

By: Malusi Mkhize     15th April 2016 Owing to ongoing research and development (R&D), rigging and lifting equipment provider Kelmeg Lifting Services has expanded its product offering, which resulted in significant growth over the past five years, says Kelmeg factory manager Rodney Young. Kelmeg is a division of equipment supplier... 

Company benefits from strategic positioning and branch network

By: Malusi Mkhize     15th April 2016 Crane solutions provider Johnson Crane Hire believes that its fleet of 250 cranes, a network of 13 branches throughout major cities in South Africa and a business branch in Gaborone, Botswana, have led to its success in various heavy lift applications over the years.  “Our branches are... 

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... 

Forging opportunity amid economic decline

By: Sascha Solomons     8th April 2016 Although the state of the forging industry has resulted in businesses having to reduce production, diversified manufacturing company Frankwen Forge says this has presented it with an opportunity. “The economic downturn has meant that there is a lack of major capital projects  coupled with an... 

High-pressure heat exchangers becoming key in Africa

By: Kimberley Smuts     8th April 2016 Local manufacturer and maintenance service provider of utility-scale pulverised coal steam generators, Steinmüller Africa, is now offering turnkey solutions for both shell and tube heat exchangers; both the header-type and the tubesheet-type are offered. These heat exchangers are not only... 

Dual-purpose equipment aimed at reducing costs

By: Kimberley Smuts     1st April 2016 Welding and construction-related equipment supplier Renttech South Africa (SA) aims to provide cost-effective solutions for contractors by supplying high-quality, dual-purpose units. Renttech SA product manager Martiens Opperman explains that Renttech SA’s dual-purpose welder and generators are... 

ABB completes $2.1m asset management project for Anglo American

By: Anine Kilian     29th March 2016 Automation technology group ABB South Africa has completed a $2.1-million order for diversified mining major Anglo American, delivering its latest enterprise and asset management (EAM) system, Ellipse EAM Version 6.3.3, to 11 Anglo American coal mine sites. The system has provided Anglo... 

Manufacturer offers alternative prepackaging, processing solutions

By: Nadine James     11th March 2016 The expected increase in food production, in conjunction with challenges, such as water scarcity and economic restrictions, will force the agriculture and food and beverage (F&B) sectors to adapt packaging, and processing practices, to improve performance and reduce operational costs, says... 

Collective factors impact on state of I&C industry

By: Kimberley Smuts     11th March 2016 Micro and macroeconomic factors, and the unavailability of local skills in South Africa are key issues that contribute to the stifling of progress in various sectors within the instrumentation and control (I&C) industry, says the Society for Automation, Instrumentation, Measurement and Control... 

JV refinery boosts skills development

By: Malusi Mkhize     4th March 2016 The Durban-based crude oil refinery joint venture (JV) between Shell South Africa Refining and BP Southern Africa – Sapref – in January awarded 70 pupils with a training opportunity, which includes bursaries for university studies in the fields of engineering and artisan training through the... 

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