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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.  

Kap concludes its largest acquisition to date, absorbs Safripol in R4.1bn deal

By: Natasha Odendaal     10th January 2017 JSE-listed diversified industrial group Kap Industrial has concluded its R4.1-billion acquisition of Sasolburg-based polypropylene and high-density polyethylene manufacturer Safripol. The transaction, effective January 1, was funded through a combination of debt and equity, including R1.5-billion... 

SA needs to get out of its petrochemicals cul-de-sac

     2nd December 2016 In this article, Dr Rod Crompton makes the case of more refinery capacity in South Africa, which could provide competitively priced transport fuels and feedstocks for petrochemical factories that can compete with Sasol 

Omnia H1 profit down 11% y/y amid drought, plant breakdown

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     29th November 2016 South African chemicals producer Omnia on Tuesday reported that negative impacts on its agriculture division, including the drought and a breakdown at its Nitric Acid 2 complex, have seen its gross profit decrease by 11% year-on-year to R1.5-billion for the six months to September 30. The... 

Company experiences growth despite difficult environment

     4th November 2016 Valve distributor TTV Fluval Group of companies is celebrating 18 years of success in the South African market, further illustrated and encapsulated by this year’s numerous successfully completed projects resulting in a total invoicing for valves and actuators amounting to more than R180-million.... 

Fluor Receives Award for Project Excellence

By: Creamer Media Reporter      9th September 2016 The prestigious Hugh K. Coble award was recently presented to Fluor South Africa for the Natref Clean Fuels II/Octane Project located in Sasolburg, South Africa. Fluor was awarded a contract by Sasol Group Technology in June 2013 to perform basic engineering services associated with the Natref... 

Goscor Cleaning Equipment reveals South Africa’s first Jetting/Vacuum Combi Truck with Water Recycling capabilities at IFAT

     23rd September 2015 Goscor Cleaning Equipment, part of the Goscor Group of Companies, showcased innovative, ground-breaking vacuum and cleaning technology at IFAT and BAUMA Conexpo 2015. IFAT Environmental Technology Forum Africa presented the ideal platform for Goscor Cleaning Equipment to launch, on 17 September... 

Karbochem Contract For Freightmax

     10th September 2015 A two year contract for transport, warehousing and logistics services has been awarded to Imperial Logistics group company Freightmax by synthetic rubber manufacturer Karbochem. This is a significant contract renewal that reflects the company’s commitment to forging long term partnerships with... 

New pipes manufacturing facility to be completed by year-end

By: Kimberley Smuts     20th July 2015 Sasolburg-based pipes manufacturer Africa Pipe Industries (API), which supplies helical welded pipes used in the water and oil and gas industries, has started the construction phase of a new manufacturing facility in Mokopane, Limpopo. API sales and marketing director Jan Jansen van Niewenhuizen... 

Yokogawa Reinforces Local Commitment in KZN

     19th February 2015 Yokogawa South Africa (Pty) Ltd celebrated the official opening of their office yesterday in Amanzimtoti, reinforcing its commitment to local customers in the KwaZulu-Natal region from sensor to enterprise integration. The new office will complement Yokogawa’s existing sales, after-sales services... 

AGM injects new blood into body’s board of directors

By: Ilan Solomons     16th January 2015 In October, industry body the Southern African Plastic Pipe Manufacturers Association (Sappma) announced changes to its board of directors as well as the winners of its 2014 Merit Awards. The announcement was made during Sappma’s tenth annual general meeting (AGM), which was held in Midrand, in... 

New Solar Resource Maps for South Africa

     5th November 2014 Stellenbosch University, in cooperation with GeoSUN Africa and GeoModel Solar, this week released updated solar maps for South Africa.  The German Government, through their development agency the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit, made funding available for this task, as... 

Particulate matter pollution problematic in some cities – DEA

By: Schalk Burger     17th October 2014 Particulate matter pollution remains a problem in major cities and industrial zones in Gauteng, Mpumalanga and KwaZulu-Natal. The most populated and industrial areas are consistently above the Air Quality Act standards for particulate matter and significantly above new air-quality standards set... 

Safripol Sasolburg keeps its IT cycle fresh with Integr8

     8th July 2014 Sasolburg-based Independent plastics manufacturing company Safripol has strengthened its ICT capability and invested in the services of Integr8 to ensure the benefit ofconsolidated infrastructure across its Lenovo-based environment. Safripol is a Preferred Polymer Partner and leverages off... 

Eskom aiming to install 150 MW of photovoltaic panels at its sites countrywide over next five years

By: Zandile Mavuso     31st January 2014 Over the next five years, State-owned power utility Eskom hopes to develop a portfolio of up to 150 MW of solar photovoltaic (PV) panels at its sites across South Africa called the Ilanga PV programme. 

Africa Pipe Industry

     6th December 2013 Sasolburg-based Africa Pipe Industry (API) is a manufacturer of helical welded pipes for the water, oil and gas industries. It also provides a turnkey solution for the delivery of fully commissioned pipe factories, with a specific focus on the rest of Africa. API started operations in 2010. As a... 

Eastern Cape engineer wins SAB youth entrepreneurship competition

By: Leandi Kolver     19th November 2013 Port Elizabeth-based engineering business AM Group owner Anda Maqanda was named the winner of South African Breweries’ (SAB’s) youth entrepreneurship programme – SAB KickStart 2013. Maqanda is a Masters graduate in electrical engineering from the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University. He... 

Mechanical seals manufacturer signs contract with petrochemicals company

By: Anine Kilian     25th October 2013 Mechanical seals manufacturer and supplier John Crane secured a contract last month to assist petrochemicals company Sasol in identifying the reasons for equipment failure through conducting root-cause analysis at its Sasol Solvents plant in Secunda. John Crane MD Aziz Sallie notes that this will... 

Dry seal for wet applications to launch, suited to plants in water scarce African areas

By: David Oliveira     4th October 2013 The Type 2874 dry gas seal for pumps from mechanical seals manufacturer John Crane, which John Crane MD Aziz Sallie says is the first dry gas seal of this design to comply with API 682 and ISO 21049 performance capabilities for wet applications, will be launched this month. He notes that many... 

Company Announcement: Fluor Awarded Basic Engineering Services Contract for Natref’s Clean Fuels 2 Project in South Africa

By: Creamer Media Reporter      27th June 2013 Fluor Corporation announced today that it was awarded a contract by Sasol Technology (Pty.) Ltd. to perform basic engineering services associated with the Natref Clean Fuels 2 Project in Sasolburg, South Africa 

Basic engineering contract awarded for Natref cleaner-fuels upgrade

By: Terence Creamer     25th June 2013 US engineering group Fluor Corporation announced on Tuesday that it had been awarded the basic engineering services contract associated with the upgrade of the Natref refinery, in the Free State, to produce fuels in line with South Africa’s impending Cleaner Fuels 2 (CF2) specifications. The... 

Engineering firm undertakes its largest refinery maintenance shutdown

By: Chantelle Kotze     7th September 2012 Global engineering specialist solutions provider Kentz is undertaking its biggest-ever refinery maintenance shutdown at the Natref refinery in Sasolburg, this year. 

Local refineries face many challenges

By: Chantelle Kotze     7th September 2012 South Africa’s ageing refining infrastructure, which was built more than 50 years ago, when less sophisticated technology was used, is struggling to compete with the modern and more sophisticated Asia-based refineries, says global professional services firm KPMG. 

Petrochemicals upgrades provide good opportunities

By: Chantelle Kotze     7th September 2012 The need for South Africa’s six oil refineries to undergo substantial refurbishment and upgrades over the next five to ten years is a good opportunity for supplier of cast components to the petrochemicals industry, Steloy Castings, to step up to the plate as a trusted service organisation, the... 

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