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Plastics and Synfibres

Companies unite to create local jobs

27th January 2006 Sponsorship by global chemical company, BASF of The Lapdesk project in South Africa has created 27 local jobs in the past ten months with at least another 100 expected to be created over the next four years. 

New packaging ensures longer shelf life

By: Nelendhre Moodley     27th January 2006 The desire to change industries has been serendipitous for Dennis Holden, who took up the position of GM at Consol Plastics of the East Rand in February last year. 

Sapref ready with new fuel specifications

14th December 2005 South African refinary Sapref has issued a statement saying it is operating at normal production capacity and is already producing cleaner fuels in line with new specifications. 

Sapia warns of false fuel prices

9th November 2005 Reports of fuel dealers maintaining October's fuel price have reached the South African Petroleum Industry Association. 

East Rand pump manufacturer wins orders from petroleum firms

By: Mariaan Webb     7th October 2005 Local pump manufacturer APE Pumps, based in Germiston, Gauteng, has signed a contract to manufacture and supply API-610 edition eight pumps to the national oil company of South Africa, Petro SA. 

Petrochemicals giant moves forward on BEE

By: Nicola Mawson     13th September 2005 After having come under fire recently for what government pegged as a lack of transformation, petrochemicals giant Sasol indicated at its results presentation yesterday that executive director Nolitha Fakude would soon be joined on the board by another two black appointees. 

Sasol focuses on substitute fuel sources

By: Nicola Mawson     13th September 2005 Petrochemicals giant Sasol is aiming to replicate its successful South African gas-to-liquids model globally and push out 70% of its product as fuel in the next ten years. 

Oil-price surge a threat to growth

By: peter cromberge     9th September 2005 The 4,8% growth figure for the country’s second quarter gross domestic product (GDP) review will help balance the slower 3,5% first quarter growth and also supports hopes that the economy will be able to meet the treasury’s growth target of 4,3% for the year. 

Contractor told Sasol plant was safe - union

18th August 2005 A contractor working at the Sasol plant at which an ethylene gas explosion killed 10 workers last September, has testified that Sasol assured him that work could safely be performed on the plant, said trade union Solidarity. 

Contractors testify at Sasol investigation

17th August 2005 Trade union Solidarity has high hopes that the hearings into the fatal accident at Sasol's ethylene plant in Secunda last September will move forward as contractors have been called to testify from yesterday. 

Sasol in BEE talks with energy minister

11th August 2005 Petrochemicals giant Sasol yesterday announced that its new CEO Pat Davies had met with the newly-appointed Minister of Minerals and Energy Lindiwe Hendricks. 

Petrol sales continue to impress, despite price

2nd August 2005 The South African Petroleum Industry Association (Sapia) saw a continued growth of petroleum product sales in the second quarter of this year, despite prices being some 10% higher than in the previous year. 

Sasol considers disposal of Olefins and Surfactants business

2nd August 2005 In a notice to the JSE, petrochemicals giant Sasol has advised that it is considering the disposal of its Olefins and Surfactants (O&S) business, excluding its co-monomers activities in South Africa. 

Significant growth for local steel fabricator

By: Jade Davenport     15th July 2005 South Africa’s largest privately-owned and black economic empowerment (BEE) compliant structural steel fabricator, the Cosira Group, is experiencing significant growth and expansion as a result of the increased expenditure in the petrochemical and power generation sectors. 

Top butt-welder sold to plastics firm

17th June 2005 The first Wegener SV-320 butt-welding machine has been sold into South Africa, to PFF Plastics, of Robertville, Johannesburg. 

Another contractor fatality at Sasol

7th June 2005 Petrochemical giant Sasol and a contractor on its synfuels sulphur plant, TSI Projects, yesterday announced the death of a contractor. 

Plastic-bags ban bites

By: Irma Venter     3rd June 2005 Government’s 2003 ban on thin plastic bags in favour of thicker, more easily-recycable ones has seen a 70% countrywide drop in bag production. 

Initiatives rolled out to soften rand pinch

By: Jade Davenport     27th May 2005 The South African manufacturing industry is presently experiencing a serious crisis due to the strength of the rand and the extraordinary expansion of China’s manufacturing capabilities. 

Sasol moves on safety improvement plan

27th May 2005 Petrochemicals giant Sasol yesterday announced that it has embarked on a comprehensive change management programme to further improve safety at its South African operations. 

Fuel body, State work to counter paraffin profiteering

By: Nicola Mawson     24th May 2005 The South African Petroleum Industry Association and the Department of Minerals and Energy are working together to counter profiteering. 

Sasol closes €400m loan facility

By: Nicola Mawson     9th May 2005 Petrochemical giant Sasol's three-year €400-million syndicated multi-currency revolving credit facility has been closed. 

Petroleum sales continue on rising trend

6th May 2005 The South African Petroleum Industry Association yesterday indicated that a two-year trend of growth in petroleum product growth is continuing. 

New petrol-station technologies marketed locally

By: Nicola Mawson     2nd May 2005 South African fuel and fleet management group, the AFS Group, has teamed up with an international manufacturer Gilbarco Veeder-Root to sell forecourt technologies to the local retail petroleum industry. 

Empowered petroleum firm all set for business

2nd May 2005 The first black-economic empowerment (BEE) company to be formed from a significant sale by a global petrochemical company, Masana Petroleum Solutions, will officially start trading tomorrow. 

Second-hand metals create opportunities for nonmetallic products

15th April 2005 During the past few years, the second-hand value of metals has created numerous opportunities for non-metallic products in South Africa. 

New product to improve worker safety

By: Jade Davenport     15th April 2005 South African mining houses, petrochemical industries and heavy-industrial companies are increasingly coming under pressure from trade unions to prioritise the safety standards of all employees working in dangerous areas. 

Upswing predicted for specialist-flooring market

By: Jade Davenport     15th April 2005 There is an upswing predicted for the specialist flooring market as companies are spending more capital on maintenance and upgrades and, more significantly, there are a number of projects planned this year requiring specialist systems. 

Steep levies to be slapped on high-octane petrol

By: Helene Le Roux     15th April 2005 South African consumers who want to continue using high-octane petrol will feel the pinch of cleaner fuels legislation, which will come into effect early next year, in their pockets. 

Online process sulphur analyser new to SA

By: abdul cook     25th March 2005 Three analysers that can accurately measure and analyse information in the chemical and petrochemicals industries have been introduced by OEN Enterprises. 

Software package improves operations at refineries

By: abdul cook     25th March 2005 An innovative means to unify all of AspenTech’s products and capabilities into a single cohesive system was introduced late last year by the company. 

Safety torches operate in potentially-explosive conditions

By: abdul cook     25th March 2005 Gauteng-based Denver Technical Products have introduced one of the first ATEX directive compliant safety lights to South Africa. 

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. 

Chemical wizardry beats polyurethane shortage

25th March 2005 South African manufacturers of a wide variety of goods based upon polyurethane chemicals are facing pressure as a result of a worldwide shortage of component chemicals such as isocyanates and polyols. 

Local pipes launched in the US

By: abdul cook     25th March 2005 The middle of January saw the first delivery of about 2 500 m of Petroplas pipes to the US – marking the export launch of a South African designed and manufactured product despite the unfavourable rand/dollar exchange rate. 

Petrochemical project for welding machine specialist

By: abdul cook     25th March 2005 Port Elizabeth-based Fabinox Projects is taking delivery of three more Orbital welding machines, increasing its total Orbital equipment to seven. 

Project Turbo receives secondary cooling pumps

25th March 2005 Gauteng-based APE Pumps has completed manufacture of the first six of ten split-case secondary cooling pumps for Project Turbo. 

Big offshore gas-to-liquid push

By: Helene Le Roux     18th March 2005 Petrochemicals giant Sasol is setting its sights on producing 600 000 bbl/d of liquid fuels based on its proprietary gas-to-liquids (GTL) technology by 2016. Achieving this feat would be equivalent to establishing four new plants similar in size to the group’s large-scale operations in... 

Flowmeter calibrator launched in South Africa

By: Zonika Botha     11th March 2005 Known for its innovative and accurate liquid-fuel accounting and measurement instruments, Liquid Automation Services (LAS) has launched the latest flow-meter calibration technology to South Africa’s petroleum and chemical market. 

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