Manufacture of Basic Chemicals, other Chemicals and Industrial Gases in South Africa 2017

  • ID: 4412637
  • Report
  • Region: Africa, South Africa
  • 107 pages
  • Who Owns Whom
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  • AECI Ltd
  • Air Liquide (Pty) Ltd
  • Foskor (Pty) Ltd
  • Kapa Biosystems (Pty) Ltd
  • NCP Chlorchem (Pty) Ltd
  • Orthochem (Pty) Ltd
  • MORE
The Manufacture of Basic Chemicals, Other Chemicals and Industrial Gases:

In 2015 the chemicals sector contributed 3% towards GDP and accounted for 21.9% of total manufacturing GDP in the country. Although there is strong local market demand for chemical products, this represents a decline from 2017 figures of 3.4% and 24.6% respectively. Role players attribute the decline in the sector to the increase in cheaper imported chemicals and feedstock as well as a difficult economic environment.


The sector is the recipient of government support through a variety of initiatives as the beneficiation of chemicals has the potential to grow the economy and increase levels of employment. Of importance to the local chemical manufacturing sector is the possibility of cheaper local feedstock through two sources:

shale gas, through the controversial fracking of the Karoo; and the Fluorochemical Expansion Initiative, which aims to access the large fluorspar reserves in South Africa. Pelchem (Pty) Ltd, a subsidiary of the state-owned South African Nuclear Energy Corporation (NECSA), has been tasked with developing technology in fluorochemicals and to accelerate skills development in fluorine chemistry and engineering by engaging in research.

Report Coverage:

The report on the manufacture of basic chemicals, speciality chemicals and industrial gases in South Africa examines current conditions and developments as well as factors that influence the success of the sector including the regulatory uncertainty that exists. Profiles are provided for 27 companies including Rolfes Holdings Ltd which manufactures speciality chemical and organic products for the industrial, agricultural, food and water sectors. Also profiled are Orthochem (Pty) Ltd, a company based in the Free State that supplies raw chemicals for the water purification industry, and Shell Downstream South Africa (Pty) Ltd which produces hydrocarbons, industrial chemicals, lacquer thinners and solvent blends.
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  • AECI Ltd
  • Air Liquide (Pty) Ltd
  • Foskor (Pty) Ltd
  • Kapa Biosystems (Pty) Ltd
  • NCP Chlorchem (Pty) Ltd
  • Orthochem (Pty) Ltd
  • MORE
1. Introduction

2. Description of the Industry
2.1. Industry Value Chain
2.2. Geographic Position

3. Size of the Industry

4. State of the Industry
4.1. Local
4.1.1. Corporate Actions
4.1.2. Regulations
4.1.3. Enterprise Development and Social Economic Development
4.2. Continental
4.3. International

5. Influencing Factors
5.1. Economic Environment
5.2. Rising Operating Costs
5.3. Labour
5.4. Government Initiatives
5.5. Eskom and Municipality Debt, Fraud and Corruption
5.6. Technology, Research and Development (R&D) and Innovation
5.7. Cyclicality
5.8. Environmental Concerns

6. Competition
6.1. Barriers to Entry

7. Swot Analysis

8. Outlook

9. Industry Associations

10. References
10.1. Publications
10.2. Websites

Appendix 1
Indicative Lifespan of Grid Components.

Company Profiles
Abb South Africa (PTY) Ltd
Actom (PTY) Ltd
Aggreko Energy Rental South Africa (PTY) Ltd
Allied Electronics Corporation Ltd
Armcoil Afrika (PTY) Ltd
Atlas Copco South Africa (PTY) Ltd
Barloworld Ltd
Briggs and Stratton Rsa (PTY) Ltd
Caco Trading Cc
Cato Ridge Electrical Construction (PTY) Ltd
Channel Data (PTY) Ltd
Cummins South Africa (PTY) Ltd
Diesel Electric Services (PTY) Ltd
Diesel Gen Technologies Cc
Elb Group Ltd
Electro Inductive Industries (PTY) Ltd
Free State Transformers (PTY) Ltd
Generator King (PTY) Ltd (The)
Genlogdorm (PTY) Ltd
Genpower Electrical Wholesalers Cc
Geomechanics (PTY) Ltd
Goscor (PTY) Ltd
Hoffmann Power (PTY) Ltd
Honda Motor Southern Africa (PTY) Ltd
Magetz Electrical Cc
Marston Moor Technologies Cc
Massmart Holdings Ltd
Matase Industrial Solutions (PTY) Ltd
Mzansi Generators (PTY) Ltd
New Way Power (PTY) Ltd
Plan-My-Power (PTY) Ltd
Powertech Transformers (PTY) Ltd
Reliable Transformers Cc
Revive Electrical Transformers (PTY) Ltd
Siemens (PTY) Ltd
Sinetech (PTY) Ltd
Smith Mining Equipment (PTY) Ltd
Stevens and Co (PTY) Ltd
Suden Procurement Cc
Superwatt (PTY) Ltd
Trafo Power Solutions (PTY) Ltd
Trans Electron Cc
Transformer Manufacturers (PTY) Ltd
Tuning Fork (PTY) Ltd
Turner Morris (PTY) Ltd
Vr Engineering (PTY) Ltd
Zest Energy (PTY) Ltd
Zest Weg Electric (PTY) Ltd
Zest Weg Group Africa (PTY) Ltd
Zest Weg Manufacturing (PTY) Ltd
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  • Air Products South Africa (Pty) Ltd
  • African Oxygen Ltd
  • Gold Reef Speciality Chemicals (Pty) Ltd
  • Chemical Initiatives (Pty) Ltd
  • Engen Petroleum Ltd
  • Dow Southern Africa (Pty) Ltd
  • Sasol South Africa (Pty) Ltd
  • Omnia Holdings Ltd
  • Foskor (Pty) Ltd
  • NCP Chlorchem (Pty) Ltd
  • Rolfes Holdings Ltd
  • AECI Ltd
  • LANXESS (Pty) Ltd
  • Buckman Laboratories (Pty) Ltd
  • Pelchem SOC Ltd
  • BASF South Africa (Pty) Ltd
  • Orthochem (Pty) Ltd
  • Evonik Peroxide Africa (Pty) Ltd
  • Air Liquide (Pty) Ltd
  • Clariant Southern Africa (Pty) Ltd
  • Improchem (Pty) Ltd
  • Richbay Chemicals (Pty) Ltd
  • Shell Downstream South Africa (Pty) Ltd
  • Kapa Biosystems (Pty) Ltd
  • KAP Diversified Industrial (Pty) Ltd
  • Industrial Oleochemical Products (Pty) Ltd
  • Orion Engineered Carbons (Pty) Ltd
  • Organic Chemical Corporation (Pty) Ltd
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