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Manufacture of Basic Chemicals, other Chemicals and Industrial Gases
BY Ebrahim-Khali Hassen
South Africa
02 October 2017
R 14 400.00 (ZAR)  
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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.


Opportunities


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.


Page
1. INTRODUCTION 1
2. DESCRIPTION OF THE INDUSTRY 1
2.1. Industry Value Chain 2
2.2. Geographic Position 3
3. SIZE OF THE INDUSTRY 4
4. STATE OF THE INDUSTRY 9
4.1. Local 9
4.1.1. Corporate Actions 12
4.1.2. Regulations 12
4.1.3. Enterprise Development and Social Economic Development 13
4.2. Continental 14
4.3. International 15
5. INFLUENCING FACTORS 16
5.1. Economic Environment 16
5.2. Government Initiatives 17
5.3. Rising Operating Costs 19
5.4. Technology, Research and Development (R&D) and Innovation 19
5.5. Labour 20
5.6. Environmental Concerns 22
6. COMPETITION 23
6.1. Barriers to Entry 24
7. SWOT ANALYSIS 25
8. OUTLOOK 25
9. INDUSTRY ASSOCIATIONS 26
10. REFERENCES 26
10.1. Publications 26
10.2. Websites 27
APPENDIX 1: 28
Summary of International Conventions Applicable to the Chemicals Sector 28
COMPANY PROFILES 30
AECI LTD 30
AFRICAN OXYGEN LTD 35
AIR LIQUIDE (PTY) LTD 41
AIR PRODUCTS SOUTH AFRICA (PTY) LTD 44
BASF SOUTH AFRICA (PTY) LTD 47
BUCKMAN LABORATORIES (PTY) LTD 49
CHEMICAL INITIATIVES (PTY) LTD 51
CLARIANT SOUTHERN AFRICA (PTY) LTD 53
DOW SOUTHERN AFRICA (PTY) LTD 55
ENGEN PETROLEUM LTD 57
EVONIK PEROXIDE AFRICA (PTY) LTD 60
FOSKOR (PTY) LTD 62
GOLD REEF SPECIALITY CHEMICALS (PTY) LTD 67
IMPROCHEM (PTY) LTD 69
INDUSTRIAL OLEOCHEMICAL PRODUCTS (PTY) LTD 72
KAP DIVERSIFIED INDUSTRIAL (PTY) LTD 74
LANXESS (PTY) LTD 77
NCP CHLORCHEM (PTY) LTD 80
OMNIA HOLDINGS LTD 82
ORGANIC CHEMICAL CORPORATION (PTY) LTD 86
ORION ENGINEERED CARBONS (PTY) LTD 88
ORTHOCHEM (PTY) LTD 90
PELCHEM (PTY) LTD 92
RICHBAY CHEMICALS (PTY) LTD 94
ROLFES HOLDINGS LTD 96
SASOL SOUTH AFRICA (PTY) LTD 100
SHELL DOWNSTREAM SOUTH AFRICA (PTY) LTD 103