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Analysis of Chemicals Companies in South Africa

  • February 2014
  • 89 pages
  • Frost & Sullivan
Report ID: 2043230


Table of Contents

Competition Awareness in the Chemical Industry is Crucial

Executive Summary

- The chemicals industry in South Africa was founded as a result of the demand for explosives for the mining industry during the late 1800s to support large-scale mining operations. The industry grew into nitrogen-based fertilizers and sulphuric acid and later to the manufacture of oil from coal in the 1950s.
- Today the South African chemicals industry is estimated to be a R30 billion industry, making it the largest in Africa. However, the industry is relatively small in comparison to global standards, and production facilities are small and out of date.
- It can be characterised as dynamic, diversified, and highly competitive.
- It is a mature industry that is dominated by large multinational companies as well as well-established local companies that make use of local distribution networks. These large companies have used acquisition strategies to gain market share and expand geographically.
- The South African chemicals industry depends on imports for a significant amount of raw input materials, which makes the market highly susceptible to exchange rate fluctuations.
- The recent work stoppages due to protest actions in the mining industry have had negative effects on production levels and the demand for chemicals.
- South Africa’s increasing population and rising middle class is driving the demand for chemicals in a number of markets such as construction, paints and coatings, water treatment, agrichemicals, and home and personal care.


Geographic Scope
This market insight will focus only on South Africa.

Objectives of the Study
- Provide an overview of the South African chemicals industry.
- Analyse the Mega Trends affecting the South African chemicals industry.
- Provide an insight into the drivers and restraints influencing the South African chemicals industry.
- Provide detailed profiles of the Tier I and selected Tier II chemicals companies in South Africa.

Selection of Companies
- Tier I companies have revenues above R8 billion. Tier II companies have revenues below R8 billion.
- Tier I companies were selected based on size in the relative end-user market.
- The top 3 petrochemical companies were selected based on total refinery capacity in South Africa.
- Tier II companies were also selected based on size in the relative end-user market.

Research Definitions

Petrochemicals are chemical products resulting form the refinement and processing of petroleum or other fossil fuels such as natural gas or coal. This category includes bulk petrochemicals and intermediates, and refined oil products as well as polymers.

Adhesives and Sealants
An adhesive is a chemical or natural substance that can hold two materials together by surface attachment. A sealant is a product that can be in liquid, paste, aerosol, wrap, or tape form which, when applied to a surface, forms a seal against liquids or gases. It is primarily intended to fill, seal, or waterproof gaps or joints between two surfaces and it may, but does not necessarily, have an auxiliary purpose of bonding a surface as well. Some adhesives also act as sealants, while some sealants can also act as adhesives.

Construction and Infrastructure Chemicals
Construction and infrastructure chemicals can be described as a wide range of chemicals used in various applications in the construction industry. The main products encompassing construction chemicals are admixtures, waterproofing compounds, flooring compounds, repair and rehabilitation, and miscellaneous compounds (sealants, grouts, tile adhesives, and others).

Paints and Coatings Chemicals
These chemicals are added to automotive, industrial, and decorative paints and coatings that often provide extra protection and aesthetic appeal.

Agricultural chemicals are classified as any chemicals that benefit the growth or production of crops or livestock used in farming. This is a collective term used to describe any such product, including feed and feed additives, vaccines, crop protection chemicals, and fertiliser chemicals.

Mining Chemicals
“Mining chemicals” is a broad term to describe a wide range of chemical compounds used at various stages of extraction and processing of metals and minerals. Mining chemicals include explosives, process mining chemicals, and wastewater treatment chemicals.

Water Treatment Chemicals
Water treatment chemicals can be described as chemicals utilised in the industrial-scale process by which water is made more acceptable for a required end use.

Home and Personal Care Chemicals
Home and personal care chemicals encompass a large variety of chemical product additives for products such as detergents, cleaners, cosmetics, and hygiene products.

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