Performance Chemicals has locations in Germany, Italy, Slovakia, the UK, France, Belgium, Spain, the Netherlands, Poland, Austria, Russia, the US, Brazil, South Africa, Egypt, Dubai, China, Singapore and Japan, including its corporate headquarters in Hamburg, Germany. Our business consists of four key business divisions: Organics, Inorganics & Catalyst, Wax and PCASG (Phenolics, Carbon, Ammonia and Speciality Gases). We market a broad portfolio of organic and inorganic commodity and speciality chemicals as well as high quality wax products and speciality gases, for a wide range of applications in the industry.
Sasol’s Performance Chemicals business unit markets a broad portfolio of organic and inorganic commodity and speciality chemicals. Our business employs about 1300 people in four key business divisions: Organics, Inorganics & Catalyst, Wax and PCASG (Phenolics, Carbon, Ammonia and Speciality Gases). Our offices in 18 countries serve customers around the world with a multi-faceted portfolio of state-of-the-art chemical products and solutions for a wide range of applications and industries.
Our key products include surfactants, surfactant intermediates, fatty alcohols, linear alkyl benzene (LAB), short-chain linear alpha olefins, ethylene, mineral oil-based and synthetic paraffin waxes, cresylic acids, high-quality carbon solutions as well as high-purity and ultra-high-purity alumina. Our speciality gases sub-division supplies its customers with high-quality ammonia, hydrogen and CO2 as well as liquid nitrogen, liquid argon, krypton and xenon gases.
Our products are as individual as the industrial applications they serve, with tailor-made solutions creating real business value for customers. Ongoing research activities result in a continuous stream of innovative product concepts that help our customers position themselves successfully in future markets.
Our products are used in countless applications in our daily lives to add value, security and comfort. Typical examples include detergents, cleaning agents, personal care, construction, paints and coatings, leather and metal processing, hot-melt adhesives, bitumen modification and catalyst support for automotive catalysts and other diverse specialty applications including oil and gas recovery, aroma production, plastic stabilisation, and polymer production. Every day, our researchers explore ways to improve our products and develop innovations that improve the quality of people’s lives.
Performance Chemicals business division profiles
Our Organics Division is a leading global producer of linear alkyl benzene (LAB), fatty alcohols, short-chain linear alpha olefins and surfactants. We offer our customers one of the most diversified portfolios of C6+ alcohols and surfactant derivatives worldwide that is complemented by a range of speciality chemicals including heat-transfer fluids, phase change materials (PCMs) and high-purity triethylaluminium.
Our customers rely on our products as essential ingredients for detergents and cleaning agents, cosmetics, paints and lacquers, leather and metal processing as well as diverse specialist applications such as oil and gas recovery, aroma production, plastic stabilisation and polymer production where our products serve as co-catalysts.
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Our Advanced Materials Division comprises three sub-divisions:
The inorganics sub-division supplies high purity and ultra-high purity alumina, as well as other advanced alumina-based products. Due to the high chemical purity and excellent dispersibility, as well as the fact that key characteristics including pore volume, particle size and specific surface area can be adapted to customers’ specific requirements, these products are highly sought after. We currently offer more than 400 tailor-made specifications to our customers.
Our carbon sub-division produces high quality carbon-based products at the Sasol Synfuels production facility in Secunda. The physical properties of our material, combined with distinctive chemical specifications makes it ideal for expansion into selected speciality markets.
Our catalysts sub-division is accountable for marketing and sales of Sasol’s in-house developed cobalt Low Temperature Fischer-Tropsch (Co LTFT) catalyst.
Our Wax Division develops and produces one of the most comprehensive ranges of mineral oil-based and synthetic paraffin waxes as well as petroleum jellies. Our highly specialised and experienced professionals serve customers in such industries as candles, hot-melt adhesives, bitumen modification, construction board, personal care and cosmetics, industrial applications, packaging, pharmaceuticals, polymer processing and rubber and tyres. Through its backward integration into Fischer-Tropsch technology waxes the Wax Division is able to provide a sustainable future feedstock solution to global markets.