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Base Chemicals markets a broad portfolio of commodity chemicals globally. The business consists of three key divisions: Polymers, Solvents, and Explosives & Fertilisers (E&F).

Our key products include polymers (polyethylene, polypropylene, polyvinyl chloride); solvents (ketones, alcohols, acrylates), chlor-alkali chemicals (caustic soda, hydrochloric acid) and phenolics; as well as mining reagents (cyanide); bulk and packaged explosives including specialised blasting accessories; ammonium nitrate base products; and sulphur derivatives.

Our business employs about 1422 people.  With offices in 17 countries we serve a global customer base with quality chemical products and solutions for a wide range of applications and industries. 

Our products are used in countless applications in our daily lives to add value, security and comfort.  Typical applications include aerosols, cosmetics, fragrances, packaging, paints, adhesives, pharmaceuticals, polishes, printing and plastics and mining (particularly in gold extraction), pulp and paper, steel, textiles, water treatment and purification, agricultural fertilisers and chemicals.  Our commercial explosives products and opencast services are employed by leading Southern African mining houses.

We also operate a Polymer Technology Services Centre that provides research and development relating to polymer-related applications.  We provide agronomic and product support to our fertiliser customers as well as full blasting service and product support to our mining industry customers.