Sud-Chemie SA is a wholly owned subsidiary of Sud-Chemie AG, its DM1.6 billion parent company listed on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange. The company’s three principal areas of activity are spread between its three business divisions: water treatment and environmental technologies; absorbents and additives; and catalysts. In 1979, German Süd-Chemie entered into a joint venture with Sasol to manufacture petrochemical catalysts, ultimately giving rise to Süd-Chemie Sasol Catalysts (Pty) Ltd. The catalyst plant is situated in Sasolburg and is one of the world’s largest manufacturers of catalysts used in hydrocarbon polymerisation for the production of petrol and diesel.
The Sasol connection came about in 1981, when subsidiary African Catalysts (Afcat) oversaw the joint construction with Sasol and the Industrial Development Corporation of a plant in Sasolburg for the production of catalysts. The company has maintained close ties with Sasol ever since and has worked continually to improve the life span and yield of the plant. Afcat currently has a thriving export business with products being distributed to Europe, the Americas and Asia.
Sud Chemie Sasol Catalyst