Crossing the boundaries of possibility.
Cutting-edge technology and service excellence.

Chemicals simplified.

You may not know the SynChem name, but our products are all around you every day. From your morning cup of coffee and beauty routine to the salt sprinkled on a perfectly grilled steak and that glass of wine with dinner, we make life just that little bit better.

We are in that perfect shade of paint on your living room wall and the treatment solutions that bring clean water to communities. As suppliers of essential raw materials to industry, we are in the building blocks of Africa’s growth and are working hard to bring prosperity to our people.

The SynChem Group of Companies provides speciality chemicals for a broad range of sectors spanning food and beverages, industrial, pharmaceutical, mining, agriculture and so much more.

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    We are committed to making a real difference in people’s lives. Here are a few of the many ways in which we are working hard to add value every day: 1. Our companies collectively offer the most comprehensive one-stop service and technical support for all industries. 2. We trade in more than 20 African countries creating thousands of employment opportunities. 3. Our group companies supply a diverse range of essentially life-saving materials, such as the resins and gelcoats used on the National Sea Rescue Institute’s rescue craft.

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    As the largest supplier of natural soda ash in Africa, our group company Botash extracts carbonate-rich brine from beneath the surface of Sua Pan, in the Makgadikgadi region of Botswana, to produce light and dense soda ash for a variety of industrial uses. These include glass production, water treatment – where soda ash is used to adjust pH levels, as well as the production of food dyes and corn syrup, to name a few.

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    When it comes to providing chemical operations that create benefits for all, we are in our element 😉 By combining the diverse strengths of our group companies, we are able to import, stock and distribute an array of chemical-related raw materials to more than 20 African countries and provide direct employment for over 3000 people.

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    Did you know that salt is estimated to have up to 14,000 different uses? These vary from adding flavour to food to acting as a preservative and even playing a role in mental development through the addition of iodine. Our salt operations serve all of Southern Africa, with our market-leading group companies – Cerebos (South Africa), Walvis Bay Salt Holdings (Namibia) and BotAsh (Botswana) – anchoring our minerals and mineral beneficiation division.

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    Our performance materials not only add a beautiful finish to life’s essentials, they also save lives. From road-marking paint that enables safer motoring to the porcelain enamel used in the production of hospital equipment as well as the resin and gel coats on the National Sea Rescue Institute’s boats, our group companies offer products that make a real difference.

Group companies.

The SynChem Group of Companies is a leader in the chemical holdings industry in sub-Saharan Africa, with a strong international presence in Europe, Australasia, Brazil, China and Iran.

By bringing together the diverse strengths in a variety of group companies, SynChem has established itself as a major player in the manufacturing, importing, stocking and distribution of chemical products and raw materials.

The Group trades in more than 20 African countries and provides employment for nearly 3 000 people, while making a meaningful difference in the lives of countless others.

Our divisions.

The SynChem Group comprises four overarching divisions, namely mining, beneficiation, industrial, and speciality chemicals. All leaders in their own right, the member companies bring their unique expertise to the table, while sharing a single-minded devotion to cutting-edge technology and service excellence.


Industries supplied.

SynChem supplies 59 services across sub-Saharan Africa, providing 266 top-level products and generating employment for nearly 3,000 people of varying skills levels. The SynChem Group encompasses the following leading companies: Idwala Industrial Holdings, Ferro South Africa and CJP Chemicals. By bringing them together, SynChem has established the Group as a leader in importing, stocking and the supply and distribution of products and raw materials.

  • Mining
  • Chemical
  • Agricultural
  • Paper
  • Plastics
  • Paint
  • Marine and Leisure
  • Construction
  • Decorative, Industrial, Automotive and Marine Coatings
  • Adhesives
  • Textiles   
  • Detergents
  • Water treatment
  • Automotive and Appliance
  • Bakery and confectionery
  • Culinary and seasonings
  • Snacks and cereals
  • Fats and Oils
  • Beverages and Dairy
  • Personal Care
  • Lubricants & energy
  • Metallurgical
  • Glass