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Bud Chemicals and Minerals

You may not know the Bud 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 supply the building blocks of Africa’s growth and are working hard to bring prosperity to our people.

The Bud Group provides speciality chemicals for a broad range of sectors spanning food and beverages, industrial, pharmaceutical, mining, agriculture and so much more. We supply more than 100 different industries across sub-Saharan Africa, providing over 300 product categories and generating employment for more than 3000 people of varying skills levels.

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    Our group companies are industry leaders in their own right. The numbers speak for themselves: •FFS Refiners is the largest supplier of liquid heating fuels in South Africa, with its customers consuming more than 300 000 tons of fuel oil per year. •NCS, under the Ferro group, is the largest manufacturer of unsaturated polyester and vinyl ester resins in Africa. •Botash produces around 650 000 tons of bulk salt annually for the agricultural, food and chemical markets.

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    We understand that diversity drives growth. That’s why, through our like-minded group companies, we cater to the unique requirements of various industries that ultimately address the needs of the individual. From soda ash used to manufacture glass to the resin and gelcoats used by boat builders, whatever the need – we supply.

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    Built to grow beyond borders. We have operations in South Africa, Namibia as well as Botswana and distribute throughout the continent, solidifying our strong presence and position as a major player in the manufacturing, importing, stocking and distribution of chemical products and raw materials.

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    Our vision is to be recognised as Africa’s leading chemicals and coatings, minerals beneficiation and energy solutions group. We are driven by delivering outstanding financial performance, uncompromised product quality, service excellence and adherence to world class compliance standards.

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    Through our operations we make life better in many respects – your health included. Did you know that the hormone released by the thyroid gland controls metabolism and other important body functions? Iodine plays an important part in the formation of this vital hormone and an iodine deficiency can lead to an abnormal enlargement of the thyroid gland, known as goiter, as well as mental development problems in children. Salt is an essential nutrient that has been fortified with iodine.

Group companies.

The Bud 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, Bud 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 Bud 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.

Bud 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 Bud Group encompasses the following leading companies: Idwala Industrial Holdings, Ferro South Africa and CJP Chemicals. By bringing them together, Bud 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