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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    Bigger is better: We operate under three overarching divisions, namely, minerals and mineral beneficiation, chemicals and coatings, and energy. Our operations stretch throughout Sub-Saharan Africa, with a strong international presence in key markets. Driven by innovation and agility, we are a diversified business of scale and relevance.  

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    Through our chemicals and coatings division, we provide you with the stuff of everyday life. Group companies like CJP Chemicals supply essentials such as food ingredients and personal care product ingredients, whereas Vedoc, under Ferro South Africa, produces a wide range of durable, high quality and cost-effective powder coatings for household and industrial equipment.  

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    Beneficiating natural resources to redefine Africa’s growth is what we are about. Magnetite and Pyrophylite are two such mineral resources which serve important industrial purposes for our customers: MAGNETITE – A dry-milled iron ore produced as a by-product of the phosphate mining process. The final product is sold to the coal industry as a heavy separation medium used in coal washing. PYROPHYLLITE – An aluminium silicate, pyrophyllite is used in the paper industry as a pitch-controlling agent and as a filler and extender in the paint manufacturing sector.

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    We are driven by the need to meet the requirements of various industries and to improve the quality of life for all. Our motto “chemical and mineral diversity” is made possible by bringing industry-leading specialist companies together under one group. For example, group company Idwala produces a range of products derived from calcitic and dolomitic limestone. This operation, which forms part of our mineral and mineral beneficiation division, yields the following products: •Floated Products – used as a filler in the paper, paint and plastic industries. •Unfloated Products – used in chemical processing / explosives used in mining. •Speciality Products – used as a filler or fluxing agent in the glass and chemical industries.

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    Forming part of the minerals and mineral beneficiation division, our lime operations predominantly produce caltic burnt lime which serves the mining, chemicals, agriculture, road building and environment-related industries, to name a few. Group company and Sub-Saharan market leader Idwala produces and supplies limestone, lime and calcium carbonates. This valuable substance has numerous functions such as raising the pH level during gold processing, serving as a calcium source for agricultural fertilisers and animal feed as well as treating acid mine water.

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