AECI is a South African-based company focused on providing products and services to a broad spectrum of customers in the mining, water treatment, plant and animal health, food and beverage, infrastructure and general industrial sectors. It has regional and international businesses in Africa, Europe, South East Asia, North America and Australia.
The Group now comprises 17 businesses and, at 31 December 2017, it has 7 908 employees.
The Group’s strategy is to be the supplier of choice in the markets in which it operates and to continue to grow domestically as well as through ongoing expansion of its footprint in terms of the geographies and markets served. In line with this strategy the five growth pillars are Mining Solutions (AEL Mining Services, Experse and Senmin), Water & Process (ImproChem), Plant & Animal Health (Nulandis and newly acquired Schirm), Food & Beverage (Lake Foods and Southern Canned Products), and Chemicals (Chemfit, Chemical Initiatives, ChemSystems, Industrial Oleochemical Products, SANS Technical Fibers and newly acquired Much Asphalt). Also in this pillar are two joint ventures - Crest Chemicals and Specialty Minerals South Africa.
AECI was registered as a company in South Africa in 1924 and has been listed on the JSE since 1966. At the end of 2017 its market capitalisation was R12,2 billion.
The businesses in this pillar provide a mine-to-metal solution for the mining sector internationally. The offering includes surfactants for explosives manufacture, commercial explosives, initiating systems and blasting services right through the value chain to chemicals for ore beneficiation and tailings treatment.
ImproChem provides integrated water treatment and process chemicals, and equipment solutions, for a diverse range of applications in Africa. These include, inter alia, public and industrial water, desalination and utilities.
Nulandis manufactures and supplies an extensive range of crop protection products, plant nutrients and services for the agricultural sector in Africa.
Schirm, based in Germany, is a contract manufacturer of agrochemicals and fine chemicals with a European and US footprint. It is the largest provider of external agrochemical formulation services in Europe.
The businesses in this pillar supply ingredients and commodities to the dairy, beverage, wine, meat, bakery, health and nutrition industries.
The other main activity is the manufacture and distribution of a broad range of juice-based products and drinks, including formulated compounds, fruit concentrate blends and emulsions.
These businesses supply chemical raw materials and related services for use across a broad spectrum of customers in the manufacturing, infrastructure and general industrial sectors mainly in South Africa and in other Southern African countries. SANS Technical Fibers is based in the USA.