By bringing together strengths in a number of focused group companies, Bud Chemicals and Minerals has established itself as a major operator in the manufacturing, importing, stocking and distribution of chemical products and raw materials.

‘We have scale and resources which provide exciting growth opportunities for Bud and our people.’

Greg Hirschowitz
CEO Bud Chemicals and Minerals



Companies within the Group manufacture and supply a highly specialised range of colours and coatings for glass, ceramics, plastics and other surfaces. The product range includes thermo-setting powder coatings, plastic masterbatch, glaze frits, ceramic glazes, porcelain enamels, resins, coating resins and dispersions. Ferro Group has branches and warehouses located in all major centres including: JHB, DBN, CPT, PTA, PE and even as far as Nigeria.

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Idwala’s lime operations predominantly produce calcitic burnt lime, which serves the mining, chemicals, metallurgical, agriculture, water, road building and environment-related industries. The carbonates operation produces a range of products derived from calcitic and dolomitic limestone, which serve the agricultural, glass, paint, paper, plastics and chemical industries.

Based on the site of a major phosphate producer, the Idwala Magnetite operation uses the processes of magnetic separation and fine milling to upgrade material from the dump site. Pyrophyllite raw material is sourced from a quarry near Ottosdal in the North-West Province and milled or micronised at the Idwala Industrial Minerals operation in Benoni, Gauteng.

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NCP Chlorchem is a South African based leading manufacturer of Chlorine, Caustic Soda and Chlor-Alkali derivatives. The company’s major markets are the local FMCG, plastics, pulp and paper, mining, as well as potable and effluent water treatment industries. In addition, the business sells its chemicals and services to a diverse range of overseas markets. As a chemical producer, NCP is dedicated to being the market leader in providing quality products and services, which meet and/or exceed the expectations of their customers. NCP’s head office and main plant are situated in Chloorkop, Kempton Park, with a site at Cato Ridge, KwaZulu Natal and a depot at Atlantis in the Western Cape.

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Cerebos manufactures and supplies a range of salt products for the retail, wholesale and industrial markets in Sub Saharan Africa. Cerebos is the only manufacturer of PVD grade salt in Sub-Saharan Africa, producing around 30,000 tons per annum. A further 20,000 tons of Solar Salt is produced in Berg River along the West Coast of South Africa.

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CJP is an importer, stockist and distributor of chemical raw materials and ingredients supplied into the food, industrial, pharmaceutical, nutraceutical and personal care industries in South Africa.

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As the largest supplier of natural soda ash in Africa, Botash extracts carbonate-rich brine from beneath the surface of Sua Pan to produce light and dense soda ash for a variety of industrial uses.

Located in Sua Pan in northern Botswana, Botash also has a depot with bulk storage and warehousing in Alberton, Gauteng, to serve its South African customers. Around 650,000 tons of bulk salt is produced annually for the agricultural, food and chemical market. A further 150,000 tons of refined salt is supplied in to the retail market through Sub-Saharan Africa.

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The Namibia-based company is the largest producer of solar sea salt in sub-Saharan Africa. It exports refined sea salt to neighbouring countries and also produces bulk coarse salt for the chemical industry.

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FFS Refiners is the largest supplier of industrial heating fuels in South Africa. The Company markets products for a wide variety of uses, including glass making, brick making, steam raising in boilers, billet re-heating, baking, incineration, laundry, road-mix heating, lime kilns, sand and stone drying.

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