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A new global materials distributor entered the international polymers market in July 2019 in the form of Meraxis Group, following the merger between the Swiss businesses MB Barter & Trading and Rehau GmbH. Meraxis South Africa distributes plastic raw materials, serving a wide variety of plastic converters throughout Southern, Eastern and Central Africa. The company has a number of long-standing relationships with well-established and well-known global plastics raw material producers. We have warehouses in Durban, Cape Town, Johannesburg and Beira. Meraxis made its official debut in the market on 1 July. The merger involves the combination of the purchasing arm of Rehau and all global offices of MB Barter & Trading, which now all operate under the new common name of Meraxis. The goal of the merged and substantially larger entity is to become one of the world’s largest polymer distributors in just a few years

Category: Materials
Sub category: HDPE (How-Density Polyethylene)
Principles: MB Barter & Trading Group

In 2010, the merger of three brands to become a single entity gave birth to Performance Colour Systems (PCS), now one of the largest manufacturers of masterbatch in Africa. PCS has its head office in Meadowdale, a manufacturing plant in Cape Town, and active agents and distribution throughout Africa. Performance Colour Systems (PCS) is a team of technical specialists, focusing on the chemical sector, with specific expertise rooted in the plastics industry. Coming from both an engineering and chemical background, our skilled staff offer technically-based solutions, specific to your polymer processing application, namely roto moulding, injection moulding, extrusion (film, fibre, cast, sheet etc.) and blow moulding. Our team is trained to supply solutions-based colour and additive systems, split across the four divisions within our organisation: 1. Masterbatch: Polyolefin (LD,LLD,HD,PP), PET, Polystyrene, EVA, Engineering polymers 2. Pastes: PUR & PVC 3. Pigments: Polyolefin, PET, Polystyrene, EVA, Nylon, Acrylic, PVC, Engineering polymers 4. Liquids: Polyolefin, PET, PC, PVC Our additive range includes advice and supply of key growth areas within each segment.

Category: Materials
Sub category: HDPE (How-Density Polyethylene)
Principles: SpeedBird Group

Plastomark is a leading supplier of branded raw materials to the plastics industry in South Africa. We pride ourselves on being a true extension of our key suppliers, providing a comprehensive service package from distribution and market development to technical services. The geographical coverage of the distribution network ensures Plastomark maintains a close relationship with its customers. Service is the key element in the offering that ensures prompt turnaround times, as well as our ability to offer customers deliveries ranging from under 1 ton to full truckloads. Regional sales offices in Durban, Cape Town and Johannesburg (head office) are staffed with experienced sales people and backed up by a “hands on” technical team.

Category: Materials
Sub category: HDPE (How-Density Polyethylene)
Principles: Celanese, Dow, Intergulf Ltd, Safripol, Solvay, Styron

Rawmac Import & Distribution has more than 35 years’ experience in supplying engineering polymers to the industry, with logistics and technical backup providing the highest level of service and support. Established in 1980, Rawmac Import & Distribution has become one of the major distributors of engineering polymers to the South African plastics industry. With branches in Johannesburg, Cape Town, Durban and Port Elizabeth, we provide logistical and technical back up to more than 350 customers nationwide.

Category: Materials
Sub category: HDPE (How-Density Polyethylene)
Principles: Chimei, Denka, Kolon Plastics, inc., SPL, Woori Plastics, Zig Sheng

Safripol is a leading polymer producer and marketer, with operations predominantly in South Africa, serving markets locally in Africa and globally. The company, in its present form, is a direct consequence of strategic acquisitions by KAP over the past few years. Through organic growth, infrastructure investment and acquisitions, we have grown to become the second-largest polymer producer in sub- Saharan Africa. Safripol Sasolburg is home to our High-Density Polyethylene and Polypropylene manufacturing plants. It is here where we produce circa 160kt of HDPE and 120kt of PP annually. Safripol Durban is home to our PET (Polyethylene Terephthalate) resin facility. This plant enjoyed a cutting-edge upgrade during 2017, and now has a capacity of 240kt per annum. Safripol Piet Retief produces various urea formaldehyde (UF) resins for the panel industry. These facilities also hold the record of being the largest producer of wood panel resins in Africa. Safripol are the only local producer of High-Density Polyethylene, PET and a variety of MFUF resins.

Category: Materials
Sub category: HDPE (How-Density Polyethylene)
Principles: KAP Industrial Holdings Limited

West African Group (WAG) is a division of West African International (Pty) Ltd (WAI), a leading reseller and distributor of polymer, rubber, fillers and specialised chemicals. WAG was established in 1992 to focus on the distribution and marketing initiatives in the Southern African region. The company continues to expand operations through a diversity of core products with sustainable competitive advantages. West African Group has an extensive regional distribution network, with warehouses in Johannesburg, Cape Town, Durban (head office), Port Elizabeth and East London. The Boksburg site comprises significant warehouse space and a sales office.

Category: Materials
Sub category: HDPE (How-Density Polyethylene)
Principles: ExxonMobil, Trinseo, Taghleef Industries