South Africa-based Protea Chemicals, one of Africa’s largest chemical companies, plays a pivotal role in enabling businesses, manufacturing entities and municipalities throughout the African continent to effectively treat and reuse water.

The company manufactures and supplies world-class chemical formulations and packs chlorine gas for the purification and disinfection of water and wastewater in both the public and industrial water segments. The distribution network effectively reaches into East and West Africa, sub-Saharan Africa, Southern and South Africa. Protea Chemicals also exports to Europe, the Middle East, the Indian Ocean islands and Asia.


Integrating Zetachem

The 2008 acquisition of Zetachem, and its custom-designed plants in Durban and Cape Town, added the in-house chemical manufacturing of coagulants and flocculants to Protea Chemicals’ water capacity, complementing its already well-established product distribution network. Zetachem has been a South African tour de force in the local water industry for the last 20 years and has brought a wealth of water treatment expertise and manufacturing capability to the Protea Chemicals business over the past eight years.

The high-tech Durban plant produces a wide range of coagulants and flocculants, including the pioneering NSF-certified Zetafloc range, while the Cape Town plant manufactures ferric sulfate. The existing Protea Chemicals Sasolburg plant hosts a substantial chlorine packing facility and is also NSF certified. These three units form the hub of the company’s water and wastewater purification operations and are certified to international standards for product quality, operational safety, health and hygiene. Areas of application include drinking water, sewage and sanitation, effluent treatment and downstream recycling.

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