Chemisphere Technologies, a Division of AECI was formed on 1 January 2012. By rebranding SA Paper Chemicals and Simitri Specialty Chemicals, a major supplier to the leather industry was part of SA Paper Chemicals at the time.
Chemisphere Technologies, the new rebranded entity, is divided into two strategic divisions trading as:
1. Chemisphere Paper Technologies
2. Simitri Specialty Chemicals
Chemisphere Paper Technologies, formerly known as SA Paper Chemicals, was formed in 1963 as a division of Chemical Services, one of the largest specialty chemical suppliers in Southern Africa. Size and defoamers were then supplied to an East Rand based paper mill. SA Paper Chemicals became a “stand alone company” in 1978 and was the first dedicated supplier of chemicals to the pulp and paper industry in South Africa.
Chemisphere Paper Technologies strives to be the leading and most respected South African manufacturer and supplier of specialty chemicals to the pulp, paper, board and tissue industries. The company supplies technology advancement to the local industry which is strongly supported by our International Technology Partner, Ashland Hercules. Extensive experience in supplying chemicals to the industry has given CHEMISPHERE Paper Technologies invaluable applications knowledge and a result-orientated approach to the use of specialty chemicals in the paper industry.
As from January 2012 Chemisphere Paper Technologies is divided into six distinct product classes, called Centers of Excellence:
1. Contaminant Control (CC)
2. Microbiological Control (MB)
3. Size & Defoamer ( S&D)
4. Strength (STR)
5. Dyes, OBA’s and RDA’s (DOR)
6. Tissue (TIS)
The purpose of these Centers of Excellence is to create world-class experts and bring valuable technology and products to the market more efficiently. With designated Leaders of Excellence on site customers can rest assured that the quality of the end-product is in the capable hands of the best in their respective fields.
Chemisphere Paper Technologies operating centres are located in Johannesburg, Durban and Cape Town with on-site support offices at most of the customer sites where Technical Specialists service customers’ specific requirements.
The manufacturing facility is situated at Modderfontein which is supported by dedicated chemists who are based at the Chloorkop and Umbogintwini facilities. Knowledge and understanding of product ranges and applications form part of their expertise. Besides locally developed technology, Chemisphere Paper Technologies also manufacture products under license agreement from Ashland Hercules at this facility.
The best of overseas technology is combined with in-house technology to comply with local requirements and strive to assist customers with troubleshooting, new product development and problem solving.
It is therefore the aim of Chemisphere Paper Technologies to form partnerships with customers and to continuously satisfy and exceed customer needs and expectations.