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  • Isegen South Africa (Pty) Ltd is the sole manufacturer of Food Acidulants, Phthalic and Maleic Anhydrides (PA and MA), and Plasticisers in South Africa. 
  • The Isegen South Africa operations extend over three manufacturing sites.  These are at Isipingo and Umgeni – both situated in Durban and the third at Germiston near Johannesburg.
  • The Head Office is established at the Isipingo site which is conveniently situated next to the South Durban petrochemical complex. It is close to the Durban export harbour, which is the largest in Africa.

Food Acids          

  • Isegen South Africa has a long history in the manufacture and marketing of Food Acids dating back to 1974.
  • The Food Acid plant uses in-house MA which is derived from Butane supplied by the refinery situated next door to produce Malic Acid and Fumaric Acid and is now the most integrated Food Acids manufacturer anywhere in the world.
  • This enables the company to benefit from many synergies from being on the same site as the MA plant, such as the use of steam generated from the exothermic oxidation reaction of MA, to drive the Food Acidulants plant. In addition, steam is also supplied by the PA plant.
  • A range of Food Acidulants is manufactured, most of which have unique characteristics or properties. 
  • Isegen is the only company known world-wide to have perfected the granulation of these acidulants. 
  • Some of these products have been patented and trademarked around the world. 

Furthermore the logistical advantage from the backward integration to the MA supply and to the butane that is available from the refinery next-door enables ISEGEN to make best use of the integrated supply chain from "buying butane and selling food acids"

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Plasticisers

  • The Manufacture of Plasticisers in South Africa dates back to mid-1950. 
  • Esters produced from Phthalic Anhydride (PA) and Adipic acid, are supplied to the South African PVC Industry.
  • Recent initiatives have been undertaken to ensure that the plants are world-class with respect to quality.

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Anhydrides 

  • The Manufacture of Phthalic Anhydride (PA) in South Africa, dates back to mid-1950, and the manufacture of Maleic Anhydride (MA) was started in the mid-1980’s. 
  • PA and MA are supplied to the Alkyd Resin and Unsaturated Polyester Resin Markets in South Africa.
  • Recent initiatives have been undertaken to expand the capacity of the plants and ensure that the plants are world-class, with respect to quality and Raw Material conversion.

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General

  • The Company is accredited with both ISO 14000 and ISO 9001:2008. Furthermore the Company subscribes to the Black Empowerment and the Employment Equity initiatives of the South African government.
  • The company has been fully accepted as a member of the Proudly South African campaign.
  • ISO 22000:2005 has been implemented in the Food Acids plant.
  • The food acids comply with the FCC6, National Formulary, and BP specifications and comply with Kosher and with Halaal certification requirements.
  • World-class manufacturing procedures are employed and stringent EH&S protocols are adhered to at ISEGEN, where people, customers, suppliers and the environment are treated as paramount. 
  • Isegen South Africa has already achieved a number of world firsts, such as the only commercial production of granular Malic Acid globally.

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