Zinchem is a division of the Zimco Group, which is South Africa’s leading producer of industrial and base minerals, including zinc, lead and aluminium metal and alloys. In March 1999, Zimco was acquired by Eco-Bat Technologies Limited, a UK-based parent company for a group of companies engaged in the smelting, manufacturing and marketing of lead and lead products, with operations in the UK, France, Germany, Italy, Austria and the USA. Ecobat is a Pounds Sterling 700 million per annum turnover group.
Zinchem is one of the largest producers of zinc oxide, zinc dust, zinc alloys and zinc sulphates in Africa. Zinchem also trades in Zinc Metal.
Zinchem supplies both local and international markets from a plant, which is situated in Benoni just outside Johannesburg. Zinchem was founded in 1946 by the Anglo-American Corporation to produce zinc dust, which was used for gold cementation in cyanide solution in local gold mines. Later the company began producing zinc oxide, which is supplied to the tyre industry, rubber manufacturing industry, paint industry, pharmaceutical industry and agricultural markets.
Due to a requirement from the local market, three grades of zinc sulphate were then added to the product range. Zinc sulphate along with zinc oxide is used as trace element supplements for animal feeds, as well as a zinc supplement in fertilizers.
Zinchem is actively involved in the South African and International market and are active members of various related organizations such as IZA (International Zinc Association), AFMA (Animal Feed Manufacturers Association) and the FSSA (Fertilizer Society of South Africa) and REACH compliant.
Zinchem is a certified ISO9001, ISO14001 and OSHAS18001 company. All agricultural products are manufactured under stringent quality standards and are registered under Act 36 of 1947 with the Department of Agriculture.
Zinchem is currently a level 5 contributor to B-BBEE.