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Profile and Strategy

AECI is a diversified Group of 17 companies. It has regional and international businesses in Africa, Europe, South East Asia, North America, South America and Australia. Products and services are provided to a broad spectrum of customers in the mining, water treatment, plant and animal health, food and beverage, infrastructure and general industrial sectors.

The Group's strategy is to be the supplier of choice in the markets in which it operates and to continue to grow domestically as well as through ongoing expansion of its footprint within the geographies and markets served. In line with this strategy, businesses are managed in five growth pillars: Mining Solutions (AEL Intelligent Blasting, Experse and Senmin), Water & Process (ImproChem), Plant & Animal Health (Nulandis and Schirm), Food & Beverage (Lake Foods and Southern Canned Products), and Chemicals (Chemfit, Chemical Initiatives, ChemSystems, Industrial Oleochemical Products, Much Asphalt and SANS Technical Fibers). Included in this pillar are two joint ventures - Crest Chemicals and Specialty Minerals South Africa.

These pillars are AECI's key reporting segments.

AECI also has a property division, Acacia Real Estate. Its main activities are the management of the Company's leasing portfolio and the provision of services at the Umbogintwini Industrial Complex in KwaZulu-Natal. Together with Head Office support functions, including the treasury, Acacia Real Estate constitutes the Group's sixth reporting segment, namely Property & Corporate.

All business activities are underpinned by the Group's BIGGER values - of being Bold, Innovative, Going Green and being Engaged and Responsible.

The Company was registered in South Africa in 1924 and was listed on the JSE in 1966.

DIVERSIFIED GROUP OF OPERATES ON MARKET CAPITALISATION (END 2018) NUMBER OF EMPLOYEES (END 2018)
17 companies 6 continents R10,2bn 8 038

5 Pillars

Pillar
Mining
Mining
Solutions
Pillar
Mining
Water
& Process
Pillar
Mining
Plant & Animal
Health
Pillar
Mining
Food
& Beverage
Pillar
Mining
Chemicals

These businesses provide a mine-to-mineral solution for the mining sector internationally.

The offering includes surfactants for explosives manufacture, commercial explosives, initiating systems and blasting services right through the value chain to chemicals for ore beneficiation and tailings treatment.

AECI Mining Solutions AEL Mining Services Experse Senmin

ImproChem provides integrated water treatment and process chemicals, and equipment solutions, for a diverse range of applications in Africa.

These include, inter alia, public and industrial water, desalination and utilities.

Nulandis manufactures and supplies an extensive range of crop protection products and plant nutrients, and provides related services, for the agricultural sector in Africa.

Schirm, based in Germany, is a contract manufacturer of agrochemicals and fine chemicals with a European and US footprint. It is the premier provider of external agrochemical formulation services in Europe.

The businesses in this pillar supply ingredients and commodities to the dairy, beverage, wine, meat, bakery, health and nutrition industries.

The other main activity is the manufacture and distribution of a broad range of juice-based products and drinks, including formulated compounds, fruit concentrate blends and emulsions.

AECI’s Chemicals businesses supply chemical raw materials and related services for use across a broad spectrum of customers in the manufacturing, infrastructure and general industrial sectors, mainly in South Africa and in other Southern African countries. SANS Technical Fibers is based in the USA.