Environmental protection is a top priority for Chryso

by Tania Wannenburg
Environmental protection

Leading construction chemicals producer, Chryso Southern Africa, has instituted several key actions to limit the company’s impact on the environment.


Leading construction chemicals producer, Chryso Southern Africa, has instituted several key actions to limit the company’s impact on the environment.

Nicolas Wolf, managing director of Chryso Southern Africa, says Chryso is pro-active in terms of sustainability for the development of new products, as well as its production facilities and processes. It is also well on track to obtain accreditation next year for its ISO 14001 Environmental Management System.

“Chryso Southern Africa carefully manages the amount of hazardous and volatile products used in our manufacturing operations. We have a programme in place in our research and development department to replace all such environmentally-toxic ingredients with safer and greener alternatives.

“As part of Chryso’s recycling initiative, all three plants in Jet Park, Cape Town and Durban have waste disposal areas demarcated for glass, wood, metal and plastic. The plants optimise natural resources regarding waste water management, rainwater catchment and sludge waste management. There are strategically placed catchment areas in the plants to prevent any admixtures from running into sewers and contaminating groundwater.

“Chryso is committed to reducing its energy consumption, with particular emphasis on electricity. Where possible, products are distributed in recycled packaging. To reduce our carbon footprint in the transportation of our products, we offer bulk deliveries with maximum load capacity where possible. The company is continually expanding its geographic presence, moving closer to customers to minimise delivery distances. To date, Chryso Southern Africa has three plants and seven branches throughout the country,” Wolf adds.

The admixture producer is also striving to expand its range of environmentally-friendly products. Included in the range of products recently developed according to “green” eco-design principles, are a biodegradable vegetable-based demoulding oil, aqueous-based surface retarders, non-hazardous agents to clean concrete drums and containers, as well as dustless thin skin liners for mining operations.

“Furthermore, Chryso has introduced and patented its Enviromix technology, aimed at boosting the use of cement extenders, such as fly-ash and slagment, without compromising on the quality of concrete or cement produced by our customers. This enables our customers to reduce their carbon footprint by using less clinker in the production of cement, and the optimised use of cement in the manufacturing of concrete,” Wolf explains.

The company is also fully committed to the health and safety of its employees, and encourages staff to reduce their carbon footprint – both at work and at home. Chryso’s holding company, the Materis Group, has an annual health and safety day that is strictly observed in all its operations worldwide. Chryso Southern Africa is working towards a goal of zero accidents and continues to invest in employee safety training and skills development.

a.b.e. Construction Chemicals, part of the Chryso Southern Africa Group, is now supplying the first dustless mortars, grouts, plaster and self-levelling cementitious products in Africa from a specially-adapted powder plant in Boksburg.

The dustless product concept has – after many years of research and development – been patented by the Parex Group, a subsidiary of the Materis Group, the Chryso SA Group’s French holding company. Parex has awarded a.b.e. with the only African licence to manufacture and distribute the dustless, environmentally-friendly range of products.

Chryso SA
Tel: (011) 395 9700
Website: www.chryso.com

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