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Technology

Our aim has always been to be the leading producer of value-creating and quality polymers for the Southern African market. By doing so, we aim to generate growth for our stakeholders through technology and innovation which complements the full value chain.

Development & forward-thinking

Our team constantly builds upon the experience and achievements gained through more than four decades of passionate participation in the plastics sector. Through consistent development and improvement of our vast catalogue of products, we guarantee sustainable growth and competitiveness for ourselves and our customers.

 

Constant monitoring and improvement of catalysts, processes, products and applications ensure we stay at the cutting edge of our ever-evolving industry, and that we provide modern solutions to changing market requirements. In doing so, we add value to end-user applications.

 

Product developments start with a complete understanding of the needs of the value chain from to the consumer, and we translate that into a sustainable quality polymer product, ultimately providing the market with a fine quality final product. These developments are supported by continuous focus and improvement in health, safety, environmental, risk, quality, sustainability and operational efficiency.

Innovation every day

Our technologies include

SPHERIPOL TECHNOLOGY

The Safron® polypropylene production unit at Safripol uses state of the art Spheripol polypropylene process technology, which is regarded as one of the leading technologies worldwide for the production of PP polymer products.

This process ensures exceptional product quality with minimum property variation. The Safron® grades produced using this technology include homopolymers, random copolymers and impact copolymers. The Spheripol production process is environmentally friendly, producing no undesired by-products during the manufacturing process.

HOSTALEN SLURRY TECHNOLOGY

Safripol utilise the Hostalen low pressure slurry polymerisation technology for production of high performance bimodal and multi-modal Safrene® HDPE resins.

The Hostalen process is the polymerisation of ethylene in suspension in a hydrocarbon diluent. With the slurry process there is a tendency to make higher molecular weights but also to tailor the molecular weight distribution, as a result grades produced using this technology perform very well in blow moulding, pipe extrusion and film applications. The Hostalen process is still one of the most mature, flexible, versatile and widely used processes. A technology agreement with LyondellBasell permits for technology advancement to satisfy changing market needs.

 

PET TECHNOLOGY

Our Aspire® PET resins are produced utilising technology for the Continuous Polymerisation (CP) process and Solid State Polymerisation (SSP) process.

The Continuous Polymerisation part of the process is in collaboration with technology partner Invista.
The Solid State Polymerisation is in collaboration with engineering partner Polymetrix (Bühler).
This technology partnership allows for excellent environmental performance and high product quality that is recognised throughout the industry.

Collaborations and Partnerships

LyondellBasell

The Sasolburg plant uses Spheripol technology for polypropylene production. The Hostalen Slurry technology for high density polyethylene under licence of LyondellBasell. Both technology license agreements give Safripol access to the latest advances in polymerisation and application development.

 

Qenos

Safripol’s flagship HDPE PE100 pipe resin, iMPACT100®, was developed in collaboration with Qenos. The licence agreement allows for sharing of information and gives the Sasolburg plant access to future product developments in the HDPE pressure pipe industry.

Chemtex

Chemtex is a global engineering and technology company which specializes in delivering value-added project solutions for its clients in the polymer & fibres, chemicals, energy and environmental industries. The company benefits from over 60 years of success in process and technology development and has successfully delivered hundreds of projects worldwide. Licensing Invista technology.

Polymetrix

Polymetrix is a worldwide engineering group active in the design and construction of plants and equipment, with headquarters in Switzerland. With its vast technological expertise and engineering know-how, Polymetrix is an international leader in PET decontamination and SSP plant engineering.

In order to stay at the forefront of technology and developments, Safripol has active engagements with global additive suppliers, processing technology developers, machine manufacturers and Universities (Local and Internationally).

Certification

Safripol Durban

iMPACT100® pipe material SABS Certification