Omnia's Chemical division, operating under the Protea Chemicals brand, is a longstanding and well- respected distributor of speciality, functional and effect chemicals and polymers in much of sub-Saharan Africa. Focused on providing customers with value-added chemical products and services, Protea Chemicals strives to be 'more than just a chemical supplier'. 


Protea Chemicals competes in almost every sector of the chemical distribution market, including personal care and cosmetics, food and beverages, water treatment, engineering, paints and inks, textiles, plastics, rubber, chemical manufacturing and formulation, petroleum and lubrication, packaging and paper, pharmaceuticals and healthcare and animal feeds.


Protea Chemicals is an active member of CAIA, the representative body of the chemical industry in South Africa, and as such is a signatory to the worldwide Responsible Care programme - a global initiative that requires independently audited performance again demanding health, safety and environmental targets.


The company operates from 21 sites located in all major industrial centres throughout Southern Africa, from Nairobi to Cape Town. It has extensive and established warehousing facilities for packed products, dry and liquid bulk, chemical storage, and a distribution infrastructure and capacity across the African sub-region.


This extensive reach ensures optimal proximity to its customers, which strongly supports Protea Chemicals customer orientated approach. Protea Chemicals continues to invest in its storage and distribution capacity and further extend its ability to satisfy customer needs.


Protea Chemicals is a well-established manufacturer and distributor of speciality, functional and effect chemicals and polymers, with a major presence in every sector of the broader chemical distribution market. Operating throughout South Africa and widely across the African continent, the company represents a large number of domestic and international principals, counting among its suppliers many of the world’s leading chemical producers.

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Omnia offers a broad range of services to the mining industry through its Mining division which comprises BME and Protea Mining Chemicals. BME is a market leader in blended bulk explosives formulations for the open cast mining industry, produces mining accessories and shocktube initiation sytems and manufactures packaged explosives for underground mining and specialised surface blasting operations. The company adds value to its products through its world-class blasting consultancy service which offers customers support and advice from industry experts and highly qualified mining engineers. Protea Mining Chemicals offers value added services to complement its wide range of chemical products. These include offerings such as Protea Process™, a comprehensive service that covers the handling, logistics and on site formulation of chemicals for its customers

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BME Mining
BME is the leading supplier of explosives to the South African open pit mining and quarrying industry. It offers ground breaking solutions to all its customers and has operations in South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Mali, Swaziland, Sierra Leone, Mauritania, Malawi, Senegal and Zambia. It also trades into Mozambique and the DRC.

Protea Mining Chemicals
Protea Mining Chemicals is a division of Omnia Group (Pty) Ltd, and markets a range of speciality chemicals, and the mining related commodity chemical interests of Protea Chemicals.


Omnia’s Agriculture division, the market leader in southern Africa, comprises Omnia Fertilizer and Omnia Specialities. The division produces granular, liquid and speciality fertilizers for a broad customer base of farmers, co-operatives and wholesalers throughout southern and East Africa, Australia, New Zealand and Brazil. The division is expanding its influence in Europe, South America and Asia, where it is increasing its sales of speciality products. The Omnia Agriculture division’s range of specialised products and services are encompassed by its unique Nutriology® offering, which assists customers to optimise crop yield and quality.

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04 September 2009
Omnia to increase capital outlay in years ahead

25 September 2007
Protea Chemicals opens environmentally friendly gypsum plant

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