ABOUT
OMNIA

Factory [photo] 

Milestones

  • 2016

    • Ungeared balance sheet with a net cash positive position of R228 million
  • 2015

    • Revenue at record high of R16.8 billion
  • 2014

    • New HEF (high energy fuel) emulsion plant at Dryden commissioned with new superior technology and increased capacity that replaces the existing facility
    • Commissioning of a R91 million world-class chlorine packaging plant at Sasolburg
    • Omnia Holdings share price hits an all-time high of R242.00 on 10 September 2014
  • 2013

    • Omnia achieves market capitalisation of R10 billion for the first time
    • Namibia opens a 3 000m² chemicals storage facility in Windhoek
    • BME opens plants in Liberia, DRC and Eritrea, commences trading in Mozambique
    • A chemicals supply chain is established in Algeria and first deliveries are made
    • In Uganda, Zetachem secures a supply agreement with Government
    • Oil and Gas supply chains are established into Cameroon, Tanzania and Zambia
    • Purchase a further 0.5% of Omnia Group (Pty) Ltd through the BBBEE employee share scheme – Sakhile Initiative 2 Limited increasing total shareholding to 3.5%
  • 2012

    • Commission a R1.4 billion nitric acid 2 complex and related facilities in Sasolburg to produce nitric acid and ammonium nitrate to address shortages in South Africa and the Group
    • BME opens first plant in Burkina Faso
    • Omnia in Beira, Mozambique (Agriculture) opens and establishes an import and blending facility
    • Chemicals exports begin arriving in the DRC, Ethiopia and Equatorial Guinea
    • Angola (Chemicals) first bulk delivery of chemicals by ship
    • Zetachem supplies water purification products into Kenya
  • 2011

    • Purchase a further 1% of Omnia Group (Pty) Ltd through BBBEE employee share scheme – Sakhile Initiative 2 Limited –increasing total shareholding to 3%
  • 2010

    • BME commissions shock tube plant in Fochville, 60 km west of Johannesburg, South Africa
    • Purchase of an initial 2% of Omnia Group (Pty) Ltd through BBBEE employee share scheme – Sakhile Initiative 2 Limited
    • BME opens a plant in Sierra Leone
    • Omnia Angola (Agriculture and Chemicals) opens and establishes a 3 000 m² warehouse
  • 2009

    • Sudan begins acquiring water purification chemicals
    • Protea Polymers East Africa founded
  • 2008

    • Commissions EnviNox® plant at Sasolburg, reducing the release of nitrous oxide (NOX) from the Omnia fertilizer factory
    • Omnia sells its first carbon credits
    • Commissions EcoGypsum™ plant for sale of gypsum to cement industry
    • BME opens plant in Senegal
    • In Angola, agricultural trade commences
  • 2007

    • Purchase of 10% of Omnia Group (Pty) Ltd through BBBEE employee share scheme – Sakhile Initiative Limited (Sakhile 1)
    • Acquires Zetachem, supplier of chemical management systems for the water treatment, mining, pulp and paper industries
    • BME opens in Guinea
  • 2006

    • New BME plants are established in Mauritania and Mali
    • Polymer trade commences in Tanzania
  • 2005

    • BME plant opens in Mauritania
  • 2004

    • Omnia in Malawi (Agriculture) opens
    • Botswana – water purification chemicals are supplied
  • 2003

    • Omnia achieves a R1 billion market capitalisation in 50th year of existence
    • Acquires South Africa's largest distributor and trader of chemicals, Protea Chemicals
    • New calcium nitrate plant opened in Sasolburg
    • BME enters sophisticated electronic detonator market
    • BME begins trading in Kenya and Mozambique
  • 2002

    • A chemicals supply chain is established into Zambia and Malawi
  • 2001

    • Establishes presence in Australasia
    • BME establishes further operations in Mali, Zimbabwe and Botswana
    • A chemicals supply chain is set up into Angola
  • 2000

    • BME opens plants in Tanzania, Mali and Zambia
  • 1999

    • BME establishes a facility in Namibia
  • 1998

    • Mining explosives venture initiated in Tanzania
    • Speciality fertilizer blender commissioned in Sasolburg
    • Omnia's first fertilizer bulk blender in Zimbabwe is commissioned
    • Omnia Kenya (Agriculture) is established
  • 1997

    • Construction begins on R96 million state-of-the-art fertilizer granulation plant at Sasolburg
    • Fourth liquid fertilizer plant commissioned in Wesselsbron
    • In Ghana, BME commences operations
  • 1996

    • Omnia Fertilizer commissions plant in Sasolburg to produce potassium sulphate and hydrochloric acid
    • BME commissions cartridge explosives plant in Fochville
    • Omnia Fertilizer in Zimbabwe commences trading
  • 1995

    • Speciality fertilizer division launched, introduced OmniaSap™ technology
  • 1993

    • Establishes a trading, finance and investment business in Mauritius
    • Becomes Top 100 Company on the JSE for the first time
  • 1992

    • Extends operations into Africa, BME enters Zimbabwe, Omnia Fertilizer in Zambia is established
    • Establishes industrial chemicals division, Intaba Chemicals
  • 1991

    • Omnia Fertilizer establishes porous prill ammonium nitrate at Sasolburg
    • BME establishes ANFO manufacturing plant at Rustenburg
  • 1988

    • Enters agricultural seed market
    • 25% partnership share agreement for the Richards Bay ammonia terminal
  • 1987

    • Acquires Bulk Mining Explosives (BME) to diversify into the mining explosives market
  • 1982

    • Invests R88 million in nitrogen production facilities at the Sasolburg complex
  • 1980

    • Lists on Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE)
  • 1976

    • Expands liquid operation into the UK and USA
    • Opens liquid fertilizer plants at Hectorspruit and Danielsrus
  • 1974

    • Launches direct application ammonia in Viljoenskroon, Delmas and Kieppen (close to Bethal)
    • Completes superphosphate plant at Sasolburg and phosphoric acid plant at Phokeng, outside Rustenburg
  • 1972

    • Commissions South Africa's first liquid fertilizer operation at Sasolburg
  • 1967

    • Expands into the related fertilizer market, establishes first granular plant at Sasolburg
  • 1953

    • Started as a family business with just £53 in capital, Omnia has grown with a market capitalisation of ±R12 billion today