Sentrachem Ltd commissioned the Calcium Carbide furnace with the intention to produce acetylene which formed the building block for the production of poly-isoprene synthetic rubber. The strategic intent was to make RSA independent of imported Rubber.
The calcium carbide processing units at Ballengeich was bought by Sentrachem from another company, AECI.
Sentrachem Ltd was bought by The Dow Chemical Company;
DOW sold the business to a Management consortium who operated the business as “SA Calcium Carbide (Pty) Ltd”.
The Andina Group acquired the shares of SACC. The company has benefited with the addition of technology and experience of the Andina Group.
The Andina Group was dissolved and SACC became part of the Alloys and Carbide Group.