Founded in 2006 by Gerbrand Haasbroek, Sun Silicates (Pty) Ltd is owned and managed by a dynamic team of engineers and chemical specialists. As a self-professed entrepreneur, it had been a lifelong desire of Gerbrand to develop business opportunities and after extensive local and international experience in the metallurgical and chemical industry, he decided to start his first industrial scale venture.
Initially an opportunity was identified for the manufacture of Potassium Silicates for the welding and agricultural industries.
A furnace was designed and built on a heavy-industrial site in Wadeville, east of Johannesburg and the first Potassium Silicate cullet was manufactured in 2010.
In 2012, a Perlite exfoliation plant was added. Since the technology and the products are complementary, a Vermiculite expansion facility was added in 2014 making Sun Silicates the only company in southern Africa with the capability to manufacture complete range of exfoliated Perlite and Vermiculite products. In 2014, Gerbrand and his son Dewald also invested in Matutu Milling, an Attapulgite operation that supplies a variety of absorbent minerals. The plant was subsequently expanded and a new drier and milling facility is in the process of being constructed.
In 2017, a new, high capacity blending plant was added to the portfolio. This enables the Sun Silicates group of companies to manufacture sophisticated, pre-blended Perlite- and cement-based plasters and screeds, growing media, insulating and other refractory concretes as well as gunning mixes for fire protection.
We pride ourselves on an inherent culture of engineering excellence and exceptional technical support with highly qualified and experienced engineers and many years of professional experience.
With an emphasis on the needs of our customers, our people are technically astute, flexible and quick to react. Sun Silicates has a centralised management structure ensuring efficient and cost effective overheads Through ongoing innovation, we ensure that our products are world-class and offer excellent value.
Sun Silicates is an ISO 9001:2015 certified company ensuring that our products are always consistent. We also have Halaal and Kosher certifications, ensuring both food safety and peace of mind.
We are in regular contact with our customers and pride ourselves on retaining our customer base through competitively-priced, quality products and technical We live by the motto, ”Our products offer value for money, through and through”.
As a professional company, we ensure that we have state of the art finance, human resources, customer relationship, laboratory and quality control systems and procedures in place. Our qualified and experienced staff, including various metallurgical, chemical and mechanical engineers, plays a significant role in the professionalism of our company.
As a proudly South African manufacturing facility, we place particular emphasis on our Health and Safety and training programmes. We provide in-house and external training, all of which is accredited as we see the growth potential of our employees and future opportunities as a high priority.
Sun Silicates is a manufacturer and distributor of the following product categories:
Solusil Potassium and Sodium Silicate-based products which includes:
SunPerl is a range of Perlite and Vermiculite products including:
INMIM offers consulting and project management services to the mining, metallurgical and mechanical/production industries. This includes but is not limited to:
Matutu Milling mines, dries, calcines and screens Attapulgite clay into different product grades for use in the following applications:
Metflux is a manufacturer of fluxes for the metallurgical industry. This includes:
Sun Insulation has strong metallurgical core competencies and, with access to the exfoliated Perlite and Vermiculite products produced by Sun Silicates, offers both standard and speciality refractory products.
Sun Insulation recently appointed Dave Thomas, a refractory specialist, as technical manager. With many years of experience in the formulation and development of speciality refractory materials, he further strengthens the group’s technical team. The extensive laboratory facilities of the group allows Sun Insulation to develop, analyse test and quality assure its products.
Some of the products that Sun Insulation will bring to the market include:
CemteQ specialises in developing and marketing unique, value-adding solutions for the building and construction industries. Many of these opportunities are not new to the international building and construction sector but have not been fully explored in the South African or African context. Through our sister company, Sun Silicates, we have access to high quality Perlite production and use this as an aggregate replacement or partial replacement together with cement and special admixtures to produce unique and bespoke solutions for plaster, screeds and concrete applications. The end result is products which have significant insulation, fire-resistance, lightweight and acoustic properties.
Perlite in construction
Perlite is widely used in construction in the middle east, Europe and the USA. It’s low density and relatively low price make it ideal for use in eco-friendly mixtures with cementitious materials. Typical applications include:
Group Managing Director
Managing Director of Metflux
Director of Sun Silicates
Director of Metflux
General Manager of INMIM
Managing Director of Matutu Milling
Sun Silicates (Pty) Ltd focuses on supplying high-tech consumable products to the chemical, metallurgical and agricultural industries. The company is customer and performance focused and we ensure our customers of quality products at competitive pricing.Read More
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