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Automated chemistry opens up whole new product range for laboratory chemical business

Technological development such as automated chemistry phasing out wet chemistry is transforming the laboratory chemical business, presenting an opportunity for an entirely new product range. This is good news for the leading homegrown supplier of laboratory chemicals, consumables and all related laboratory requirements, Associated Chemical Enterprises (ACE Chemicals). Its stockholding is unmatched in the industry, which gives its customers confidence that it is able to meet all of their requirements.

ACE Chemicals is also the agent for Carlo Erba Reagents of Italy, the first manufacturer of laboratory reagents in France, where it has two production plants, and its headquarters in Milan. With ACE Chemicals’ numerous longstanding relationships forged with many overseas companies, it has access to the latest emerging technologies and products.

Its approach to customers, especially those going out to tender, is to encourage them to conduct site visits to verify the claims made by competitors, especially the smaller players. Once they have compared ACE Chemicals and its state-of-the-art facilities to others, they will see that the company is leaps and bounds ahead of the competition. Such is the company’s confidence in its preeminent role in the laboratory chemical industry that it has rolled out a new website that is not only user-friendly, but also packed with technical information.


Leading homegrown supplier ACE Chemicals has 1 600 line items ex stock.

ACE Chemicals’ slogan is ‘Quality Without Compromise’, underpinned by it becoming the first chemical repacking company to obtain triple accreditation: namely SABS ISO 9001 (quality systems), SABS ISO 14001 (environmental systems) and SABS ISO 45001 (health and safety systems).

‘ISO accreditation’ automatically means a company is on par with global standards and facilitates trade with international customers. ACE Chemicals will never compromise on quality, and supplies only the best quality products backed by certificates of analysis.

As a triple SABS ISO accredited company, ongoing training is critical, with monthly training programmes and refresher courses being held not only to improve skills, but also to multi-skill all employees. This means workers can confidently carry out a variety of roles at the company, from first aiders to firefighters, packers, pickers, machinery operators and hazardous chemical drivers.

In keeping with its quality objectives, the company controls every facet of supplying world-class products, from packing and labelling facilities to sales, delivery and marketing. The main advantage of this single point of contact approach is that we are not reliant on any third-party suppliers.

The company was established in 1988 to exploit a gap in a market that has subsequently become overcrowded with smaller players, yet retaining its leading role. It operates out of its own high-tech facility in Johannesburg, and upholds a reputation for providing an unprecedented level of customer service. This continues to set it apart in the market.

ACE Chemicals is dedicated to serving the chemical industry with an emphasis on high-grade specialty chemicals imported from globally-accredited suppliers that focus on quality control. Latest company highlights include launching of its own personalised grades Platinum (Pt), Gold (Au) and Silver (Ag) and upgrading its software with a personalised programme that automatically calculates suggested pallet packing to comply with incompatibility and transport regulations and is also able to calculate gross and net weights and volumes and number of packages and/or pallets which assists clients in obtaining accurate transport costs.

The MD himself has 40 years’ experience in the chemical field, with the top management (General Manager, Operations Manager, Production Manager and Sales Manager) having a cumulative 200 years’ experience in the laboratory chemicals market. ACE Chemicals also has a high employee retention rate, with many staff having served loyally for more than 25 years.

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