Buckman Laboratories: your partner for success and continuous innovation
When it comes to understanding the complex challenges facing manufacturing industries, one would be hard-pressed to find a rival to Buckman Laboratories. For over 64 years Buckman Laboratories have been aiding its customers in achieving operational efficiency through a unique offering of expert knowledge and advanced chemical products.
The company was founded on the challenging proposition of creating a range of speciality chemicals to control the growth of microbes (microscopically small organisms) in industrial processes and products without impacting on the environment. Nowadays, a full range of speciality chemicals including,microbiocides, scale inhibitors, polymers, dispersants and defoamers is supplied to a wide array of industries globally and within Southern Africa.
With headquarters in Memphis USA, Buckman Laboratories has expanded operations to over 90 countries and meets the chemical needs of dominant players in industries including Pulp and Paper, Industrial Water Treatment, Sugar, Paint, Metals & Mining and Leather. Buckman Laboratories' chemicals can be found at almost every stage within a variety ofmanufacturing processes.The company is committed to delivering specialised solutions uniquely designed to help each of these industries increase productivity, improve quality, and comply with globally recognised environmental standards.
Innovative Products and Services
The Buckman Laboratories' focus is on continual improvement in processes and technologies, and dedication to their customers.These unique requirements, have culminated in the development of new products for the pulp and paper industry including high bright (OBA) applications,enzymes for fiber modification, stickies, and pitch control, new scale control and defoamer chemistries, high tech dry strength resin applications and specialty sizing options. In the creping industry, novel adhesion and release aids are being utilized.A full range of water treatment chemistries, services, and technologies is also provided for paper mills with a new leak detection system available for black liquor recovery boilers.
Buckman Laboratories has introduced innovative enzyme technology for the leather industry. In addition to the traditional microbiocides and dispersants supplied to this industry, Buckman has become a leader in specialty syntan applications for the manufacture of shoe upper and furniture leather. Further capabilities include the application of dyes, fat liquors and finishing systems.
The South African head office and manufacturing site is based in Hammarsdale, KwaZulu-Natal, with additional offices in Bedfordview and various customer sites providing employment to over 220 people nationally.
Buckman Laboratories has developed a worldwide reputation as a knowledge-based organisation that offers technical advice and expertise in addition to supplying chemical products. The company is geared to offer specific services and products, tailoring products and systems to customers' needs and creatively tapping into the expertise of associates from around the world. The global team-based approach to industry-specific requirements has resulted in the ongoing sharing of specialist knowledge, technical expertise, technological advances and best practices.
Buckman Laboratories:Training and Development
The company opened a new technology centre based at Hammarsdale in 2008 which further enhances our levels of technology and innovation for our customers. The Direct Water Treatment sales division is focused on the significant growth opportunities which exist through strategic partnering with major steel, mining and petroleum/ petrochemical customers. Further opportunities exist through the expansion of our customer base resulting from a range of new products such as process chemicals vs. the traditional offer of utility products only. Paper Industry sales continue to grow as we expand the product application range and improve our customer profitability through process efficiency and technical expertise.
Broad Based Black Economic Empowerment
Buckman Laboratories is committed to Broad Based Black Economic Empowerment (BBBEE) and are currently a Level 5 contributor.Our approach entails using our technical expertise and talents in applying unique, innovative and competitive technologies to actively promote the participation of historically disadvantaged South African in the mainstream activities of our business.
Training and Development
The significant shortage of skills within the SouthAfrican economy and our industry, coupled with our internal code of ethics which supports the growth and development of our associates,has renewed our commitment to the enhancement of our workforce skills and education levels. To meet this challenge,we plan to not only spend 3% of payroll costs on the training and development of our associates, but have also recently launched a talent management strategy to ensure all associates unleash their full potential.
Corporate Social Investment
Corporate Social Investment has always been important to the associates and management of Buckman Laboratories. We have proudly granted tertiary educations bursaries to both children of employees and external applicants. The apparent needs of the local community bordering our Hammarsdale facility have captured our attention and have been the focus of our efforts in a variety of ways over the years. Our spend focuses on projects and initiatives that have a positive impact on the Hammarsdale community in particular. In addition,we have partnered withThusang Sizani, a local NGO formed to assist those affected and infected by HIV/Aids and have made a considerable impact on their ability to fulfil their mission. Buckman Laboratories has implemented strong global and local strategies that are designed to ensure future sustainable growth through a high level of strategic partnering with major industrial manufacturers. These strategies are based on our customer intimate business model,The Buckman Way. This unique, wide ranging customer service and support process is a key component of our proposition to all our key customers. This model further ensures that all our activities are managed and operated to meet the same requirements throughout the world.
Full Name of Company: Buckman Laboratories Pty Ltd
Nature of Business: Specialist Chemical Manufacturer and supplier.
Services/ Products: Industrial chemicals and services for Pulp & Paper, Leather and WaterTreatment,which includes the sugar, mining, paint and petroleum industries.
Date Established: 1971
Customer Base: Pulp & Paper, Leather and Water Treatment which includes the sugar, mining, paint and petroleum industries.
No. of Employees: 250
Bankers: Standard Bank
AdvertisingAgency: Chilli Source Advertising
BEE Status: Level 5 contributor BBB Rating by Empowerdex in March 2008
CEO: Steve Buckman
Managing Director: Leigh Mann
Operations Director: Junai Maharaj
Financial Manager: Yusuf Vawda
Human Resources: Mtuku Goba
Divisional Manager- Leather Technologies: Wendy Losper
Divisional Manager- Paper Making Technologies: Rob de Bruyn
Divisional Manager- Water Treatment: Lionel Hughes
Divisional Manager- Export: Nes du Plessis
We, the associates of Buckman Laboratories, will excel in providing measurable, cost-effective improvements in output and quality for our customers by delivering customer-specific services and products, and the creative application of knowledge.