This report describes South Africa’s explosives and pyrotechnic manufacturing industry, its challenges and opportunities and factors influencing its success. It includes comprehensive profiles of 11 companies in the industry including major players – AECI’s AEL Mining Services, the Omnia Group’s BME and Sasol Explosives who collectively have a combined revenue market share of over 82%..
Manufacture of Explosives and Pyrotechnics
This report focuses on the manufacture of explosives and pyrotechnics. The explosives market is largely dependent on the mining industry, which is slowly recovering from the slump of the past few years. The value of the South African mining explosives industry increased from $12.9bn in 2014 to $14bn in 2017. Demand for more cost-effective solutions has prompted the major explosive companies to become more innovative in their product offerings. This has also opened up opportunities to diversify internationally. The top three market participants, namely AEL Mining Services, BME, and Sasol Explosives have a combined revenue market share of over 82%.
The South African market for explosives is small and extremely competitive due to reduced mining activity, and competition has forced down prices of explosives. Explosives manufacturers have felt the effect of the mining industry slump, but mining of major commodities is gradually regaining momentum as global demand and prices slowly recover. This is expected to result in increased demand for blasting emulsions, detonators and accessories. While trading conditions have improved, the mining explosives industry is highly commoditised, and customer concentration and intense competition have made it difficult for explosive companies to maintain a competitive advantage. Rising mining production costs have opened opportunities for explosives manufacturers as mines look for cost effective smart blasting solutions which save energy consumption.