WATERLOO, Belgium—Ergon Europe MEA Inc. has named Orbichem Petrochemicals Pty. Ltd. as its exclusive distributor of naphthenic insulating oil, base oil and process oil in South Africa and the sub-Saharan African region.
Orbichem, a member of the Calulo Group of companies, is an established regional distributor and marketer of petrochemical products, specializing in premium base oils and specialty oils.
“The partnership with Ergon ushers in a new era not just for Orbichem, but for the region as a whole,” Orbichem CEO Cliff Classen said in a statement. “Having Ergon's range of oils available to the region is a major boon That Ergon chose Orbichem as its partner in Africa is also a landmark sign of support for new, emerging African-owned businesses in the oil industry.”
Bringing its products to South Africa and the sub-Saharan African region “is an important step in Ergon's strategy to make our naphthenic oils available across the globe,” Per Klintstam, president of Ergon Europe ME, said in a statement. “In Orbichem, we have found an ideal partner to achieve steady, long-term growth in the region.”
Ergon Europe, headquartered in Waterloo, is a division of Ergon Refining Inc. for base oils produced at the company's naphthenic base oil refinery located in Vicksburg, Miss. The Vicksburg refinery has a capacity of more than 1.2 million tons per year, making it the largest naphthenic manufacturing plant in the world, according to the company.