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Coschem Participation by Acti-Chem SA

The Society of Cosmetic Chemists South Africa (Coschem) hosted their Annual Scientific Conference on 7-8 September 2022.

Acti-Chem South Africa was invited to participate in an expert panel discussion and debate on preservatives. Technical Manager, Kratisha Soodhin represented Acti-Chem as part of an international panel of industry experts in discussions related to the use of preservatives in the cosmetics industry.

Pertinent topics were covered during the discussion which began with a definition of a preservative and its use in cosmetic preparations. The conversation then continued in a highly technical direction with discussions around hurdle technology and the choice of packaging as part of the preservation strategy.

Discussions also covered the proposed changes to Annex V of the EU Cosmetics Regulations as well as the negative publicity regarding formaldehyde donors. It is anticipated that the event will be an in-person event in 2023.


Joint Thor and BASF Flame Retardant Initiative

Thor and BASF are combining expertise in non-halogenated flame retardant additives to provide customers with a comprehensive solution that will enhance the sustainability and performance for specific plastic compounds, as well as meet stringent fire safety requirements.

Experts in FR at THOR GmbH and plastic additives at BASF have collaborated for many years in developing sophisticated solutions to meet the demanding flame retardant specifications focusing on alternatives to halogen containing additives.

The combined expertise provides customers and end-users with information highlighting the synergistic benefits of BASF’s halogen-free flame retardant Flamestab® with Thor’s phosphonate AFLAMMIT® technologies for polyolefins, which are typically challenging flame resistance applications. 



Thor supports NZ Rescue Helicopter


Thor Australia is pleased to announce the financial support of their New Zealand office for the Auckland Rescue Helicopter Trust. 

The Westpac Rescue Helicopter carried out 1,239 rescues in 2021 and has so far undertaken 584 rescue missions this year. This critical service is primarily called out to medical emergencies and accidents but also carries out search and rescue operations and medical transfers.

Thor NZ is once again delighted to support such a vitally important local service.


Another Award for Brazil!


Having just returned from a hugely successful exhibit at Abrafati, the largest paint show in Latin America, the Brazil team were delighted to learn that they had won another award for supplier excellence! The Brazilian Multinational Oxiteno presented Thor with its Supplier Innovation Award.

Ridnei Brenna, MD of Thor Brazil, explained that the Brazil team had introduced an innovative  range of actives from the ACTICIDE® and Microcare® ranges aimed at protecting more than 500 Oxiteno formulations. Three finalists had been selected for the award with the final decision gong Thor's way.

Well done to all at Thor Brazil!


Acti-Chem at Coatings for Africa

Acti-Chem South Africa has recently exhibited at the Coatings for Africa show which had been delayed by two years due to Covid.  This was the first in person event hosted by Coatings for Africa in conjunction with the SAPMA (South African Paint Manufacturers) exhibition and attracted approximately 2000 visitors from 31 countries with 54 exhibitors from 11 exhibiting countries. 

The Acti-Chem Sales and Technical teams (pictured) attended the show with a stand themed on 'Sustainable Evolution'.  Technical Manager, Kratisha Soodhin, presented a paper entitled 'Maximising Preservative Concepts with Integrated Concepts' which was well received. 

Discussions with clients and visitors centred on creating a sustainable future with the range of VOC free, HCOH free and AMME products.

The event was considered a success with the next show planned for 2024!



Brazil Best Biocide Supplier


Thor Brazil is delighted to have won the 'Best Supplier of Biocides' Award from the Union of Paint Companies in Rio de Janeiro.

According to Ridnei Brenna, MD of Thor Brazil, the Award was proposed in 2019 but due to the pandemic has only now been confirmed and the trophy awarded.  He added "This Award is a testament to the hard work and commitment of the Thor Brasil team to ensure continual customer satisfaction, even in very difficult circumstances".

Congratulations and well done to all at Thor Brazil!



Thor returns to Paint India


The Thor UK team is back from exhibiting at Paint India 2022 which took place 26 - 28 May in Mumbai. Staff were delighted to reconnect with our South Asian customer base and to promote Thor's AMME technology in the Indian market.  The team were able to hold face to face meetings with many regional multinational customers for the first time since 2019 and also to meet some new entrants into the Indian paint market with big ambitions for the future. 

The stand was busy across all three days of the expo with many SME customers as well as multinationals visiting the show.  Interest was particularly high in ACTICIDE® ADA 20 which has been proven to outperform standard Diuron at significantly lower concentrations in the Indian Monsoon environment.  With regulatory pressure forcing the market to lower Diuron concentrations in exterior products, Thor is uniquely placed, with 9 years' worth of Thor AMME™ test data, to take advantage of new market opportunities.



8 May 2022 

Acti-Chem computer donations

Acti-Chem South Africa has recently donated ten computers to the Ethembeni school in Inchanga, KZN, as part of its socio economic contribution.  The school caters for children with a range of disabilities and is heavily reliant on IT to ultimately improve the employment prospects of children who may be physically unable to consider many work opportunities.

The school was delighted to receive the donation and pictured are Acti-Chem's Managing Director, Dave Alexander, with teachers and pupils of the Ethembeni School. 


10 December 2021 

Thor Brazil increases production

Thor Brazil is delighted to announce the installation of a new dilution and mixing tank for bactericide formulations.  This third tank, commissioned specifically for these formulations, enables a considerable increase in bactericidal production in Brazil.

Thor Brasil has also recently invested in increased water storage and warehouse capacity and a diesel electric generator to ensure continuity of production. 

Thor Brazil’s MD, Ridnei Brenna, commented "In spite of all recent circumstances, we are confident in the recovery of the Brazilian economy and Thor Brazil’s part in the ongoing  growth of the Thor group!”


20 July 2021