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Breaking New Ground

Breaking new ground

On Wednesday 15 January, after nine months of dreaming, drawing, and planning with Empowered Spaces Architects, Chemuniqué’s managing director, Terry Wiggill, gave the official go-ahead to the team at Bantry Construction Services to start building on the company’s new premises at Lanseria Corporate Estate.

“Located within this prime location, the contemporary and distinctive design of the new facility will reinforce Chemuniqué’s position as a leader in the animal feed industry,” says Terrence Shacklady, director of Empowered Spaces Architects.

Colin Erikson is the quantity surveyor from Bantry Construction Services that is responsible for the project, as well as a director at Bantry Construction. “We are proud to be the preferred contractor to build these new premises,” he says. “The architects have done a fantastic job in designing a modern yet practical office and warehouse combination. Together with the great professional team entrusted with this development, we look forward to delivering a building of the highest standard and quality that we pride ourselves on.”

Chemuniqué started a little over 20 years ago when partners Terry Wiggill and Ashley Shapiro bought a company called Hochfeld Fine Chemicals, changing the name to Chemuniqué in 1998. “At that time, we were operating from a small, one-room office in Norwood,” laughs Terry. The company grew over the next few years, moving to larger offices in 2001 and again in 2007. Well-known poultry expert Dr Peter Plumstead joined the team in 2012, becoming a shareholder in 2014.

Since it’s simple beginnings in 1997, the company has grown significantly in its customer-service offerings through partnerships with leading, scientifically innovative, international organization, including Zinpro Corporation, DuPont, and CJ Bio. These partnerships also led to the development of an ISO-accredited laboratory that enables Chemuniqué to produce customer-specific solutions and product blends for the South African market, something Terry is particularly proud of.

“The next 20 years will be all about focusing on ways to improve production and feed efficiency into the future, specifically capitalising on the food production potential of sub-Saharan Africa,” says Terry. “These premises will be a welcome new home for our growing team and include warehousing facilities and a state-of-the-art laboratory to support our dream of feeding the future. We are looking forward to moving in later this year.”

Photo caption: Representatives from Chemuniqué and Bantry Construction Services gathered at Lanseria Corporate Estate to celebrate the official ground-breaking for Chemuniqué’s new premises.

Contact: Robyn Joubert
Email: robyn@chemunique.co.za
Phone: 074 252 3333

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