The DCC is represented by 58 local chemicals manufacturing companies in Durban and surrounding regions. As an industry-driven initiative, the cluster draws on the leadership and expertise of individuals from this broad range of chemicals member firms, thereby using it to identify and address a wide variety of challenges confronting the chemicals industry.

Become a member

The DCC welcomes membership enquiries from chemicals manufacturing companies with operations in KwaZulu-Natal, as well as local non-chemicals manufacturing companies that can identify and are aligned with the objectives of the DCC.

About membership

The vision for the Cluster is to focus on promoting the growth and competitiveness of the KZN chemicals manufacturing sector and we therefore ask you to consider membership of the DCC. Participation in the targeted programmes of the DCC will deliver significant productivity and competitiveness improvements, and exposure to a range of genuine growth opportunities.

The DCC is represented by 58 companies in KwaZulu-Natal.

The members include chemicals manufacturers from across the predominant value chains in operation in KZN. These value chains are petro-chemicals and gas; water treatment; coatings, inks, adhesives and dyes; resins and polymers; pulp and paper.

Approximately 23 000 people are directly employed by chemicals manufacturers in eThekwini in increasingly skilled positions. Members supply local, national and international downstream manufacturers across a wide number of sectors. A key focus of the cluster is to support members accessing the high growth sub Saharan export market where they enjoy a logistical competitive advantage.

DCC members include BASF, Engen, Kansai Plascon, NCP Alcohols, most other larger manufacturers as well as a range of medium and smaller chemicals manufacturers.

How to maximise benefit

We recommend that firms consider the following for maximum benefit from DCC membership:

Strategic alignment: Review DCC strategic focus areas and identify threads which are common to the firm’s own strategic priorities.

Operational alignment: Review DCC plans for the period ahead and identify key activities of potential benefit.

Participation: Allocate an internal champion for each identified area to ensure that the interface between the firm and the DCC is effective and that the firm is positioned to obtain maximum benefit from all relevant activities.

Providing direction: Nominate individuals to participate in Technical Steering Committees (TSCs) so that the firm’s interests are represented in decision-making processes.

New opportunities: The DCC responds to members’ needs. Communicating company-level problems and challenges to facilitators therefore plays an important role in shaping what we do and what additional future benefit the firms derive from their membership.

For further information, please either call +27 (0) 31 764 6100 or complete the enquiry form below.

Membership enquiry

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