On 15 January 2019, after nine months of planning and design by Empowered Spaces Architects, Chemuniqué’s managing director, Terry Wiggill, gave the official go-ahead to the team at Bantry Construction Services to start construction on the company’s new premises at Lanseria Corporate Estate.
“The contemporary and distinctive design of the new facility, in this prime location, will reinforce Chemuniqué’s position as a leader in the animal feed industry,” says Terrence Shacklady, director of Empowered Spaces Architects.
Colin Erikson, quantity surveyor, and director, of Bantry Construction Services is the project manager. “We are proud to be the preferred contractor on building these new premises,” he says. “The architects have done a fantastic job designing a modern, 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 the quality we pride ourselves on.”
Chemuniqué started a little over 20 years ago when Terry Wiggill and Ashley Shapiro formed a partnership and bought a company called Hochfeld Fine Chemicals, a name they changed to Chemuniqué in 1998. “At that time, we were operating from a small, one-room office in Norwood,” says 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 its simple beginnings in 1997, the company has grown significantly in its customer-service offerings through partnerships with leading, scientifically innovative, international organisations, including Zinpro Corporation, DuPont and CJ Bio. These partnerships led to the set-up of an ISO accredited laboratory that enables Chemuniqué to produce customer-specific solutions and product blends for the South African market.
“The next 20 years will be about focusing on ways to improve production and feed efficiency, 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.” – Press release