AWANDA has been involved in the bitumen modification industry for over 20 years. We have diligently followed local and international trends, specification changes and interacted with local and world leaders in bitumen modification at industry forums and conferences. We have a long standing relationship with Kraton Corporation for the supply of SBS and together we have successfully laid many kilometres of long lasting roads. One method that has stood the test of time is the modification of bitumen with Kraton™ D SBS (styrene-butadiene-styrene). Kraton™ D is the premium modifier of a variety of bitumen grades for use in crack sealants, surface seals, asphalt concrete and bitumen emulsions. Thousands of kilometres of roads have been laid in South Africa with Kraton™ D, including the very heavily trafficked Van Reenen’s pass, the main route for all goods from the coast to Gauteng.
High Shear Mixers
BWS Technologie is a German engineering company that offers superior mixing and particle size reduction equipment for various liquid, liquid & solid, and liquid dispersions. BWS Technologie has conducted business in our market for many years with diverse end uses, such as degumming of edible oils, toothpaste manufacture, polymer modification of bitumen and waste recycling. AWANDA and BWS Technologie have been exploring new opportunities in the South African market for the last few years and, as of 2017, have broadened their exploration to include other African countries. An area of focus will be the processing of the substantial quantities of biomass available for the production of fuel and useful chemicals from agricultural waste.
We have been exposed to a very wide variety of resins and polymers used in many industries. The knowledge and experience gained over many years enables us to provide advice to customers wanting to improve their products and develop new ones. The use of the range of thermoplastic rubbers from Kraton Corporation has become the focus of our consulting activities, owing to the versatility of these products and the excellent technical service support from the Kraton Corporation R&TS personnel. With the growing trend to use renewable source materials, our experience with resin building blocks, derived from agricultural waste can be applied across a range of product requirements. Another area of expertise is the recycle and reuse of commodity polymers, like PET, used in soft drink bottles. We have the expertise to re purpose and add value to this and other polymers collected from post consumer and factory waste. Again this is an area where the Kraton Corporation products find their use.
AWANDA started out as a consulting business in 1994, offering services backed by experience gained in forensic science, synthetic organic chemistry, surface coatings R&D and biomass derived chemicals. As a result all consulting work is grounded in scientific rigour and analysis. We have worked with customers in their R&D departments, assisting in their product developments and formulation improvements. In addition, we are able to apply our experience of developing new businesses and running our own operations in consultation engagements with emerging entrepreneurs, assisting them in the launch of their products and services, in a wide range of commercial endeavours.