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Brief History

Established in 1964, the Walvis Bay Salt Holdings Group today is a Namibian registered company, consisting of three subsidiaries. 

During 1976 Sentrachem acquired a 50% shareholding in the business. The salt field was also expanded to a total capacity of ± 370kt at that time. Additional evaporation ponds and a new wash plant was also added. In 1988 Sentrachem acquired the remaining 50% shareholding from SWAFIL and the annual production capacity was further increased to 450kt per annum.

In 1999 the Company took a significant step forward in improving its strategic infrastructure by purchasing a loading facility in the Port of Walvis Bay from the then Tsumeb Copper Limited. The capacity of the pans was further expanded in 2000 and 2001 to 600kt per annum.

Further optimization of the business since then resulted in the salt field’s current capacity being in excess of 900 000 tons per annum, dependent on evaporation rates. The business is currently going through exciting times and the new focus is on value addition both locally and internationally.

In the salt industry efficiency of freight and transport are essential for success. The company is focused on optimizing the logistics value chain, including finding the right freight options that can opening up new markets. The company celebrated its 50 years anniversary during 2014. On the back of continuous improvement, the company is looking forward to maintain momentum with regards to future growth, in a sustainable and environmentally responsible way.

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