Ferro Coating Resins, Ferro Dispersions and Arkem are all part of the Ferro South Africa group, which is in turn part of the Bud Group. These companies cover a broad range of polymer solutions for several markets and have more than 60 years’ experience operating in South Africa, Sub-Saharan Africa and the Indian Ocean Islands.

The companies manufacture and supply a complete package of solvent based resins and water-based dispersions to the Architectural and Industrial Coatings, Construction, Adhesives, Detergent, Textiles and Water treatment industries. We have 2 manufacturing plants located close to each other in Jacobs and Isipingo, south of Durban. These plants are both classified as Major Hazardous Installations and comply to the highest safety and legal compliance standards.

With an eye on long term sustainable growth and service excellence to our customers and suppliers alike, we consider you, our customer first when formulating products or offering services.




The Coates Family established a small business in South London called Coates Brothers which supplied the then highly profitable printing industry. A resin production facility was established on the banks of the river CRAY in Kent in order to supply the printing ink business. This was later followed by a resin facility at Machen in South Wales and Stallingborough in northern England and the name CRAY VALLEY was given to the resin division.


Revertex Chemicals was established in Durban and was the first company to introduce a range of water-based polymers to the coatings industry.


The South African operation of Cray Valley was opened as a division of Coates Brothers South Africa in order to supply their printing ink business and the South African coatings market.


Arkem JV formed in South Africa with ALCO Chemical Corporation USA and a Tolling agreement finalized with Revertex Chemicals. Since this partnership, ownership of ALCO changed several times over the years – ALCO was acquired by National Starch, which was acquired by ICI, who in turn were acquired by AKZONOBEL.


French oil company TOTAL purchased Coates Brothers and CRAY VALLEY


Revertex Chemicals changed its name to Synthomer South Africa in line with a group global branding alignment.


TOTAL sold Coates Brothers to Sun Chemicals. Cray Valley South Africa (Pty) Ltd was established.


Ferro South Africa acquired Synthomer and Arkem in South Africa. The name of the company was changed to Ferro Dispersions. The Arkem name was not changed.

Ferro South Africa was acquired by Synchem (Pty) Ltd.


Total divested its Coatings resin business which was purchased by Arkema, another French multinational group.


Ferro South Africa acquired Arkema Resins in South Africa. The name of the company was changed to Ferro Coating Resins.


Ferro South Africa was acquired by Synchem Pty Ltd.


1 July 2018: Ferro Coating Resins and Ferro Dispersions are integrated in to The Bud Group.

Driven by innovation and agility, The Bud Group is a diversified business of scale and relevance operating across chosen platforms including, Chemicals and Minerals, Industrial Services, Building Materials, Financial Services and Industrial Supplies. The Bud Group is present in 9 provinces in South Africa and operates in 12 countries in Africa. www.budgroup.co.za | www.budchemicals.co.za