Sasol and Dyno Nobel formed a joint venture (50% Sasol; 50% Dyno Nobel) which is now a
leading supplier of industrial explosives and blasting services to various industries in South
Africa and some of the neighboring countries.
Sasol Dyno Nobel Pty (Ltd) imports technology from Dyno Nobel in the USA. The products are
assembled and manufactured at the Ekandustria facility in Mpumalanga, South Africa. The joint
venture manufactures and markets non-electric explosive accessories, including Primacord®
The Primacord® plant is currently operating at sub-par levels and this problem needs to be
addressed. Recommendations and changes will be made to the current process and the
efficiencies will be improved by de-bottlenecking the current process and applying lean
manufacturing principles where applicable.
A literature review was done on various methods, tools and theories to generate ideas on
improving the manufacturing process.
A conceptual design was created to get a depiction of what needs to be used in solving the
problem and making the project feasible.
Bottlenecks were identified and recommendations were made to improve throughput and decrease
inventory build up.
Thesis (B Eng. (Industrial and Systems Engineering))--University of Pretoria, 2010.