Penrice Soda Holdings Ltd is an Australian public company with market leading positions in the supply of soda ash, sodium bicarbonate and limestone in its home country, and exports to 28 other nations. Headquartered in Adelaide, South Australia, Penrice is listed on the Australian Securities Exchange, with the Company’s origins dating back to 1935.
Today, Penrice is the only manufacturer in Australia of soda ash and sodium bicarbonate and a significant supplier of limestone and aggregates. The key end-users of Penrice products include world majors in glass manufacturing and mining, food and medical care organisations in Australia and overseas, and large infrastructure projects.
The operations of the Penrice Group are centred around two key South Australian divisions – its Chemicals business based at Osborne and the Quarry & Mineral facility at Angaston in the Barossa Valley.
As a major supplier to local and international markets, Penrice is among the lowest quartile cost producers and is committed to creating value through expanded capacity and increased production, lower unit costs, higher cash flow and lower debt.
Penrice’s flagship Chemicals business includes the largest soda ash plant in South East Asia and one of the five largest sodium bicarbonate plants in the world.
Soda ash is sold in the Australian market as a vital ingredient in products ranging from glass containers (especially wine and beer bottles), flat glass for building and construction and washing powder. It is also used in the mining and water treatment industries.
Sodium bicarbonate is a specialty chemical used in a variety of applications as diverse as food, pharmaceuticals, medical, personal care products and stock feed. Over the past 10 years, Penrice has expanded the capacity of its sodium bicarbonate plant from 24,000 tonnes per annum to 100,000 tonnes per annum.
Quarry & Mineral
Penrice owns and operates the largest marble and limestone mine in South Australia.
While the mine supplies limestone into the chemical process at Penrice’s Osborne business, it is also a significant supplier of aggregates and other materials to a variety of end-uses, such as civil & construction, roads, landfill, glass, mineral processing, agriculture, stock feed and landscaping.
Penrice is a united, achievement-focused company working with world class products and providing excellent customer service. The Penrice approach includes ongoing encouragement and challenges to its people to achieve continued growth, develop new markets and to supply quality products. The Company is committed to working safely and applying industry best practice to the health, safety and well-being of employees, contractors, suppliers, customers and communities in which it operates. The Penrice culture - and its associated strategies - enhance the Company’s ability to maintain its competitive edge and to build on its proven leadership in Australian and international markets.