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About Us

The Manchem team incorporates a formulation chemist, biochemist, forensic chemist, microbiologist and a chemical engineer

ManChem is an independent biosecurity consulting and chemical manufacturing company

The Manchem team incorporates a formulation chemist, biochemist, forensic chemist, microbiologist and chemical engineer specializing in the design, testing and optimization of biocides as well as the formulation of chemical products.

Since 1998 the founding members were included in poultry farming on a large scale, both breeding and laying farms. During this time they became aware of the importance of biosecurity in intensive farming operations. As a result of their experience in chemical research, they started to investigate the composition of existing poultry disinfections and the efficiency thereof.

They identified the need for a new range of effective broad spectrum disinfectants as it became clear that a lot of pathogens were resistant to existing products. Consequently, they developed a new range of poultry disinfectants in conjunction with the laboratory of a major chicken producer.

During subsequent travels in Africa, they found a substantial need for formulating chemists, with the ability to solve problems, to design and manufacture tailor made products. In the past 19 years the company has become known for its problem-solving, quality products coupled with respect for its research capabilities.

JTZ Hattingh (Hannes)
Technical Director

Hannes Hattingh - Technical Director

MSc (RAU) Organometallic Chemistry

  • Pesticide residue analysis
  • Catalyst design and development (ZieglerNatta, supported metal catalysts, etc)
  • Organic Synthesis
  • Specialized Biocide formulations

BE Hattingh (Tia)
Managing Director

Tia Hattingh - Managing Director
BSc (Hons) Biochemistry

  • Pharmacology (Growth hormone detection)
  • Chromatographic Analysis
  • Quality Control – Brewing Industry

Andries Hattingh 
Senior Chemical Engineer

Andries Hattingh

BEng (Chemical) with Distinction

  • Chemical Engineering Principles
  • Unit Operations
  • Chemical Reactor Design
  • Material and Energy Balances
  • Transport Phenomena
  • Chemical Process Design
  • Thermodynamics
  • Process Control
  • Environmental Engineering

Frequently Asked Questions

Quality Standards

Manchem relentlessly pursues excellence across all facets of its operation, ensuring unwavering commitment to delivering consistently high-quality products and expert, timely after-sales support.

Our company holds ISO 9001:2015 certification and all products intended for the food industry bear the SABS mark.

Within our comprehensive quality control programme, we systematically assess the biocidal characteristics of each disinfectant batch. All disinfectants comply with Act 29 registration with NRCS, and, when needed, specialized products adhere to Act 36 registration as mandated by the Department of Agriculture.

Our Aim

Manchem is committed to delivering cost-effective, top-quality products and innovative problem-solving solutions to empower industries, ultimately bolstering their potential for success.