Introducing new Head of Performance Materials

Thandeka Molakeng is the new Head of Sales for BASF’s Performance Material Division in Africa


In this capacity, Thandeka will be responsible for the division’s sales for the entire African continent, with the exclusion of Egypt and Sudan.

“I am truly looking forward to more collaboration between BASF and our valued customers and to develop better solutions for a better future for both BASF and our customers,” says Thandeka.

“I also believe in today’s global space that it is important to collaborate with our customers to find solutions that will move us forward because at BASF, we believe in helping our customers.”

BASF’s Performance Materials portfolio extends across a vast amount of different technologies, some which include Polyurethane, Engineering plastics, which include, Polyamide (Ultramid® range), PBT (Ultradur®) Polyacetal (Ultraform®) and specialty plastics, Ecovio, for the biodegradable plastics materials.

Thandeka brings with her a wealth of knowledge and experience to the PM team, with her strong background and 18 years’ of experience in the mining and chemical industries.

Thandeka completed her undergraduate studies in Analytical Chemistry and a Bachelor’s of Commerce degree, specialising in Financial Management. She also holds a postgraduate Diploma in Business Administration (PDBA) from GIBS (Gordon Institute of Business Science) University of Pretoria.

Thandeka joined BASF in 2004 through the acquisition of the then CHC Urethanes where she started out as a Technical Specialist for CASE (Coatings, Adhesives, Sealants, and Elastomers) and Specialties in the Polyurethanes business

In 2014, Thandeka was appointed as Business Team Leader, and was responsible for looking after the Industrial and Transportation PM business from both a technical and commercial aspect in South Africa and then in 2016, her responsibilities were expanded to include all Performance Material’s (PM) industries, which include Consumer, Construction, Industrial, and Transportation in the Sub-Saharan Africa region. 

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