The history of Cape Lime dates back to 1946 when the first vertical shaft kiln was commissioned by Cape Lime Company Ltd on the farm Langevallei near Robertson. Today Langvlei has three kilns in operation, calcining dolomite, which is mined and crushed on site. It also boasts with the only pressure hydrator in South Africa.
The Vredendal operation came into existence in 1981, when the dolomitic aggregate operation was expanded to include the Mineral Filler Plant. Further expansion included the erection of the high grade dolomite blending plant for the glass industry in 1983 and the processing of high grade limestone in 1993. A fluid bed calciner was commissioned in 2004 producing quality white lime.
Cape Lime is a private company and has a 32,6% BEE shareholding. Cape Lime is owned by a consortium of private owners. On 1 March 2005 Cape Lime concluded an empowerment transaction with a Cape Town based consortium. The Empowerment group, known as Dormell, has acquired a 32,64% stake in Cape Lime. As an independent Private Company, we are still providing our Customers with the same Quality Products from our two plants, one outside Vredendal, accommodating the Head Office as well, and the second plant at Langvlei near Robertson. As an extension of our marketing division, sales agents are located at various locations throughout South Africa. Our sales also extend to clients across the South African borders.
Lime is known as the "versatile chemical" and has been used in building and industry for ages. It is widely used in industry in a diversity of fields, from building, agriculture, paper making, steel manufacture, waste management, poultry farming, food storage and water treatment through to glass production.
Cape Lime currently has a Level 5(63,4%) BBBEE rating and both operations are ISO 9001:2008 accredited.