Inherently AECI – AECI’s specialty chemicals cluster

Lake Foods is a successful subsidiary of AECI (Pty) Limited. AECI is an explosives and specialty chemicals company domiciled in South Africa. Group businesses service the mining and manufacturing sectors both locally and internationationally.

The focus for growth is on Africa, South America and South East Asia. AECI’s businesses are characterised by application know-how and service delivery. They often operate in niche markets and are supported by leading technology which is developed in-house or is sourced from international partners. In the last five years the Group has invested R2 billion in a strategic capital investment programme to enhance its future growth in the mining and manufacturing areas, with particular emphasis on mining chemicals and initiating systems.

AECI has been in business for over 100 years and has a total of 7 100 employees. The company is listed on the JSE .


AECI’s vision is to be the supplier of choice for customers in its chosen markets. The Group aims to be Africa’s leading supplier of explosives and mining services and specialty chemicals, mainly to the mining and manufacturing sectors across the continent and in key emerging markets around the world.

Mark Dytor is the Chairman of AECI. He joined the group as a Sales Manager in 1984 and was elected to the AECI Executive Committee in 2010. In addition to a portfolio of Chairmanships at companies in AECI’s specialty chemicals cluster, he is leading AECI’s strategic growth thrust in mining chemicals.

The Lake Executive Management Team

Dean Murray was appointed to the AECI Executive Committee and is currently the Chairman for Lake Foods with Roger Falck as the Lake Foods Managing Director.