News Feed Item

Frost & Sullivan Honours Sasol for Continuing to Evolve its Innovation Strategy to Serve New Markets and Stay Relevant

Sasol has had an undeniable impact on the South African society and economy and continues to expand rapidly into a multinational company

CAPE TOWN, South Africa, Aug. 19, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Based on its recent analysis of the chemicals and materials market in the energy sector, Frost & Sullivan recognises Sasol with the 2014 African Frost & Sullivan Award for Visionary Innovation. Through its Group Technology function, Sasol's continuous search for new ways of innovation places it among the cream of South African innovators and underlines its commitment to understanding and leveraging the Mega Trend of 'Innovation to Zero'.

Companies in the energy sector are expected to increasingly become a part of the 'Innovation to Zero' movement through zero emission technologies (wind power, renewables) and full beneficiation of resources (coal, steel, platinum). Sasol, for its part, innovates around its own environmental footprint, resources capital, people, as well future business. By focusing on lower-carbon technologies, it has demonstrated a robust understanding of the concept of Innovation to Zero. The company's closest competitor, although a pioneer of a number of best practice innovation concepts, has limited its focus to sectors that support only incremental innovation.

"Central to innovation are the three principles of: innovation process, knowledge and competency, and organisational support; Sasol has a strong foundation in all three," said Frost & Sullivan Team Leader for Chemical Materials & Food, Avril Harvey. "It has comprehensive knowledge management tools in place and the main body of the organisation supports innovation as a core function."

Owing to its determination to address market requirements, Sasol's services and products have evolved to suit current needs. It has ensured a constant high standard of research facilities and systems to deliver technical opportunities and excellence as well as guarantee sustainable growth and profits. It also has a strong intellectual property (IP) portfolio, which currently boasts more than 300 active patent families.

Sasol is growing at an impressive rate, and is already in the top 10 most valuable companies on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange. It is also the world leader in coal-to-liquids (CTL) and operates the second largest commercial gas-to-liquids (GTL) facility.

"Sasol is currently building a world-scale ethane cracker and downstream derivatives units and a 96 000 barrels per day GTL facility in the US; the largest ever foreign direct investment in Louisiana," noted Harvey. "In Southern Africa, it is involved at all levels of the development of human capital through its various programs that extend from schools to advanced post graduate programmes."

Overall, Sasol's history of innovation and unceasing focus on keeping pace with market needs make it a worthy recipient of the 2014 African Frost & Sullivan Award for Visionary Innovation in the chemicals and materials market in the energy sector.

Each year, Frost & Sullivan presents this award to the company that has demonstrated the understanding to leverage global Mega Trends, integrate the vision into processes to achieve strategic excellence. The award recognises the efficacy of the recipient's innovative process and the impact it has on business and society at large.

Frost & Sullivan Best Practices awards recognise companies in a variety of regional and global markets for demonstrating outstanding achievement and superior performance in areas such as leadership, technological innovation, customer service and strategic product development. Industry analysts compare market participants and measure performance through in-depth interviews, analysis and extensive secondary research to identify best practices in the industry.

About Sasol

Sasol was established in 1950 in South Africa and and was a global frontrunner in developing commercial ability to convert coal to liquid fuels and chemicals (CTL). Sasol remains a large investor in South Africa and contributes significantly to skills development and technological research and development in the country.  The company is listed on the JSE Limited in South Africa and on the New York Stock Exchange in the US.

Sasol is a global producer of synthetic fuels and is also involved in coal mining in South Africa; natural gas and condensate production in Mozambique, oil extraction in Gabon and exploitation of shale gas in Canada. Sasol also has a retail presence, currently only in South Africa, for liquid fuels and industrial gas and provides fuel wholesale to other countries in the region.

For over 60 years, Sasol has been developing and commercialising innovative energy-related technologies, first with coal as a feedstock, then with gas. Into the future, Sasol plans to continue to develop, along with changing market needs and expectations, moving toward the current need for energy. 

About Frost & Sullivan

Frost & Sullivan, the Growth Partnership Company, works in collaboration with clients to leverage visionary innovation that addresses the global challenges and related growth opportunities that will make or break today's market participants.

Our "Growth Partnership" supports clients by addressing these opportunities and incorporating two key elements driving visionary innovation: The Integrated Value Proposition and The Partnership Infrastructure.

  • The Integrated Value Proposition provides support to our clients throughout all phases of their journey to visionary innovation including: research, analysis, strategy, vision, innovation and implementation.
  • The Partnership Infrastructure is entirely unique as it constructs the foundation upon which visionary innovation becomes possible. This includes our 360 degree research, comprehensive industry coverage, career best practices as well as our global footprint of more than 40 offices.

For more than 50 years, we have been developing growth strategies for the global 1000, emerging businesses, the public sector and the investment community. Is your organization prepared for the next profound wave of industry convergence, disruptive technologies, increasing competitive intensity, Mega Trends, breakthrough best practices, changing customer dynamics and emerging economies?

Contact Us:   Start the discussion

Join Us:      Join our community

Subscribe:    Newsletter on "the next big thing"

Register:     Gain access to visionary innovation


Samantha James
Corporate Communications – Africa
P: +27 21 680 3574
F: +27 21 680 3296
E: [email protected] 
T: @FrostSullivanSA 

Alex Anderson
Head | Group Media Relations
P: +27 11 441 3295 
F: +27 11 219 1126 
E: [email protected] 

SOURCE Frost & Sullivan

More Stories By PR Newswire

Copyright © 2007 PR Newswire. All rights reserved. Republication or redistribution of PRNewswire content is expressly prohibited without the prior written consent of PRNewswire. PRNewswire shall not be liable for any errors or delays in the content, or for any actions taken in reliance thereon.

Latest Stories
So you think you are a DevOps warrior, huh? Put your money (not really, it’s free) where your metrics are and prove it by taking The Ultimate DevOps Geek Quiz Challenge, sponsored by DevOps Summit. Battle through the set of tough questions created by industry thought leaders to earn your bragging rights and win some cool prizes.
Effectively SMBs and government programs must address compounded regulatory compliance requirements. The most recent are Controlled Unclassified Information and the EU’s GDPR have Board Level implications. Managing sensitive data protection will likely result in acquisition criteria, demonstration requests and new requirements. Developers, as part of the pre-planning process and the associated supply chain, could benefit from updating their code libraries and design by incorporating changes.
Successful digital transformation requires new organizational competencies and capabilities. Research tells us that the biggest impediment to successful transformation is human; consequently, the biggest enabler is a properly skilled and empowered workforce. In the digital age, new individual and collective competencies are required. In his session at 19th Cloud Expo, Bob Newhouse, CEO and founder of Agilitiv, will draw together recent research and lessons learned from emerging and established ...
The best way to leverage your Cloud Expo presence as a sponsor and exhibitor is to plan your news announcements around our events. The press covering Cloud Expo and @ThingsExpo will have access to these releases and will amplify your news announcements. More than two dozen Cloud companies either set deals at our shows or have announced their mergers and acquisitions at Cloud Expo. Product announcements during our show provide your company with the most reach through our targeted audiences.
DevOps is being widely accepted (if not fully adopted) as essential in enterprise IT. But as Enterprise DevOps gains maturity, expands scope, and increases velocity, the need for data-driven decisions across teams becomes more acute. DevOps teams in any modern business must wrangle the ‘digital exhaust’ from the delivery toolchain, "pervasive" and "cognitive" computing, APIs and services, mobile devices and applications, the Internet of Things, and now even blockchain. In this power panel at @...
Traditional on-premises data centers have long been the domain of modern data platforms like Apache Hadoop, meaning companies who build their business on public cloud were challenged to run Big Data processing and analytics at scale. But recent advancements in Hadoop performance, security, and most importantly cloud-native integrations, are giving organizations the ability to truly gain value from all their data. In his session at 19th Cloud Expo, David Tishgart, Director of Product Marketing ...
November 1–3, 2016, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. Penta Security is a leading vendor for data security solutions, including its encryption solution, D’Amo. By using FPE technology, D’Amo allows for the implementation of encryption technology to sensitive data fields without modification to schema in the database environment. With businesses having their data become increasingly more complicated in their mission-critical applications (such as ERP, CRM, HRM), continued ...
In past @ThingsExpo presentations, Joseph di Paolantonio has explored how various Internet of Things (IoT) and data management and analytics (DMA) solution spaces will come together as sensor analytics ecosystems. This year, in his session at @ThingsExpo, Joseph di Paolantonio from DataArchon, will be adding the numerous Transportation areas, from autonomous vehicles to “Uber for containers.” While IoT data in any one area of Transportation will have a huge impact in that area, combining sensor...
Explosive growth in connected devices. Enormous amounts of data for collection and analysis. Critical use of data for split-second decision making and actionable information. All three are factors in making the Internet of Things a reality. Yet, any one factor would have an IT organization pondering its infrastructure strategy. How should your organization enhance its IT framework to enable an Internet of Things implementation? In his session at @ThingsExpo, James Kirkland, Red Hat's Chief Arch...
In his session at @DevOpsSummit at 19th Cloud Expo, Robert Doyle, lead architect at eCube Systems, will examine the issues and need for an agile infrastructure and show the advantages of capturing developer knowledge in an exportable file for migration into production. He will introduce the use of NXTmonitor, a next-generation DevOps tool that captures application environments, dependencies and start/stop procedures in a portable configuration file with an easy-to-use GUI. In addition to captu...
SYS-CON Events announced today that Enzu will exhibit at the 19th International Cloud Expo, which will take place on November 1–3, 2016, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. Enzu’s mission is to be the leading provider of enterprise cloud solutions worldwide. Enzu enables online businesses to use its IT infrastructure to their competitive advantage. By offering a suite of proven hosting and management services, Enzu wants companies to focus on the core of their online busine...
Why do your mobile transformations need to happen today? Mobile is the strategy that enterprise transformation centers on to drive customer engagement. In his general session at @ThingsExpo, Roger Woods, Director, Mobile Product & Strategy – Adobe Marketing Cloud, covered key IoT and mobile trends that are forcing mobile transformation, key components of a solid mobile strategy and explored how brands are effectively driving mobile change throughout the enterprise.
SYS-CON Events announced today that Cloudbric, a leading website security provider, will exhibit at the 19th International Cloud Expo, which will take place on November 1–3, 2016, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. Cloudbric is an elite full service website protection solution specifically designed for IT novices, entrepreneurs, and small and medium businesses. First launched in 2015, Cloudbric is based on the enterprise level Web Application Firewall by Penta Security Sys...
@DevOpsSummit has been named the ‘Top DevOps Influencer' by iTrend. iTrend processes millions of conversations, tweets, interactions, news articles, press releases, blog posts - and extract meaning form them and analyzes mobile and desktop software platforms used to communicate, various metadata (such as geo location), and automation tools. In overall placement, @DevOpsSummit ranked as the number one ‘DevOps Influencer' followed by @CloudExpo at third, and @MicroservicesE at 24th.
SYS-CON Events announced today that Roundee / LinearHub will exhibit at the WebRTC Summit at @ThingsExpo, which will take place on November 1–3, 2016, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. LinearHub provides Roundee Service, a smart platform for enterprise video conferencing with enhanced features such as automatic recording and transcription service. Slack users can integrate Roundee to their team via Slack’s App Directory, and '/roundee' command lets your video conference ...