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Local is Lasher!

There are a number of reasons to support local manufacturers. Look out for this regular feature in DIY & Industrial Trade News with special focus on local manufacturers. (more…)

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Kwa-Mnqandi Mica

Decades of successful hardware

Norman Bond – a long time resident of Nongoma has been a trader in this part of KwaZulu-Natal for many years. In the 1970’s the government wanted all whites out of Nongoma and started buying all white owned stores. Norman had a good relationship with both the King (King Goodwill Zwelithini) and the leader of […]

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Spray it don’t say it

Since 1960, Sprayon supplied South African consumers with high quality paints and maintenance products for the automotive, home, hobby and DIY markets. (more…)

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Excelsior Paints

8 decades of proud independence

For Excelsior Paint, traditions and values began serving the company when Walter Rauner, a German immigrant, opened the business in 1937. Since then, Excelsior has only had three owners and retained the pillars on which in was founded. It’s a rare thing in today’s economic climate to find a business where growth didn’t mean having […]

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Xena Chemicals pigment supplier

A solution for all coating applications

Xena Chemicals, the brainchild of Dudley Horne was established some 10 years ago. Horne has an impressive CV in the plastics and polymer industry. This starts at AECI then Plastomark, BASF – which included a two-year stint in Germany and First Chemicals. Horne left BASF and became a partner in First Chemicals, a multifaceted agency […]

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Paint alchemie coatings consultancy

Beyond conventional

Against a backdrop of widespread transformation in the South African coatings industry and the establishment of a hierarchy of coating manufacturers, Paint Alchemie was forged. (more…)

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FLP Explosion protected forklift trucks

A safe move with FLP

Flameproof Forklift Rentals (FLP) was established in 1998 to supply (flameproof) explosion protected (Ex) forklift trucks to the South African market. FLP bridges the gap where companies want to be Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSACT) compliant and implement Ex forklift trucks, but do not want the capital investment – or do not have the […]

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Achieving measurable growth

A myriad of South African companies are being placed under increasing financial constraints as a result of the poor performance and volatility of the rand. Manufacturers importing raw materials from abroad are particularly hard-hit by a double-edged sword – rising production costs and a customer base with diminishing purchasing power. TAL is no exception to […]

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Sandy Boyd, Managing Director of the Spear & Jackson Tool Group

‘Cut out’ for success

In a fast-changing and technology-driven world, many people take comfort in returning to a well-recognised, established brand that promises consistent quality and reliability. In the cutting industry, both First Cut and Spear & Jackson represent those qualities, thanks to their mutual longevity in the business. (more…)

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Mixing it up

F and D Technologies is an exclusive agent of Santint equipment who supplies the South African market with high-quality tinting and paint manufacturing equipment.   Based in Gauteng, F and D Technologies are able to distribute equipment to all parts of South Africa. The tinting equipment and paint manufacturing equipment (high speed dispersers, milling machines) […]

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Matching colours

African Colour Systems a provider of instrumental colour matching equipment, founded in 1975, is the brainchild of Bill Gosling. African Colour Systems’ core business ranges from simple pantone guides to lighting cabinets and spectrophotometers for the measurement of coloured objects in quality controlled environments. It is also valuable in the formulation and correction of colour […]

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History of Agrinet

Agrinet moving forward

About 65 years ago Agrinet was started as VETSAK (an acronym for ‘Vrystaat en Transvaalse Sentrale Aankoop Kooperasie’), with the initial vision to serve and uplift the South African farming community by establishing a centralised co-operative buying group that could negotiate better prices and source specialised products. VETSAK was to become the co-operative for the […]

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Walter Stapp

Growing the brand

Founded in 1950, LG Harris South Africa was started by Walter Stapp who arrived in South Africa two years previously. Initially, the business was based in Africa’s economic powerhouse, Johannesburg, with a store in Fordsburg. Stapp was a Yorkshireman and a golf professional. After the war he was in the grim situation where his profession […]

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Quality springs to mind

With a decade of success behind it, Qualitools, a small independent distributor of quality hand tools and related hardware, is the result of James van Reenen’s attention to detail and ability to recognise and offer a solution to a niche within the hardware market. Over the past decade, Qualitools has grown from a specialist company […]

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10 years of hose excellence

In June 1999, Gavin Brown and Dev Howett started Reinforced Hosing (Pty) Ltd., to fill the gap left by the demise of Illmans Plastics, and Saplex Industries, who closed due to circumstances beyond their control. Many challenges were facing the new company, particularly product quality, and customer base. Hours of hard work and planning, saw […]

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