History & Introduction



The Steel Pipes for Africa Group was founded in 1993 by Mr Ian du Plessis, a young dynamic entrepreneur, with the financial backing of Mr Glanville Gardiner, a Johannesburg businessman.

The first outlet was established in Pretoria West. Due to hard work, dedicated staff and focusing on the specific needs of various niche markets, like the DIY enthusiast, small business, medium business and the export market, this one outlet has grown into a multi-million Rand operation in less than a decade.

The group currently consists of a number sizable, independent operations, with Mr Ian du Plessis the group Managing Director and Mr Glanville Gardiner the group Chairman. These branches cover the whole of South Africa.

Steel and Pipes for Africa, are today, South Africa's leading distributor of structural tube. We are proud to have clients who are market leaders in the telecoms, agricultural, engineering, automotive and mining sectors. Over the last ten years, the Steel and Pipes for Africa Group has supplied tubing and steel to a number of major contract and development throughout Southern Africa.

The Steel and Pipes for Africa Group has shown great consistent growth in turn over and profitability over the nine years, and this positive growth coupled with the leadership of a dynamic management team, will ensure the groups continued growth and expansion.

The directors of the group, with innovative plans and creative ideas, have future ventures planned for the group that will ensure that the Steel and Pipes for Africa Group continue to keep the No 1 position in their market, which consists of a combination of steel, tubing and related hardware, used at all levels of the industry.

The Steel and Pipes for Africa Group, has the right people in place, who are well known and respected for their ability, commitment and knowledge, and this coupled to our comprehensive and growing product range, which comprises a very wide range of steel and tubing related hardware products and a desire to provide the best service in South Africa to a wide spectrum of industries, smaller business and the DIY market, places us in a position to be the SUPPLIER OF PREFERENCE.

During 2002, the Steel and Pipes for Africa Group acquired a number of Robor Stewarts & Lloyds outlets from Barloworld. This has ensured that the position of Steel and Pipes for Africa, in the national market has been strengthened enabling us to face the challenges of trading in South Africa over the next decade with confidence.

The atmosphere in all the businesses resembles that of an old general store, a beehive of activity, with a wide range of goods, professional and friendly advice and service. This format allows for convenient, cost effective 1 STOP SHOPPING for a wide range of steel, tubing and hardware needs.

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