The History of Stewarts & Lloyds


Lloyds & Lloyds 1898

Stewarts and Lloyds 1898British owned company Lloyd & Lloyd opens two branches in South Africa, one in Cape Town and the other in Kimberley. A & J Stewart & Menzies in Britain have a presence in South Africa being represented by Brown & McKenzie.  




Early 1903

Stewarts and Lloyds 1903Seeing the need to consolidate their South African interests, the companies amalgamate to form Stewarts & Lloyds ( South Africa) Limited and expand their branch network to include Bloemfontein, Durban, Port Elizabeth, East London and Johannesburg.

This advertisement was in 'The Friend', 26th January 1903.


Vereeniging Head Office 1927

Stewarts & Lloyds re - constructed into a South African company with a share capital of 755 000 Pounds with the head office and works situated in Vereeniging. 


The War Years 1939 - 1945

During the war years the company made shells at the Vereeniging works to support the war effort with many woman employed to fill the gaps left by men answering the call for military service. 


Post War Years to Mid Eighties

Stewarts & Lloyds supply a wide range of products to the gold fields in Welkom and Odendaalsrus, as well as to the coal mines, diamond mines and farming industries. Vereeniging works is renamed Tosa and subsidiary companies such as Salister, Salweir, Salvalve, Salmac, Salchain, Salcast are formed. Stewarts & Lloyds Trading is set up to be the trading arm of most of the Stewarts & Lloyds manufacturing companies. 


The Mid Eighties

Dorbyl acquires the Stewarts & Lloyds group of companies some of which are sold off and the rest placed under the Dorbyl light and general banner. Stewarts & Lloyds trading remains a separate company in the Dorbyl stable. 


The Mid Nineties

Robor industrial holdings, a Barloworld company enters into a joint venture with Dorbyl to run Stewarts & Lloyds Trading. Shortly thereafter RIH takes 100% control and renames the company Robor Stewarts & Lloyds.


Stockwell Acquires Stewarts & Lloyds 2001 - 2002

Barloworld state their intention to sell Robor Stewarts & Lloyds. Stockwell, a company of 15 years standing purchases Bloemfontein, Kimberley, Witbank, Rustenburg, Wadeville and Vereeniging branches to add to their current 10 nationwide branches. The Stewarts & Lloyds name is also purchased.


Stewarts & Lloyds Today

The CEO’s of Stewarts & Lloyds, started Stockwell in 1988 and although they have the majority shareholding in all the branches, the indivual branches are run by shareholders.  Besides the national footprint having grown to 29 outlets, the product portfolio has grown from the traditional Stewarts & Lloyds offering to include a wide spectrum of steel products and added value services.


Stewarts & Lloyds have always been the front runners in training, having realised the importance of ensuring that a continual flow of suitably trained personnel are available to staff the group’s extensive branch network.  The company has a dedicated training centre to put personnel through their paces and also have a trainee scheme in place.


Stewarts & Lloyds is BBBEE compliant and is involved in social upliftment programmes in the communities where the branches operate.


Stewarts & Lloyds is regarded the market leader in a number of sectors. Industries the company operate in include light and general engineering, building and construction, mining, rural water, chemical, petro-chemical, automotive, agriculture, water reticulation, fire protection and local authorities.


Stewarts & Lloyds supplies steel and tube, pipe and fittings, valves, pumps and irrigation equipment, as well as value added products such as profiling, guillotining, bending, rolling and plasma cutting. The cash and carry outlets throughout the country sell the Stewarts & Lloyds products, as well as wire, fencing, industrial hardware and security products.




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