The History of Stewarts & Lloyds

“The use of history is to give value to the present hour and it’s duty” R. W. Emerson

“Our chief interest in the past is as a guide to the future” Dean W. R. Inge

1898

Lloyds & Lloyds

British 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.

1898
1903

Stewarts & Lloyds is founded

Seeing 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

1903
1910

1910
1914
1914
1927

As the Company steadily progressed, it was decided to reconstruct the
organisation into a South African Company. Thus, Stewarts and Lloyds of South Africa Limited came into being with a share capital of £755,00. The Company carried on business at all the branches which had already been established in the leading cities and towns. It was also decided that the Head Office and Works should be situated at Vereeniging. Construction of the Tube Works at Vereeniging began, and after overcoming many obstacles, became the first seamless tube making plant in the Southern Hemisphere.

1927
1939 - 1945

The War Years

The plant continued to grow and break records until, at the outbreak of the
war, the Vereeniging Works was in a position to make a large and valuable
contribution to the country’s war efforts. The Vereeniging Works moved over
to the manufacturing of shells, reshuffling a large portion of the skilled
personnel and employing women to fill the gaps left by men answering the call
for military service. In the course of shell making, some 6000 women workers
passed through the Works

1939 - 1945
1943

It was decided that the Vereeniging Works should embark on the manufacture
of certain agricultural plant such as windmills, irrigation pumps, valves, etc, essential to farming, due to the reduction of imports and the subsequent difficulty to obtain such products. The self-contained factory was planned and brought into operation by November 1943, comprising a fully mechanised iron foundry, blacksmith’s shop and ancillary departments.

1943
1946
Resumption of peace-time production began, on a much larger scale than before in order to meet the vastly increased industrial and commercial demands. The Company supplied 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
1946
1980's

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.

1980's
1990's

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.

1990's
2001

Stockwell Acquires Stewarts & Lloyds

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.

2001
Today

Stewarts & Lloyds Today

The CEO’s of Stewarts & Lloyds, started Stockwell in 1988 and subsequently,
since 2001, the entire branch network proudly absorbed the name Stewarts & Lloyds. Besides the national footprint having grown to 32 outlets, the product portfolio has grown from the traditional Stewarts & Lloyds offering to include a wide spectrum of steel products and added value services.

Today

Snippets from S&L Magazine

A GLIMPSE INTO THE STEEL MANUFACTURING PROCESS OF THE 1930S

Stewarts & Lloyds Hardware

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Stewarts & Lloyds has a trading record of over 100 years! The name is synonymous with excellent service and good quality products.