History of Stewarts & Lloyds

History of Stewarts & Lloyds

Stewarts & Lloyds has been servicing Africa since 1903. Our early roots are with the British owned company Lloyd and Lloyd, who opened two branches in South Africa in 1898, one in Cape Town and the other in Kimberley.

Our History


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.


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


Vereeniging Head Office

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.

1939 - 1945

The War Years

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

1946 - 1980

Post War Years to 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.


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

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 individual branches are run by shareholders. 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.



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