Our History


We Started in 1897 as a Grain Merchant supplying the needs of an ever expanding mining community, to provide feed for the horse and carriage transport of the period. Evolving into a Motor Body Shop with the advent of the motor car, we were one of Johannesburg’s first Panel Beaters in a young city. Johannesburg continued to grow reinventing itself into the industrial capital of South Africa.

The Cooper family saw the need to start the Engineering Supplies Division. This was launched with the agency for Carver Clamps which to this day, are still sold by the company.

The 70’s saw the business move gradually towards importing and trading with Mining, Lifting and Safety Equipment, having acquired the agency for the Nitchi range and this having established our footprint in the Engineering Supplies and Mining sector. 

Other lifting related products followed, adding impetus to our growth and soon we held contracts providing quality products to a demanding Industrial sector.

The 80’s saw the first branch open in Welkom, thereafter Trichart and Rustenburg followed. 

New shareholders inspired our growth in the new millennium with continued growth in infrastructure and with the additional rollout of countrywide branches and a wider vision.

We stand proud with more than 100 years of service to industry, still employing members of the original pioneering family that cast the strong foundation of what we are today. Together with all the new innovations in modern technology and substantial human and capital investments, we ensure that we represent the best in the industry.


Today we are considered leaders in our industry, having grown into a nationwide operation proudly incorporating our motto “Moving Materials Safely”

We supply products and services across a broad sector of Mining & Industrial applications, having acquired sole agencies to distribute reputable international brands in South Africa and the African Continent.

We are leaders in the supply of chain, lever and electric hoists to the gold, platinum and coal mining sectors. We are also major suppliers of other industrial products and services to a broad range of commercial, industrial and utility sectors, complying with all the recognised International and South African Standards and accreditations.

Through our extensive branch network and our strong management and professional sales staff, Engineering Supplies surges forward into an ever expandening market. Fueled by the enormous growth in company and infastructural spending, both in the private and public sector, Engineering Supplies can truly say we are a leading and premium supplier of safe materials handling solutions and associated engineering products and services.


Marine Equipment Supplies is a leading stockist and supplier of marine, lifting and safety equipment in Southern Africa.

We supply an extensive range of equipment, including anchors, anodes, battery, boat fittings, blocks, chain, clocks, barometers, motor cables, steering cables, aerials, fish finders, GPS / global positioning systems, radios, switch panels, marine fenders, crayfish nets, marine floats, hooks, fids, knife, chainblocks, lever hoists, life rafts, alloy chain, compasses, marine lights, nets, shackles, thimbles, turnbuckles, rigging screws, pilot ladders, Jacobs ladders, rope, flares and pyrotechnics, steel wire rope, oars, pumps.

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