Dunlop Industrial Products – Howick – Manufacturing Plant

Trevor Zuma, Managing Director Dunlop Industrial Products
Dr. Lukas Oosthuizen, Technical Executive Dunlop Industrial Products
Gianni Nosenzo, Head of Engineering and Maintenance Dunlop Industrial Products

1 Induna Mills Road

Tel: 033 239 7200

Production Site:
Located in the town of Howick, in the Midlands of KwaZulu-Natal Province

This historical site is where the South African production of rubber products started.

In 1918 the Leyland and Birmingham Rubber Company formed the South African Rubber Manufacturing Company Ltd (Sarmcol) to supply the market with automotive and industrial rubber products. In 1919 Sarmcol opened manufacturing facilities in Howick in the Natal Midlands initially to manufacture automotive and industrial rubber products and later, conveyor belting and rubber hose products.

In the late 1960’s BTR (UK) acquired Leyland and Birmingham Rubber Company, thereby acquiring control of Sarmcol, and in the early 1970’s listed BTR South Africa on the JSE.

In the mid 1980’s BTR UK acquired Dunlop’s world wide interests and as BTR Dunlop consolidated and rationalised its South African interests. BTR Dunlop’s South African interests were in turn acquired by Dunlop Africa Ltd in 1996.

In 2001 Dunlop Africa Ltd delisted from the JSE and sold its industrial products operations to a newly formed company Dunlop Industrial Products (Pty) Ltd.

The business and assets acquired comprised the manufacture and sale of conveyor belting, hydraulic and industrial hoses, automotive rubber products and rubber mouldings .

To provide focus and to facilitate the introduction of equity and technology partners, black empowerment, and joint venture relationships, the new owners have restructured the businesses and rationalised the manufacturing activities.

The foundation stone for the original building on this site was laid on 19 November 1919. The building has been in daily use ever since and is now used for Engineering staff offices.

Total SQM of the manufacturing plant – 183,790
Total under roof SQM – 52,915

Number of Employees:

Products being manufactured:
Unvulcanised rubber compound

Conveyor Belting (Steel Cord and Fabric Conveyor Belts) Rubber Sheeting, Hand Built Mining & Industrial Hose, Idlers Systems, Adhesives, and Industrial molded products.

The Howick factory is 102 years old and holds the following accreditations: ISO 9001, ISO 14001, MASC, SABS, FRAS and Mibrag and Leag certification. The plant has 2 fully equipped laboratories on-site with the Deutsches Referenzbüro für Ringversuche und Referenzmaterialien (DRRR) accreditation as well as 2 full time rubber technologists and 2 full time chemists working in the R&D department.

The Plant has a fully-fledged internal maintenance department including 3 mechanical and 1 electrical engineer, that fabricates and maintains all necessary parts and machinery inhouse.

The Howick factory is the biggest rubber manufacturing company in Africa and the only laterally integrated facility.

Howick’s mission is to produce a premium quality product at a competitive price in a timely manner.