Our products are preferred by the wholesale and retail sectors, as well as for the DIY, domestic and industrial sectors. Our comprehensive range is complimented by our selection of standard and specialised painting brushware and accessories, and our range of hygiene brushware.
We are a member of the NCCA (National Contract Cleaners Association), and this ensures that our products are widely used and recommended by the contract cleaning industry. NCCA members rely heavily on our range of hygiene brushware, which conforms to HACCP standards for use in hygienically sensitive conditions.
The oldest name in brushware in South Africa…
The history of Kinghorn Brushware goes back to the 1880’s, where in Kircaldy, Scotland, a brush factory was started by Thomas Lyle. His daughter married John Kinghorn, who, together with their two small daughters and Thomas Lile Junior, immigrated to the Cape at the turn of the century.
In 1905 they set up a factory under the name of Lile and Kinghorn, but, being unable to finance the rapid growth of the company, they sold the factory to a Mr EE Ingle. Kingorn remained as the works manager.
Undaunted by his failed first attempt to have his own factory, he floated a new company in 1924 under the name of JC Kinghorn. Ernest Morgan joined the company in 1927 and was later married to Kinghorn’s daughter. When Kinghorn died in 1935, Morgan took control of the company and under his shrewd leadership the company grew, surviving the Great Depression of the early 1930’s and the Second World War. His sons-in-law, Stanley Heaven and Gary Potgieter, joined the company in 1951 and 1956 respectively, and Gary is presently a director. Gary’s son Andrew currently manages the business and represents the fifth generation of the family, continuing the proud tradition of brushmakers.