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About Our Stainless Steel Company

Kwalkraft is South Africa’s premier manufacturer of stainless steel and metal products such as shower seats and grab rails, for use by elderly and disabled people. Established in 1987 as Ritz Metal Art, the company was acquired by the Ekermans family in 1993. At this point, the name was changed to kwalkraft metal art, in order to fit in with the kwalkraft brand of the family’s other business: a high-end joinery, specializing in the construction of solid wood fittings and furniture.

Since then our products have been used in a number of high profile construction projects, such as the Table Bay Hotel; the Cape Town International Convention Centre; Canal Walk shopping centre; and the international terminal at Cape Town Airport, to name but a few.

To date, the biggest project that we have been involved with has been the refurbishment / expansion of the Lentegeur Hospital in Mitchell’s Plein. We have even supplied our products to a hotel development in Malawi. Our most memorable projects were a range of customized brass grab rails designed and manufactured for then President Nelson Mandela and the refurbishment of bathrooms for the late Jan Picard, who was a former Springbok rugby player and founder of Picardi Liquors.

Kwalkraft’s stainless steel and metal products are supplied to the construction industry via companies like W&B Hardware, Plumblink, Plumbing World, B&H Plumbing Supplies, Bright’s Hardware and On Tap. Those who wish to build or refurbish private homes, can obtain our products from companies like Solutions Medical, JK Hardware or Exquisite Bathrooms.

Apart from the fabrication of shower seats, grab rails and custom designed door pull handles, we have also increased the scope of our operations to provide tube manipulation services to companies that manufacture products for the automotive, marine and industrial sectors. In this respect, our most notable achievement has been the redevelopment of exhaust manifolds used on Auto Futura CAV’s kit version of Ford’s legendary GT40 sports cars. For the marine industry, we provide bending services to most of Cape Town’s prominent boat builders, as well as firms that specialize in the construction of recompression chambers that are used by both commercial and military divers.

Whatever your particular needs may be, we trust that you will find our highly trained and motivated team able to provide you with excellent service and both stainless steel and metal products of unsurpassed quality.


Lionel M. Ekermans (Managing Member)

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