prices candle logo

HISTORY

William Wilson and Benjamin Lancaster founded the candle making company, E.Price and Company in the 1830s in Battersea, United Kingdom. During this time they purchased the patent for the separation of solid and liquid constituents of coconut oil. This patent produced a substitute for tallow (beef fat) used in candle making. During the 1840s the company became known as Edward Price and Company, and was converted into a public company.

1830

WILLIAM WILSON AND BENJAMIN LANCASTER FOUNDED THE COMPANY.

Due to the industry being, as they considered, vulgar the men did not wish to associate their names in the title. Instead, it was named after a distant and less sensitive aunt on Benjamin's side of the family. It was this period that they purchased the patent for the separation of solid and liquid constitutes of coconut oil that was used in candle making.

1840

RENAMED TO EDWARD PRICE AND COMPANY.

The company increased from 84 staff members to 2300 by 1855. By 1900 it was the largest candle manufacturer in the world.

1847

CONVERTED INTO A PUBLIC COMPANY.

The company was converted into a public company with a capital of £500 000.

1870

PARAFFIN BECAME THE MOST IMPORTANT MATERIAL.

Paraffin wax displaced stearine as the most important candle making raw material. Paraffin wax was obtained from distilling oil shale or petroleum to produce a wax distillate, from which dissolving in naphtha separated wax crystals.

1871

JOHN HODGES INVENTED THE SWEATING PROCESS.

The Battersea plant foreman John Hodges invented and patented the sweating process, which remains an important wax production process today.

± 1900

PRICE'S CANDLES BECAME JOINTLY OWNED.

Shell, BP, Burmah Oil and Unilever jointly own Price's Candles Limited.

1909

NEW PREMISES PURCHASED IN CAPE TOWN.

Price's Candles Ltd bought the Burmeister Candle Factory in Cape Town. The premises were sold in 1923, and a new factory was opened in Observatory.

1910

NEW FACTORY BUILT IN JOHANNESBURG.

The factory was built in Newtown, Johannesburg, and extended in 1923.

1959

INSTALLATION OF FIRST LIQUID WAX TANKS.

Sasol started producing synthetic medium wax by the Fischer-Tropsch process. Price's Candles Newtown installed the first liquid wax tanks in South Africa.

1960

CAPE TOWN FACTORY BURNT DOWN.

Factory in Observatory, Cape Town burnt down and rebuilt.

1968

TRADE DECISIONS MADE.

Decision taken to trade directly with selected wholesalers and retail chains.

1978

EXTRUSION CANDLE-MAKING MACHINES BROUGHT INTO SA.

Introduced seven extrusion candle-making machines into South Africa. The extrusion method of producing candles was developed by Price's Candles UK..

1982

SHELL UK PURCHASED 64% SHAREHOLDINGS.

Shell UK purchased the 64% shareholding of Price's Candles Limited from BP Trading (28%) and Burma Oil (36%) and sold the business rights of Price's Candles (SA) to Shell SA (Pty) Ltd.

1984

FACTORY OPENED IN EAST LONDON.

Price's Candles (SA) (Pty) Ltd registered on 1 January as a wholly owned subsidiary of Shell SA, falling within the Business Venture Division. Two new Herrhammer drawing machines are commissioned at the Newtown factory, and a third factory is opened in East London.

1986

NEW SWEATING PLANT IN BOKSBURG.

White River factory acquired from H Timmerman. Durban factory (76% share) acquired from the Suleman family. Diversified into detergents and insecticides by taking over from Temana, the Teepol, Tabard and Vapona range of products.

Cera Oil SA (Pty) Ltd, a division of Shell South Africa, commissioned a sweating plant in Boksburg, for the production of paraffin wax for Price's Candles, using slack waxes as feed materials.

LATE 80s

SASOLCHEM TAKES OVER.

SasolChem acquires Price's Candles SA from Shell SA and operates it as a division.

1992

PRICE'S CANDLES BUYS SWEATING PLANT.

Price's Candles purchased the sweating plant from Shell SA.

1995

DAELITE INDUSTRIES PURCHASES PRICE'S CANDLES.

Price's Candles division is sold to Daelite Industries (Pty) Ltd. The company now became Price's Daelite (Pty) Ltd.

1996

SASOL WAX PURCHASES BOKSBURG SWEATING PLANT.

Sasol Wax purchased the Boksburg sweating plant from Price's Daelite.

2001

ALL OPERATIONS CLOSE DOWN EXCEPT NEWTOWN.

All operations closed down except Newtown. Factory offices and the entire factory were extended and renovated. The main concentration was now on the manufacturing and selling of domestic candles.

2002

BOKSBURG SWEATING PLANT RELOCATES TO DURBAN.

Sasol Wax relocated the Boksburg sweating plant to Durban. Sasol Wax becomes the owners of Price's Daelite (Pty) Ltd. The company's name is changed to Price's Candles (Pty) Ltd.

2006

DECORATIVE RANGE IS INTRODUCED.

Decorative candle range introduced to South African customers.

2007

SASOL CHEMICAL INDUSTRIES IS INTRODUCED.

Price's Candles becomes a division of Sasol Chemical Industries.

2009

PRICE'S CANDLES OBTAINS CERTIFICATION.

Obtains BS OHSAS 18001 certification from DQS GmbH.

2015

LION MATCH COMPANY ATTAINS OWNERSHIP.

Lion Match Company buys Price's Candles.