A Chronological History

1830
The original company, E. Price’s and Company, was founded by partners William Wilson and Benjamin Lancaster and based at Battersea in the United Kingdom. Because the two men did not wish to associate their names with an industry considered vulgar, they named the firm after some distant and presumably less sensitive aunt on Mr. Lancaster’s side.

It was during this period that they purchased the patent for the separation of solid and liquid constituents that were required as substitutes for tallow (fat) in candle making.

1840
The white candle is developed by using equal parts of stearic acid from tallow and the hard fat from coconut oil plus further improved by the use of a French patented plaited wick.

1847
E Price’s and Company converted into a public company with a capital of £ 500 000

1870
Paraffin wax displaced stearine as the most important candle making raw material. The former is obtained from distilling oil shale or petroleum to produce a wax distillate and further refined to paraffin wax.

± 1900
Price’s Candles Limited jointly owned by Shell, BP, Burma Oil and Unilever.

1909
Price’s Candles Ltd bought Burmeister Candle Factory in Cape Town. The land and buildings were sold in 1923 and a new factory was built in Observatory.

1910
Factory built in Newtown, Johannesburg and later extended in 1923.

1959
Sasol started producing medium wax and Price’s Johannesburg installed the first liquid wax tanks in South Africa.

1960
Factory in Observatory burnt down and rebuilt

1968
Level SA ceased as selling agents and decision taken to trade directly with selected wholesalers and retail chains.

1970
Price’s Candles SA started purchasing own paraffin wax.

1978
Introduced seven extrusion candle making machines into South Africa. The extrusion method of producing candles was developed by Price’s UK for large production of candles.

1982
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. The South African company now trades as a division of Shell SA.

1984
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 introduced at the Johannesburg factory. A third factory is opened in East London.

1986
White River factory acquired from H Timmerman.
Durban factory (76%) share acquired from Suleman family.
Diversified into detergents and insecticides by taking over from Temana, the Teepol, Tabard and Vapona range of products.
Commissioning of own sweating plant in December for the production of local waxes proceeded at Cera, at a cost of R 4.5 million.

Late 80’s Sasol Chem acquires Price’s Candles SA from Shell SA and operates it as a division.

1994
Incorporated by Sasol Chem into the Schümann-Sasol Joint venture and managed by the latter entity also as a division.

1998
Price’s Candles division is sold to Daelite Industries (Pty) Ltd. Price’s Daelite (Pty) Ltd, a new company is registered.

2001
Closed down all operations except Johannesburg. Extended and renovated the entire factory and offices. Concentrates now on manufacturing and selling of domestic candles only.

2002
Sasol Wax becomes the owners of Price’s Daelite (Pty) Ltd. In January the company’s name is changed to Price’s Candles (Pty) Ltd.

2006
Decorative candle range introduced to South African customers.

2007
Price’s Candles becomes a division of Sasol Chemical Industries in January.

2009
Obtains BS OHSAS 18001 : 2007 certification from DQS GmbH during December.