We are advancing our drive of local manufacturing powered by a diverse workforce and our enduring belief in industrialisation as the right choice for transforming South Africa’s future.

Pioneering people

Behind our world-class products lies a wealth of expert technical knowledge and in-depth experience honed over the past 90 years. This commitment to product excellence is our strength as a manufacturer. But it’s our investment in people that is our strength as a business.

At Beier, we believe that when diverse people and perspectives come together, pioneering innovation happens. That’s why we’re committed to achieving truly empowered black ownership and to growing a workforce that reflects our South African society. This includes developing leadership potential with careful succession planning and mentorship, as well as providing opportunities for workers with disabilities.

We’re also determined to make an impact beyond our own factory floors through various education-driven initiatives that focus on empowering South Africa’s youth and removing the obstacles they face when seeking employment.

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Meaningful transformation

We embarked on our transformation journey in 2004, with black shareholders purchasing a 26% stake of the company. Today, that figure stands at 51.25%, and our shareholder team of highly qualified and experienced individuals has been key in achieving the group’s success.

A truly visionary business recognises its role in addressing South Africa’s economic and social challenges, so we’re committed to meaningful transformation, manufacturing locally and championing small businesses and suppliers. Through our youth education and skills development programmes, we’re also investing in the pioneers and innovators of the future.

Manufacturing and industrialisation for a better future

At Beier, we see the huge potential of industrialisation and manufacturing for stimulating the kind of economic growth that leads to job creation and shared prosperity, allowing South Africa to meet its development goals.

This is reflected in our commitment to local manufacturing and our investment in new infrastructure and technological upgrades. It’s also evident in our efforts to advance small, medium and micro-sized enterprises, which we see as a catalyst for economic growth and development in South Africa.

Successful industrialisation is underpinned by a high standard of manufacturing quality. This is why the passionate people at Beier Group are continually innovating to enhance the quality of our products, so they can compete in international markets.

History

Hans Beier

In 1929, a young and resolute pioneer, O.T.H. Beier, departed Germany against the wishes of his family and established himself as a wool merchant in Durban, South Africa. Thanks to an unrelenting entrepreneurial spirit, O.T.H. Beier was soon able to acquire the very same wool-scouring plant where he started off working as an employee – barely 48 months after he decided to call South Africa home.

As the country’s economy steadily improved, O.T.H. Beier saw vast potential for industrial development and energetically embarked on a mission of expansion and people diversification. This culture remains a priority and passion for the Beier Group to this day.

In 1962, Hans Beier, OTH’s eldest son, entered the business to usher in the next era of growth.

Wolfgang Beier

Hans expanded the business from its origins in wool and consolidated the diversification into a major industrial textile group over the next 30 years.

Enter the third generation. In 1994, after completing his studies and working abroad for three-and-a-half years, Hans’s eldest son, Wolfgang, joined the business, determined to disprove the old adage that “family businesses inevitably fail in the third generation”. Building on the proud legacy of his grandfather and father before him, he continued to expand operations and transformed the business into the vibrant, empowered local manufacturing powerhouse it is today.

Together with its leaders and shareholders, the Beier Group embraces South Africa’s diversity, recognising that the only growth that matters is inclusive growth - and that the great legacy of past generations is only proven in the success of future generations.