About Us

The business of the company is the manufacture from Cotton yarn to finished product of domestic textiles as follows: 

Beach Towels, Bath sheets, Bath towels, Hand towels, Guest towels, Baby napkins, Face cloths, Swabs, Dishcloths, Dyed and Bleached yarn.

We have been suppliers for many years to the wholesale and retail trade and major chain stores in South Africa, and are now exporting all our products into the world market. Agents have been established in the USA and Canada, and we are now exploring the UK and European market. 

We have Sales Agents throughout South Africa and have recently begun exporting our products to the USA.


The Company was established in November 1983.  The Company took over the weaving department of Kenwool Textile Mills in Hammarsdale,  Natal, South Africa, in extent 250 square meters, and remained there for 2 years. 

In April 1985, the Company moved to larger premises of 1,000 square meters in Pinetown, Natal, and remained there until February 1987.  After acquiring the machinery of a large terry towel manufacturer it was necessary to move to larger premises. 

The Company moved to Danskraal in Ladysmith, Natal in March 1987 occupying premises of 2,500 square meters, and installed the new plant.

After acquiring an entire Terrytowel weaving mill that was imported from Germany, it was necessary to obtain larger premises once again.  In September 1991, an adjoining property of 137,000 square meters was purchased by an associated Company,  Stimela Investments (Pty) Ltd, and a building of approximately 12,500 square meters was erected.

From 1993 to date the premises have been extended and as at present a covered area of 18,000 square meters is occupied, and all the acquired plant is in production. The Company is now housed in premises, which are controlled by the same shareholder, and has available for expansion, enough space for the foreseeable future.

Turnover and profits have increased every year; and we have gained market share at the expense of our competitors who have either left the market or closed down.

The shareholding of Zorbatex and Stimela is 100% held by Hellierwood Investment Holdings (Pty) Ltd which is owned by the directors and an overseas investment company.


Our experienced management makes sure that all your needs are met.

Adopting a policy of continual improvement, new machinery has replaced obsolete equipment and the latest technology is employed. 

Installed plant can produce a great variety of woven cloth, both terry and flat.

Our mission is to surpass your expectations!


Our manufacturing team consists of highly skilled employees who continually meet the high quality standards our company is committed to.

In spite of adopting a conservative approach to our business since commencement in 1983, we have prospered handsomely.   We have made some excellent acquisitions in plant and property; have carved out a niche market; have friendly person-to-person relationships with our customers; and ensured continuity in management