History

1897
Humble beginnings in the Western Cape, as glass merchant and timber distributor, owned and run by the Brodie and Lubner families.
  • Timber Related Products Manufacturer
1978
PGSI’s timber and building material supply business and Federated Timbers forms PG Wood.
  • Timber Related Products Manufacturer
1987
PG Wood Holdings and Bisonbord merge to form PG BISON LIMITED, 75% owned by PGSI/SAB and 25% by Mondi.
  • Surface Innovations
1993
PG BISON acquires 100% interest in Laminate Industries. Integral to this transaction were the rights to the Formica Brand in defined Central and Southern African Territories.
  • Timber Related Products Manufacturer
1994
PG Wood, Laminate Industries and Bisonbord consolidate trading names and images to form one entity: PG BISON.
  • Timber Related Products Manufacturer
1999
A Management Consortium together with BOE Equity Partners, in a 75% / 25% split, buy PGSI and Mondi’s shares in PG BISON.
  • Surface Innovations
2000
Management and staff buy BOE Equity Partners' stake and sell 49% of the company shares to Investec Bank Limited.
  • Decorative surface solutions
2001
The IDC acquires 15% stake in PG BISON.
  • Wood Based Panels
The joint venture of Surinno Solid Surfacing becomes wholly owned by PG BISON.
supawood
2002
Steinhoff International acquires 34.9% stake in PG BISON HOLDINGS (PGBH).
  • Timber Related Products Manufacturer
2004
Steinhoff International acquires 100% of PGBH, making it a subsidiary of Steinhoff Africa Holdings (Pty) Ltd.
  • Surface Innovations
2005
Steinhoff groups all their timber-related operations under PG BISON.
  • Wooden Surfacing Materials
PG BISON begins its "full-tree utilisation” strategy, to optimally utilise its renewable forest resource and integrated value chain.
Wooden Surfacing Materials
BisonBord plant upgraded in Piet Retief.
Timber Related Products Manufacturer
2006
Work begins on commissioning the largest particleboard plant in Africa, in the town of Ugie, North Eastern Cape.
  • Decorative surface solutions
Thesen Sawmill upgraded in George.
Wood Based Panels
PG BISON purchases the North Eastern Cape Forests (NECF) from Mondi.
Decorative surface solutions
2007
The first BisonBord comes off the Ugie particleboard line.
  • Surface Innovations
The MelaWood press is commissioned in Ugie.
Surface Innovations
2008
Timber City and Pennypinchers move divisions from PGBH to a dedicated Steinhoff retail division.
  • Decorative surface solutions
Woodchem purchased.
Surface Innovations
2010
The MelaWood press is commissioned in Piet Retief.
  • Timber Related Products Manufacturer
2011
PG van Reenen plantations purchased in the Southern Cape.
  • Thesen structural timber
2012
Steinhoff moves its shareholding of PG Bison KAP Industrial Holdings.
  • SupaWood
PG Bison realigns its strategic vision to focus on manufacturing and primary upgrading only.
Wood Based Panels
A new DecoBord foil line is installed.
Surface Innovations
Work begins on installing a state-of-the-art medium density fibreboard (MDF) line in Boksburg.
supawood
The MelaWood press is commissioned in Boksburg.
Manica Boards refiner upgraded.
formica tops
Thesen Sawmill wetmill upgraded.
Decorative surface solutions
2013
The Centre of Excellence is established in Boksburg, consolidating Admin, Finance,
  • Surface Innovations
Marketing, Supply Chain and Sales teams in one building.
Wood Based Panels
The first SupaWood comes off the Boksburg MDF line.
Decorative surface solutions
A new post forming line is commissioned in Ugie.
Wooden Surfacing Materials
2014
A new MelaWood press is commissioned in Ugie
  • Timber Related Products Manufacturer
2015
Works begins on the second phase of the SupaWood upgrade focusing on the refiner in Boksburg.
  • Surface Innovations
Surface Innovations is formed to give design customers a more tailored approach on Formica laminates and Corian solid surfacing.
Timber Related Products Manufacturer
2016
Work begins on upgrading Piet Retief’s particleboard press to a state-of-the-art conti-line press.
  • SupaWood