Our history

From our roots in the South African mining and shipping industries of the 1920s to the international, diversified industrial group of today, Sturrock and Robson are proud of our rich heritage and robust reputation that we have nurtured over the last century.

Our history

From our roots in the South African mining and shipping industries of the 1920s to the international, diversified industrial group of today, Sturrock and Robson are proud of our rich heritage and robust reputation that we have nurtured over the last century.

  • 100 yearsof milestones

  • 1912

    1912

    Frederick Claud Sturrock (later to become The Right Honourable F C Sturrock) and his friend Thomas William Robson venture into business together.

  • 1920-1945

    The South African mining industry is booming and early Sturrock and Robson companies thrive in supplying and installing transport and mining equipment as well as owning shipping interests in and out of South Africa. Excellent relationships are established with UK and USA suppliers and the Group weathers the recession of 1929.

  • 1946

    1946

    Thomas Reid Robson, the son of Thomas William Robson and a qualified Mechanical and Electrical Engineer, returns to South Africa from the Royal Air Force.

  • 1953

    The Sturrock family’s interests are bought and the Group becomes wholly owned by the Robson family.

  • 1953-1989

    1953-1989

    A dynamic and confident entrepreneur, Thomas Reid Robson continues to grow the business with an eye on future markets, becoming a well-recognised industrial force in South Africa.

  • 1989-2014

    1989-2014

    The new Chairman, Thomas William Robson Jnr, buys Shand Engineering in the UK and begins the Group’s further expansion into the UK, USA, Australia and Africa, acquiring new and expanding existing companies in widely-based support of the mining, energy and transport industries.

  • 2014

    2014

    After serving on the Board for several years, Gregory Reid Robson is appointed as Executive Chairman, the fourth generation of the family to lead the Group. He and Dennis Giovanni Mech, the Group CEO since 2000, now continue a legacy while driving the company toward new opportunities. The focus on people and good business practice remains with an added target of contributing to a safer, cleaner more efficient world.