Twinsaver Group accelerates growth streak through Sylko acquisition

03 MAY 2017
The Twinsaver Group (Twinsaver), manufacturer of branded tissue products in South Africa, has announced the acquisition of Sylko, a leading supplier of quality disposable and recyclable household products. The acquisition, which is subject to regulatory and Competition Commission approval, further entrenches Twinsaver’s commitment to extending its footprint and expanding its offering as a large-scale FMCG business.

“It is an absolute privilege welcoming Sylko, a business that has successfully established its products in homes across South Africa and sub-Saharan Africa, to The Twinsaver Group. Sylko is an exemplary business that has balanced profitability with its commitment to its employees, the environment and the growth of the South African economy; making it a perfect addition to our growing business,” said Garth Towell, CEO at The Twinsaver Group.

Established 70 years ago, Sylko has become a household name known for its foils and paper products, plastic tableware, baking and gift accessories range. “We have been a family-run business for almost two decades and are delighted to find an investor that respects our legacy, shares our values and resonates with our ambitions. What also makes Twinsaver a perfect fit, is that the business is as passionate about employee and economic growth as we are,” said Michael Attwood, Chief Operating Officer at Sylko.

The acquisition will be a key enabler for capital investment into technology and innovation, further driving Sylko’s market share in South Africa and other African markets. With the business currently focused on household products, it will also provide an opportunity for expansion into the commercial sector.

This deal closely follows Twinsaver’s acquisition of Validus Medical – a leading manufacturer of hygienic disposable products – and recent investments of R580 million into production equipment. “We are confident that our investments will help accelerate the substantial growth and diversification journey we are on. Furthermore, from an economic development perspective, our strategy remains focused on exploring the potential for growth within the pulp and paper manufacturing sector. This sector, within the South African context, has been cited as being ‘highly developed’, ranking among the top 20 globally with production values exceeding R28-billion,” concluded Towell.


About The Twinsaver Group

The Twinsaver Group is a national manufacturer, marketer and distributor of branded tissue products – supplying both consumer households and businesses across South Africa.  Investment firm, Ethos, acquired Nampak’s tissue division in 2015.  The acquired entity was rebranded as The Twinsaver Group. 

About Sylko

Founded in 1947, Sylko is a proud South African company supplying the widest range and highest volumes of quality disposable and recyclable household foils, paper and plastic tableware, food wraps and baking accessories in the market.