Star Paint is the Kingdom of Eswatini’s oldest and largest paint manufacturer and supplier by far, established in the ‘80s to offset international paint price escalations.
Following extensive market research, a group of visionary business professionals launched a plant to produce the commodity locally, fairly priced and at the required global quality benchmark.
The business invested substantially in best-of-breed machinery and laboratory equipment, recruiting paint expert Ron Kaschula, previously in senior leadership within a multimillion Southern African paint company, with over 23 years’ industry experience, to train local technicians. With the initial product range well received by the market, further technology investments the following year (1989) increased factory capacity to optimum production of 10,000 litres daily.
The business’ 100% focus on maintaining world-class quality controls and market beating technical client services, delivered by expertly trained and proudly emaSwati consultants, has afforded Star Paint exceptional commercial growth across vertical and horizontal markets. Thirty-two years on, Star Paint’s passion and reputation remain unchallenged as Eswatini’s leading and most trusted fabricator.
A member of the Stance Holdings group of companies, Star Paint (Pty) Ltd. has grown to include additional retail outlets, extended manufacturing operations, bespoke commercial project management services and an export division. These Business Units deliver excellence to a diverse base of private, business and government clients across the country and continent.
- To be socially and environmentally conscious leaders in the African paint industry, supplying superior products, services and solutions throughout the continent.
- To bring colour and elation to the lives of the people of Swaziland and Africa, shining our beacon as a vibrant, productive, ecological, friendly and ethical work environment.
- To stay at the forefront of the latest technologies available worldwide.
- To provide our clients with the largest range of the highest quality paint products and services at the lowest possible prices.
- To successfully provide value and purpose to our end-users.
- To remain a socially and environmentally friendly producer, paving the way for a greener future for all generations.
- To consistently cultivate and efficiently employ our expertise, sharing our knowledge and success with all of our customers.
- To make a positive impact on our local communities by providing first-rate training and employment opportunities in the paint industry.
Our manufacturing plant in Eswatini’s rapidly developing industrial heartland of Matsapha (close to the town of Manzini) has grown tremendously over the past three decades and has been fundamental to the brand’s growth.
Already the nation’s leading producer and exporter of paint, glazing putties and related consumables tailored to Southern African conditions, we now also manufacture hygiene solutions, with new innovations in current testing and soon to be announced.
Star Paint Retail Outlets
Via our upmarket retail outlets, we offer a comprehensive range of quality products – from decorative paints for domestic households and wood finishes, to light and heavy-duty industrial paints.
Original retail outlet situated within the Star Manufacturing plant thrives to this day, while national demand for our paint products and hi-tech services has led to successful expansion.
In February 2013, we launched a second, prospering retail store in the capital city of Mbabane, and most recently (January 2020) we opened our third outlet in the country’s 4th largest town and capital of the southern Shiselweni district, Nhlangano.
As professional turnkey project management service providers, we offer clients a dedicated, expert key contact to coordinate and deliver integrated, end-to-end project-based solutions.
With fully committed hazard and safety controls in place, our team assures zero start-up delays or unexpected costs – delivering without fail on deadline and within budget and quality parameters.
We specialise in textured coating and are authorised agents and distributors for Terraco, Versus, Gamma Zenith and Marmoran brands.
Our commitment to strict quality control, packaging and marketing best practices has secured a consistent upturn in monthly sales, with our products penetrating markets beyond Swaziland.
Apart from local outlets, Star Paint is distributed to Mozambique, South Africa and Zimbabwe, with exports exceeding 7 tonnes per day.
Mr Roberto Russo
Multi-skilled business leader, serial entrepreneur and active philanthropist with successive career success, Mr Russo leads the Stance Group as CEO and is a Director of Tech-Tool 2000, leading multiple businesses within the holding company from strength to strength over the past two decades.
As an exclusive member of many of the world’s leading networks and associations, Mr Russo is no stranger to the executive world, and a Subject Matter Expert in Marketing & Branding; Strategic Business Planning & Launch; Mergers & Acquisitions; Market Intelligence & Commercial Development.
Currently serving on 5 Boards of major-league organisations, he retains advanced leadership acumen and relationship-building prowess, driven by a passion for the prosperity of Swaziland and its people. Mr Russo is a devoted family man and humanitarian, who (alongside friends) co-founded Climbing for a Cause campaign in 2013 in answer to the Rising for Rowan expedition – a cancer-fighting initiative in which Russo and company climb mountains to raise funds and awareness for the Rainbows and Smiles charity organisation.
In our quest to maintain world-class quality standards in comprehensive technical consulting, our staff receives extensive training, performance management and recognition. In addition to the laboratory staff, Star Paint employs over 40 Swazi nationals – all of whom continuously undergo instruction in paint production.