Background and History

Since its humble inception in 1978. The Sunshaders, winner in the agro-processing category has been driven by its export focus.Founder and Inventor the late Urs Küng started the company around the idea to manufacture a flexible tile from the Cape reed (Thamnocortus insignis).Today the company is managed by his surviving wife Dolly Balebogile Küng.

In the early stages of the Business, tiles were produced in his home garage, although increased demand soon forced a move to factory premises and since then the company has grown in leaps and bounds.
In 1995 the company bought a farm outside Albertinia in the southern Cape, in the heart of the Cape reed area, and built a purpose-designed factory.
The reed, which grows as part of the Albertinia fynbos, is cut, tied into small bundles and stacked into heaps and left to sun dry for about a month and then transported to the storage facilities at The Sunshaders’ factory premises. Here the reeds is cut to size and moulded into a polyurethane base to form a flexible tile. All tiles are quality checked prior to packing for storage and eventual shipping.
Tiles are produced with clips for easy do-it-yourself construction on to metal frames, or without clips for nailing on to wooden structures. A range of steel frames is also being manufactured. Frames are easy to assemble, allowing for quick construction of a Sunshade Umbrella.

The United States was the first export market targeted and one in which The Sunshaders continues to achieve considerable success. Regular participation in international trade fairs ensures orders are secured from an ever-broadening market base. The company has expanded this base as fast as resources and production capacity have allowed.

At present export markets include USA, Europe, UAE and Australia. As has been the case since the company’s inception, all marketing efforts are focused on enlarging the export market. At the moment, the company is striving to establish itself in South America, Africa, and the Far East markets in particular.

Dolly the current Managing Director of The Sunshaders is the driving force behind the company.Her focus has led the The Sunshaders to be the best company worldwide in the manufacturing of the thatch tile,without forgetting to be highly productive at a capacity of +- 1000 tiles daily and quality conscious, factors that the company believes will ensure fure growth.

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The Sunshaders cc is first company to manufacture the thatch tile which can be used on various structures to provide roofing or as deco. It is also a DIY product for various sized umbrellas.
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