Our members gain access to leading brands and suppliers regardless of their size.
Our combined group buying power helps you as an independent remain competitive in an environment dominated by large chains.
Achieve the advantages of the large chains without losing your individuality, and benefit from a corporate identity.
Star Group Store
Experience the Power of Independence
- Branded Store Option
- Optional turn-key solutions
- Benefit from same group-negotiated supplier trading terms and more
- Access to group volume-based buying power
- Improved profitability
- Compete favourably against big brands
- Keep direct accounts with suppliers
- Leverage group marketing support
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Who We Are
The addition of the STAR GROUP brand was motivated by market demand, particularly among Independent Retailers whose margins are under pressure as a result of ongoing market consolidation and expansion by Retail Chains.
The economic climate, rising operating costs and the ongoing changing landscape within the Building Hardware Sector have also propelled us forward
in recent years.
Several different retail trading formats tailored to the strengths of members are being added to the EST fold, namely:
- Star Build
- Star DIY
- Star Paint
- Star Plumbing
Since its beginning, the STAR GROUP has delivered a stellar record of transparency, extraordinary growth, and unparalleled earnings on behalf of independent traders in numerous formats.
Louis Greeff, EST GROUP Managing Director is confident that they will be able to repeat the same, if not greater, success in the hardware division than that achieved in the FMCG industry.
EST understands that there is a need for both suppliers and members to do business with associations because it is more affordable. Furthermore, the company recognises that consumers have become keenly aware of competition and are looking at how best to save money.
Group Merchandise Director
Group Merchandise Director
Mohamed Varachia, EST GROUP Merchandising Director said their focus is now on sharing knowledge and margins with its members and growing the DIY footprint nationally.
In January 2013 EST launched its voluntary buying group within the South African DIY and hardware industry. The launch of this DIY group comes on the success created by EST’s food buying group established six years earlier.
Rob Suttle, EST Building Merchandising Director ascribes the group’s success to it being a logical choice for independent retailers faced with market exclusion due to chain group pressure.
He points out that EST Building represents the interests of members at all times and aims to achieve a maximum benefit on their behalf in terms of business negotiations. This, often time-consuming activity, allows members to focus on what they do best – trade, and run their business to satisfy their customers.
Access Hundreds of Our Members’ Retail Buyers
Our suppliers include some of the most well-known names in the hardware, building and DIY industry. Your membership gives you access to the following listed suppliers’ products at reduced prices.
Become An EST Listed Supplier
- Building Products
- Paint Accessories
- Power Tools
- Sliding Doors
- Tiles & Sanware
- Tiling Products
- Water Tanks
- Spray Paint
- Tile Adhesive
Situated in Boksburg has over the years grown in both size and diversity to become a major supplier of specialised construction products to the building, civil engineering, and building maintenance industries. a.b.e.® has recently become part of the Saint-Gobain Group.Read More Waterproofing
Africa Tanks is the first and only blow moulding water tank manufacturer in Southern Africa. We use the latest world-class extrusion blow moulding technology. Using virgin plastic with a food grade inner layer, an antibacterial middle layer and an outer UV resistant layer, we make a 3-layered high density tank making it the strongest, best value for money water tank in the market.Read More Water Tanks
Our cement, aggregate and readymix concrete construction materials have been contributing significantly to infrastructure development in Africa for more than 85 years.Read More Cement
Agrinet is a wholesaler & distributor of a wide selection of industrial products, general merchandise and irrigation ranges to retail & trade markets in Africa. Our daily focus is the optimisation of the value chain from manufacturer to the retail outlet.Read More Tools
Every company has its own story, culture, and system of values, which characterise its identity. The values of Ariston Group are rooted in the cultural and industrial heritage of its founder, Aristide Merloni.Read More Geysers
By providing only the best proven quality local cement available in the market today coupled with reliable after sales service BB Cement ensures client satisfaction. Furthermore clients can also rest assured in knowing that at BB Cement the availability of product during the busy season is our priority. Our passion is developing business partnerships built on a foundation of trust as well as bridging diverse cultures. BB Cement is not about getting into a pricing war, but to supply a high quality product.Read More Cement
From providing protection to unlocking added value, we deliver innovative roofing systems designed to transform the way people live and work.Read More Roofing
Bosch has been present in Africa since 1906 through its network of partners and distributors. In 1965, Bosch established its first own subsidiary in Africa in Johannesburg (South Africa). Since 2010, Bosch has expanded its subsidiary footprint in Africa where we have offices in 11 countries in Africa. Today, all four Bosch business sectors, namely Mobility Solutions, Industrial Technology, Consumer Goods, and Energy and Building Technology have operations on the continent.Read More Power Tools
The state-of-the-art facilities and choice of energy-efficient technology; along with an operations team having comprehensive cement industry experience, has poised Cemza to offer a well-engineered and a reliable cement option to our customers.Read More Cement
Since our founding in 1976, the Ceramic Industries Group has grown to become a leader in the design and manufacture of ceramic tiles and bathroomware. The Group comprises five tile factories, one bathroomware factory and one acrylic bath factory, all based in South Africa, and a tile factory in Australia.Read More Tiles & Sanware
Copper Tubing Africa
Copper Tubing Africa (CTA) is one of the leading copper tube manufacturers in sub-Saharan Africa. With experience stretching back as far as the 80s, we have built extensive technical knowledge that support us in maintaining high quality levels in the production process.Read More Plumbing
Dulux has always been a mark of premium quality and now proudly features the Flourish – a bold and energetic stroke of colour that will be recognised the world over capturing the essence of our Mission - “Adding Colour to People's Lives" . Dulux boasts a comprehensive range of fine decorative products developed and perfected through local and international R&D initiatives.Read More Paint
There’s a reason why Duram is a preferred South African paint. That is, because all our products are made to look better and last longer, at the very best value. This we achieve with all our ranges, from interior and exterior paints, preparation products right through to our specialist paints.Read More Paint
Eco Tanks was established in 2004 in East London in the Eastern Cape. The company was initially a regional rotational moulder, but has since expanded and now supplies its product nationally. The company has four manufacturing plants located in East London, Pretoria, Cape Town and Pietermaritzburg.Read More Water Tanks
Efekto is a market leader in garden and home pesticides with a broad range of small pack insecticides, fungicides, herbicides and rodenticides. Efekto has been creating innovative solutions for the consumer gardening market since 1973. For more than 40 years, we have invested in producing solutions which lead the way in bringing gardens to life.Read More Groceries
As a supplier of heat pumps and geysers – including solar geysers – across South Africa and neighbouring countries, only the very best products have been marketed and sold. Kwikot has not taken its position at the forefront of the industry lightly: it has always strived to improve and develop new and more efficient technologies. This has been achieved by maintaining a robust new product development program over many decades.Read More Geysers
To face our world’s critical needs for sustainable and qualitative living spaces, global building material manufacturer and pioneer in lightweight construction Etex further pledges to be an agent of change in the sustainable building sector. Next to its intrinsically sustainable portfolio, Etex is doing more by setting clear ambitions for the next eight years across five priority areas: health, safety and well-being; decarbonisation; circularity; diversity, equity, and inclusion; and customer engagement.Read More Building Products
Eureka DIY Solutions have 2300+ pre-packed products and is represented in over 90% of hardware stores in Southern Africa, translating to ±2 300 retailers that we’ve helped to greatly increase sales and profit per m2 on fasteners.Read More Fasteners
For over 25 years Eurolux has been pivotal in bringing the latest innovations in the lighting industry to South African businesses and consumers. What started out as a modest Cape Town operation has flourished into an impressive company with a nationwide footprint, including links into Africa and the Middle East. Acting as importer and distributor, Eurolux has its finger on the pulse of global industry trends and movements. By maintaining strong relationships with our business partners, we have been able to both understand and meet the needs and preferences of our clients, thus ensuring a product offering of world-class quality and variety.Read More Lighting
Everite Building Products has been associated with the South African building industry since 1941. Producing a wide range of materials that satisfy the needs of the commercial, industrial and residential market sectors,Read More Building Products
Our manufacturing process are subject to intense in-house scrutiny and the consistency of all our products is monitored in our own fully equipped laboratory supervised by an experienced team of paint technicians and quality control experts.Read More Paint
GLUEDEVIL is committed to servicing the industry with manufactured bespoke adhesives, sealants, spray paints and tapes with exceptional quality at affordable prices. Our dynamic and proud team aims to provide consumers with excellent service and peace of mind that their GLUEDEVIL product is guaranteed to fulfil its function and exceed expectations.Read More Adhesives
Gundle Plastics Group (pty) ltd is a private company that is 100% black owned. The Gundle Plastics Group manufactures and distributes, through its nationwide branch network.Read More Plastic
HALSTED _ CO
Growing from our first delivery vehicle in Welkom which was an old black thick wheel bicycle which is still on display in Welkom, we now have a large distribution fleet servicing all areas in South Africa. Over the years Halsted has built up a large client base & our commitment is to strive to give the best possible service to each and every one of them. As stockiest of all major brands fit for industry we are able to provide a just in time one stop solution. We also have several products that are manufactured specifically for Halsted, our range of industrial and household cleaning chemicals and our own range of workwear.Read More PPE
We are a premium manufacturer of paintbrushes, paint rollers and associated products marketed to commercial enterprises and the DIY market.Read More Brushware
Commited to delivering the best in terms of product and process, we manufacture an extensive range of world-class wire products. These include low, medium and high carbon steel wire and wire products for construction, industrial, commercial, agricultural, mining, roofing, wirewall and fencing applications.Read More Wire
We manufacture and supply one of the most comprehensive ranges of high-quality galvanized rainwater goods, roof sheeting and ceiling products for the plumbing and building industry. The company has a well-equipped, highly efficient engineering plant able to produce a wide range of specialized products to meet customers' individual needs.Read More Steel
Hillaldam is an ISO 9001:2008 accredited manufacturer, supplying a full range of Hardware to international markets for use on Steel, Timber, Aluminium and Glass doors and windows. In addition to our standard ranges Hillaldam has also built up an enviable reputation for bespoke manufacture on specialist projects and is recognized in the marketplace for providing modern yet functional solutions for any customer requirement.Read More Sliding Doors
The INGCO brand pledges to give both the professional contractor and home DIY user a wide range of Professional Tools Made Affordable. Year after year INGCO lives up to that pledge by continuing to grow, innovate and provide YOU with more and more Professional Tools that you can afford! There is nothing in the market at the INGCO quality and price point. INGCO is truly a Professional Tool Made Affordable and is available at stockists nationwide. INGCO is a versatile brand that includes a range of 17 Categories.Read More Tools
Johnson Tiles is a division of Norcros SA Proprietary Limited, is a leading manufacturer of glazed ceramic wall and floor tiles. Johnson Tiles has a long history as an international market leader in tile manufacture. Throughout the decades, Johnson Tiles has continuously delivered distinctive and stylish new products for both the domestic and commercial markets on an international scale.Read More Tiles
We are dedicated to the protection of water resources, water security and quality of life JoJo produces safe storage solutions for water security and a better quality of life for all. By protecting our most precious, life-giving resource, our products help to safeguard the wellbeing of individuals, their communities and the environment.Read More Water Tanks
KwikBuild Cement produces a 32,5N cement of the HIGHEST QUALITY in compliance with SABS Standards. Kwikbuild Cement has a stringent quality management system audited bi-annually by external industry experts. Our rigorous testing program ensures we test our cement daily at our internal laboratory and once a week samples are submitted and tested with an accredited third party laboratory.Read More Cement
The Lafarge Group's leadership, knowledge and experience are major assets for Lafarge South Africa. With the Group's 80 000 employees in 80 countries, we have a global backing that offers unrivalled capability and utmost reassurance. Our cement, aggregates and concrete divisions are top-ranking performers in the industry. And with our drive for innovation, we are always pushing the boundaries of possibility in infrastructure.Read More Cement
At Lasher Tools, we continue to build on our passion for quality, innovation, and value for money. We are proudly South African, leading the way for locally-loved businesses with over 1 000 hand tools locally manufactured and over 98% of our raw materials sourced across the nation.Read More Tools
Established in 1977, L&G Tools is a wholesale distributor of Automotive Products, Hardware, Hand and Power Tools, Garden Hand and Power Tools, Generators, Water Pumps, Compressors, Pneumatic Tools, Welding Machines and Accessories, Bathroom Accessories and Lifestyle Solutions. As a well-rounded South African business, our core competencies include sourcing, importing, warehousing, distribution, category solutions and private label initiatives.Read More Tools
Drawing on our Japanese heritage, LIXIL Africa delivers pioneering innovations through our well-loved brands. Our portfolio includes the iconic Cobra brand, which for more than 60 years, has been a familiar brand in many homes. Its wide range of bathroom and kitchen fittings are beautifully designed, flawlessly functional, and made according to the highest international standards.Read More Plumbware
Established in 1993, MacNeil Plastics is a leading manufacturer in the Plastics pipes and fittings industry. Its main focus is the extrusion and injection moulding of UVPC, MPVC, HDPE and Polypropylene Piping systems for water and sewerage reticulation.Read More Plastic
Makita is one of the brand leaders in power tools in the Southern Africa region. The reputation of high quality, new technology, durability and service back-up are major reasons for its success. With 100 years of experience in advanced motor design, Makita applies the latest innovation to engineer and manufacture top class power tools. Makita Power Tools have high power and less weight, and are very compact and efficient. At jobsites around the world, professional users are getting the new and gearing-up with Makita. Makita offers more solutions for the professional trade.Read More Power Tools
Malls Tiles started supplying tiles to the South African retail market in 1975. We are the largest independent importers of tiles in South Africa stocking the largest range and offering the best deals. At Malls Tiles, we are passionate about tiles and our customers, thereby ensuring that no stone is left unturned when it comes to our customers’ requirements.Read More Tiles
Marley Roofing South Africa, a trusted household name with over 65 years of roofing expertise and heritage, continues to shape the roofscapes of South Africa.Read More Roofing
Marley Pipe Systems, is part of the Aliaxis worldwide group of companies . In Southern Africa we are recognised as the trusted name in fluid handling solutions, with our offering of an extensive range of pipes, fittings and related products. For the past 5 decades we have set the standard to both the plumbing and building industries in respect to legislative compliance, product support, quality assurance and customer service.Read More Plumbing
Medal Paints is known as The Good Paint. Good, because our paints won’t harm you or your family’s health. Good because we’re involved and do good in our communities. Good because we care about our impact on the planet. Good because we simplify your life with a wide range of products and accessories. Good, because we offer good quality at good prices. And good, because we’re a proudly South African paint manufacturer – the largest in South Africa. But more than that, good because “good” is more than just an end product for us. For over 40 years, it’s been central to everything we do. A good paint is an exceptional quality paint that is affordable to people from all walks of life, all while doing good in our community and being safe for the environment.Read More Paint
In South Africa we supply customers with large consignments of Pine, Eucalyptus, Marine Ply and imported Hardwoods. Smaller bundles of timber are also available at some depots and factory shops for local DIY enthusiasts, handymen, hobbyists and small-scale builders. We export our Pine and Eucalyptus (Saligna) lumber to select customers in other parts of the world.Read More Timber
NPC is a member of Intercement (Presence in 9 countries with 39 plants), which is a member of the Carmago Correa Group. Carmago Correa is Brazil’s 2nd largest Engineering & Construction company & leader in hydro-electrical power plant construction.Read More Cement
Ohorongo (Pty) Ltd. is one of the first of Namibia's cement manufacturers and owns one of the most modern cement plants in Africa. It was constructed over the course of two years by leading international engineering company Polysius, with local companies involved in the provision of infrastructure and the building of civil works.Read More Cement
We are service-oriented Manufacturer, Wholesaler and Distributor and an extensive range of quality products for a variety of industries.Read More Plumbing
As the strongest brand in the Permoseal stable, Alcolin has remained the DIY market leader in South Africa and has maintained relevance throughout the years through continuous product improvements, new product developments and quality control of the highest standard.Read More Adhesives
The Powafix company vision is to consistently improve on the trust in our brand, the quality of our products, how we serve our customers and the value our products bring to their lives.Read More Paint Accessories
With more than 130 years of experience in the paints and coating industry, Plascon has a proud history and legacy in Africa.Read More Paint
At PG Glass we make a difference by solving glass problems with real care. We strive to create a low effort customer experience. With over 110 Fitment Centres and mobile units nationwide, we are standing by to repair your day and can even come to your location. Our Technicians are trained and accredited according to international standards – we always put your safety first.Read More Glass
A leading supplier of materials and solutions into the basic services sector in southern Africa, PPC has 11 cement factories in South Africa, Botswana, DRC, Ethiopia, Rwanda and Zimbabwe. PPC’s capacity is around eleven and a half million tonnes of cement products each year. PPC’s Materials business comprises of Pronto Readymix (including Ulula Ash) and 3Q Mahuma Concrete.Read More Cement
Robmeg Steel was established in February of 2002 as a steel service centre aimed at supplying steel related products to the manufacturing industry.Read More Steel
Rust-Oleum is a manufacturer of protective paints and coatings for home and industrial use. It was founded in 1921 by Robert Fergusson, a sea captain, after he noticed that fish oil spilled on rusty metal decks stopped corrosion from spreading.Read More Spray Paint
It is vital to ensure that you have the right tool for the right job. This is also applicable for drill bits. If you use the wrong drill bit for the incorrect application, you will not benefit from the drill bits full potential and it might fail. We thus have focused on educating consumers, including contractors, professionals, as well as DIYers, on which power tool accessory to use for which application. Ruwag aims to help consumers choose the right drill bit and to simplify this process to ensure an easy, fast, user-friendly experience. Ruwag offers consumers a complete range of the highest quality drill bits, to take on any project with confidence. Ruwag... the professional’s choice!Read More Tools
Safe Top is one of South Africa’s largest suppliers of fasteners and hardware products in the retail market. We have over 4000 product items suitable for both trade and DIY users. Safe Top offers quality products at competitive prices ensuring value for money across our product range.Read More Fasteners
We design, manufacture and distribute materials that can be found in 68 countries and our building & technical solutions are a key ingredient in the wellbeing of each of us and a future for all.Read More Building Products
Sephaku Cement, powered by Dangote Cement, is CHANGING THE GENETIC CODE OF CEMENT IN SOUTH AFRICA. With the most high-tech plants in the country turning its turbines, it has injected fast, strong and confident DNA into an ageing sector.Read More Cement
Sika strives to provide value-added products and full solutions. Sika's products and systems are used in almost every aspect of modern living, from building bridges, dams, roads and harbours to high-rise buildings. Sika's technology is also used for building cars, trucks, buses, boats and industrial products. When using Sika systems, quality, durability and sustainability are added to concrete.Read More Waterproofing
Splashworks is a comprehensive wholesaler and distributor of plumbing and sanitaryware to DIY, Hardware and Plumbing Retailers and Independents in Sub-Saharan Africa, with a keen focus on customer service and quality products at affordable and competitive prices. We are as a result, the preferred supplier to outlets in Southern Africa. We focus on after sales services and additional value adds. When it comes to range selection, display concepts, price matrixes and packaging, we are the plumbing solution partner.Read More Plumbware
Reputations are not something we would ever take lightly. We know that when you use our products it’s your name that your client sees, not the one printed on the pipe. Manufactured to the highest quality standards, our pipes and fittings won’t let you down. Install with confidence. Insist on Sunridge.Read More Tiles & Sanware
From humble beginnings, Swartland has grown into a multifaceted building supplies manufacturer.Read More Doors
TAL is the leader in tile and construction adhesives with a track record of more than 40 years. TAL specialises in tiling installation materials, tiling tools, building solutions and is renowned for the quality of its products. It is the brand of choice for tiling contractors, architects and specifiers as well as DIY tile installers.Read More Tiling Products
Vermont Sales, Southern Africa's #1 Powertool Accessory Supplier, has delivered exceptional service to the trade for the last 36 years.Read More Tools
Vulcania Reinforcing Solutions is a leading manufacturer of engineered steel products with a long and successful history of serving the construction, mining and associated industries. This experience, coupled with a focus on customer service that is at the heart of everything we do, has earned us an enviable reputation for technical expertise, product development and problem-solving.Read More Fencing
Weber is the world's leading industrial mortar manufacturer offering a complete range of solutions specifically developed using advanced formulation technology to meet the highest technical requirements.Read More Tile Adhesive
Wireforce, situated in Germiston, is one of the largest converters of wire in South Africa. We specialise in the production and supply of quality wire and wire products for the construction, security, agricultural, engineering and mining sectors.Read More Wire
All Woodoc Sealers are formulated to protect and nourish wood besides forming a tough decorative finish. They deep penetrate the surface and bond with the wood, "living" with it and giving the longest possible life and surface protection.Read More Woodcare
We have evolved from a mechanical innovator to driving the evolution of connected, smart locks and homes. Our brand stands on trust, knowledge and heritage; making durable, quality products. That is why we still exist today and in more than 120 countries.Read More Locks
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