About Us


  • Established in 1882, it is the oldest and largest refractory company on the African continent
  • An independent and privately owned manufacturing company comprising of Verref, Verref Minerals and 50 % of Marico Chrome Corporation
  • Situated in Vereeniging, south of Johannesburg, with sites in Springs, Hammanskraal and Zeerust, South Africa
  • Can attribute its sustainable growth to its product range, product quality, dedicated technical support and client partnerships
  • 1878 Zuid-Afrikaansche en Oranje-Vrystaatsche-Kolen en Mineralen-Mijn-Vereeniging
  • 1882 Production of the first building bricks
  • 1890 Production of South Africa's first refractory bricks in Vereeniging
  • 1897 Vereeniging Estates formed by Sammy Marks
  • 1903 Vereeniging Brick & Tile Company
  • 1911 Delivery of fired clay roof tiles for Union Buildings
  • 1946 Listing of Vereeniging Brick & Tile Company
  • 1967 Vereeniging Refractories Limited
  • 1989 Verref Group wholly owned by Amcoal Colliery & Industrial Operations Limited
  • 1997 Sale of non-core businesses e.g. roof tile and sanitaryware manufacturers ( e.g. Coverland, Vitro)
  • 1999 Verref Group wholly owned by Anglo Operations Limited
  • 2001 Verref is sold by Anglo. Becomes Vereeniging Refractories (Pty) Limited, still trading as Verref

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