The Swaco Group was formed in 1933 in Windhoek, with the agency distribution of various South African manufacturing companies. This was during the World depression and the worst drought in Namibia during that century. Progress was difficult, until after the great floods of 1934 and the gradual upswing in the world economy. In 1936 the Group obtained the agency for the Shell Oil Company, who withdrew from Namibia (South West Africa as it was called then). This agency lasted until 1972 when Shell re-entered the country. In the meantime, more agencies were acquired, and the Swaco Group is now comprised out of the following operating companies who have branches in Walvis Bay and Ondangwa, and distribute throughout Namibia and neighbouring countries:
Cernol Chemicals Namibia (Pty) Limited
This company is a leading formulated chemical manufacturer, serving the Cleaning Chemical Market in Namibia.
Spice and Scale World (Pty) Limited
This company is a retailer of Spices, Sauces, Scales, Butchery Equipment and Butchery Equipment Spares, Artificial Casings and Natural Casings.
Swachem Namibia (Pty) Limited
This company is an importer and distributor of various Industrial and Specialized Chemicals, such as: Adhesives, Commodity Chemicals, Laboratory Reagents, Perspex, PVC & self-adhesive papers, Solvents, Water treatment Products and Wood Preservatives \ Sealers.
Swaco Industries Namibia (Pty) Limited
This company consists of four divisions:
Supplier of pre-printed Continuous paper and Commercial Printing
Supplier of Executive Office Furniture
Distributor of Engineering & Industrial Plastics, Signage and Glazing materials, Digital Print Media, Aluminium Sign Systems and Point of Purchase components
Supplier of Gondola shelving and Industrial racking