Robert Spanjaard, founder

RJW Spanjaard, Founder of the Spanjaard Group of Companies

(1937 – 2017)

Robert Johannes Willem (RJW) Spanjaard was born in Delft in the Netherlands in 1937. He founded the Spanjaard Group of Companies in 1960 and has been at the helm of the Company ever since.

From 1960 to 1969 the Company was the South African distributor of Molyslip products from the UK. In 1969 Spanjaard purchased outright ownership of the Molyslip brand name for South Africa and a large number of developing countries. Spanjaard Limited has since grown into a highly respected manufacturer of special lubricants and allied chemical products with a distributor network that spans five continents and 31 countries worldwide. Spanjaard Limited has been listed on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE) since 1987.