Sun Factor Laboratories (SFL) has been manufacturing lipbalms and other toiletries in South Africa since 1989. From humble beginnings in a garage in Durban, the business has expanded to a purpose built factory located in Cape Town.
FOUNDER: Stephen Pletts (B.Comm. University of Natal, Post Graduate U.C.T.)
Patrick Gahan, born in Argentina, runs the factory.
The Management: Patrick and Stephen
SFL's factory was the first to be constructed at the Capricorn Business Park, in the southern suburbs of Cape Town. Capricorn Park is adjacent to a newly built housing estate built to house the former squatter camp known as Vrygrond ("Free Ground"). Vrygrond is the oldest squatter camp in the Western Cape, having been in existence since the 1920's. With high unemployment and considerable social problems, the people of Vrygrond are in particular need of the reconstruction and development that has been taking place in South Africa since the democratic elections of 1994. SFL is taking a lead in providing employment opportunities for the people of Vrygrond.
Vrygrond housing as seen from the factory
SFL manufactures and fill lipbalms under our own label, MEDILIP, within South Africa. We also manufacture and fill lipbalms and other toiletries for customers under their own label. For examples, please see our existing clients page.
The manufactured lipbalm is placed into containers
The containers are labelled and packaged..
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