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Our History

A legacy of excellence in the production and supply of sewing thread

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ACA started as an import agency in 1953. However, when the South African government imposed high import duties with the aim of boosting local production, ACA recognised the need to establish a local manufacturing plant; and in 1971 a new industrial sewing thread factory was built in Brackenfell, Cape Town.

Some of our products include our locally manufactured Seralon thread (100% polyester all-purpose thread for the industrial and domestic sectors), and Serafil (100% continuous filament polyester thread, suitable for heavy-duty sewing applications in the footwear and industrial sectors).

During the 1980s, we identified the need for embroidery thread in the South African market. In order to provide our customers with the same quality they were accustomed to we started to import MADEIRA embroidery thread. A licensing agreement was signed, giving us sole rights to distribute MADEIRA embroidery thread to the industrial and semi-industrial markets. We are also proud suppliers of a range of embroidery and specialised industrial sewing thread imported from the German AMANN group.

ACA Threads – History

1953

African Consolidated Agencies (Pty) Ltd started by Mr. Herbert Marshing as an import agency

1954

Thread imported from Ackermann, Germany

1968

Association with AMANN Group established

1971

New industrial sewing thread factory built in Brackenfell, Cape Town

1979

Investment in filament twisting for the shoe industry

1981

Dye house commissioned

1989

Mr. Herbert Marshing retires. His son, Mr. Eckhard Marshing, takes over

1998

Partnership with Corval (Pty) Ltd, Zimbabwe

2003

ACA Threads celebrates its 50th anniversary

2009

Expansion of commission dyeing facilities, sales yarn initiated

2010

Installation of new radio frequency dryer

2011

Acquisition of A&E South Africa – upgrades to laboratory, additional winding and twisting capacity

2013

Heat recovery and solar water heating system installed for dye house

2013

Signed agreement with Amann for the distribution of Isacord embroidery thread in Southern Africa

2015

130kWp photovoltaic solar power system installed

2018

Additional 200 kWp photovoltaic solar power system installed. Click here to read more: https://www.acathreads.co.za/images/Sustainability/ACA%20-%20Solar%20Photovoltaic.pdf 

2018 

ACA Threads becomes a proud member of the CCTC (Cape Town Clothing and Textile Cluster): https://capeclothingcluster.org.za/about-cctc/ 

2018

Investment into new Datacolor system

2019 

Commissioned 3 boreholes and installed a Water Purification Plant. Click here to read more: https://acathreads.com/index.php/news/49-borehole-water-purification-and-water-re-charge-project 

2019

Water Recharge Project Implemented. Click here to read more: https://acathreads.com/index.php/news/50-water-recharge-project 

2019/20 

Investment into new Setex Dyehouse Automation and Orgatex Management System 

2020

LED Lighting Upgrade Project Completed. Click here to read more: https://acathreads.com/images/Sustainability/LED.pdf

2021

Introduction of Dyehouse Setex Energy Management System 

2022

Introduction of 3rd Ugolini Dye Machine