Luke Thomas graduated, with a BSc. Mechanical Engineering Honours degree from the
School of Mechanical Engineering at the University of the Witwatersrand. He was employed
at Klamflex Pipe Couplings from 1996 until 1999, when he left as the then Technical
Luke Thomas designed and founded the coupling manufacturer Aqualok. Over a period
of 7 years the Aqualok product range grew rapidly and was successfully integrated
into the Southern African pipe connection market.
Luke Thomas sold Aqualok to The Rare Group (a JSE Listed Company) and embarked on
developing a superior range of pipeline connection and repair products. Thomas Pipe
Products was born into a modest and rather small, 279sqm mini unit in Honeydew Gauteng.
3rd September 2007
Thomas Pipe Products started manufacturing and trading with a total staff compliment
of 2 people, 1 vehicle, very little stock and even less money. After one year the
company had grown to more than 30 people and was supplying nation wide.
A small branch was opened in Cape Town, the Johannesburg operation grew into 4 mini
A 4000sqm modern manufacturing facility was designed and built specifically for the
manufacture of pipe couplings and stainless steel repair clamps. The building was
completed in May 2011.
Thomas Pipe Products purchased Aqualok, uniting the two brand names under a single
brand name, that being Thomas.
Thomas Pipe Products set up an additional 1000sqm fittings fabrication facility in
Honeydew and expanded the Cape Town facility into a 750sqm building.
The Johannesburg facility increased to 5500sqm.
A bespoke and fully automated corrosion protection plant was commissioned in the
A Cape Town Factory of 1500sqm was purchased to increase capacity.
We sincerely hope that we continue to grow and develop with the success we have enjoyed
over the previous years...
Thomas Pipe Products is a company founded on humble beginnings. It is a company that
is innovative, technology driven, quality minded and one which acts with integrity
with the interests of our suppliers, customers and employees at heart.