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12 Countries 36 Operations 50 Year’s Experience

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The Safal Group is Africa’s largest producer of steel roofing and the sole producer of Aluminium Zinc coated steel on the continent.

For over 50 years, the Safal Group has built its reputation as Africa’s market leader in its core fields of operation:

  • 4 coil coating operations produce metal-coated and pre-painted steel coils , using a patented aluminium-zinc coating technology acknowledged worldwide for its performance and durability.
  • 26 roll forming operations in 11 African countries produce roof sheeting under respected brand names, adding specialist accessory products that enhance the performance of the total roofing system.
  • 6 further operations manufacture specialised steel structural products and construction components that complement the roofing and steel businesses.

The company started by trading corrugated roof sheeting in the 1940s, and opened its first manufacturing facility in Mombasa, Kenya, in 1962. In 2003, all operating companies were reversed into the current holding company called the Safal Group, with shareholding by Safal Investments based in Mauritius.

Today, the Safal Group manufactures in 11 African countries, and sells its products across 3 continents.

“We will continue this journey by expanding our manufacturing into as many new countries in Africa as possible, whilst always providing the best service and quality to our customers and to the end users of our products.”

Dhiru P Shah, a founder of the Safal Group

The Safal Group of companies employs over 3,800 people, providing the leadership, resources and training to build a company with the depth of experience and skills to compete in pan-African and global markets .

The Safal Group has a deep commitment to the communities within which the individual companies operate. The Safal Group has established health centres and technical institutes, built classrooms and recreational facilities, and funded wide reaching awareness programs for HIV/AIDS and the prevention of diseases.

“Businesses can help build the future of Africa.  By investing with responsibility and insight, by partnering with communities and investing in its people, sustaining each other and protecting the environment as the source of all our wealth --- with these values, we firmly believe that success is inevitable.  

We strive to make ours such a business.  This is our approach to sustainability”

Dr Manu Chandaria, Founder, Safal Group


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In all its processes and practises, through its products and its people, in its business values and ethics, the Safal Group continually strives to

Make a World of Difference.





To be Africa’s premier provider of metal roofing and allied building solutions


To enhance value for all through innovation and best practices


SAFAL will strive for highest standards of

Ethics, Safety, Compliance & Quality

And will be fair and caring towards

Employees, Customers and Shareholders,     

Community, the Environment & all stakeholders