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Taylor History

The Taylor Blinds and Shutters story began in 1959 in Cape Town. Jimmy Taylor started the family business conducting Venetian Blind repairs. Almost 60 years later, Taylor Blinds & Shutters are the leading manufacturers of sophisticated, on-trend and innovative blinds and both non-security and security shutters in South Africa. 

Historical Timeline:

  • 1959: Company started by 1st Generation (of 3) Taylors. Jimmy Taylor started in Cape Town by going door to door to fix people’s venetian blinds
  • 2004: Introduced PVC (wood-substitute) Thermowood® Shutters to the market
  • 2007: Introduced Aluminium shutters to the market (Hurricane Shutters)
  • 2007: first company in South Africa to launch the aluminum security shutters (ShutterGuard®)
  • 2014: Last of the 2 Taylor’s sold their shares to Odyssey House
  • 2016: Trellidor Group (JSE: TRL) purchases 96% of Taylor from Odyssey House

With a staff compliment of over 180 nationwide, the home of Taylor Blinds & Shutters is the purpose-built 8000m² factory based in Montague Gardens, Cape Town. The business includes a distribution centre and sales office in Johannesburg as well as a network of dealers throughout South Africa and Namibia.

As a member of the Trellidor Group, Taylor will continue the family tradition of supplying innovative, top quality products backed by superb service and warranties. The Taylor family values of quality, craftsmanship and innovation continue to underpin the company’s ethos today.

 

People

Founded as a family business 60 years ago, over 180 employees make up the modern day Taylor family. But the original family values still remain in place and are the guiding principles of Taylor:

Quality. Innovation. Trust.

 

Every individual team member or cog in the Taylor system is a crucial part to the overall business; from the manufacturers and designers who craft the design centric blinds and shutters, to the client and installation teams that ensure every detail is seen to.

Taylor have a 23 trademarks and 3 patents on their products and plan to increase that number as they continue to innovate.

 

Innovation

We pride ourselves on keeping up with trends and are constantly involved with R&D to innovate and improve our products and window and door opening solutions.

Over the years we have introduced many new products to market – such as ShutterGuard Aluminium Security Shutters and Durador Security Doors – or design elements to improve existing products.

 

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