A Brief History


ADF South Africa was established in 1911 as a Wool and mohair merchant. Over the last century ADFSA has evolved through many life stages.

From the start we have been firmly entrenched in the South African fibre and textile market. From top making and spinning of natural fibre products to weaving of technically advanced performance fabrics, we quite literally ‘have done it all.’

Today we specialize in the distribution of technically advanced textiles, hardware and finishing supplies to the awning, marine, outdoor furniture and décor industries. We are proud to offer localized marketing, support and after sales service of the highest standards. Due to our large local stock holding of all our ranges we pride ourselves with one of the fastest turnaround times in the South African textile industry.

With over a century of textile knowledge we guarantee to help you source the most relevant textiles for your application.


Sunbrella & Dickson

For over 45 years, Dickson and Sunbrella have been the leader in performance fabrics. No other resource is more committed to leading the performance fabric industry with innovations that fit today’s busy lifestyles. With impeccable quality, sophisticated styling & best-in-class warranties, the new generation products offer more possibilities than ever. 

Sunbrella and Dickson are present in over 110 countries worldwide and have implemented a global performance strategy since the year 2000. Sunbrella and Dickson fabrics are manufactured at facilities in the USA and France with the highest level of technology, machinery and expertise. With enhanced quality, additional styles and colours the next generation of performance fabrics offer more possibilities than ever.

Glen Raven Custom Fabrics

Glen Raven Custom Fabrics manufactures a host of fabrics for a variety of markets. The Dickson® brand of performance fabrics are known in Europe as the leaders in solar protection. Most consumers are familiar with our flagship brand, Sunbrella®. Over the years, Sunbrella has provided customers with a beautiful, durable fabric that has revolutionized the shade, marine and furniture markets.

Custom Fabrics spans the globe, but is anchored in the United States. In fact, in an era where most textile manufacturing has gone overseas, the majority of our fabrics are produced in the United States. Our main manufacturing facility is located in Anderson, S.C. with over 1 million square feet under one roof. In Anderson, yarn is spun and fabrics woven, finished, and go through extensive quality control. Having this entire process in one facility ensures the quality that industry leaders and consumers associate with the Sunbrella brand. Our satellite facilities in Europe and China are modeled after this plant, and provide the same quality fabric to our customers in those regions.

Mehler - Valmex Boat

Every sailor knows how much you rely on your equipment in an emergency situation. With this in mind, we have developed special materials for use in life rafts, large and small dinghies, and speed boats. Safety is our top priority, and all of our coated textiles for boats are subject to stringent testing. In response to our partners’ demanding requirements, and thanks to our ongoing development of our product range, we can offer our customers a wide range of designs, colours, functional lacquers, surface weights and levels of resistance to the elements.

Mehler - Airtex Magic FR

Originally developed for Point of Sale applications, it quickly became clear that AIRTEX® magic FR could be used in many other ways too. This highly versatile material is perfect for roll-up banners, advertising banners, wall flags, advertising displays and wallpaper.


Since 1964, SPRADLING® has offered design and performance solutions for nearly every application to enhance any seating environment. With products specifically engineered to meet the needs of the CONTRACT, MARINE, AUTOMOTIVE, and General Upholstery markets, SPRADLING® is well established and sufficiently flexible to support a diverse target market.


Technically advanced clear pvc products designated for window use in the awning and marine markets.



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