The story of Masonite South Africa begins in 1942, when US based company Masonite International first established a foothold in the African market.

Over the course of 70 years Masonite South Africa became a trusted manufacturer of the original hardboard product known as Masonite – a name that soon became synonymous with premium quality in the DIY, construction, carpentry and packaging industries. Through the commission of new board presses and the introduction of a softboard line, Masonite South Africa expanded.

The company boasts a proud legacy of manufacturing excellence, and holds an esteemed position as a global producer of high quality engineered wood products.

In 2016 Masonite South Africa was purchased by Millco, a consortium comprising two South African investment companies: Jacobs Capital and Black Bird Capital.

Jacobs Capital, established in 2002 as a private investment company boasts a diverse portfolio valued at almost R2-billion*. It has developed from exclusively acquiring and developing businesses, to incorporating independent divisions that provide an extensive range of business advisory services as well as manage turnarounds, mergers and acquisitions.

The entrepreneurial heads of Black Bird Capital, Nkosinathi Nhlangulela and Siyabonga Mncube specialise in identifying strategic partnerships and investment opportunities.

As a result of the acquisition, Masonite South Africa is now a 100% locally owned company, backed by investors with international experience and a thorough understanding of the country in which the company’s products are manufactured.

*As of end 2016.



This is a new beginning, and trading under the name Evowood, the business will build on the solid foundation established by Masonite South Africa. The rebranding reflects a spirit of rejuvenation and reinvigoration for the company.

Evowood – evolutionary wood – will strive to continue our legacy of quality, service and extensive manufacturing experience, while strategically planning, designing and implementing new innovations to deliver superior products that meet the ever-growing needs of the engineered wood market.


As a large manufacturing operation, the company operates from a mill based in Estcourt, KwaZulu-Natal – a 32 hectares (320,000m2) site with 65,000m2 under roof. The mill houses a wood yard, chipping operation, refining department, four hardboard production presses, a coating plant, a softboard (insulation) line and an extensive secondary fabricating facility.

The Evowood mill is ideally positioned in close proximity to two of South Africa’s largest ports (Durban and Richards Bay) and on the main transport route to Gauteng (South Africa’s largest market).  The mill is best able to service the primary South African Market, SADEC and many other international markets.

Evowood support sales globally and locally through sales representation and sales agents in our local and international markets.  In South Africa, we have dedicated regional sales representation in Gauteng, Eastern & Western Cape and KZN.

Under new ownership, extensive investment will enable the company to maintain and improve on its high standards.  Evowood is committed to being ‘engineered better’ in every way, continuing to deliver the same quality that customers have come to trust, however under a brand-new name.