Carst & Walker (C&W), was established in South Africa in 1934 and has over the years expanded to become a substantial importer and distributor of chemical raw materials which find application in the adhesive, coatings, food, paper, plastics and rubber industries. The company has offices and warehousing facilities in all the major centres in South Africa. C&W represents several major multinational chemical companies on an exclusive basis.
The company commenced business as an indent agent, concentrating on the importation of commodity items such as tea, coffee and vegetable oils, under the name of A.W.Jones, Walker & Carst (Pty) Ltd. The business in natural products developed to include items such as timber, rice and spices and also expanded into the importation of specialty manufactured raw materials, which included textiles, chemicals, plastics and synthetic rubber.
Carst & Walker South Africa is part of Hobart Enterprises, the holding company of numerous chemical importing and distributing companies worldwide. Its purpose is to acquire similar companies which can add value to its already extensive base and benefit by being part of a global brand.