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Johnson Tiles has a proud history rooted in the design and manufacture of high quality wall and floor tiles since 1901. With companies on five continents it is one of the largest manufacturers of ceramic tiles in the world.

In South Africa, the history of the brand begins in 1935 when a deal was concluded with T.L. Elliot & Company to represent H&R Johnson in South Africa as an extension of their UK sales force. Tiles were imported through offices set up in Johannesburg, Durban and Cape Town and distributed to the local market.

In 1952 the first Johnson Tiles manufacturing plant was established in Olifantsfontein, South Africa.

Until 1984 production at the factory was limited to wall tiles. That same year the company decided to employ more modern production techniques and a single-fire or Monocottura kiln was commissioned. In June of 1987, a second kiln was commissioned and output of tiles increased to 20000m² per week. Production of floor tiles could now commence and in 1990 methods were adopted whereby patterns could be pressed onto the surface of the tiles. In 1992 the range of patterns was augmented by a series of patterns which were printed on the surface of the tile using the silk screen method.

In 1999, the wall tile plant was closed and the kilns dismantled, and the company took a decision to focus on producing only floor tiles using the two Monocottura kilns. One plant ran only 330x330mm glazed ceramic tiles and the other plant ran 400x400mm glazed ceramic tiles.

In 2004 seeing a gap in the market for larger format tiles, the company added the production of 500x500mm tiles to its product offering. Then, in 2006 to further diversify the product offering and to offer the contracts market a superior tile with a better water absorption rate, the company began producing porcelain tiles in 400x400mm format. This introduction meant that Johnson Tiles was the first manufacturer in South Africa with the capability of producing porcelain tiles.

In 2011 Johnson Tiles updated its logo to a fresher and more modern design, one which conveys the message that after so many years we are still here and are still on-trend. The company has also introduced new product packaging into the market to update the look and comply with CPA requirements. Since mid-2011 a major upgrade of all the manufacturing equipment has been underway in the factory and new state of the art inkjet printers have been installed.

This commitment to new technology and continuous improvement is why Johnson Tiles is the name to trust for quality, on-trend tiles that have been trusted by professionals since 1952.

Johnson Tiles, a division of Norcros Group Holdings Limited, is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of glazed porcelain and ceramic floor and wall tiles. Headquartered in the United Kingdom, the company has a long and proud history dating back to 1901.

In South Africa, Johnson Tiles serves both the retail and commercial markets. Our tiles are manufactured to the highest quality standards at our plant in Olifantsfontein which has been in operation since 1952.

We manufacture according to ISO 13006:1998 and SABS 1449:1996 standards. An on-site technical laboratory conducts quality checks daily at every stage of the manufacturing process to ensure our products reach the market at the highest quality standards.

Just as important as the quality of our products is the quality of our people. From beginning to end, the experience and skill of our people is the driving force behind our success. Our new product development, engineering, production and technical support teams ensure the latest tile designs reach the market at the right time, price and highest quality.

At Johnson Tiles, we pride ourselves on delivering affordable, fashionable tiles our customers value and trust.

Johnson Tiles The Fusion Range brings together the heritage of quality tile making traditionally associated with Johnson Tiles with innovation and trend setting designs. Digital printing allows for photorealistic patterns and motifs, inspired by natural stone, wood and concrete to be applied directly to the tile surface before firing.

Benefits of Inkjet Tiles:

The latest inkjet tiles look like real stone, marble and wood without the installation and maintenance hassles associated with natural stone as well as the sanding and sealing associated with wood

These tiles merge the natural beauty of wood and stone with the durability and practicality of ceramic tiles

Inkjet tiles are affordable and less pricey than natural stone tiles and solid wood flooring

Wood-look inkjet tiles can be used in wet spaces such as the bathroom as they’re water resistant and won’t warp like real wood. Some designs have a bit of a texture and are a great option for the shower floor as they provide grip.

They provide you with a natural base colour from which to decorate the rest of your home.