Company Profile

Priontex is South Africa’s leading manufacturer of superior quality medical laminate, theatre textiles, clean room suits and procedure packs that are used locally and sub-Saharan Africa. Using innovative processes and a world-class service we offer our customers guaranteed quality products providing protection and comfort.

Company Overview

Our Purpose

To pursue better healthcare through better surgical solutions.

Our Vision

To provide bespoke surgical solutions to improve healthcare in Africa.

Our Values

  • We are Respectful
We respect one another, our diversity and our common cause. As a human interest brand, we recognise the value of people at every point.
  • We are Quality focused
We all take pride, in ensuring that our product is of the highest standard, and that our personal dealings reflect this approach.

Our Mission

To make a meaningful difference to surgical healthcare by providing solutions which

  • Support better patient outcomes during surgery.
  • Provide the healthcare professional with a quality, safe to use surgical pack
  • Provide value added solutions which enable more patients to benefit from better healthcare

Our Commitment

To provide surgical supplies solutions that

  • Reduce surgical site infection risk
  • Enable operational efficiencies
  • Are cost effective
  • Are environmentally responsible

Right Solution
Right Place
Right Time

Background & History


Priontex was founded

Priontex was founded in 2001 as a joint venture with award winning technology partner BreatheTex Corporation (Pty) Ltd, to develop and provide the medical market in South Africa with high quality laminated and non-laminated coated fabrics which conform to the highest international (FDA and EN) standards and benchmark with the best in the world.

Medical textile rental

In 2004 the company extended its offering to provide a medical textile rental service for the surgical theatre environment in Cape Town.

Partnership with Micronclean

The expansion was supported in 2006 through a joint venture with international partner, Micronclean Worldwide, which has over twenty years experience in providing specialised textile processing services. MWW offers a range of garments and fabrics to the pharmaceutical, biotechnological, electronic and food industries on five continents, as well as a complete controlled process of decontamination of such garments.

Priontex in Midrand, Johannesburg

The success of Priontex and its partners was supported by expanding the offering into Johannesburg. In 2007 a new state-of-the-art production facility was built by Priontex in Midrand to support the increasing healthcare and decontamination business.

Priontex acquired Malachite Medical

To compliment its reusable drape and gown offering, Priontex acquired Malachite Medical in 2012. Under its Prionguard brand, Malachite’s comprehensive portfolio of single use surgical drapes, gowns and medical trays is well established in the South African market.

Priontex acquired B & L Steripack

In August 2017 Priontex acquired B & L Steripack a Durban based healthcare company supplying a reusable garment and surgical gown portfolio and rental service. This move supports the Priontex vision to offer its reusable full outsource theatre linen rental service to a wider South African base of healthcare institutions.


Environmental pollution has become a major concern for the future of life on our planet. Incineration of medical waste from hospitals contributes significantly to airborne pollution in our environment – an inconvenient truth!

Medical waste incineration is a major source for chlorinated dioxins, extremely toxic substances that may pose a large-scale, long-term public health risk by affecting reproduction, development, immune system function and carcinogenesis.

Source reduction entails the replacement of single-use items with reusable items where possible.


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  • Managing waste via source reduction. Am J Infect Control 2000 Aug; 28 (4): 324-5. Belkin NL.
  • Adding up the advantages of reusable textiles. Am Laund Dig 1995 Sep 15; 60(9):30-2
  • Reusables win the battle over disposables. Text Rent 1992 Mar; 75 (7): 58-9. Reich D.

Company Structure

Priontex is an international joint venture between Priontex (Pty) Ltd (“Priontex”) (South African resident company) and Micronclean Worldwide B.V. (Netherlands).

Our Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment Codes of Good Practice certificates are issued by Grant Thornton Verification Services (Pty) Ltd, which is a SANAS approved B-BBEE verification agency.

Malachite Medical

Malachite Medical, a division of Priontex, is a level 1 Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment (BBBEE)

Priontex Micronclean

Priontex Micronclean Gauteng is a level 3 BBBEE contributor.

Management Team

Mike Hyslop

Managing Director

Dylan Hill

General Manager – Pan Africa

John Prevost

Chief Financial Officer

Martin Lambrecht

Head - New Business Development

Melissa Padayachee

Group HR Manager

Tony Healy

National Marketing Manager

Anita Jardim

National Market Access Manager

Sue Hickinbotham

Durban Branch Manager

Nico Strydom

Port Elizabeth Branch Manager

Percy Magarezano

Operations Manager - Cape Town

Julie Collett

Operations Manager – Manufacturing, Cape Town

Hlamalani Makhubela

Group QA Manager

Izaak Vermooten

Group Financial Manager

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