About Johnson Tiles

Johnson Tiles is a division of Norcros Group Holdings Limited, one of the world’s leading manufacturers of glazed ceramic wall and floor tiles. With over 100 years of experience, Johnson Tiles has a long history as an international market leader in tile manufacture. Throughout the decades, Johnson Tiles has continuously delivered distinctive and stylish new products for both the domestic and commercial markets on an international scale. 

Rooted in a dedication to design and manufacture excellence, Johnson Tiles is now one of the largest manufacturers of ceramic tiles in the world, with a footprint that spans five continents. In South Africa, Johnson Tiles has been trusted by individuals, contractors, architects, designers and distributors for decades. Our production facilities in Olifantsfontein, Johannesburg, manufacture tiles of the highest quality, adhering to the strictest ISO and SABS standards of quality. Our on-site technical laboratory conducts stringent tests on a daily basis to ensure every product lives up to our 
values of safety, durability, versatility and dirt-resistance. 

Our History

  1. H&R Johnson Tiles is founded in Cobridge, Stoke-on-Trent, by the Johnson family.


  2. After a deal is signed for T.L. Elliot and Company to represent H&R Johnson in South Africa, the brand is launched on local shores, as an extension of the UK sales force. 

  3. The company’s first South African manufacturing plant is established in Olifantsfontein, Johannesburg

  4. The company makes the move to employing more modern production techniques and a single-fire Monocottura kiln is commissioned to help manage diversification of the product range.

  5. A second Monocottura kiln is commissioned and tile output rises to 20 000m² per week. Previously limited to producing wall tiles, the plant commences with production of floor tiles to satisfy the rapidly rising demand.

  6. Modern technologies are adopted, allowing patterns to be pressed onto the tile surface, followed soon afterwards by an even greater range of printing possibilities with the adoption of the roto colour process in 1992.

  7. The Johnson Tiles wall tile plant is closed and the kilns dismantled, as the company makes the decision to focus on manufacturing only floor tiles. 

  8. Seeing a gap in the market for increasingly popular large-format tiles, the company adds the production of 500 x 500mm tiles to its product range.

  9. To further diversify the range and offer contractors a superior tile with an improved water absorption rate, Johnson Tiles becomes the first South African manufacturer with the ability to produce porcelain tiles.

  10. Johnson Tiles updates its logo and product packaging to a fresher and more modern design. 2011 also saw the beginning of an ongoing upgrade of all manufacturing equipment in the factory, including of state-of-the-art inkjet printers.

  11. Johnson Tiles South Africa developed new packaging.

  12. Johnson Tiles South Africa introduced the 5 collections.