ABOUT US

Our Story

Sanwa was founded in 1971 by three partners in Sydney Australia, and since 1978 it has been 100 per cent Australian owned. The word Sanwa is a combination of the two Japanese words san and wa which translates to “stability and harmony between partners”. We have diversified our trading portfolio over more than 40 years of continued growth, and we now trade agricultural, metal and polymer goods. A full overview of our milestones are shown in the timeline below.

Our Expertise

The company’s wide experience in the import and export of industrial raw materials has been built and maintained by the meticulous care with which it approaches, creates and maintains its three interlocking areas of expertise.

The first requirement of Sanwa’s traders is that they should know their markets. Each industry’s ever-changing needs and priorities must be constantly monitored and accurately predicted. This can only be achieved after the investment of time and travel to meet with their market and really understand their customer’s needs.

The second requirement is a thorough knowledge of each and every source of supply. A Sanwa trader will devote enormous time and effort to studying a supplier’s industry and visiting a supplier’s premises. No technical development or variation will go unnoticed or accepted without approval.

The third requirement is the method and scheduling of transportation, the style and implementation of funding, the requirements of import-export legislation and the critical path of the international currency exchange rates. All are coordinated into a transaction whereby the client receives the best materials at the right time at the best price.

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Sanwa Founded

Sanwa founded by three partners in Sydney, Australia

1971
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Australia

100% Australian Owned

Sanwa became 100 per cent Australian owned, after its Japanese partners exited

1978
Kangoroo
Chemicals

Chemicals and Minerals

After beginning in plastics importing from Japan, Sanwa diversified its product offering to include Chemicals and Minerals imports into Australia

1986
PVC Pipes
Industrial Distribution

Industrial Distribution

Sanwa acquired Halifax Group, now known as HVG in 1988. HVG has grown to employ 185 staff around Australia operating from state of the art distribution centres

1988
PVC Pipes
Metals

Metals

Further diversification in metals importing, carbon steels such as structurals, merchant bars and sheet and coil

1991
Metal Plates
Steel

Stainless Steel and Aluminium

Further diversification into Stainless Steel and Aluminium trading

2001
Aluminium Cans
Tractor

Agriculture

Diversification into exports of products of Australian origin

2013
Wheat
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