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.
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.
Sanwa founded by three partners in Sydney, Australia1971
100% Australian Owned
Sanwa became 100 per cent Australian owned, after its Japanese partners exited1978
Chemicals and Minerals
After beginning in plastics importing from Japan, Sanwa diversified its product offering to include Chemicals and Minerals imports into Australia1986
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 centres1988
Further diversification in metals importing, carbon steels such as structurals, merchant bars and sheet and coil1991
Stainless Steel and Aluminium
Further diversification into Stainless Steel and Aluminium trading2001
Diversification into exports of products of Australian origin2013