FAQ

Q: How and when did Pratley start operating?

Pratley was started in 1948 by George “Monty” Pratley in a rented garage in Hillbrow, Johannesburg, South Africa. In those days the company was focused on jobbing work for the mines. With a capital of 349 Pounds, G.M. Pratley purchased a few items of both new and second hand equipment, and with the help of Sam Matlebe, his first employee, he carried out repairs on mine pumps and made fittings and valves for the mining industry. See more on Pratley’s history

Q: Did one of your products really go to the moon?

Yes, Pratley Putty was used by the American space agency on the Ranger space craft. It is the only South African product to have gone to the moon.

Q: Do you really mean what you say on your policy statement?

Absolutely! Every employee at Pratley lives and breathes by this statement. It is the cornerstone of everything that we do. We continually test adhesives from around the world to make sure that we stay on top.

Q: Do you sell Pratley products internationally?

Yes, please visit the “International” link on the relevant Pratley website.

Q: Did Pratley really invent epoxy putty?

Yes, Pratley’s founder and engineer, Mr George “Monty” Pratley together with a chemist, Mr Frank Robinson, invented epoxy putty in the early 1960’s. They were working on a design for an Electrical Junction Box and they needed something to anchor the electrical terminals into the box. They achieved this by inventing epoxy putty. Today it is known as Pratley Putty.

Q: What is B.G.S?

You may have noticed the letters B.G.S on the back of every pack of Pratley Adhesives. So, what does B.G.S actually stand for? As you know, Pratley invented "Pratley Putty", the world's first epoxy based putty. In the early days, our sales representatives (from our electrical products division) would routinely demonstrate this amazing new product "Pratley Putty" to their existing customers. These were mostly practical hands-on people like foremen, electricians, miners and engineers. Our sales representatives would also frequently leave a small sample of Pratley Putty with these customers and enthusiastically await their comments on the follow-up visit." Every Pratley representative sends a written customer call report to management. Curiously, the various representatives' reports would always say the same thing. "Customer says it's "Bloody Good Stuff." After hearing this exact phrase from hundreds of customers, the acronym B.G.S (Bloody Good Stuff) naturally evolved. Today, just for fun and lest we forget, B.G.S is printed on the back of every pack of Pratley Adhesive. So there you have it: B.G.S = "Bloody Good Stuff!"

Q: Which Pratley product was used to hang a 13 tonne bulldozer above CEO Kim Pratley’s head?

The Pratley product is called “Wondafix.” It is a very special epoxy/urethane hybrid adhesive and the first of its kind in the world. Pratley scientists grafted a urethane adhesive onto an epoxy backbone. This result is an extremely reliable adhesive that has both the strength of an epoxy and the flexibility of a urethane. The bulldozer still hangs outside of our Head Office using the “Wondafix” joint.