Campbell Refractory’s roots can be traced back to Campbell Labour Brokers which was established in 1996 by its founder Lorne Vertue Snr.

Founder – Lorne Vertue Snr

What started out as a one-man business has unexpectedly changed to several teams deployed over South Africa, Africa and the UAE.

Our first major project was for Karrena Africa to supply refractory personnel for the construction of the Corex/Midrex at Saldanha Works.

Karrena Africa – Saldanha Works Project

For over four years the company’s core business was the supply of highly skilled refractory personnel to a variety of clients in the refractory industry. We soon realized that we needed to adapt to our clients’ needs to ensure we are the first company that they call for assistance and support.

In 2002 Campbell Refractory Installation cc was established by Lorne Vertue. The company’s core business is to provide a comprehensive refractory service. We have done this by assessing the needs and expectations of our clients on a regular basis.

Founder – Lorne Vertue

We supplied services to a variety of clients; from managing the complete project from start to finish; to supplying several teams and equipment on a need basis.

We find it exhilarating to know that our client’s success is our success.


Today the business is divided into four divisions to provide the following comprehensive service to a variety of clients:

  • Campbell Refractory Group (Pty) Ltd – Project & Maintenance Services
  • Campbell Refractory Installation cc – Temporary Employment Service (TES)
  • Campbell Refractory Plant – Plant Hire (Refractory Equipment)
  • Campbell Training Facility – In House Training Facility

See group overview below for more details.

True value is measured by the outcome of the partnership of function and proficiency.

Campbell Refractory continuously assess value for complete client satisfaction.

Group Overview

Campbell Refractory Group (Pty) Ltd

The core business of Campbell Refractory Group (Pty) Ltd is to provide a comprehensive service offering as follows:

  • Maintenance teams on a fixed basis
  • Refractory Equipment on a fixed basis
  • Refractory Projects from start to finish
Campbell Refractory Team at Client Site
Campbell Refractory Installation cc

The core business of Campbell Refractory Installation cc is to supply refractory personnel on a temporary or fixed basis (TES):

  • Supervision
  • Artisans
  • Operators
  • General workers
Team Deployed to Hendrina Power Station
Campbell Refractory Plant

The core business of Campbell Refractory Plant is to supply refractory equipment.

Plant Equipment on Hire
Campbell Refractory Training Facility

The core business of Campbell Refractory Training Facility is to ensure our teams are trained in-house at our training facility to transfer the know-how that has made us successful for more than two decades.

Inhouse Training Facility

For more information please visit our services section. 


Campbell Refractory Group is a Level 2 contributor to the BBBEE.


We differentiate ourselves from the rest of our competitors in the industry, as a result of collective knowledge, skills, and experience in various industries.

Campbell Refractory has built an excellent reputation in the refractory industry due to the commitment and expertise from its founders that worked hand in hand with their teams on various projects.

We strongly believe these principles made us successful to this day.

Mission Statement

The mission of Campbell Refractory is to provide support, assistance, and value-added service to our clients, by creating a successful partnership throughout the project process.



We will strive to reach our goals by exceeding the needs and expectations of our clients through continuous improvement in quality, productivity, value added service, new service offerings and exceptional customer satisfaction.