About Us

 
 

Brief History

With over four decades of trading under its belt, R. C. MANUBHAI & CO. LTD today is considered to be the best in providing high quality products with service second to none, making the company "The Most Trusted Name in Hardware" .

In the 1920’s, brothers Dahyabhai V Patel and Raojibhai V Patel arrived in Fiji from Dharmaj (Gujarat State) in India. In 1926, they established a grocery business called D.V.Patel & Sons in the rural community of Korovuto, Ba Town. In 1960, Raojibhai and Manubhai established a Grocery and Hardware business named R. C. Manubhai & Company on Ganga Singh Street, Ba Town. Thereafter, Ramanbhai and Chandrakant Patel also joined the business. The shop was eventually moved into the company’s new premises at Ba Market Sub-Division in 1969 where the company still maintains its head office. The Korovuto store was closed down in late 1970’s and Jayantibhai joined the family business.

In the mid 1980’s, the family decided to move out of the very competitive grocery business and concentrate more in Hardware, Building Materials, Structural Steel and Engineering supplies to cater for the increasing demand from the Construction, Sugar Milling, Mining, Engineering and Utilities sectors.

From disastrous fires in the earlier years of establishment to devastating hurricanes, cyclones and floods, and the negative effects of the various coups, the company’s vision and progress never stopped. Boasting from a single outlet, the company today has nine major retail outlets Fiji-wide. Of course, this would not have been possible without the solid foundation laid down by the founders mentioned above.

In addition, to the general hardware and building material items, all branches across Fiji offers its customers a selection of Tiles, Sanitary ware, Light fixtures and Office Furniture. Our stores are designed in such a way that it provides an ease of shopping to all its retail customers whilst also giving design inspiration to Homemakers, Architects and Building Contractors. The store displays and layouts allow customers to touch and feel some of the world’s best brands and quality products under one roof. All of our branches operate with a big team of experienced staff providing excellent customer service that has made R. C. Manubhai & Co. Ltd the most trusted hardware company in the country.

 

Our South Pacific Presence

The company enjoys significant export sales to the neighboring South Pacific Island nations through its export office based in Suva and also through well–established agent New Zealand. With our strong network, our target is to ensure that the "R. C. MANUBHAI" flag flies high in the whole of the South Pacific.

 

Subsidiary Companies

Manubhai Industries Ltd. – set up in 1979, this company is the largest manufacturer of Foam mattresses and related products in Fiji. It has recently diversified into manufacture of Nylon Ropes, Plastic ware and Polystyrene products.
Website: www.manubhaiindustries.com.fj

CRP Industries Ltd. – set up in 1992, this company is the largest manufacturer of Wire Mesh and associated products in Fiji. Awarded "FTIB New Exporter of the Year – 1999."
Website: www.crpindustries.com.fj

Roofing & Profiles (Fiji) Ltd. – set up in 2002, this company is the one of largest manufacturer of Roofing sheets of various profiles, Purlins, Rainwater goods and Water Tanks in Fiji. Awarded "FTIB Emerging Exporter of the Year 2004" and "FTIB Medium Exporter of the Year 2005." This company also has a "MULTIBUILD" division which provides pre–engineered building systems.
Website: www.roofingandprofiles.com.fj

Glass & Mirror (Fiji) Ltd. – importers, processors and suppliers of sheet glass of all different types & mirror and Aluminum Fabricators. The company also boasts the only polishing and beveling machine in Fiji.
Website: www.glassandmirror.com.fj

 

Ajax Spurway Fasteners Ltd. – Established 34 years ago in conjunction with Ajax GKN Group (UK). The company was initially set–up as distributors of metallic fasteners but now grown from merely a Fasteners company into a well–respected Construction and Engineering supplier. "Ajax" is a well-accepted and established brand in the market place and has grown in strength, stature and recognition.
Website: www.ajaxfasteners.com.fj

Our Vision

Making life simple by being the
MOST TRUSTED NAME IN HARDWARE.

Our Mission

  • Be innovative in continuously developing customer centric solutions.
  • Unleash the talent of our team to be the best in the industry.
  • Consistently grow market share and be the market leader and respected COMPANY IN FIJI.
 

Our Operations

R. C. MANUBHAI & CO. LTD. is a well–known company, dealing in Hardware, Building Materials and Steel. The company has Eight outlets Fiji–wide (Ba, Suva, Nadi, Tavua, Rakiraki, Valelevu, Labasa, Lautoka) and its head office is centered in Ba – the town where the company’s roots originated. New branch in Nausori will be opening soon.

Apart from hardware and building materials, the company is also the largest stockists of:

  • Structural Steel
  • Special Steels
  • Industrial Valve
  • Pipes and Fittings
  • Electrical products

It represents major brand names in Fiji including:

  • Stihl
  • Caroma
  • Beaver
  • Grannitto
  • Bosch
  • Methven
  • Refin
  • Gasparre
  • New Pearl
 

Founders & Directors

The RCM Group of Companies is headed by Dinesh Patel as the Managing Director and the other Directors are Jitendra Kumar, Rajesh Patel, Ashik Patel, Bhavesh Kumar and Hiten Patel. (These are third generation family members who are involved in day to day operations).

The Retired Directors of the company are:

  • Ramanbhai Patel
  • Jayantibhai Patel
  • Kapilaben C Patel

The Non–surviving Founders of the company were:

  • Dahya Bhai V Patel (1959)
  • Raojibhai V Patel (1978)
  • Manubhai D Patel (1968)
  • Chandrakant R Patel (1989)
 

Vision Group Limited

Vision Group Limited is the 100% owner of COURTS (FIJI) LIMITED and provided new investment and employment opportunities for Fiji and it’s a consortium of four companies, namely R. C. Manubhai & Co. Ltd, Jacks of Fiji, Challenge Engineering and Candle Investment Ltd. Website: www.courts.com.fj

Vision Group Ltd which purchased the Fiji Operations of Courts Homecentres in June 2006 – one of the biggest takeovers by locally owned Companies in Fiji. Vision Group over the time has ventured into other investments also buying out majority shareholding in Denarau Investments Ltd owners of Hilton property and other investments.