Zodiac South Africa strives to offer world-class excellence in both products and service. Complemented by a team of dedicated staff throughout the country, we guarantee premium after sales service.
Zodiac Pool Care South Africa is part of the Zodiac group. Renowned worldwide for the quality and reliability of our products in the swimming pool industry, Zodiac is proud to be the market leader here in South Africa too. With our technology, expertise and experience, Zodiac brings you the reassurance of top quality equipment in terms of design and performance. A real guarantee of efficiency and peace of mind.
The Zodiac saga: passion is our only guide
From its creation in 1896, Zodiac has developed the best technology surrounding the elements using an ever innovative approach. Through the years its discoveries and inventions have taken the company from the air to water. A feeling for the market, a pioneer spirit, the will to always do better… These are the rules Zodiac always follows in order to achieve ever more safety, ever better performances. This philosophy, over the last century, was used to build its notoriety and create a true trusted relationship with you.
If the creation of the Zodiac group is due to the implication of its staff and the richness of its historical and economic context, the founding impulse came from its founder Maurice Mallet. This young man, at first destined to be a painter, discovers the "lighter than air", during a balloon flight in Issy-les-Moulineaux in 1879.
This experience was decisive and gave birth to a true vocation. A few years later, with the balloon expert Paul Jovis, he founded a company called l'Union Aéronautique de France. From that day on, Maurice Mallet devoted his life to balloons.
A business at the start of it all: aeronautics
Our origins: 100 years of history on water, land and in the air
The Zodiac saga began in Paris at the end of the 19th century when Maurice Mallet founded the company called "Mallet, Mélandri et de Pitray". The company specialised in the design and construction of airships and aeroplanes. The objective of the company was to build and operate a fleet of balloons operating in spa towns, expositions and seaside resorts. This was a winning bet and during the 1900 Universal Exposition, all of Paris marvels at the games, the museum of meteorological instruments and the other technological attractions provided by Maurice Mallet's company. This experience brings him a new reputation, the international press describes Maurice Mallet as one of the two major balloon constructors in the world. The company, re baptised “Société Française de Ballons Dirigeables et d’Aviation Zodiac”, thus develops the air transport sector at a period when the major effort was concentrated on promoting the automobile. The success already acquired on the leisure market extends to the professional market. Ahead of his time, Mallet approaches the major commercial companies to offer an advertising medium as visible as it was before unseen: the airship.
In 1909, the first Zodiac called the Zodiac I is born. In 1910 the company changes its name to “Société Zodiac, anciens établissements aéronautiques Maurice Mallet”. The signs of the Zodiac closely related to the skies doubtless inspire the choice of the brand name and its original logo (the signs of the Zodiac crossed by an airship). Further, the English spelling of Zodiac corresponds with the trends and styles of the period.
Observation balloons, parachutes, airships... The breakout of the First World War slows the diversification of the company which mobilises its production exclusively for the war effort and orders of military aeronautical equipment. Then, despite the death of Maurice Mallet in 1926, passion remains the driving force of the company which chooses to diversify its activity. The year 1934 sees the arrival of the now famous Zodiac, two seater inflatable kayak, which gave the brand considerable and continuing renown. From then on Zodiac evolves at the rhythm of technological progress and the purchase of high potential patents such as that of the life jacket. Benefiting from the arrival of the leisure society it diversifies in areas such as pleasure cruise boats, parachutes and swimming pools.
One of the keys to our success is our continuous presence at the front of innovation and technology. This enables us to offer products that are efficient, safe and compliant with the strictest standards and certification requirements. Numerous patents are the results of R&D programmes focusing on quality and performance.
Our latest product innovations:
2016 : Launch of MX8 Elite. This is the first suction pool cleaner with Cyclonic scrubbing brushes ensuring a deeper clean.
2016 : Launch of ZS500 heat pump. Intelligent heating, perfect temperature
2016 : Launch of Flo Pro Variable Speed pump. Following years of research, Zodiac has developed this intelligent, easy to install, environmentally friendly pump.
2016 : Launch of Ei Classic chlorinator. Boasts the latest in cutting edge technology featuring reverse polarity
2016 : Ei2 Chlorinator. A low maintenance unit with easy to use controls as well as set and forget timers
2016 : Flo Pro Series Fibreglass Sand Filter. Constructed to ensure you receive years of service with minimum maintanance
2015 : Launch of VX55 4WD Robotic cleaner. Engineered to provide the ultimate pool cleaning experience
Zodiac's Research & Development teams are continuously working on developing the future in domestic pool products.
Using the latest in materials, manufacturing techniques and technology, we aim to deliver superior convenience, comfort and safety whilst meeting strict international performance standards.
Zodiac's technological expertise can be found in the design of its products as well as our production and use of materials. Our highly-diversified range is a good illustration of our ability to apply this expertise: swimming pool cleaners, chlorination systems, pool heating, as well as pool and spa chemicals.
Zodiac has three research and development laboratories around the world, that also act as centres of excellence for certain products and technologies. All Zodiac products comply with international standards and the toughest quality requirements.