Jan together with his wife Denise started their own company in 1981 making polyethylene self-seal mailing envelopes and sold it as a going concern in 2010.
In 1981 there was no market for these mailing envelopes in South Africa, as the Postal Authority rules stated that only paper envelopes could be used. After 18 months of negotiations, the approval was given to sell polythene envelopes subject to conditions. Jan can therefore be considered as THE FATHER OF THE PLASTIC MAILING ENVELOPE INDUSTRY IN SOUTH AFRICA.
In 1981 the machines to make Polythene Mailing Envelopes where not available, so production was started with a side seal bag maker and the necessary attachments, which were made in the workshop, at home. With time, other products where developed and implemented using the same equipment that is used to make the envelopes.