Texmate was founded and registered on 1st September 2000 with offices in Johannesburg and Durban.
The company is owned and run by Andrew Patterson and Peter Grigoratos.
The partners have extensive experience in servicing the needs of the Southern African textile industry,
having been involved with leading textile agencies over a total period exceeding 65 years.
Texmate decided to diversify its portfolio and is now deeply involved (and highly successful) in the supply of state of the art machinery for the industrial bakery and confectionery industries, sourced from worldwide leading manufacturers in the Netherlands, Italy, Germany, and The United States of America.
(l-r) Andrew Patterson - Texmate Durban; Peter Grigoratos - Texmate Johannesburg
Andrew Patterson B.Sc, C.Text. ATI
Andy was born in Oldham, England, and worked in the spinning industry in Northern England before attending Leeds University, where he graduated in 1982 with a B.Sc degree in Textile Process Engineering. He was awarded Associateship of the Textile Industry (ATI) in 1988.
After arriving in South Africa in January 1984, he was employed by an Anglovaal-owned textile company in Johannesburg. Andy then went to Durban in September 1986, to commence employment with a leading textile machine agency, specialising in capital sales, primarily to the local spinning, weaving, non-woven and finishing sectors of the industry. He worked for the company for fourteen years, after which he founded Texmate Textiles, in conjunction with Peter Grigoratos and John Wood.
Andy is a keen athlete and has completed eleven Comrades Marathons and eleven Two Oceans Marathons, as well as many other competitive races too numerous to mention.
- Selected to represent KwaZulu Natal for the South African National Cross Country Championships, 2016, 2017, 2018 & 2019.
- KwaZulu Natal 10km Road Running Championship, Silver Medal, 2018.
- Silver Medal, South African Ultra Team Duathlon Championships, 1996.
- Team Bronze Medal, South African National Cross Country Championships, 2016.
- Team Silver Medal, South African National Cross Country Championships, 2017 & 2018.
Andy is married to Lara, and they live happily in Hillcrest with their 2 children, Max aged 17 and Joe aged 14, 1 fat Labrador and a cheeky cat.
Peter went to school at Parktown Boys High School, Johannesburg, then studied Textiles at Leicester Polytechnic in the UK, obtaining a Higher National Diploma in Textile and Knitwear Technology. After six years industrial experience mainly in the knitting industry he moved to a prominent South African textile machinery agency, where he spent twenty years selling machines, raw materials and accessories to all facets of the textile industry, as well as forming part of the senior management team.
He was a founding partner and shareholder of Texmate Textiles (Pty) Ltd in September 2000. His interests include wildlife and nature conservation, deep sea game fishing, following sport (especially rugby), reading biographies and classical music. Favourite foods are pasta, pizza and red wine!