Lever Bros (Rhodesia) (Pvt) Ltd

Lever Bros (Rhodesia) (Pvt) Ltd


Lever Brothers was a British manufacturing company founded in 1885 by brothers William Hesketh Lever (1851–1925) and James Darcy Lever (1854–1916). They invested in and successfully promoted a new soap-making process invented by chemist William Hough Watson.

In September 1929, Unilever was formed by a merger of the operations of Dutch Margarine Unie and British soapmaker Lever Brothers, with the name of the resulting company a portmanteau of the name of both companies Unilever. Unilever was the first modern multinational company.

In 1963, Unilever Ltd planned a £500,000 company, Lever Bros., Nyasaland to take over the branch of Lever Bros., Rhodesia. Lever Bros. (Nyasaland) Ltd became a subsidiary of Unilever producing crude and refined oils, a wide range of soaps, glycerine and animal feeds.

The Lever Brothers name was kept for a time as an imprint, as well as the name of the US subsidiary, Lever Brothers Company, and a Canadian subsidiary, Lever Brothers Limited. Lever Brothers was sold to a US capital firm Pensler Capital Corporation and renamed Korex in 2008.


  • Keith Harrop
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