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In the vibrant heart of Salt River, Cape Town, in 1999, Cape Umbrellas embarked on a journey that would redefine the world of umbrellas. What began as an import venture, Cape Umbrellas transformed into a local umbrella manufacturing business fueled by a vision for high-quality craftsmanship, employing only five staff.

In 2002, Cape Umbrellas proceeded to manufacture and patent the EasyLift Umbrella, initially known as the ‘powerbrella’, the world’s first and only self-opening umbrella. Within six months, our unique umbrellas found their way to over four countries, including the esteemed Enea in Switzerland – a partnership we proudly maintain to this day. The demand surged, and by 2004, our factory moved to larger premises, employing a team of 22 to keep pace with the growing enthusiasm for Cape Umbrellas. A mere factory in 1999 had evolved into a household name.


In 2015, The Van Zyl family moved from Johannesburg and relocated to Cape Town; coming from a demanding Industrial Equipment services sector with an International footprint, they were looking for a business with which they felt the family could connect, given their experience in the Industrial and manufacturing industry and love for all things outdoor that could be grown into a market force the decision was made to acquire Cape Umbrellas and a new Journey began.

By 2017, Cape Umbrellas growth was meteoric, expanding into Mauritius, Seychelles, Dubai, Europe, Australia, New Zealand, and the Americas. A state-of-the-art factory in Cape Town was designed and Spec Build to specific Umbrella manufacturing requirements and standards. Airport City, became our headquarters and Main Assembly facility, employing in excess of 70 shade gurus and marking a milestone in our African-made legacy.


In 2021, resilience shone through the challenges of Covid. Acquiring a metal fabrication and component manufacturing business and unveiling a semi-automated wood processing facility allowed us unprecedented control over quality .All quality controls have now been moved under (1 Umbrella)The momentum continued into 2022, with Cape Umbrellas setting up offices and warehouses in Jacksonville, United States, and Almere, Netherlands, fortifying our global footprint.

Now, in 2023, Cape Umbrellas stands tall, exporting to over 20 countries, manufacturing 50,000 umbrellas annually, and employing a dedicated team of over 130. Our 6500 sqm facilities in Cape Town echo with innovation, boasting four large UV digital printers to meet diverse client needs. Sustainability is at our core, symbolized by a fully installed solar power system at our headquarters, a testament to our commitment to a brighter and greener future.

From a small importer to a global force, Cape Umbrellas has not just weathered storms but embraced them, crafting a story of resilience, quality, and unwavering dedication – proudly born in Cape Town, South Africa. With a mission and vision to increase production significantly without sacrificing quality and delivery times, we are looking forward to the  next 25 years of service excellence to the shade industry and making your outdoor experience a memorable one.


Cape Umbrellas holds the patent for the unique EasyLift System that has been popular in all market areas. The EasyLift umbrella has a unique, hidden, self-lifting system providing an effortless way of opening and closing the umbrella without the use of ropes and pins.

Cape Umbrellas supplies leading brands, restaurants, hotels and enterprises with their own unique umbrella and branding requirements, offering state of the art digital printing specifically designed to meet their needs. With vast experience in both the domestic and international markets, Cape Umbrellas is distinguished as one of the leaders in the industry and continually pushes the boundaries to supply high-quality, safe and competitively priced Patio Umbrellas.