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Quintin Maine matriculated 1965. He graduated in 1970 with a National Higher Diploma in Production Engineering from WITS Technikon, Johannesburg. He then went on to complete a Post Graduate in Metallurgy from WITS University. He subsequently accepted a position at GKN, manufacturing welding electrodes,welding equipment and welding transformers. In 1975 he bought out the plastics piping manufacturing division of GKN and the very successful Plasticolors was born.

In 1992 he bought out the colour masterbatch division of Ferro Industrial Products.

He was awarded Business Person of the Year in 1994 by the South African Chamber of Business, and nominated Most Successful Past Graduate of all time from WITS Technikon in 1996. In 2003 he stepped back from day to day running of PlastiColors, allowing the team of Dave Rule and Michael Maine to take over more responsibility. Subsequently Michelle Maine joined the team to complete the very successful management structure.


Michael matriculated from Michaelhouse in Natal and went on to complete his Bachelors of Technology Degree in Industrial Engineering at WITS. After completing various manufacturing apprenticeships in the steel industry, Michael worked for Megapak Olifantsfontien, where he was involved in the tool making, injection and blow moulding divisions under Mark Pattle.


Michael started at PlastiColors in 1999. Over the next 4 years, Michael worked his way from operator level in all areas of the plant to a senior management position. In 2003 Michael was appointed Director, and now serves as the Senior Executive Director of PlastiColors. It is testimony to his excellent leadership that the business has doubled in size over the last 6 years.


Michael has also been invited to serve on the founding board of the Boys and Girls Club of South Africa (a charity serving underprivileged children in Soweto) and is committed to overseeing PlastiColors’ social responsibilities.

Michael, with his hands on, open minded approach enjoys the technical aspects of modern day business in South Africa. 


Michelle holds a Bachelors’ Degree in Actuarial Science and Pure Mathematics from the University of the Witwatersrand. After graduating, Michelle moved to London to pursue a career in finance. She was employed by Goldman Sachs International as a Management Information Systems Analyst, and was internally head hunted to join the Tactical Research Team in the Global Investment Research Department to develop mathematical models for equity trading.

Michelle returned to South Africa in 2007 and joined PriceWaterhouseCoopers as a financial analyst. She consulted to the senior management of clients such as Anglo American, Massmart Holdings and Auto & General Insurance.

Michelle decided to join the family business in 2008 as the financial manager and developer of the ERP system. Michelle was appointed Financial Director in 2009 after qualifying as a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) from the CFA Institute, Virginia, USA. Together with Michael, she is focused on implementing current technology, processes and management techniques which has brought PlastiColors into a new era.


David graduated with a B.Sc. Honours in Chemistry from London University in 1968. He also graduated with an EDP from Wits Business School, and has various management training courses from Zimco, Megapak and Sentrachem.

David started his career in the UK with invaluable experience in pigment development and production. He joined Styrochem in South Africa in 1970 as their Head Chemist, and was promoted to Technical Service Manager where he was involved with the manufacture and processing of polystyrenes.

In 1975 David moved to Mega Plastics as Technical Manager for the moulding division and eventually became Group Technical Manager for the Mega group of companies. He joined Dutton Plastics as General Technical Manager in 1989 and moved to Ferro Industrial Products as Divisional Manager in 1990. When Roychem decided to close the Ferro colour masterbatch division in 1992 and Plasticolors took it over, he moved to Plasticolors and became the General Manager, and subsequently a Director in 1997.

David has been active in the Plastics Institute (PISA) for over 40 years, having been Branch and National Chairman, and is currently the National Secretary. He has served on the Plastics Federation Federal Council; and was a member of the Plastics Industry Training Board until it was replaced by Merseta; and is now a member of the Merseta Governing Board.

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