QUANTUM COLOURS SA is a premier provider of colour solutions to the South African market, offering a wide range of high-quality colour products to a variety of industries. With a commitment to maintaining the highest standards of food safety, we hold FSSC 22000 Food Safety Certification, ensuring that all our colour products are safe for use in food products.

 We serve an array of industries including Food, Pharmaceuticals, Cosmetics and other Industrial sectors, providing them with the colours they need to create vibrant, visually appealing products. Our focus on quality and customer satisfaction has earned us a reputation as a trusted and reliable supplier of colour products. We continue to work hard to meet the demands of our customers with excellent service, on-time delivery, and competitive prices.



Quantum Colours was founded in 2004 by John Lonsdale O’Donovan, a visionary entrepreneur with a strong background in chemistry. Starting from humble beginnings, the company has grown to become a major supplier and key player in the Food, Pharmaceutical, Cosmetic and Industrial markets, providing high-quality colour products to a diverse range of industries.

Lonsdale’s experience and knowledge in the industry, begun with a focus on quality control and quality assurance (QC/QA) departments, with one of the largest cosmetic-contract manufacturers in South Africa. He then progressed to heading up the technical department of the world’s largest colour manufacturer and marketer, in the south African subsidiary. This was followed by further training in Paris, which broadened his skills and knowledge even further.

With Lonsdale’s leadership and a team of experienced professionals, Quantum Colours has a total of over 50 years of combined experience in their field of operation. This level of expertise and commitment to excellence has earned Quantum Colours a reputation as a dependable and trustworthy partner for all their customers’ colour needs.


Colour is critical to any consumer’s initial attraction to a product. The world of colour is very tightly regulated and one has to work with a supplier that knows which colours are legally permitted, in which applications, and at what dosage. It is also important to highlight that the colour selected does not only have to conform to the latest legislation but it also has to be a stable compound in the required application. To do this, we have a team of highly qualified and respected chemists and technical personnel to assist and design colours specific to our customers’ requirements.

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We have made a quantum leap with our already very successful range of tablet coatings (sugar and film coatings) now also offering our tablet coatings with enteric / controlled release/ moisture and taste barriers. Our coatings are very successfully and widely used throughout the pharmaceutical industry, supplying a range of contract manufacturers that manufacture for clients like Dischem, USN, Clicks to mention a few.

 With our new manufacturing facility we have also raised the bar as we can now offer faster turnaround times and a much higher output to cope with growing demand. Our all NEW Technical applications laboratory boasts with high tech equipment insuring quality of the highest international standards. We still have a lot planed for the future and will be gearing up for further extensions and improvements in the near future.


In March 2019, Quantum Colours was appointed the exclusive distributor of Geotech International in South Africa, to market and sell its effect pigments to manufacturers in the cosmetics, coatings and plastics industries. Geotech, based in Haarlem, The Netherlands manufactures and distributes pearlescent pigments, aluminium pigments and glitter, which all are REACH compliant.

The distribution agreement has also seen Quantum Colours adding a range of international quality cosmetics pigments to its already wide range of products. These specialised products include FDA certified calcium, aluminium and barium lakes.

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