On April 1, 1921, the roots of what we now know as Knight Piésold were planted by Dr. Francis Edgar Kanthack. At the age of 49, having already had a distinguished career in the service of three governments (British, Indian, and South African), Dr. Kanthack decided to set up as a consulting engineer, establishing F. E. Kanthack in Johannesburg, South Africa and operating as a sole practitioner.
In 1964 the partnership changed its name, to reflect the surviving partners, to Watermeyer, Legge, Piésold and Uhlmann or WLPU, as it became commonly known. The 1970s led to opportunities for the company to expand outside of Africa and the UK and saw the first use of the Knight and Piésold names.
Heading into the 1990s the company entered a defining phase in its evolution. The name "Knight Piésold" and a new global structure were adopted by operating companies around the world. Today, with a clear vision and everyone working as one team, Knight Piésold looks forward to another successful 100 years.
South Africa became the birthplace of Knight Piésold when Dr. Francis Edgar Kanthack set up as a consulting engineer, establishing F. E. Kanthack in Johannesburg in 1921. The company would come to change names a couple of times before taking its current name, but now, one hundred years later, Knight Piésold Southern Africa proudly remains as the oldest African owned engineering consultancy in the continent.
Knight Piésold was established as WLPU Consultants (Australia) Pty Ltd. in Sydney in 1972. Now headquartered in Perth, Knight Piésold Australia, which continues to grow organically, focuses on the mining industry, providing technical services to major mining companies and supporting the dynamic exploration sector.
The first operating company within the group to use both names—Knight and Piésold—was established in Vancouver, British Columbia in 1975. Over the years Knight Piésold Canada has steadily expanded its specialist capabilities for key client groups and continues to look for opportunities to support the renewable energy needs of the future while assisting mining and power clients through all phases of project development.