Kuschke Street, Meadowdale, Germiston
Gauteng, South Africa
Tel: +27 (11) 453 8034
Multitrade Distributors was founded in 1983 by Johny Hansen and Barry McCleland when the company started importing Mitsubishi Materials carbide cutting tools. The company first operated from offices in Auckland Park, Gauteng before moving into their own 1 200 m² premises in Meadowdale, Germiston, Gauteng. In 2005 Johny Hansen took full control of the company when he purchased his partner’s shareholding.
Nowadays Multitrade also markets Arno Alu inserts for aluminium machining, Ssangyong Ceramic inserts, NT Tool Corp machining centre holders and D’Andrea facing and boring heads, modular and mono-block toolholder and boring systems. Multitrade Distributors also distributes the Komet Group range of modular tooling systems and metal cutting tools.
With Mitsubishi Materials as Multitrade’s central area of activity, they are able to supply machine shops with the three main styles of metal cutting modes namely turning, milling and drilling in various geometries and sizes.
With a staff compliment of 35, today Multitrade operates on a principle of servicing clients with the right product at the right price in the shortest possible time. Shipments used to have a lead time of six weeks but now three shipments arrive from the Mitsubishi Materials warehouse in Singapore every week. Branches have also been opened in Durban, Port Elizabeth and Cape Town.
Multitrade Distributors supplies around 10 % of the local cutting tool market.