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Multitrade Distributors (Pty) Ltd is a privately owned South African company that supplies tungsten carbide cutting tools as well as tool holders to the engineering and manufacturing industries. Founded in Port Elizabeth in 1983, the main objective of the company is to introduce and maintain total tooling solutions to these industries.

Since inception, Multitrade Distributors has been the sole distributor for Mitsubishi Materials products in the Southern African regions and later introduced various other product offerings to its range, such as; Moldino (a Mitsubishi Hitachi Tool Engineering brand), Unions Materials (previously known as Ssangyong), KOMET Group and ARNO Werkzeuge. The company Head Office is situated in Johannesburg with branches in Cape Town, Port Elizabeth and Durban. We service other areas through a network of smaller distributors outside the reach of our branch offices.

At Multitrade, we pride ourselves in the quality brands that we represent. The level of expertise of our management and staff is our biggest asset which includes the full backing of our Technical Applications department providing guidance from basic tooling requirements to full CNC programming in many disciplines, including turn key projects.


Turnkey Solutions

We assist our customers with fixtures design and manufacturing to tooling selection, programming, setting, end product and continuous improvement.

Extensive local stock holding

Multitrade maintains a well-stocked warehouse with various products and brands for all your tooling requirements.

Technical Support

We have a dedicated technical team on call and ready to assist with any technical encounters. Providing guidance on basic tooling requirements to full CNC programming in many disciplines, including turnkey projects.

Process Control

Multitrade aims to provide customers with the most cost-effective tooling solutions to ensure the lowest cost per component, reduced scrap and stable, continuous repeatability and quality.

Value Added Services

Multitrade offers regrinding, resharpening, design and manufacturing of special tooling. Regrinding drills and end mills to extend tool life and reduce costs. Our technical team designs specialised tooling for applications in order to lower the cost per component and decrease cycle time, therefore, saving our customers money.

Programming Assistance

We run various CAD/CAM packages allowing us to assist customers with the most efficient machining processes, in order to increase tool life and metal removal. Through collaboration with our CAM partners, we can also assist with advanced programming services.

Customer Service

The level of expertise of our management and staff is our biggest asset. We aim to take care of our customer’s needs by providing and delivering high-quality, professional, value added services. We strive to provide assistance before, during, and after the customer’s tooling requirements are met.

World-Class Cutting Tools

Through collaboration with our internaltional partners, we are able to supply our customers with tooling solutions for any application in the engineering and manufacturing industries. At Multitrade we pride ourselves in the quality brands that we represent.



How it all began…

The Managing Director teamed up with a partner and established Multitrade Distributors in Port Elizabeth.
He moved to Johannesburg and started selling cutting tools from the boot of his car after signing an agreement with Mitsubishi Materials to be their sole distributor in South Africa.


One Year Later

Multitrade Distributors Johannesburg was established at Metal Box House in Milpark.


We Expanded

Branches in Durban and Cape Town were opened thereafter. Four branches opened in total.


Time for Expansion

To better cater to our customers’ needs Johannesburg offices moved to a bigger property. We moved into our own 1200m² premises in Meadowdale, Germiston, Gauteng. Soon after new agencies were taken on such as SsangYong Ceramic Cutting Tools, NT TOOL Corp, KOMET Group, ARNO Werkzeuge to complement the existing Mitsubishi Materials Materials range.


Years later…


The Johannesburg Branch in Meadowdale officially became the Head Office

We operate on a principle of servicing our customers 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, along with shipments of our other leading brands from other countries.


Multitrade Distributors celebrated their 30th year of service to the industry.

Thirty years later the company has grown from five staff members to forty-five, with an experienced technical and sales team offering quality support to our customers.


The Head Office in Johannesburg moved premises to Edenvale

To better facilitate staff and customers’ requirements. The company has now added various other brands to our range to allow our customers a better variety of quality and price.