Multitrade Distributors is a wholly-owned South African company that supplies tungsten carbide cutting tools as well as holding tools 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 for these industries.

Since its 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; Union Materials, Moldino, CERATIZIT 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 Distributors, 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 turnkey projects.

Due to the increasing trend of Additive Manufacturing in South Africa, our sister company Multitrade 3D Systems (Pty) Ltd was established in 2019. The company specialises in supplying South Africa with superior metal Additive Manufacturing/3D Printing machines and solutions from GE Additive, Meltio, and AMAZEMET. 


Turnkey Solutions

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

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.

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.


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.


Additive Manufacturing Solutions

Multitrade 3D Systems supply superior metal Additive Manufacturing (3D Printing) machines and solutions from GE Additive, Meltio, and AMAZEMET

Extensive local stock holding

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

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.

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.


World-Class Cutting Tools

Through collaboration with our international 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.


Industrial Vending Solutions

We deliver truly innovative smart vending solutions for inventory control in partnership with AutoCrib®


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 agent 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 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.

Due to the increasing trend of Additive Manufacturing in South Africa, our sister company Multitrade 3D Systems (Pty) Ltd was established in 2019. 


Servicing the Industry Since 1983

Cost Saving Solutions

Total Tooling Solution


Since we have used Multitrade, we have received excellent service regarding Tooling. They inform us continuously of new tooling solutions. The sales consultant that calls on us gives us very good service. Not only are we very happy with the service that we receive from them, we are also very satisfied with the products they supply us. It makes our lives so much easier to have the correct tooling. They are always willing to assist in finding machine solutions and tooling to optimise our components” – Scamont Engineering

We can honestly say that whenever we have a machining problem, we can rely on Multitrade for help, their service is excellent and a good product to back it up. We would recommend them anytime.” – Wadepump

In the past +- 30 years of trading with Multitrade I have had excellent service, quality of product and on-time delivery. The level of service is unbeatable and I have always felt that Multitrade takes great care of its customers. I would recommend Multitrade to anyone looking for a quality product and superb service.” – Simmer Engineering CC

Crabtree has been dealing with Multitrade for more than 9 years and we have built a sound relationship. Multitrade is our sole cutter and tips supplier as we are pleased with the quality and service levels that they provide. We have a moderate consignment stock and it is checked and maintained by Multitrade on a monthly basis. I test Multitrade in terms of product quality and cost with other suppliers and Multitrade gets preference every time. Multitrade’s service is exceptional. On occasion, we have run out of certain cutters and Multitrade has always gone the extra mile in providing us with a quick solution. Often Mark (Sales Director) even drops off the cutters himself that same day, ensuring that we are satisfied.

I thought that this level of commitment to customer service was unique to Crabtree but soon realised that this is how they deal with all their customers, as Multitrade sometimes contacts us asking if we have certain cutters in our consignment that we will not be requiring in the next few days so that they can satisfy other customers. Multitrade only employs presentable and professional reps who are passionate and dedicated to their customers, backed by a strong technical and management team by Mark. I would gladly recommend Multitrade to anyone.”- Crabtree Electrical


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