About Us

Somta FactorySomta Tools specialises in the design and manufacture of standard and custom tools for the industrial and “do it yourself” markets. Product categories can be summarised as drills, cutters, reamers, threading tools and toolbits, which are made in a wide range of sizes, using various materials (HSS and Solid Carbide) and PVD surface coatings to extend wear life.

The factory in Pietermaritzburg manufactures over 7 000 standard & application products and a further 6 000 made-to-order items to serve local markets and export markets in over 70 countries worldwide. From humble beginnings in 1954 with 20 employees, Somta has grown into the largest cutting tool manufacturer in Africa, operating from offices and modern manufacturing facilities laid out over 3 hectares with a complement of over 300 employees.

The Somta National Distribution centre situated in Gauteng stocks all standard & application products and is able to offer same day delivery within the Gauteng region, and next day delivery to all other provinces within South Africa.

The company’s vision of “To manufacture and supply superior cutting tools, driven by a culture of service excellence, to global and domestic markets” is supported by ISO accreditation which was first achieved in 1991 and still remains in place today.

Company Profile

Job Coating Division

Company History

Tool Story

SABS Certification