Somta Tools Launches Expanded Carbide Tooling Facility
At a ceremony, held on 22nd January, Somta Tools officially opened its expanded carbide tooling facility at its factory on Moses Mabhida Rd Pietermaritzburg, where the company has been since its establishment in 1954. The event was attended by some of the company’s key customers, including many leading manufacturers, from across South Africa.
Given that there is no other facility on the African continent that boasts the combined manufacturing, measuring, coating and testing capabilities in this new expansion, the opening ceremony was not only significant for Somta Tools and its customers, but is a boost for South African manufacturing which has been struggling to stay competitive.
The quality and uniqueness of the tooling produced from this facility is winning contracts in Germany and other European countries. On the South African market, the company’s tools are outperforming many of the leading international brands and creating the rare ability for users of this tooling to buy local whilst still improving their tooling performance and reducing costs.
In this expansion, Somta Tools have not only quadrupled their capacity, but have created space for further growth in years to come. The expansion was funded in partnership with the IDC who were in attendance to officially open the facility.