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French Engineering Works celebrates 100-year milestone

Last year French Engineering Works celebrated reaching the 100-year existence of the company with a series of events around the country for customers and staff.

French Engineering Works (FEW) is a manufacturer, exporter and importer of standard and premium quality high-speed steel cutting tools. Established as a manufacturer of rock drill spares in 1918 the family-owned company celebrates being a pioneering enterprise and serving the manufacturing industry, both here in South Africa and internationally. Founded by Leon Robert and Hermann Moser, who came to Southern Africa in 1897 to seek his fortune when in his early 20s, French Engineering Works (FEW) is still owned by the descendants of Hermann Moser, although today the family members leave the running of the company to executive directors David Aldridge and Jenny Thobois.

The company held functions at their manufacturing headquarters in Kew, near Sandton, as well as at their depots in Cape Town, Durban and Port Elizabeth. A gala event was also held at the Barnyard Theatre, Gold Reef City, Johannesburg.

Below is a selection of pictures of family members, staff and customers that attended the functions.

A comprehensive historical report on FEW’s 100 years appeared in the November 2018 issue of Metalworking News. To view the story visit

For further details contact French Engineering Works on Tel: 011 386 5200 or email, or visit the web site at

Direct descendants of founder Hermann Moser Hank Gorrell, Ollie Moser and Phil Moser

Mary-Ann Haylett and Gordon Haylett from Camrox Trading

Brenda Nortje from the FEW Port Elizabeth depot with Michele Cameron and Jason Collings from the FEW Cape Town depot

Ollie Moser, Phil Moser and Hank Gorrell celebrating the 100-year milestone at the Barnyard Theatre, Gold Reef City with current FEW MD Dave Aldridge

Len and Carolina Jacobs, Renita and Mark van Jaarsveld, all from SA Tool

Tracy and Kevin Gorrie, Darren Gorrie, Nicoleen Strydom with standing Marcelle Petite and Natasha Gorrie, all from JKM Industrial Supplies

Natasha Williams and Ashleigh Hogg, both from FEW Head Office with Sunette Vosloo and Nicole Coakley, both from the FEW Cape Town depot

Kenny Kruger and Craig Joseph, both from Matsam Supplies with Lerato Ledwaba and Brilliant Seele, both from Marcopolo

Natasha and Pieter van Niekerk from Toolsave with Ronnie and Dave Jagwant, both from Triplex Tooling

Ashleigh Gilbert and Joe Borrageiro from Mil Mining with Johan and Renet Dippenaar from Cutting Edge

Staff from FEW Head Office

FEW Durban depot staff Shaylin Govender and Shaun Moodley

FEW Port Elizabeth depot staff Mario De Swardt and Brenda Nortje

Customers and staff were entertained at the Barnyard Theatre, Gold Reef City

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