Sandvik Coromant hosts clients at networking event

In July Sandvik Coromant held a networking event where invited clients and suppliers to the industry attended. The aim of the event was to offer an opportunity for comprehensive customer and partner engagement.

The Swedish engineering group, which includes mining and rock excavation specialist Sandvik Mining and Rock Solutions, moved its South African headquarters to a new, purpose-designed facility in Kempton Park, near Johannesburg, to enhance its commitment to the southern African region.

The state-of-the-art Khomanani facility features three large workshop areas and 62 000m2 of office space. The strategic relocation of the company’s headquarters is expected to strengthen its resources and improve customer services.

Mats Booysen and Robert Milne, both of Mecad Manufacturing with Barney Coetzee of BC Tooling

Math Robson of WD Hearn Machine Tools and Hein Nel of Sandvik Coromant

Two of the three workshops will facilitate the refurbishment and rebuilding of machinery and local equipment for the Southern African region, specifically Botswana, Namibia, and South Africa. The facilities will be equipped with 23 docking bays and a 100-ton flooring capacity for heavy-track equipment, such as underground continuous miners and surface drill rigs and will feature a combination of 5 to 30-ton cranes as well as a 50-ton forklift to allow safe and swift loading.

The third workshop is specifically designed to assemble equipment locally for both the southern African region and global markets.

Sandvik Coromant’s regional sales manager Hein Nel gave an overview of the company’s new products developed to overcome machining challenges. A presentation of the company’s Gimo Smart Factory in Sweden was also given.

Thereafter Robert Milne of Mecad Manufacturing gave a presentation on new developments at Mastercam. In 2021 Sandvik signed an agreement to acquire US-based CNC Software Inc., a leading provider of CAD/CAM software solutions for manufacturing industries and the company behind Mastercam, one of the most widely used CAM brands in the industry.

Grant Penaluna of AC Crampton, Clement Vicq of Sandvik Coromant and Tanya Du Plessis of AC Crampton

Peter and Chris Killian, both of Hi-Tech Machine Tools, TJ Pretorius of Top Tool and Kyle van Deventer of John Crane

Hi-Tech Machine Tools were also invited to present and Chris Killian gave an overview of the new manufacturers that they have signed agreements with to represent in South Africa, as well as the latest developments at Mazak. The new products that Hi-Tech Machine Tools will be promoting are Hofmann & Vratny (H&V Tooling), a leading manufacturer of solid carbide milling cutters, and Freddy Products, a company that specialises in producing high-quality coolant and swarf recycling vacuums.

Thereafter Hein Nel presented Sandvik Coromant’s two new L1 Distributors – AC Crampton in KwaZulu-Natal and Top Tooling in the Western Cape.

For further details contact Sandvik Coromant on TEL: 010 500 2295 or visit