Our History

1999

>> 1999

Spectra formed by local Valenite Management buy out as Murray & Roberts unbundled and sold off their engineering division. Spectra appointed as sole Valenite Distributors in Southern Africa. Marketing indexable inserts & tooling for all CNC & conventional machines, for the following applications: Drilling, Turning, Milling, Boring, etc. Spectra appointed as sole Widia Distributors in Southern Africa (this brings South Africa inline with the rest of the world following the merger of previous competitors Widia and Valenite into one company, giving a choice of two full competitive indexable insert and tooling ranges from one supplier).

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2000

>> 2000

Spectra appointed as sole Mapal distributors in Southern Africa. High precision reamers and specialized tooling; CBN PCD tipped tools. Tool presetting machines. Tool Management division formed to look after the growing tool management program and sole supplier partnerships being negotiated with several customers.

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2001

>> 2001

Spectra negotiate contracts with various tooling manufacturers to supply direct into Spectra Tool Management accounts and Spectra sole supplier accounts to benefit their customer base and avoid using 3rd parties. Tooling manufacturers and products available for these customers, over and above our agency agreements with Valenite, Widia, Safety, Ceramtec, Mapal, Menlo, Miller, Delta and Botek.

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2002

>> 2002

Secure Menlo exclusive distributorship agreement. Menlo specializes in micrograin carbide and coated carbide Endmills, Drills, Reamers, Burrs for all types of materials: steels, hardened steels, Aluminium etc. Miller exclusive distributorship agreement. Miller Carbide Drills standard and all types of Special Drills made to customer specification. Full Design and manufacture capability.

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2003

>> 2003

Spectra appointed as sole Safety distributors in Southern Africa marketing micro-boring and indexable inserts and tooling specializing in die & mould and indexable insert broaches. Spectra appointed as sole distributor for Delta tooling a full range of adaptors, HSK, CNC & conventional consisting of side lock, collet chucks, shell/face mill, combi-mill, hydraulic chucks, modular systems etc. Officially opened new training facility at Spectra head office.

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2004

>> 2004

Spectra appointed as sole Ceramtec distributor in Southern Africa marketing full range of silicon nitride and ceramic indexable inserts. Ceramtec have developed pressing new chip forming geometries into the indexable insert, enabling vast improvements in productivity on cast iron and steel, especially hardened steel.

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2005

>> 2005

Spectra open new offices in Jet Park Johannesburg 213m2 of floor space and appoint a new inland divisional Manager to head up the team. Spectra open new office Durban Kwazulu-Natal and appoint a Technical Sales Engineer to represent Spectra direct; this completes the 5 year plan to have direct representation in all the major centres: Johannesburg, Vereeniging, Pretoria, Durban, Port Elizabeth and Cape Town by end 2005. Spectra appointed as agents for full Botek product range consisting of single flute gundrills, twin-fluted gundrills, deep-hole ejector drill heads, indexable and solid carbide, full range of specially designed deep-hole drilling tools available.

Spectra Metal Cutting Fluids & Lubricants (Pty) Ltd. launched, marketing the latest Cimcool product range incorporating the latest environmentally friendly metal cutting fluids, cleaning liquids and lubricants for all types of metal removal. This company will run independently of Spectra Carbide; however both companies have contracted priority service and pricing for Spectra Tool Management and national customer base. Spectra Mapal Tool Manufacture & Service Centre (Pty) Ltd. launched; this 5 ½ million rand joint venture between Spectra Carbide and Mapal (high precision tooling) of Germany, incorporating the latest CNC type metal cutting tool machines, capable of regrinding the latest solid carbide drills, taps, gundrills and endmills etc. to original manufacturers specifications, plus capability to manufacture new cutting tools from high quality carbide blanks. This plant is to be ISO 9001 and 14000 accredited. Spectra purchase new office building and move Spectra Carbide Tooling Technology (Pty) Ltd. and Spectra Metal Cutting Fluids & Lubricants (Pty) Ltd. under one roof into their new head office

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2006

>> 2006

Spectra purchase new Cape Town office building and move Spectra Carbide Tooling Technology (Pty) Ltd. and Spectra Metal Cutting Fluids & Lubricants (Pty) Ltd. under one roof into their new Cape Town branch office (374m2) situated in Montague Gardens, Cape Town.

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2007

>> 2007

Spectra sign a Tool Management agreement with VWSA (Level 4). This is a full on customer site operation; Spectra are responsible to purchase, store, issue and control all tooling required in the VW Engine Plant.

Spectra employ 10 persons on-site at VW including the responsibility to manage 4 staff members in the re-sharpening and rework area. Spectra now have three Level 4 Tool Managements in operation and numerous Level 1-3 operations:
- Atlantis Foundries Daimler Chrysler Engine Plant: 2002 – to date
- VWSA Engine Block: 2007 – to date.

Spectra acquire access to Automated Vending machines through Toolboss, a market leader in the supply chain service program, improving efficiency and cost reduction through unmanned 24hr/7 day a week tool availability and distribution points, with the ability to record all tool usage by whoever for whatever, whenever, automated vending a tool for the future now available through Spectra.

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2008

>> 2008

Spectra sign a Tool Management agreement with Guestro Automotive, Uitenhage. Spectra undergoes a major IT infrastructure upgrade.

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2009

>> 2009

Consolidated due to world recession.

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2010

>> 2010

Spectra appointed PH Horn agents for Southern Africa. An automotive engineering manufacturer extends a tool management contract with Spectra. Spectra appointed sole Walter agent for Southern Africa, range includes Walter Titex, Walter Prototyp and Walter Valenite. Spectra setup small tool management systems with customers by providing a vending machine on customers site.

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2011

>> 2011

Spectra appointed sole distributorship in Southern Africa for the Poliangolar range. Another automotive engineering manufacturer extends a tool management contract with Spectra. A heavy engineering company signs sole supply agreement with Spectra - 5 frame vending machines installed. Expanded office space at JHB office to accommodate growth in the area.

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2012

>> 2012

Spectra appointed as Poliangolar agent in South Africa. Launch of Walter new catalogue combining all brands for total cutting edge solutions.

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2013

>> 2013

Spectra installs a vending machine at SCAW Metals in Johannesburg. Spectra appointed the official distributor for German brand KFH tool holding systems.

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2014

>> 2014

Safety and Pramet/Dormer merge worldwide. Spectra is now the official Pramet & Dormer distributor for South Africa. Spectra was also appointed the Holdwell agent (angleheads and driven tools) for South Africa.

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2015

>> 2015

Spectra is appointed the official distributor for all Gesac products in South Africa. Spectra appointed as the distributor for Gleason gear cutting range in South Africa.

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2016

>> 2016

Spectra installs a vending machine at Macsteel. Spectra is appointed as the national distributor for Norton Abrasives. All Spectra sales engineers complete the Kennametal working training program.

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2017

>> 2017

A new vending is installed at Macsteel. Spectra joined the Kennametal Channel partner program. Spectra renews contract with SCAW metals.

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2018

>> 2018

Spectra is appointed as an authorised Dormer Pramet distributor for all Dormer and Pramet products. Spectra is appointed the official distributor for Swiss brand, TESA, measuring product range. Spectra installs a vending machine at AAT Composites.

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