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Somta Tools was founded in 1954 by Samuel Osborn Ltd of Sheffield, England, through its subsidiaries Osborn Steels and Osborn Mushet Tools. The name Somta was chosen as the acronym for these companies operating in South Africa.

From humble beginnings in 1954 with 20 employees, Somta has grown into one of the largest cutting tool manufacturers in the southern hemisphere, operating from offices and modern manufacturing facilities laid out over 7.5 acres with a complement of over 400 employees. The factory in Pietermaritzburg manufactures 25,000 standard items and a further 6,000 made-to-order items to serve local markets and export markets in over 60 countries worldwide.

Somta Tools specialises in the design and manufacture of drills, reamers, milling cutters, toolbits, threading tools and custom tools for the industrial and “do it yourself” markets. 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 9001 which was achieved in 1991.

Product categories can be summarised as drills, cutters, and threading tools, which are made in a wide range of sizes, using various materials and coatings. The design and development of quality cutting tools together with world class manufacturing facilities have always ensured that Somta are leaders in the cutting tool industry.

Somta’s standard catalogue range of precision cutting tools are supplied through an extensive network of industrial merchants, backed up by technical sales representatives who are available to provide technical assistance where required.

Should a special production application requiring specially designed custom tooling be requested, Somta is able to provide a full technical design service.

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