9 June, 2020
Wood-Mizer strengthens its tooling footprint in Africa
Grant Smith's appointment as Wood-Mizer's Tooling Sales Manager
for Africa, set to win further ground for the corporation's fast-growing
tooling sales in Africa.
Grant Smith, Wood-Mizer Africa's recently appointed Tooling
Sales Manager for Africa.
The appointment of Grant Smith comes on the back of significant
momentum in tooling sales recorded by Wood-Mizer since the company's launch of
its tooling range in 2017.
Wood-Mizer used its global leadership in sawmilling technology as
the basis for the development of its tooling range that is now challenging competitor
brands in terms of quality, precision, price and availability.
Leading engineering together with a dealership and after-sales
service support network in Africa that few competitors can match, allowed for
"Grant Smith's appointment now brings added momentum to this
process," Gavin Prowse, Wood-Mizer Africa's Regional Director for Sales in
"Wood-Mizer prides itself on putting our customers first. With
Grant's appointment, customers in Africa now have a highly experienced and
knowledgeable tooling expert available to assist them to grow their
businesses," Gavin Prowse continued.
"In these tough markets, it becomes even more important for our
customers in the sawmilling and manufacturing sectors to work faster and more
"With Grant's experience, together with competitive pricing and
innovative ways to sell and distribute tooling, Wood-Mizer now has the
expertise and range available to assist our tooling customers in Africa better,"
Gavin Prowse concluded.
Grant Smith's track-record in tooling is built on a solid
foundation spanning 25 years.
The first 16 years were spent with the South African branch of
global tooling manufacturer Leuco.
Hands-on experience in sharpening blades, manufacturing and
re-tipping cutters, as well as tool cutting and grinding and saw doctoring,
provided the basis for successful sales to the woodworking, aluminium and
A further nine years with Austro as part of their tooling sales
team cemented his experience further.
Sales of sawblades, cutter blocks, routers and CNC tooling made up the
bulk of his portfolio during this time.
Speaking about joining Wood-Mizer, Grant Smith said, "the tooling
sector in South Africa and Africa is ripe for innovation.
"Assisting sawmillers and manufacturers across Africa with
tooling that can grow their businesses is a key objective. Wood-Mizer's reach
into Africa, together with our solid tooling sales team, is an important first
step to achieve this goal.
"We're also focussing on providing new, more customer-friendly
and affordable ways for customers to buy tooling. In this regard, Wood-Mizer's
Online Store that allows for remote tooling purchases from wherever, is set to
reshape the tooling sales landscape in Africa going forward," Grant concluded.