Vesconite Manufacturers

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PO Box 40647, Cleveland
Gauteng  2022
South Africa
+27 11 616 11 11, +27 57 212 00 00
+27 11 616 22 22

Vesconite Manufacturers

Founded in 1958 by the present chairman, a chemical engineer, as a precision engineering and engine reconditioning workshop. A hard chrome plating plant was added shortly thereafter, specialising in the chroming of crankshaft journals. Located in Virginia a gold mining town in the heart of the Free State goldfields of South Africa. Originally registered as Virginia Engineering Services (Pty) Ltd, abbreviated as Vesco, hence the name VescoPlastics for the engineering plastics division started in 1968 to complement the company's engineering activities. VescoPlastics is the oldest operating manufacturer of engineering plastics materials in Africa.

The development of Vesconite started in 1968 in an attempt to find a bearing material suitable for use in the surrounding ultra deep mines - mines that extract gold up to 3.5 km (2.2 miles) below the surface, with exceptionally harsh conditions.

First exports started to Finland in 1975. The first use of Vesconite in marine applications was with the harbour pilot vessel, RP Jackson in Durban in 1977. The Johannesburg Sales Office acquired its own premises in 1980 to service the main industrial region of South Africa more directly.

Today the factory is established over 9 industrial sites in Virginia, covering over 10,000 m² (110,000 ft²) of workshops on 35,000 m² (375,000 ft²) of ground.

Both the present chairman and managing director are qualified chemical engineers, with the emphasis throughout the organisation on personnel with technical qualifications in mechanical engineering. Some 60 persons are employed in the company.


The company is highly integrated and includes the following departments most of which occupy their own individual sites:

  • Compounding and production of own raw materials
  • Extrusion of rods, bushings, and plates
  • Injection Moulding up to 3000 grams (106 oz), mainly of parts for final machining
  • Machine Shop for finishing up to Ø 800 mm (31.5")
  • Stores and warehouses
  • Construction of own processing machinery
  • Laboratories for development and quality testing
  • Direct mail and promotions
  • Customer Service and Internal Sales
  • Administration and Accounts

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