About Us & Quality


Vandan Engineering was established in 1967 by Belgian immigrant, Andre Vandenheever, and owing to its ongoing investment in innovation, staff training and technology, Vandan soon earned its reputation as South Africa’s, and Africa’s, leading cutting die manufacturer.

In 2008, Alex Largatzis purchased and re-established the business and shortly thereafter, the business achieved SABS ISO 9001:2008 Quality Certification.

Attention to detail, a willingness to work together with our customers to overcome any challenges, and personal involvement by the owner, remain an integral part of our culture.

Our “Quality Non-Negotiables” that we strive for are as follows:

The Best Staff

We will continue to retain the skills and expertise of the best cutting die makers in South Africa.

The Best Materials

Our raw materials are sourced from the world’s leading steel manufacturers in Europe, and we will never compromise on quality of materials.

The Best Processes

Our SABS ISO 9001:2008 certified quality systems and procedures have been developed over many years of experience, and help us to ensure reliability, consistency and dependability.

The Best Value-for-Money

Cutting dies in the market.

We are proud suppliers of cutting dies using pre-sharpened steel blades to global automotive leather and component suppliers, and our dies are used to cut leather and other materials supplied into the world’s leading major car manufacturers including BMW, Mercedes-Benz, Toyota, Ford, GM, Nissan and Chrysler.

We also supply a range of cutting dies and related products to customers in fields as diverse as Sewing, Shoes, Laboratories, Healthcare, Fashion, Packaging, Advertising,  Envelopes and Carpets. Our dies are used to cut materials including Leather, Fabric, Automotive Components, Plastic, Rubber, Paper, Vinyl, Shoe soles etc.

We also supply cutting dies with serrated cutting edges for specialised fabric cutting.