About us

Who we are.

The story behind the company

meet the team

Mr. A.E. Rutherford founded the business of Rutherford Limited, in 1912. In it’s early years the activities were confined mainly to the sale of general engineering requisites in the shape of packings, brassware, belting etc. In the following years, it became well established in diesel engines, power generating plants, wood working machinery, pumps and electric drills and lathes. Today, Rutherford is a wholly owned subsidiary of Hudaco Trading (Pty) Ltd and a value added company distributing world renowned brands through its four divisions, each one a leader in it’s category: Rutherford is a BEE compliant level 4 company.

Mr. A.E. Rutherford founded the business of Rutherford Limited, in 1912. In it's early years the activities were confined mainly to the sale of general engineering requisites in the shape of packings, brassware, belting etc. In the following years, it became well established in diesel engines, power generating plants, wood working machinery, pumps and electric drills and lathes. Today, Rutherford is a wholly owned subsidiary of Hudaco Trading (Pty) Ltd and a value added company distributing world renowned brands through its four divisions, each one a leader in it's category: Rutherford is a BEE compliant level 4 company.

 

Makita of Japan with its range of industrial power tools is the world's largest manufacturer of industrial power tools with eight factories strategically located around the world. Rutherford is the sole distributor in Southern Africa and has been exclusive for the past 40 years.

 

Rutherford Marine has sole distribution rights for the Mercury and Mariner range of outboards and MerCruiser inboards, along with the Quicksilver range of marine oils and accessories.

 

V.I. Instruments is the sole importer of the Ruide, GeoMax and South range of survey equipment which involves Levels, Total Stations and Global Positioning. They are also the exclusive importer of the world-renowned Troxler nuclear density gauges and the market leader in compaction measurements for road construction.

 

FTS Fasteners & Fixings is the largest importer and distributor of blind rivets to all sectors of the industry. They also stock a complete range of riveting tools.

 

 

All of the above are distributed through our branches in Cape Town, Durban and Johannesburg, where we employ a total of approximately 200 staff.

 

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Makita Top Company

100 Year Anniversary

2015 marked the 100 year anniversary of Makita's existence in our lives. Makita will continue to lead, and meet demands such as raising productivity and reducing labour, which are driving forces in the construction world, with tools and accessories that help professional users solve problems and make them more efficient.

Hudaco Industries Ltd

A member of the HUDACO group

Rutherford is a Member of the Hudaco group. Hudaco Industries is a South African group of companies specialising in the importation and value added distribution of selected high quality industrial and security products in the southern African region. The replacement market is a particular focus and the group is active in two main areas: Engineering consumables and Consumer related products.