W.D. Hearn Company Profile

W.D. Hearn Machine Tools was founded in 1937. We have built a strong reputation throughout the South African engineering sector by placing emphasis on finding solutions to our customers needs by offering the best precision equipment available, and by providing the best after sales support in South Africa. In 1987 we sold our first Leadwell CNC machining centre and have since installed over 1100 CNC machines country wide.

W.D. Hearn has carefully chosen hi-tech suppliers from Europe, America, Taiwan and Japan to cover virtually all machine shop and production requirements. We are continually evolving our product line to match the lightning fast evolution of technology in todays competitive world. We have a carefully trained & dedicated admin staff handling the import & export of machines, accessories and spares from our global suppliers and the distribution of these parts, as quickly and effectively as possible around the country to our branch offices.

We have a strong stock holding of CNC machines, CNC accessories, CNC tooling, conventional machines and related equipment at all our showrooms around the country, for quotations or simple advice don't hesitate to contact one of our sales engineers in your areas

Our Team

Ray Cooper

Managing Director

Ray Cooper purchased WD Hearn in 1984 along with 3 other partners George Mills, Bob Hamilton and Don Brenton from Mitchell Cotts. Over the years Ray has wisely steered WD Hearn through challenging economic climates, to become one of the most technically capable CNC sales companies in South Africa. Ray's deep knowledge of the Taiwan machine Tool industry and long lasting relationship with Leadwell, going back as far as 1987, has created the foundation for where we are today.

Graeme Cooper

Sales Director

Graeme joined WD Hearn in 2005 after completing his Toolmaking apprenticeship at Quad Engineering. After spending time in the service department for the first 3 years at WD Hearn, and progressing into the Sales Department, Graeme now handles all machine tool sales at WD Hearn, as well as acting as the direct sales-channel with most of WD Hearn’s international suppliers, and local offices around the country.

Eric De Koker

Internal Sales Manager

Eric joined WD Hearn in 1987 and handles the Internal Sales for the company. This includes the management of stock holding and sales of our Tooling Department and basic Conventional Machines, Machine Spares and Hand held Metrology Equipment. Eric’s endless knowledge in small tools, cutters inserts and accessories make him an integral member of our WD Hearn family and has been for the past 25 years.

Johan Neveling

Technical Director

Johan is based at our Johannesburg offices and handles Applications for WD Hearn countrywide. He has been with the company since 2011 and brings a wealth of knowledge into our Applications department offering exemplary programming and machining knowledge on a massive variety of machine and control types. From Vertical Machining Centers, 5-axis Machining to Bridge Type machines to Swiss Type turning, Johan can skillfully tailor made a training course to teach any client to program a CNC machine.


Mark Burn

General Manager

Mark Burn joined WD Hearn in April 2019 as General Manager. Mark has over 30 years experience and previously worked for the renowned industrial tooling company Toolquip and Allied in Cape Town.

Andre Eslin

Applications and Sales

Andre covers Applications and Machine Tools Sales at our Cape Town branch. He joined the company at the end of 2015 and brings solid experience to both the sale and applications department from his long histroy with CAD CAM systems. His rolls include sales of convnetional and CNC equipment in Cape Town, as well as offering foundation training courses on CNC machines and Wire EDM machines around the country.

Juan Joubert

Service Engineer

Juan Joubert joined WD Hearn's Cape Town service department in 2018 as a Mechanical and Electrical Engineer.

Mike Clayton

Electronic Service Engineer

Mike joined WD Hearn in 2007 after serving an in-depth and highly disiplined electrical apprenticeship in Cape Town. Mike handles all Electronic Maintenance and CNC troubleshooting at WD Hearn Cape Town office, he acts as a communication channel with our principals’ service departments and has outstanding knowledge on Siemens and Mitsubishi control systems.

Thys Thiart

Mechanical Service Engineer

Thys Joined WD Hearn in 1999, specialising in Mechanical repairs to our previous woodwork department. Thys joined WD Hearn along with Geoge Wenman and spent 10 years focusing on mechanical repairs to the woodworking sector.  When WD Hearn sold the woodworkding department in 2010, Thys moved over to our engineering service department and soon become a critical part of our excellent spindle repair service. Thys has the ability to strip and repair anything mechanical with a methodical, logical approach that gets the job done first time.

Dylan Eva

Applications Engineer / Metrology Specialist

Dylan is based at our Durban branch and is our applications specialist on the high technology Laser and Metrology equipment from Sisma, Nikon and Renishaw. Dylan has rapidly shown a solid aptitude towards high technolgoy equipment and the interface with the machines.

Ismail Mohamed

Mechanical Service Engineer

Ismail joined WD Hearn in 1988 as the company driver, over the years Ismail has progressed through the company and has cemented himelf as one of the key service engineers in Cape Town with a massive array of skills set, including repairing spindles, replacing relays and electrical switches and servicing of both CNC and conventional machine tools. Ismail has received training internationally at Leadwell (Taiwan) and CC Machinery complex CNC lathes.

Matthew Noah

Internal Sales

Matthew joined WD Hearn in 2015 as a sales assistant to Eric in our Tooling and Conventional Machine Department. Matthew is getting trained up on the sales of all of our conventonal equipment, as well as receiving training into the ordering and tracking of spares from our international suppliers. Matthew is a motivated, hard working team member who has a bright future in the industry with WD Hearn.

William Mckenzie

Stores Manager

William Mckenzie joined  W.D Hearn in 1992. His current position is Stores Manager, and he is based in Cape Town where he executes the receiving and dispatching of stock to and from regions / technicians / customers, prepares stock requirements timeously as well as administer all paperwork and delivery notes as per defined procedures. 


Beatrice Coakley

Accounts Manager

Yulinda Thys

Office Manager

Ruqayah Ryland


Cheryl Noah

Office Assistant

About Company

Our clients range from FTSE companies, to large organisations and some small local businesses who are striving to expand.

To see a detailed list of our works and the progress please see our project page.

Cape Town Office

25 Mail Street, Western Province Park, Epping, Cape Town, 7460
+27 21 534 5351
FAX: +27 21 534 3374

Johannesburg Office

Corner of Atlas and Templehof South Road, Bonaero Park, Johannesburg
+27 11 970 7005
FAX: +27 86 678 9360