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Fine Trading

Fine Trading was incorporated in 1996 as Fine Travel (Pty) Ltd, a start-up business owned by Mark Fine which ran sports tours between the UK and Cape Town. By 2001 the sports travel side was itself sidelined by the company pioneering the export trading of steel scrap in containers. Due to the total control exerted over the market in the Cape by the two dominant players, Fine Trading (as it had become known) operated everywhere except in the Western Cape. In October 2003 this changed when Fine Trading opened its doors in Salt River, Cape Town.

The initial function in Cape Town was to act as a 'scrap co-operative' similar to the fruit co-ops of old, where scrap dealers who did not have the marketing, volume or financial muscle to export on their own against the dominant players could deliver scrap to our packing facility and be paid a price more than triple what they had been accepting before. Due to market pressures Fine Trading (FT) in quick succession had to install balers for light (car body type) scrap, a weighbridge and other traditional scrap-handling equipment.

In February of 2004, FT was requested to assist in the supply of high quality foundry grade scrap to Atlantis Foundries, a maker of engine blocks and subsidiary of Daimler AG of Germany. This honour was followed by being appointed an approved supplier of high quality scrap to Columbus Stainless, ArcelorMittal and Scaw Metals.

Since the collapse of the scrap industry in the second half of 2008, FT has become a more traditional scrap processor and trader, and exports about 70% of its scrap by value.

Mark Fine sits on the executive committee of the Metal Recyclers Association, and has done for many years. The MRA has looked after all matters pertaining to the scrap industry since 1942. Excom members volunteer their services, but the 120+ members pay subscriptions which allow the association to engage legally with the government, the DTI, conduct surveys and be part of critical environmental initiatives. He is also vice-chairman of the local second-hand goods dealers police forum in Cape Town.

Morne Bayman is the Operations Director, and has a background in hazardous waste disposal with a nationwide emergency response company. Morne is the engine room of the company, and is normally called upon to fix the exuberances of Mark Fine. A common phrase used by Morne to Mark: "You f'ing bought WHAT?!"

Barry Fine is another member of the Fine family, which has been in scrap metal since 1903. As the General Manager, he is responsible for the day to day running of the business. He also tries to keep Mark to a budget.

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Tel: +27 21 510 4900
Fax: 088 021 511 4515


124 Voortrekker Rd
Salt River 7925
Cape Town
South Africa

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