Fochem International was founded in South Africa in the early 1970’s as one of the first manufacturers of colloidal graphite. The founding member, Axel Bastian, accepted the challenge to break into new markets. His intuition, ingenuity and endurance combined with the administrative and advisory support of Barbara Bastian has ensured the company’s success.

In the early 1990’s Tribo-Chemie GmbH was founded in Germany for the purpose of being closer to the company’s customers.

Fochem International has contributed to making the South African metal working industry more independent from international supply.

In recent years the rates of exports have increased sharply. This is a clear indication of the international acceptance of our company’s high-quality products.

Our unique technical and innovative creativity, our product experience, and our ability to handle large production volumes, have set us apart as a preferred supplier on an international level.