South African Aluminum Specialist invests in a Milling Machine from MicroStep

The South African Company Astro Holdings offers a wide range of aluminium processing. To add to their product offerings they have recently relied on the purchase of a MicroStep Milling Machine

Astro Holdings is a sought-after enterprise in South Africa. They specialize in the processing of aluminium, surface finishing and the delivery of components. Their aim is to offer their customers a complete in-house offering. They thrive by investing in new technology and have therefore secured market leadership in the field of aluminium machining. Now the new addition of the MicroMill Milling Machine from MicroStep plays an elementary role. The CNC Milling Machine has extended their range of services and can fulfil any machining tasks.

The Astro Group is South Africa’s leading refiner of aluminium surfaces and one of the leading suppliers of aluminium and aluminium products. Founded in 1998, the company specializes in the anodizing of aluminium and the supply of rolled and extruded aluminium products. A wide variety of customers from the vehicle and mining sectors, the leisure and construction sector or the railway industry rely on the high-quality solutions of the modern company. The aim of the company is to establish itself as the undisputed market leader in relation to aluminium products and surface finishing and to offer a wide range of the process chain under one roof. This includes a constant expansion of services and a constant investment in new technology.

The latest addition is the MicroMill from MicroStep – a CNC Milling Machine for demanding machining tasks with different materials.

Below is a brief interview with the company finance director, Mark Coetzee about the new acquisition:

You recently invested in a MicroMill from MicroStep. How did you hear about MicroStep and its products?

Mark Coetzee: Microstep was highly recommended by an industry partner. The company has equipment that is robustly designed and best suited to our needs.

Why did you invest in a CNC milling machine?

Coetzee: We saw an opportunity to further diversify our current service offering. Thanks to the additional options, we can now offer our customers an expanded range of services and offer everything from a single source.

What requirements did you have when choosing the right solution?

Coetzee: Astro was specifically looking for a machine that could ideally handle large, but also small-volume, precision manufacturing processes for extruded aluminium profiles and components at low cost. With the new MicroMill, we can turn all of this into reality.


“Microstep came highly recommended to us by an industry partner. The company has devices that are robustly constructed and best meet our requirements. “

Mark Coetzee, Finance Director


About the Company

Astro Holdings, based in South Africa and founded in 1998, offers a wide range of aluminium processing. Customers from a wide variety of industries rely on the services of the group, which is divided into different divisions. They supply customers from the automotive, mining, railway and leisure industries.


About the Machine

Micromill Model

  • Net Processing Area 3,000 x 1,500 mm
  • Milling
  • Fully automatic tool magazine for 8 tools

Astro Holdings

Ingwe Road 20