In 1935 McKinnon Chain (South Africa) (Pty.) Limited established a factory at Vereeniging and so pioneered the manufacture of Chain in South Africa. During the previous 15 years Canadian manufactured McKinnon Chain had been imported and sold through a Manufacturers' Representative in Johannesburg.
Today, McKinnon’s Vereeniging forge is now a subsidiary of Anglo American’s Scaw Metals group. The products (chains, links, slings and fittings) are used widely in South Africa and abroad in lifting, loading and pulling applications in the agricultural, transport engineering, marine, construction, mining, offshore oil, forestry and sugar industries.