M H Goldschmidt (Pvt) Ltd

M H Goldschmidt (Pvt) Ltd

Harare/Bulawayo

In 1907 Meyer Hirsch Goldschmidt set out from his hometown of Hamburg, Germany, to proceed to Southern Africa as the sales representative of a Berlin Export Trading House and met with considerable success in the burgeoning demands of the merchants supplying the rapidly expanding mining towns.

The advent of World War I put an end to this operation and MHG (as he was known) was interned along with many other aliens. It was here that he met with an old friend in George Griesbach and Jacob Gerber and thus the post war structure emerged with Gerber and Griesbach setting up in Berlin and Goldschmidt handling the South African distribution – a new and successful venture had been launched.

The post war German recession and the demise of the German Mark affected the business and thus in 1920 the partners decided to seek a wider horizon. MHG exclusively took over the South African business and Gerber and Griesbach maintained the German operation and until Gerber retired.

George Griesbach set up the UK and American business and an associate – Rudy Pollak – who joined their venture, entered the UK business which was formally registered in 1925.  Thus a closely knit international group supporting each other both in their import as well as export trade came into being.  MHG is on record as having received a South African license to represent foreign firms in 1920, thus marking the registered formation of the company.

M.H. Goldschmidt (Pvt) Ltd. was established in Salisbury, Southern Rhodesia in 1949 and is one of the oldest trading companies in Zimbabwe. The company’s main activity is the importation, stocking, and wholesale distribution of paper products and industrial spare parts. Products sold in the industrial raw material sector include paperboard, pulp, cellulose and polypropylene film. Additional products sold include the Yamaha range of products such as motorcycles and outboard motors, Stanley Bostitch Pneumatic Tools, Staples and Nails, and NTN Bearings and submersible pumps.

MHG is now a proud member of the International Gerber Goldschmidt Group established in 1920.

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