Local projects constitute about 70% of local furnace and industrial services company Dickinson Group’s yearly revenue, but the company aims to increase its stake in the African market by establishing new and strengthening existing subsidiaries on the continent.
Dickinson Group CEO Trevor Dickinson tells Engineering News the company will establish a branch in the Copperbelt province of Zambia, by the end of this year, owing to the growing mining and heavy industrial engineering sectors in the country and following the successful launch of Dickinson Kinoko Tanzania in February this year.
“We established Dickinson Kinoko Tanzania as part of our plan to expand our operations into East Africa. Dickinson group director for sub-Saharan Africa Anton Briedenhann, currently based at the company’s offices, in Dar es Salaam, is spearheading our expansion strategy into Africa,” states Dickinson.
He says this year to June, the company has undertaken furnace projects and refractory installations, maintenance and demolition work in Tanzania, Uganda, Zimbabwe and Zambia.
Meanwhile, Dickinson Group was awarded a contract of more than R10-million to undertake refractory installations to eight vertical shaft kilns, as well as a R3-million contract to manufacture 80 precast refractory lined burners for limestone processing company Limeco Resources, in Lusaka, Zambia. This work is scheduled for completion in December.
Dickinson points out that JSE-listed packaging manufacturer Nampak is investing R1.2-billion in a new production line at its Boksburg facility, on the East Rand.
Dickinson Group won the R25-million contract in January to undertake the turnkey installation of refractory linings and the mechanical erection, electrical elements and instrumentation systems of the plant, as well as the piping requirements.
“We have a partnership with Germany-based specialist designer and supplier of complete glass-melting technology solutions Horn Glass Industries, which has a R50-million contract to design the furnace and supply some of the refractories and steelworks for the Nampak facility,” he states.
Dickinson says engineers from Horn Glass Industries and Dickinson Group are working on the project and they should complete the work by the end of August.