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Company embarks on expansion programmes, advances alliances

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COLLABORATION The addition of specialised maintenance services complements the combined strategies of DGC Africa and EAMS Africa, thereby enhancing the overall efficiency and reliability of mining operations

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26th January 2024

By: Sabrina Jardim

Creamer Media Online Writer

     

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Through its focus on addressing critical challenges, leveraging advanced technologies and expanding into new markets, asset integrity management and industrial solutions company Dickinson Group of Companies (DGC) Africa is setting new standards in operational efficiency, safety and environmental stewardship through strategic partnerships, says DGC Africa chairperson Trevor Dickinson.

Linking with the theme of this year’s Investing in African Mining Indaba that will emphasise the power of positive disruptions, he says these efforts help position African mining on the global stage as a leader in innovation and sustainable practices.

Leveraging its dominant presence in Southern African countries, including Zambia, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Madagascar, DGC Africa is expanding its services to other Anglophone, Francophone and Portuguese-speaking countries throughout sub-Saharan Africa.

DGC Africa's strategic expansion and innovations include collaborations with mineral processing engineers, LogiProc and engineering solutions provider Effixon Engineering and the implementation of the DGC AssetPro Solutions localisation partnership business model that, in turn, strengthens the company's engineering capabilities and empowers businesses in key industrial sectors.

“The implementation of the DGC AssetPro Solutions franchise model marks another key aspect of DGC Africa’s growth strategy. It fosters business growth and innovation, enabling businesses in Africa to address industry-specific challenges effectively.

“This model extends DGC Africa’s reach and solidifies its presence in the industrial landscape, positioning the company as a key driver of progress and solutions in the mining industry,” says Dickinson.

Expansion into new markets also includes the incorporation of DGC Madagascar, a collaboration with the well-established industrial supplies company MC Mining in Madagascar, demonstrating DGC Africa's dedication to integrating local expertise and contributing to regional growth.

Dickinson says this expansion enables DGC Africa to tap into new opportunities and address regional mining challenges through localised knowledge and solutions.

The Mining Indaba will be held at the Cape Town International Convention Centre, from February 5 to 8.

Alliances

Meanwhile, DGC Africa is also collaborating with advanced digital solutions provider EAMS Africa, and bearing and rotating equipment specialist Bearing Inspections South Africa (BiSA), as part of its commitment to meeting the growing needs of the African mining sector through innovative strategies and partnerships.

Dickinson says the collaboration with EAMS Africa brings an additional layer of advanced asset management solutions and digital technologies to the forefront, adding that EAMS Africa's expertise in these areas complements DGC Africa’s foundational applied innovative management strategies.

This creates a synergistic partnership that customises solutions to the unique challenges of each mining operation.

“This collaborative effort streamlines processes, reduces maintenance costs and advances operational excellence by optimising asset performance and extending asset life.

“The resulting cost savings and improved safety standards are not only beneficial to the mining companies but also contribute significantly to the sector’s overall advancement,” he says.

Further, the inclusion of BiSA in this partnership further elevates the alliance’s capabilities.

Dickinson explains that BiSA’s role in the alliance focuses on precision maintenance, servicing and repair of key components.

“This addition of specialised maintenance services complements the combined strategies of DGC Africa and EAMS Africa, thereby enhancing the overall efficiency and reliability of mining operations.”

Moreover, he says the alliance’s concerted efforts align with global environmental concerns aiming to reduce the ecological impact of mining operations.

Dickinson adds that the environment-conscious approach is reshaping individual mining operations and setting new industry standards, thereby contributing to broader economic development and environmental stewardship in Africa.

“The partnership symbolises a commitment to sustainable mining practices, marking a significant step towards reducing the environmental footprint of the mining industry,” he enthuses.

DGC Africa’s partnership with BiSA and EAMS also helps to address other challenges in the mining sector, such as downtime and safety hazards.

Dickinson notes that safety occupies a central role in DGC Africa's collaborations, exemplifying its unwavering commitment to the well-being of its workforce.

Through rigorous maintenance protocols and safety management systems, he says the company, together with its partners, mitigates the risks associated with mining operations.

“Looking ahead, DGC Africa aims to continue paving the way for a more efficient, responsible and prosperous mining future across the African continent.

“Its unwavering commitment to excellence and growth in the industry ensures that it remains at the forefront of mining innovation, supporting sustainable practices and driving progress in the mining and industrial sectors,” Dickinson concludes.

Edited by Donna Slater
Features Deputy Editor and Chief Photographer

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