Cement plant services

Cement Plant Maintenance, Upgrades, Retrofits & Shutdown Services

Dickinson Group of Companies was founded in 1910 and has more than 85 years’ experience in providing specialist furnace and industrial services to the mining, metals smelting, mineral processing, power generation and petrochemical refining industries.

The company has been notably involved with numerous cement plant projects, upgrades, shutdowns and maintenance services companies throughout Sub-Saharan Africa.

The Group is a leading service provider to large, global, diversified minerals and metals companies. In this regard, The Dickinson Group of Companies works in close partnership with its customers, such that its services increase productivity and performance, and reduce costs.

The company undertakes this with a wide range of high quality niche products and services, which are underpinned with superior technical expertise, delivery performance, and customer service. The Group’s product range integrates custom made solutions with internationally sourced and market leading technologies.

Dickinson’s Cement Division focuses on the provision of maintenance, upgrades, retrofits and shutdowns services to the cement industries. The Group has business operations throughout Sub-Saharan Africa, with operations in South Africa, Mozambique, Tanzania, Zambia, and Nigeria, and representative offices in Kenya, Zimbabwe and Angola.

Project Management

A cement plant upgrade, retrofit or shutdown requires a wide variety of skills and expertise. It takes a dedicated team of professionals to successfully oversee.

Dickinson’s Cement Division plans, executes, manage and take sole responsibility for the entire scope of work and deliver the plant ready for operation accordingly.

Our company provides a consolidated and integrated solution offering all disciplines and services on cement plant upgrades, retrofits or shutdowns which can cover an entire scope of work including:

  • Project and construction management
  • Shutdown planning and management
  • Mechanical, structural, steel and piping dismantling, fabrication and erection
  • Refractory materials management, including selection, procurement, and testing
  • Quality assurance and control systems
  • Demolition and removal of refractory linings
  • Design, manufacture and installation of refractory anchor systems
  • Manufacture of customised precast refractory shapes
  • Installation of refractory materials
  • Drying of refractory linings

Mechanical Services

Having a team focused on the cement industry has enabled our company to offer customers in our region faster response times, lower travel costs and a local contact to call on when required. Our rotary kiln and mechanical services include troubleshooting and root cause analysis, comprehensive hot kiln alignment, in-situ grinding of tyres, support rollers and thrust rollers, installation, maintenance, repair work, technical guidance and support all rotary kiln equipment.

Core competencies - Kiln and Cooler specialist services

  • Equipment condition assessment
  • Kiln load calculations, stress calculations and analysis
  • Maintenance strategies formulation
  • Major shutdown maintenance planning
  • Kiln crank correction
  • Planning and execution support for major repairs and replacements
  • Tyre replacement
  • Shell replacement
  • Girth gear replacement
  • Roller replacements
  • Cooler retrofits and alignment
  • Troubleshooting and root cause failure analysis

Focus Areas

  • Planning and coordination of scheduled maintenance
  • Preventative maintenance of equipment
  • Breakdown maintenance and troubleshooting
  • Monitoring and inspection services
  • Survey procedures and hot kiln alignment

Refractory Services

Dickinson Group of Companies has more than 85 years of experience in the specialised field of refractories. The company specialises in the installation, repair and maintenance of the refractory linings across the complete range of metals smelting, mineral processing, chemical, refining and power generation industries including:

  • Cement & Lime
  • Ceramic
  • Glass
  • Ferrous and Non-Ferrous
  • Chemical
  • Petro-Chemical
  • Pulp and Paper, and
  • Power Generation

The company employs a full complement of knowledgeable and qualified employees, with many years of internationally recognized experience. Having the ability to offer optimised solutions in the area of refractory installation and repair services. This includes shutdowns and overhauls, routine maintenance; surveys and inspection; project works, including on- and off-site installation; as well as provision of skilled labour and technical personnel to meet the demands.

The objective is to serve customers with the finest work execution, within the boundaries of the client’s time schedules, with work quality taking top priority. Strictly adhering to set standards, deliver a state of the art installation and provide the appropriate, durable equipment to cater to demands.

Qualified and experienced staff are carefully assessed. On and off the job training in cooperation with leading refractory & machinery producers and suppliers ensures professional execution of procedures and techniques.

  • Refractory quality designs
  • Refractory materials
  • Refractory consultations
  • Refractory condition monitoring and reporting
  • De-bricking of refractory materials and coating
  • Installation of refractory brick linings in rotary kilns, gunning, shotcreting, casting, lining and ramming
  • Refractory materials logistics
  • Over-all management and supervision of refractory works
  • Consultation and support in the selection of suitable materials
  • Commissioning and turn-key installation of refractory materials
  • Re-engineering of existing linings
  • Design and fabrication of any shape of pre-cast elements
  • Preheating and dry-out

The company has extensive experience in the installation of all types of refractory materials including; bricklaying, pneumatic gunning, shotcreting, ramming, pumping, vibrocast and placement of castables, and ceramic fibre products across the complete range of cement and lime plant designs.

Dickinson Group of Companies has carried out the installation of refractories on numerous initial construction and rebuild projects throughout Sub-Saharan including; South Africa, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Namibia, Mozambique, Zambia, Democratic Republic of Congo, Tanzania, Gabon, Nigeria, Niger, Senegal, Israel, United Arab Emirates, Argentina.

Our expertise covers

  • Providing expert material selection for all types of applications
  • Resourcing with skilled refractory technicians and engineers to ensure the highest quality outcomes.
  • Implementation of the latest technology
  • Meeting critical project completion schedules
  • Exceeding safety and environment expectations
  • Delivering projects within budget
  • Development of commissioning criteria
  • Technical support
  • Project management
  • Stock management

"Resourcing with skilled refractory technicians and engineers"

Service & Product Lines

Dickinson Group of Companies’ mission is to provide an integrated and multidisciplinary “One Personalised Solution” by providing essential furnace and industrial products and services, together with optimal solutions which increase productivity and performance, and reduce costs for our customers.

  • Aluminium Smelter Services
  • Blast Furnace Services
  • Bricking Solutions Products
  • Bricking Solutions Technical Services
  • Brokk Maintenance Services
  • Cement Plant Equipment & Spares
  • Cement Plant Services
  • Coke Oven Repair Services
  • Furnace & Heavy Industrial Demolition
  • Industrial Vacuum Services
  • Power Plant Services
  • Precast Refractory Shapes
  • Refractory Anchor Systems
  • Refractory Installation Services
  • Refractory Management Software
  • Refractory Materials Supply
  • Rotary Kiln Services
  • Silo Cleaning Services
  • Turnkey Furnace Rebuild Projects
  • Waste Heat Recovery
  • Wear Resistant Components



Tel: +27 (0) 16 421-3720
Fax: +27 (0) 16 422-1038
Email: sales@dgrp.co.za

10 Smuts Avenue
P.O. Box 63, Vereeniging
1930. South Africa