(DGC) Dickinson Group of Companies History goes back four generations of a family owned business

110 YEARS IN BUSINESS

2020 is a milestone for Dickinson Group of Companies, as the company celebrates its 110th anniversary having been founded in 1910.

James Halliwell Dickinson, great-grandfather of Trevor Dickinson, the present Chairman of the Dickinson business was born in Lancashire England in 1880. James Dickinson being an ambitious young man, in 1901 decided to emigrate to South Africa. In 1910 he formed J.H. Dickinson Construction (Pty) Ltd and after his son John. R Dickinson was born the company's name was changed to J.H. Dickinson & Son (Pty) Ltd. The company became renowned as a successful master builder, having built many landmarks in the industrial town Vereeniging.

In 1928, the company undertook the refractory installation works on one of the first blast furnaces being built in South Africa. This was the start of the company's industrial services business, and from 1935 traded under the name John R. Dickinson Refractory Brickwork Specialists (Pty) Ltd. James Dickinson over the years he established various businesses:

J.H. DICKINSON ESTATES (PTY) LTD 

DICKINSON MOTORS (PTY) LTD  

UNION CERAMICS COMPANY (PTY) LTD 

HENLEY PIPE COMPANY (PTY) LTD

Following in his father's footsteps, Neville joined John R. Dickinson in his business and in 1966 the company's name was changed to J. R. Dickinson & Sons (Pty) Ltd becoming renowned at The Refractory Specialists. Neville over the years diversified the company to provide a broad range of specialist products and services to the refractory consuming industries:

REFRACTORY FIBRE &

ANCHOR SYSTEMS (PTY) LTD

Refractory Anchor Systems 

REFGUN (PTY) LTD

Precast Refractory Shapes

FIBREFORM (PTY) LTD

Ceramic Fibre Products 

In 1990, Trevor Dickinson joined the family business and continued to adopt the Dickinson family entrepreneurialism. Dickinson Group of Companies continued to expand its range of services to focus on being the Leading Metals Smelting & Mineral Processing Contractors, with the establishment of the following businesses:

DICKINSON DEMOLITIONS (PTY) LTD Furnace Demolition Services

DICKINSON ZAMBIA LTD

Southern & Central Africa

DICKINSON INDUSTRIAL

LININGS (PTY) LTD

Acid Proofing, Industrial Linings & Coatings

DICKINSON HOLDINGS

TRADING (PTY) LTD

Group's South African holding company

DICKINSON MOSINTRAST LTD

Russia and other CIS countries

DICKINSON INDUSTRIAL

PRODUCTS (PTY) LTD

Refractory Anchors & Industrial Products

DICKINSON PROJECTS (PTY) LTD together with Trevor's brothers

Grant and Gavin the company became

renowned as a leading property

development company in South Africa

DICKINSON GROUP (PTY) LTD

name changed to

DICKINSON FURNACE SERVICES (PTY) LTD

DICKINSON ENERGY

RECOVERY (PTY) LTD

Energy Efficiency & Recovery Solutions

J.R. DICKINSON & SONS (PTY) LTD

name changed to

DICKINSON GROUP (PTY) LTD

DICKINSON INDUSTRIAL

SERVICES (PTY) LTD

Industrial Services

DICKINSON HOTWORK SERVICES (PTY) LTD

Refractory Dryouts & Furnace Heatups

The company's vision is be recognised as a global leading asset integrity management and industrial solutions company, based on providing innovative solutions and market leading technologies, while continuing our leadership in selected geographic regions.

ASSET INTEGRITY MANAGEMENT & INDUSTRIAL SOLUTIONS

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