(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.

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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:

1937

J.H. DICKINSON ESTATES (PTY) LTD 

1940

DICKINSON MOTORS (PTY) LTD  

1946

UNION CERAMICS COMPANY (PTY) LTD 

1951

HENLEY PIPE COMPANY (PTY) LTD

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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:

1984

REFRACTORY FIBRE &

ANCHOR SYSTEMS (PTY) LTD

Refractory Anchor Systems 

1986

REFGUN (PTY) LTD

Precast Refractory Shapes

1988

FIBREFORM (PTY) LTD

Ceramic Fibre Products 

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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:

1995

DICKINSON DEMOLITIONS (PTY) LTD Furnace Demolition Services

2014

DICKINSON COPPERBELT SERVICES LTD

Zambia & DRC Copperbelt

1996

DICKINSON HOLDINGS

TRADING (PTY) LTD

Group's South African holding company

2019

DICKINSON MOSINTRAST LTD

Russia and other CIS countries

1997

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

2020

DICKINSON GROUP (PTY) LTD

name changed to

DICKINSON FURNACE SERVICES (PTY) LTD

2010

J.R. DICKINSON & SONS (PTY) LTD

name changed to

DICKINSON GROUP (PTY) LTD

2020

DICKINSON INDUSTRIES (PTY) LTD

Industrial Products & Services

2021

DICKINSON TECHNOLOGIES (PTY) LTD

Asset & Risk Management Digitization Solutions

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.