Dickinson Group of Companies has more than 90 years of experience in the specialised field of refractories.

    The company specialises in the installation, repair and maintenance of refractory linings across the complete range of metals smelting, mineral processing, chemical refining and heavy industries including:

    • Cement & Lime
    • Ceramic
    • Glass
    • Ferrous & Non-Ferrous
    • Chemical
    • Petro-chemical
    • Pulp & Paper


    • Aluminium
    • Platinum
    • Heavy Sands 

    The company employs a full complement of knowledgeable, qualified employees with extensive years of international experience, who have the ability to offer innovative, optimised solutions in the area of refractory installation and repair services. The company’s scope of works includes shutdowns and overhauls, routine maintenance, surveys, inspection, project works (including on-site and off-site installation), as well as provision of skilled labour and technical personnel to meet the demands of our customers.

    Our objective is to serve clients with the finest work execution within the boundaries of their time schedules, while adhering to strict safety and quality standards. We aim to deliver world class installation services and provide state-of-the-art equipment and techniques.

    The company’s staff are constantly and carefully assessed. Regular on and off the job training, in cooperation with leading refractory material & machinery producers and suppliers ensures professional and procedural execution of works and techniques.

    • Refractory quality designs
    • Refractory materials management
    • Refractory consultations
    • Refractory condition monitoring and reporting
    • Refractory demolition
    • Installation of refractory brick linings, 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

    • Hot- In -Operation Furnace Flux Line and Electrode Hole Patching
    • Batch Handling Plant and Raw Material Storage Silo Cleaning
    • Manual Sump and Flue Cleaning
    • Heat-Up and Furnace Expansion Sealing
    • Refractory Materials Management
    • Furnace Endoscopy / Audit
    • Ceramic Welding
    Dickinson Group of Companies has added a number of services specifically aimed at the glass furnace industry. These services add value to Glass Manufacturers’ operations and significantly reduce downtime on their plants, in order to ensure optimum production and safety in the industry.

    Hot-In-Operation Furnace Flux Line & Electrode Hole Patching

    During glass production, significant wear is caused on the flux line of the furnaces, if these are not attended to on time, the glass leaks and in extreme cases, furnace run-out may occur.

    Dickinson Group, in conjunction with one of South Africa’s most prominent glass manufacturers’ technical team, has developed  and continue to perfect a method of furnace flux line patching and electrode hole patching; Hot-In-Operation Furnace Flux Line and Electrode Hole Patching.  Repair works are done with minimal drops in glass levels and without having to take the furnace out of production. The technique has now become a standard in the manufacturer’s plants.

    Significant savings have already been derived from this method of furnace repairs, as downtime is reduced and furnace life is extended. 


    Batch Handling Plant and Raw Material Storage Silo Cleaning

    Dickinson Group of Companies offers silo cleaning and vacuumation services which continuously prove to be very successful in the glass industry.

    The Batch Handling Plant and Raw Material Storage Silo Cleaning services aid the clients to optimize their batch handling plants and raw material storage silos.

    Old batch and raw materials that could have been building up over many years in the batch plants and silos can be removed with ease by the company, utilizing specialized equipment and well trained operators. The first clean-up of the plants and silos is usually a very intensive and time consuming, however subsequent cleaning activities get simpler as the company helps Glass manufacturers draw out effective cleaning schedules.

    Furnace Regenerator & Flue Cleaning

    Dickinson Group recently added hot regenerator bottom and off gas flue cleaning services to the Glass Furnace Projects offering. These services encompass the cleaning of both the off gas flues and the bottom of the regenerators.

    The cleaning of the flues and regenerator bottoms may result in significant airflow increases, as well as energy efficiency improvements if done regularly and properly. Dickinson Group has improved the procedure as well as the efficiency of these operations, in order to ensure maximum benefits to clients. Improvements continue to improve operational efficiencies, reduce energy costs, and reduce clients’ costs.



    Tel: +27 (0) 16 421-3720
    Fax: +27 (0) 16 422-1038

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