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Whether industrial furnace operators need repairs to existing facilities or are looking to entirely establish new ones, Dickinson Group of companies provides a full range of Refractory Management Solutions which are complemented by qualified and industry experienced teams who with specialized knowledge in various facets of refractory handling and installation. These teams are comprised of refractory specialists, project managers, refractory installation supervisors, bricklayers, gunning crews and carpenters.

The company considers refractory management to be a partnership for the long-term, with dedicated teams available to efficiently manage the process; from the pre-planning stages of a new installation through to the different refractory installation and demolition campaigns throughout the service life of a furnace.

Dickinson Group of Companies has over 90 years of experience in the specialised field of refractories and has grown to be the largest diversified furnace and industrial services companies in Africa. The company has been notably involved in a number of greenfield and brownfield refractory projects in various countries throughout Africa including; South Africa, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Namibia, Mozambique, Zambia, Democratic Republic of Congo, Tanzania, Malawi, Gabon, Nigeria, Niger, Senegal, Egypt and internationally in: Israel, United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Argentina, Iceland and Russia.


The scope of Dickinson Group of Companies’ refractory management solutions covers the following:

  • Pre-shutdown inspection and scope identification;

  • Refractory Materials Management including selection, procurement, testing and stock management;

  • Resourcing with skilled refractory technicians and engineers to ensure you the highest quality outcomes;

  • Project and construction management;

  • Installation of refractory linings;

  • Specialized refractory bricklaying;

  • Vibrocasting and installation of castables;

  • Shotcreting, high density and pneumatic gunning;

  • Ramming installations;

  • Installation of precast refractory shapes;

  • Dense pneumatically applied castables;

  • Specialized formwork manufacture - including steel / wood / polystyrene / polyurethane;

  • Drying and curing of refractory linings;

  • Refractory lining condition monitoring.


Our teams have extensively worked on a wide range of furnace configurations in the following industries:

  • Aluminium Smelters

  • Container & Float Glass Plants

  • Platinum Smelters

  • Iron & Steel Plants

  • Copper & Cobalt Smelters

  • Ferrochrome & Ferromanganese

  • Heavy Sands & Ilmenite

  • Nickel Smelters

  • Power Generation

  • Cement & Lime Plants

  • Chemical Industry

  • Petrochemical Refineries

  • Vanadium

  • Ceramic & Refractories