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The O-line projects division was formally established in the early 2000s when the company identified a clear need for a specialised division geared to catering to the high demands of the industrial sectors. Today it has completed projects for numerous blue chip clients in Africa and parts of the global arena as far as China and Russia.
Although initially focusing on the mining, petrochemical and power sectors, it now also services the heavy industries and more recently added the renewable energy sector to its service portfolio.
The defined performance indicator’s regarding the division is based on a three tear approach. This firstly includes catering for high volume production of a quality product in a short time period to meet the rigorous schedules of the blue chip projects. Secondly, providing design and research capabilities - the core focus being problem solving, load capabilities and advanced corrosion protection. Thirdly and most importantly, getting involved at design stage and working closely with clients, consultants and project houses.
To meet the above requirements the company has a fully-fledged 24 hour production facility which is currently being expanded by a further 10 000 m² after which it will boast a total of 18 000 m² under roof. The facility houses current machinery including a powder coating plant and importantly, newly purchased machines from abroad which boast the latest technology. This is complimented by the services of an estimating division, technical sales consultants and a design and technical team which utilises the latest 3D design packages with access to a “one of a kind” testing facility based with mother company OBO in Germany.
Recent project successes include the Ambatovy nickel project in Madagascar, which consisted of 180 40 ft containers, both Medupi and Kusile power plants, the Grand Côte mineral sands project in Senegal, the Kipoi copper project in Zambia, the Matulo dam project in Kenya and more recently, four new renewables energy photovoltaic plants.
The division’s forward strategy is to continue growing into Africa through its international client base, add to its high hit rate of renewables projects of which already boasts four and expand its offerings further through its newly developing market of transient and surge protection products and solutions.