Aveng Manufacturing : A Leading Example in Safety

Tom CullumEditorial Team
Tom Cullum - Regional Director Editorial Team

Aveng Manufacturing, part of the wider Aveng Group, has had a presence in Africa for more than 125 years.


This South African consortium continues to make its mark across the globe as a renowned manufacturer and supplier of a diverse range of steel and concrete products, valves, services and engineered solutions in the mining, water, oil & gas, construction and infrastructure sectors. The Company also undertakes rail construction and maintenance projects in South Africa’s surrounding countries, including activities in Australia.

The Group consists of six business units, namely Aveng Automation and Control Solutions (ACS); Aveng Infraset; Avent Duraset; Aveng DFC; Aveng Rail; and Aveng Facades. Throughout each division, quality and safety are the watchwords, which are supported by ISO9001 2008 and OHSAS 18001 accreditations. The safety of Aveng’s staff is of paramount importance and is just one of the vital aspects of the business that has led to its continued success and high level of industry respect.


Previously known as Aveng Manufacturing Lennings Rail Services up to 2013, Aveng Rail is southern Africa’s leading rail track construction and maintenance contractor. Boasting more than 50 years of experience, combined with a skilled team and state-of-the-art equipment, the Company is driven to providing world-class solutions for every project.

Based just east of Johannesburg, Aveng Rail has been a major contributor to the railroad network, as a critical supporter of transport infrastructure across South Africa, Swaziland, Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Zambia and Mozambique.

The division’s highly motivated team is led by specialist railway engineers who have built a reputation for creating innovative solutions to some of the continent’s biggest challenges. The Company further highlighted: “We have some record achievements to our name, such as replacing 58,560 concrete railway sleepers on the Sishen-Saldanha ore export line, South Africa in just 10 days. Projects like these push the limits of what can be accomplished and just how many potential issues it is possible to overcome along the way, all while keeping the highest standards of safety in mind.”


Through the strength of the brand, Aveng Duraset is now a leading supplier of safety-critical products for the mining industry; supplying Strata control products to the gold, platinum, coal and copper industries including export to 22 countries in Africa, Europe, Russia, Chile and Canada among others. 

“While some of our products are for niche applications, others are standard items offered throughout the South African mining industry and our bigger customers include almost all of the majors mining houses operating in the country. We are proud to have a longstanding relationship with several high profile blue chip companies with whom we’ve enjoyed many decades of strategic cooperation on cost-effective mining solutions,” emphasised Aveng Duraset.

As part of its continuous improvement strategy, this division of Aveng Manufacturing maintains a particularly strong research and development effort focused on improving mine safety and reducing total cost of ownership as Aveng Duraset further detailed: “This ongoing programme is strongly rooted in the practicalities of mining and is carried out in conjunction with mining groups, ensuring that solutions address root causes which facilitate subsequent transfer of technology.”


Boasting factories across the southern African region equipped with the latest technology, Aveng Infraset manufactures a diverse range of precast concrete products to world-class quality standards.

“Aveng has played a major role in Africa’s infrastructure development, including many landmark roads, bridges, dams, buildings and power stations in several developing economies,” commented Aveng Infraset.

Aveng Infraset sustains a long heritage of technical excellence; its roots can be traced as far back as 1928 and the business unit has been named as a preferred supplier by many southern African contractors. Its four divisions, namely infrastructure products; railway products; landscape products; and building products, have been responsible for some of South Africa’s most iconic projects including the Gautrain and the Gauteng Freeway Improvement Project (GFIP).


Founded in 2001 and user of seven of the most respected and established brands in the local and international valve industry, Dynamic Fluid Control Pty Ltd. (DFC) carries on the Aveng tradition of excellence in production, service and technical support that permeates through the individual brands and the company as a whole.

After recognising the natural synergies that lie between the various branded valve products, DFC has split its services and product offerings to focus on its two prime markets of water and mining; via the two resulting entities respectively known as DFC Water and DFC Mining & Industrial.


A specialist business unit that employs highly skilled personnel, specialising in unitised curtain walling and cladding systems, Aveng Manufacturing Facades operates within the highly specialised field of systemised facade cladding for major commercial building projects both nationally and internationally.

The company is based in Boksburg, Gauteng where it currently operates an 8000m2 facade manufacturing complex specialising in the fabrication of unitised and other proprietary curtain walling and cladding systems; incorporating the use of high performance glass, metal, natural stone and other related materials.


Automation & Control Solutions (ACS) is a leader in southern Africa in the field of process control instrumentation, process control systems solutions, a wide range of machinery health monitoring equipment and services, as well as engineered fire and gas detection systems and solutions. The company provides world-renowned products, specialised training, after sales engineering services, service level agreements and technical support.

Additionally, ACS supplies and supports field devices and systems, helping businesses automate their production, processing and distribution in oil & gas, refining, mining, minerals and metals, synfuels, chemical processing, as well as pulp and paper, power generation, food and beverage and other industries. “Engineers at ACS are fully qualified and have solid plant experience and understand the needs of the industry,” highlighted the division.


As a Group, it is Aveng’s vision to leave a legacy which future generations can be proud of, hence its strong drive to continually improve its workforce, quality of products and boost the level of sustainable development in Africa.

“Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment is a major component of our sustainability plan which we have achieved various levels of adherence to across all our divisions. We believe that investing in our people is essential to our success and as a result, the Group has global best-practice policies and procedures in place from grading and remuneration, to performance management and succession planning,” concluded the Group.

Above all, it is Aveng’s committed culture and value system that ensures a very stable workforce, consisting of fully qualified staff that create a strong base for future growth.

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