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About Rio-Carb

  • Founded in 1982 (33 years ago) by Martin Maine in conjunction with the Rio-Tinto (SA) Group. 
  • Management buy-out in 1997. 
  • Now the major player in the SA hardfacing/hardfaced plate business.
  • Nearly R500 million turnover to date. 
  • Approx. 7200m² sold 
  • Developed the MaxCS™ (Max Carbide Saturation) concept. 
  • Has every major mining house and group as customers. 
  • Excellent reputation for quality, long-lasting and service- free product. 
  • Associate company AquaJet Profiles (Gauteng) (PTY) Ltd. Now the largest water-jet cutting centre in Africa.

Brief History

After being in the Rio-Tinto (SA) stable for 13 years, there was a management buy-out by the then existing (and still current) share-holders.

The company was initially motivated by Martin Maine who had extensive experience in the welding and manufacturing industries. He was then importing the current product from Australia, and saw the opportunity to establish local manufacture in 1982, when Rio-Tinto had ambitions to establish manufacturing companies allied to mining, and therefore, financed and capitalised the new "Rio-Carb" for local manufacture.

The company has grown nearly three-fold since 2002. The customer base has since, increased dramatically.

Customers Now Include

  • Afrisam Cement
  • Anglo Plat (Anglo American Platinum)
  • Anglo Coal Ltd
  • AngloGold
  • Billiton Group
  • Columbus Stainless Steel
  • De Beers Group
  • Eyesizwe Group (Coal)
  • Foskor
  • Highveld Steel
  • Arcelor Mittal Steel
  • Ingwe Mining Group
  • Lafarge Cement
  • Loesche (SA)
  • Namakwa Sands
  • Phalaborwa Mining Company
  • Rand Refinery
  • Richards Bay Minerals
  • Rossing Uranium
  • Samancor
  • Sasol Group
  • Xstrata Ferro-Chromium
  • Portnet/Transnet
  • Kumba Iron Ore
  • Transnet, and oth

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