AECI celebrates centenary and maps out fresh strategy

Holger Riemensperger has been appointed AECI Group CEO and executive director with effect from 1 May 2023.
Holger Riemensperger has been appointed AECI Group CEO and executive director with effect from 1 May 2023.

This year marks a significant milestone for AECI Limited, as the JSE-listed business proudly commemorates a century of shaping industries and ground-breaking solutions. Established as African Explosives and Industries (AE&I) on 20 March 1924, the company has evolved from its origins as an explosives provider for South Africa’s growing mining sector into a global leader in the chemicals and mining industries. AECI’s influence now extends across Africa, Europe, South East Asia, North America, South America, and Australia, representing a journey marked by growth, diversification, and international prominence.

Holger Riemensperger, Group CEO, attributes the enduring success of AECI to its unwavering solution-focused value proposition and dedication from its workforce. Riemensperger describes AECI as a remarkable success story founded on unique customer relationships and an exceptional ability to adapt to evolving global landscapes.

As AECI celebrates its centenary, Riemensperger emphasises the company’s forward-looking strategy as it embarks on a journey towards its next 100 years. Anchored in the pillars of people and culture, operational excellence, and portfolio optimisation, the new strategy reflects AECI’s commitment to maintaining its pioneering spirit.

Riemensperger acknowledges that AECI’s longevity is a result of consistent production of safe, reliable, and quality products, coupled with deep expertise and knowledge. He affirms, “We will continue to rely on these strengths as we concentrate our efforts on a more focused AECI moving towards the next 100 years.”

With a keen eye on mining as the primary growth focus, AECI plans to restructure its chemicals business to provide operational and financial support, driving growth in the mining sector. Recognising that this will be a multi-year journey, Riemensperger is confident that it is the best path for AECI. He asserts, “What sets us apart from our competitors is not only our skills but also our strong will to keep innovating and optimising solutions, working hand-in-hand with our customers to deliver real value to the industry as a whole.”

Morne Stiglingh, Global Support Services executive at AECI Mining, extends a warm invitation to visitors at Mining Indaba: “AECI Mining invites you to immerse yourself in a virtual experience, unveiling our complete range of explosives technologies through a curated 3D showcase.”

From sustainable explosives to industry-leading initiating systems and smart delivery systems, visitors can explore first-hand how AECI Mining’s innovative products and services can elevate and transform their businesses.

“Positive disruption in mining technology is at the heart of our business,” says Stiglingh, “and we look forward to the opportunity to demonstrate that to our mining industry stakeholders. Visit our exhibition at Mining Indaba, witness the future of mining technology, and be a part of the next chapter in AECI’s century-long legacy of positive disruption.”


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