History

History

The history of DSI Underground dates back to 1865 - the foundation of the Dyckerhoff & Widmann AG based in Karlsruhe, Germany.
In the 1970s, the first DSI companies were founded to distribute the know-how of Dyckerhoff & Widmann AG internationally. In 2000, the DSI network consisted of more than 50 subsidiaries, licensees and agents.

2000 DSI tunneling products secure various tunnels for ICE high speed railway, Germany
DSI acquires ANI Strata Products and establishes a new business in the underground mining industry as well as in Australia
2002 Stay Cable Bridge over the Paraná River, Argentina
Production, supply and installation of 128 DYNA® Grip Stay Cables with a total weight of 740t
DSI opens new facility for mining products in Salt Lake City / USA and in Johannesburg / South Africa
DSI's global network consists of more than 75 subsidiaries, licensees and agents
DSI strengthens its mining business by acquiring Celtite Pty Ltd (Celtite), Australia
DSI acquires Underground companies in North America
DSI acquires Stewart Mining in Canada. This acquisition establishes DSI as the market leader for mining products in Canada
The European private equity firm Industry Kapital acquires DSI
DSI acquires the leading supplier of mining products Mexicana de Anclas Mineras in Zapopan, Jalisco, Mexico
DSI strengthens its tunneling division by acquiring ALWAG Tunnelausbau Ges.m.b.H. in Pasching, Austria
DSI further strengthens its tunneling and mining activities in North America by acquiring the shares of American Commercial Incorporated (ACI), Bristol, VA, USA
DSI USA acquires Fasloc, Inc., a premier producer of Resin Cartridges for mining and tunneling in the USA
DSI expands its mining activities in South America by acquiring Soprofint SA, headquartered in Santiago, Chile
DSI is sold by Industri Kapital to CVC Capital Partners. CVC Capital Partners is a leading international private equity company with a total of 11.6 billion Euros in equity capital
The acquisition of MET-TECH Industries Ltd., USA extends DSI's market leadership in the supply of mining products in North America
2008 DSI supplies special products for Australia's longest road tunnel in Brisbane, Australia
For the construction of the 5,000m long double tunnel, DSI supplies the AT-76 injection system used for the first time in Australia in addition to many other products and systems. The injection system protects the TBM in advance from water damage and ensuing failure
December 2008
DSI acquires Fosminas Ancoragens Ltda., a leading producer of mining products in Brazil
DYWIDAG-Systems International (DSI) acquires business from AGRHIMERC S.A.C., Peru and establishes DSI Peru S.A.C.
Extension of DSI's market presence in South America by acquisitions
2010
Significant investments in EMEA's production capabilities in Austria for Geotechnics, Tunneling & Mining

The acquisition of DSI by Triton is closed on June, 15th, 2011. Triton, a highly respected European private equity house, is now the owner of DSI

2011 DSI South Africa strengthens Export Activities in Botswana and Zimbabwe
DSI is one of the largest and leading producers of products and systems for mining in South Africa. DSI plans to strategically expand its export activities into the important neighboring countries such as Botswana and Zimbabwe. Clients include BHB Billiton, Xstrata, Exxaro, De Beers, Anglo American Thermal Coal, Anglo American Platinum, Bombela Construction, Sasol, CMI Joint Venture and a large number of small and medium sized mining operations
February 2012 DSI acquires a majority stake in UK specialist mining contractor Drill Tek Injection Systems Ltd.
Drill Tek is a mining services contractor offering both contracting services such as roof bolt installation and resin injection as well as product supply for roof support and reinforcement in underground mines. Additionally, the UK based company provides specialist services for tunneling and civil infrastructure construction. The acquisition represents a strategic investment for the future of DSI’s business and is the first acquisition undertaken since Triton Partners acquired DSI in June 2011.
April 2013
DSI enters Russian Mining market: Foundation of the new entity “DSI Techno” in Kemerovo, Kuzbass region.
Strategic investment in line with DSI’s growth strategy for the Mining segment
February 2014
DSI acquires Schaum-Chemie Mikołów Sp. z o.o. The company acts as DSI Schaum Chemie on the market.
  • Acquisition of 100% of JENNMAR Canada strengthens DSI’s mining capabilities in Canada
  • Acquisition of 49% in J-LOK® Resins allows DSI to have own manufacturing of resin capsules in Australia
  • Establishment of a bolt and resin joint venture with JENNMAR in South Africa
December 2014 PT DSI Underground Indonesia opens new Manufacturing Facility for Mining Products in Indonesia
The new, 3,000m2 manufacturing facility in Gresik, Surabaya, East Java primarily produces friction bolts for mining. 
August 2015
Acquisition of the Intellectual Property and manufacturing assets for the “OneStep“ mining bolt from Hilti AG. OneStep is a self-drilling mining bolt which combines the drill head, drill steel, bolt and adhesive resin in a single unit.
Acquisition of the Jennmar Mining businesses outside the US, sale of the US Mining business to Jennmar. The acquisition allows DSI’s customers to profit from the most comprehensive portfolio in ground support products.
February 2016
Reorganization of the DSI Group. Effective March 2016, DSI Construction and DSI Underground operate as two separate divisions. DSI Construction continues to trade under “DYWIDAG Systems International” with the traditional company logo. DSI Underground adopts a new logo that goes into effect immediately.
July 2016
DSI Underground and Northern Mining Products (NMP) Sweden, sign an exclusive agreement to manufacture and sell the Dynamic OMEGA-BOLT®. The innovative rock bolt is based on the well-known expandable OMEGA-BOLT® friction bolt and is equipped with an internal additional steel element having a “C” profile that can absorb a significant amount of elastic energy.
Establishment of the new company DSI Underground Mongolia LLC in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia.
Change of name of the US American DSI Underground unit located in Louisville, KY, USA to DSI Tunneling LLC. All sales activities in Tunneling North America are concentrated at this location.
Establishment of DSI Underground Nordic AB in Skellefteå, Sweden. The new logistics center can efficiently supply some of the largest underground metal mines in Europe with high quality ground support products on short notice.
December 2017
Acquisition of Heintzmann Australia Pty Ltd in Australia. The acquisition enables DSI Underground to enter the standing support market including steel props or roadway repair.
March 2018
DSI Underground acquires Mining World S.A. in Buenos Aires, Argentina. The company operates as DSI Underground S.A., offering high quality and innovative solutions that make the underground industry safer and more efficient.
April 2018
DSI Underground Australia and Fero Group Pty Ltd sign an agreement under which DSI Underground Australia acquires 100 per cent of Fero. The acquisition completes DSI Underground’s product offer in galvanizing and mesh manufacturing. The completion of the acquisition is conditional on approval from the Australian anti-trust authority, the ACCC.
May 2018
Inauguration of the global Center of Competence for chemical products and of a new production facility for injection chemicals in Mikolow, Poland.
December 2018

DSI Underground opened the new Production Facility for Resin Capsules in Mikołów, Poland in order to be able to meet every demand, including urgent and highvolume orders.

January 2019

Independent market appearance of DSI Underground in January 2019.

February 2019

Opening of a new manufacturing plant in Buenos Aires, Argentina. The plant has more than 2,000 square meters and generates new jobs in consolidating local production and support the customers in short term with high-quality products.

April 2019

In April 2019 the production of galvanized mesh for the mining industry in Gresik Surabaya was successfully started. This is an important milestone in the expansion of local production in Indonesia.

October 2019

In October 2019 DSI Underground acquired Mansour Mining Technologies Inc. The acquisition complements DSI Underground's product portfolio in Canada and also strengthens the customer service network and R&D resources.

December 2019

First delivery and installation of Injection Chemicals in Mexico (Tunnel Toluca de Valle de Mexico). The DSI Underground team supported the customer with supervision and installation know-how.

September 2020

Foundation of the joint venture DSI Underground Ventilation in Chile consisting of the partners DSI Underground and ABC Ventilation Canada. The new company produces and supplies complete ventilation systems for mining and tunneling in Latin America.

DSI Underground Canada Ltd.

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