ABOUT PCI AFRICA

PCI Africa has a very long and proud history dating back to the 1870’s when Frank Candy started the Candy Filter Company. The first records of Candy Filters being sold to South Africa, was in 1897. In the early twentieth century the Paterson Engineering Company and the candy filter company operated in Africa via agents.

In 1953 the Paterson Engineering Company registered a company in South Africa to perform their work locally. In 1964 the Paterson Engineering Company and the Candy Filter Company amalgamated to form Paterson Candy International South Africa (Pty) Limited.

During the 1970’s the Portals Water Company bought Paterson Candy along with three other water treatment, related companies and the group of companies operated under the banner of Portals Water Treatment.

During the early eighties, Paterson Candy International and various other companies were sold to Thames Water during the privatisation of the UK water industry. Paterson Candy then operated under the Thames banner of PWT Projects.

1997 Saw the decision by Thames to sell off the non-core businesses and Paterson Candy was again sold to Black and Veatch, an American engineering firm which focuses on the water and power generation sectors.

2005 – Black and Veatch agreed to sell Paterson Candy International (SA) (Pty) Limited to a management consortium who have run the business since the early 1990’s. The Company trades as PCI Africa Worldwide.

The company is based in Gauteng, South Africa from where the company provides services predominantly to Africa but have also provided services to European and Asian Clients. The company’s regional experience covers a broad process capability across the water, wastewater and industrial treatment sectors.

We have provided services to clients in the following countries:

IRAN

Turkey

Eritrea

Ethiopia

Kenya

Uganda

Nigeria

Ghana

Malawi

Zambia

Zimbabwe

Botswana

Namibia

South Africa

Lesotho

Swaziland

1870's

Paterson and Candy were late Victorian pioneers in water treatment, dating back to the 1870’s, who founded their business at the turn of the century.

For the next sixty years, they more or less dominated the water treatment market in the British world, and were responsible for much of the progress in drinking water quality.

1934

In 1934, following a patent action, Paterson bought Candy’s company, but then left Candy largely free to carry on his business with little interference.

In the same year he also bought the other main competitor in the UK, Bell Brothers.

 

1950's

By the late 1950’s, Paterson’s business, although still dominant in much of the world, was starting to decline, and in the mid 1960’s, the two companies, by then owned by Portals, were merged to form Paterson Candy International (PCI).

In South Africa, the first records of Candy Filters being sold, was in 1897

early 1960's

In the early twentieth century the Paterson Engineering Company and the candy filter company operated in Africa via agents (like Dowson and Dobson, Blane & Co., etc.).

1980's

During the early eighties, Paterson Candy International and various other companies were sold to Thames Water during the privatisation of the UK water industry.

Paterson Candy then operated under the Thames banner of PWT Projects.

1997

In 1997, the decision was made by Thames Water to sell off the non-core businesses and Paterson Candy was again sold to Black and Veatch, an American engineering firm which focuses on the water and power generation sectors.

2005

In 2005, Black and Veatch agreed to sell Paterson Candy International (SA) (Pty) Limited to a management consortium who have run the business since the early 1990’s, trading as PCI AFRICA, still today.

The company is based in Gauteng, South Africa from where the company provides services predominantly to Africa but have also provided services to European and Asian Clients.

The company’s regional experience covers a broad process capability across the water, wastewater and industrial treatment sectors.

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