South America adds positives for Jet Demolition

By Steve Ducker08 December 2021

South African specialist contractor Jet Demolition says its outlook for next year is “positive” after taking another step towards becoming an international operator in the past 12 months.

The company, which has previously completed projects in India as well as its home country, added South America to the list when it teamed up its explosive expertise with the Chilean demolition contractor Flesan.

Jet Demolition Flesan Chile Los Bronces post blast Post-blast at the Anglo American Los Bronces mine in Chile, where Jet supplied its blasting expertise to local contractor Flesan

“The differing responses from global governments to curb the pandemic resulted in various degrees of industry impact around the world,” said safety manager Marthinus Botha.

“What we are currently experiencing in South Africa is echoed abroad in one form or another. We, however, remain optimistic that the opening of industry and a return to the ‘new normal’ experienced during the last quarter of 2021 will follow the same trajectory.

“Based on the growth experienced in the last quarter of 2021, our outlook for 2022 is positive, and we expect to move from strength to strength. With the continual evolution of the industry, the ongoing impact of Covid-19 and the changing ‘normal’, we need to remember to take the time to be grateful for what we have and to roll with the punches.

“Our greatest lesson from 2021 is that nothing is constant. The trick is to remain flexible and prepared and to embrace any opportunity that presents itself to the full.”

While the Covid-19 pandemic resulted in various travel restrictions and lockdowns, Jet is also pursuing projects across Africa and internationally.

Looking at the latest developments and trends in demolition, Marthinus Botha foresees more remotely operated demolition plant being used in high-risk conditions

In addition, Jet said the environmental sector is at the forefront of recycling and sustainability, with continuous environmental changes implemented to ensure that recovered construction materials are recycled. Initiatives in this regard should result in greater recycling opportunities in future projects.

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