Established in 1997, BedRock Mining Support is a fully integrated timber-based support company and is the leading supplier of underground mine support to the South African Gold and Platinum mines. These products vary from yielding and non-yielding elongates (poles) to manufactured timber products such as mat pack products and gumplanks.
BedRock also manufactures and supplies dunnage. Typically, timber dunnage is used to secure and protect cargo from moisture, contamination and mechanical damage during transportation. Dunnage is an integral part of our business as it consumes a part of the tree that otherwise would have been sent to the pulp market. Dunnage has many uses but is mainly used in ships, trucking, containers and in the steel industry. Dunnage used in ships is mainly utilised as hull protection to lift the cargo off the floor to prevent water from coming into contact with the cargo. Dunnage used in the steel and trucking industries is used as a “spacer” to separate layers of steel and or products for ease of storing, loading, unloading and transportation purposes.
BedRock operates 5 timber sawmills in close proximity to the timber source. Three in White River, Barberton and Piet Retief and another two in eSwatini. BedRock also has access to two associated mills in Makhado and Paulpietersburg. BedRock has a presence on the premises of our customers across the Gold and Platinum mining areas, namely Sibanye-Stillwater, Anglo Platinum Siyanda Bakgatla Platinum to name a few, including two service centres in Westonaria and Welkom where products are treated with fire-retardant for the gold mining market. BedRock also operates an expansive service centre in the Rustenburg area to service the platinum mines around Rustenburg and where a comprehensive suite of value-adding activities take place. Finally, BedRock also operates a dunnage timber yard in Durban to cater to the local market.