Who We Are

The UMS Group was founded in 2015 to take advantage of the commodities downturn and build a group of world-class engineering and contracting companies servicing the global mining industry. The Group is domiciled in the UK, works on projects around the world, and its core technical staff reside in South Africa.

To date, the Group has made investments in Shaft Sinkers International, Shaft Sinkers South Africa, Shaft Sinkers Mining, METS International, METS Southern Africa and Futuro Supply Chain Solutions.

Through these entities, the group draws on more than 50 years of specialist experience in the fields of mine & engineering design, products & manufacturing, all mine infrastructure development, contract mining, process engineering and consulting services. This is backed up by our supply chain expertise in getting projects delivered for our clients on time and anywhere in the world and where logistics may be a challenge to other companies.

At the heart of our various Group operations are teams of highly specialised technical and managerial personnel dedicated to providing safe, cost effective and innovative solutions to its clients. These teams comprise, amongst others, geologists, mining engineers, mechanical and electrical engineers, design engineers, sinking specialists, supply chain experts and financial modelling experts.

Although the Group has initially built its reputation through shaft sinking, we can undertake any project requiring mining and tunnelling related expertise and construction of underground facilities. These underground facilities extend to transport, hydroelectric and nuclear underground infrastructure.

Our Partnership Philosophy
We proactively engage with our clients in finding comprehensive mining-centric solutions.

As a Group we instil the culture of safety, health, quality and care for the environment to every one of our employees. In line with this, all of our Group companies work in strict accordance with our Integrated Management System (IMS) which has been developed and implemented in accordance with SANS ISO 9001:2008, OHSAS 18001:2007 and ISO 14001:2009.

  1. ISO 9001:2008 – Quality Management System

  2. OHSAS 18001:2007 – Occupational Health and Safety Management System

  3. ISO 14001:2009 – Environmental Management System

Our Values

Our values guide the way we work with our business partners, within our communities and with each other. These values are embraced by our employees who share our vision.


Pursuit of Excellence

in all our endeavors.


Our ethos is safety above all else.


Actively minimising the impact of all our undertaking on the environment.

Ethical Business

We conduct all our business with honesty and integrity.


It’s in our DNA.


proactively with our clients.