We are a smart, dynamic company of problem solvers who enjoy punching above our weight.

Head quartered in the UK, you will find us solving lifting problems throughout West Africa. 

With over 60 years of experience Paterson Simons & Co. (Africa) Ltd. specialises in sales and service of lifting and handling equipment with a focus on the shipping, mining and construction industries in West Africa.

We represent a number of key manufacturers and all our sales come with a full working manufacturers warranty and are backed up by a first class service team based in subsidiary offices in the region. 

From engineers in the field, to sales teams, parts managers, admin assistants and logistics managers (and everyone in between) you'll find us passionate about solving your lifting problems.

Board of Directors: (L-R) STEVE BAKER: Financial Director, Group Finance HENRY LYNE: Chairman, Group Strategy, EDWARD LYNE: Non Executive Director, JOHN TRAYNOR: Managing Director, Group Sales and KWAKU OKOH: Managing Director Pasico Ghana Ltd., Ghana Subsidiary Oversight

Who we are

Who we are

We are a smart, dynamic company of problem solvers who enjoy punching above our weight.

Headquartered in the UK, you will find us solving lifting problems throughout West Africa.

With over 60 years of experience Paterson Simons & Co. (Africa) Ltd. specialises in sales and service of lifting and handling equipment with a focus on the port, mining and oil industries in West Africa.

We represent a number of key manufacturers and all our sales come with a full working manufacturer’s warranty and are backed up by a first-class service team based in subsidiary offices in the region.

From engineers in the field, to sales teams, parts managers, admin assistants and logistics managers (and everyone in between) you’ll find us passionate about solving your lifting problems.

Board of Directors: (L-R) EDWARD LYNE: Non-Executive Director, JOHN TRAYNOR: Managing Director, Group Sales, JAMES SAVOY: Group Technical Director, KWAKU OKOH: Managing Director Pasico Ghana PLC., (Our Ghana Subsidiary), STEVE BAKER: Financial Director, Group Finance and HENRY LYNE: Director, Group Strategy.

History

The company’s history dates back to 1821 when Rawson, Holdsworth & Co. of London and Liverpool established their company in Singapore, yet grew in acclaim due to one of the company’s early founders, one William Ker who had fostered a strong personal relationship with Temenggong of Johore, and by 1853 he had been placed in charge of the Malay ruler’s finances. The relationship led to special business privileges for Ker and his partners, William Paterson and Henry Minchin Simons.

The company traded in a variety of commodities, including camphor, vanilla, cinnamon, sea slugs, shark fins, tin, coffee, and pearls. In its initial years, Paterson, Simons & Co. traded in a wide range of products. It exported to Europe and other countries in the world tropical produce of all descriptions ranging from rubber and copra to pineapples from Malaya, Borneo and the East Indies. In return, it imported merchandise such as cotton goods and other manufactured products from Europe.

Later, the company was active not only in the import and export trade but also acted as agents or representatives for a wide range of firms such as shipping lines, insurance companies and industrial enterprises as well as state governments. In 1888, the company’s agencies included the Johore Government, New Harbour Dock, the Ben Line, Gibb Line, Union Line, four insurance companies, and the Pahang Corporation.  By 1895, their agencies expanded to include the Mogul Line, the Nippon Yusen Kaisha, the Tata Line, and the Pahang Kabang. By the beginning of World War I, Paterson, Simons & Co. had become agents and secretaries for 16 planting and rubber companies and had branches in Penang, Kuala Lumpur, Klang and Port Swettenham.

The partnership eventually adopted the name Patent Slip and Dock Company, but its name was changed to Paterson, Simons & Company in 1895, when Ker retired. The company re-established its port monopoly in Johore in 1899, following a merger with the Tanjong Pagar Dock Company. Six years later the port operation was expropriated by the British government, but the company retained its interests in shipping and in maritime and property insurance and continued to act as agents for the East India Coal Company and for a number of shipping lines. This company was eventually to become Paterson Simons & Co. (Africa) Ltd and incorporated in 1948, a management buy-out in 1990 saw the company into the form it is in today – a UK-based Limited company specialising in the sales, rental and servicing of heavy lifting equipment throughout West Africa.

Paterson Simons History

Affiliate Companies

Paterson Simons & Co. (Africa) Ltd.
Head quartered and registered in the UK, and is the parent company of a number of “on-the-ground” subsidiaries in West Africa.

Pasico Ghana PLC
The Ghana-based and majority-owned sales and service hub for all of the Paterson Simons lifting equipment brands with branches in Accra, Tema and Takoradi. Pasico is also the base for the Group CIT division offering premier safety training and inspections for all lifting equipment and can certify equipment across all major safety regulations (LOLER, OSHA, Ghana Safety Regulator, ANSI and ASME).In addition to this, Pasico is also the Ghana-based and majority-owned company that sells famous brand building materials: Naco louvred windows and Pasiguard® safety grilles.

Paterson Simons & Company Nigeria Ltd. 
Wholly owned Nigeria-based (Apapa) subsidiary of Paterson Simons & Co. selling and servicing lifting equipment into Nigeria.

Paterson Simons & Co. Togo SARL U
Opened in 2014, the company is a dedicated lifting solutions and service provider for the Togo market.

Recruitment

Paterson Simons is always on the lookout for talent to join our diverse, hard working, multiskilled team. If you think you have somethimg to offer us please contact recruitment@patersonsimons.com with a CV and covering email explaining why.

Current Vacancies:

Logistics Administrator.

An opportunity has arisen in this busy Logistics team based in Brighton, UK for a junior Logistics Administrator to assist the other four members of the team in dispatching orders of port handling and mining machinery, and spare parts from Europe to many destinations within West Africa. This would provide the opportunity to work between the continents of Europe and Africa in a very multi-cultural environment. Our company has an excellent reputation for machine and parts sales, and service in West Africa which we work hard to maintain.

The job would include:
• Processing and shipping orders from the sales teams.
• Issuing weekly reports to key customers.
• Completing documentation to the required standard and ensuring that the procedure for control of documents is followed.

After the initial training period, we shall expect to see ability in problem solving, providing solutions and being able to identify when a matter should be escalated to the Unit Manager.

Educational Qualifications:
• A-levels or higher.

Technical and Technological:
• The right personal attributes are more important than previous experience as full training will be given, however, the following would be beneficial: Knowledge of supply chain especially logistics, geographical knowledge of West Africa, French speaking.

Specific Working Experience:
• Must have strong IT skills with good working knowledge of Excel being essential.
• Excellent organizational skills with the ability to prioritise a full workload.
• Strong communication skills, both written and oral.
• Able to communicate quickly and efficiently via email and telephone.

Personal Attributes:
• The role will suit someone flexible who enjoys working in a very dynamic and fast-paced environment.
• Able to work under own initiative, manage own workload after appropriate training period, but also be a strong team player.
• Diplomatic and effective communicator and be able to communicate between cultures, countries, and communicate clearly where English is a second language.
• Understanding the importance of deadlines, and acting quickly in urgent situations.

Quality Policy

The Paterson Simons & Co. (Africa) Company Quality Policy

  • To contribute meaningfully to our clients’ productivity by selecting, supplying and supporting quality lifting equipment that is both safe and well suited to their requirements. To be excellent in our execution of this.
  • To maintain and build on our reputation as being the market leader in West Africa for lifting equipment sales and aftermarket care.
  • To effectively work in partnership with stakeholders including customers, employees, subsidiaries and suppliers in a transparent manner.
  • To deliver outstanding customer care, throughout every step of the process from sales enquiry to after sales training.
  • To adhere to all statutory and regulatory requirements which govern our products and services

To achieve this, we commit resources to implement, maintain, and continually improve a quality management system that complies with ISO 9001:2015, which ensures we satisfy, and continue to satisfy, our clients’ requirements. To drive continual improvement by having measurable, specific objectives against which to measure and analyse and record results, and to communicate our objectives effectively through the organisation.

Quality and Corporate & Social Responsibility

We believe Corporate & Social Responsibility is a key component to the growth of our business and our core values are embedded in our quality management system.

Corporate & Social Responsibility is overseen by the board of directors and is evaluated as part of the company risk register and in various processes in the business including but not limited to the selection of suppliers and subcontactors, recruitment and staff policies and working practices. For more information see the following documents.

QD027 CORPORATE & SOCIAL RESPONSIBILTY POLICY

QD004 PSAL GROUP HEALTH SAFETY AND ENVIRONMENT POLICY

QD058 PRIVACY POLICY

QD062 ANTI BRIBERY AND CORRUPTION POLICY