Ashley Williams, Mechem's former CEO, joins GCS

GCS has taken on board one of Mine Action's recognized experts to further strengthen its operations: Ashley Williams (62), former CEO of Mechem, has joined the GCS team as Head of Operations as of October 1st 2018. Williams' expertise and track record will serve to develop new business opportunities and establish GCS as a full solution provider in the EOD and mine action sphere.

Philipp von Michaelis, CEO of GCS, confirms: "Ashley adds more than 40 years of experience in dealing with explosive remnants of war to our team and he has been involved in a huge number of mine action projects all over the world. He perfectly complements our organization and culture, we share the same values and are convinced that this will produce tangible and sustainable results."

The greatest challenge will be to increase the recognition of GCS in this market, adds Williams. "The GCS brand is not yet well known but successful projects are delivered by people. The people behind GCS have a long track record in developing mine clearance technologies, as most of them used to work for MineWolf Systems, one of the pioneers in mechanical mine clearance. This know-how has been applied to develop the GCS range of products and the result speaks for itself. The extensive competence in implementing complex projects in some of the most hostile environments on this planet underlines our ambition to set a new standard in this industry."

Williams has been involved in humanitarian and commercial mine action activities for 14 years. Prior to that he was active in the Engineering Corps of the South African Army for 28 years. His greatest motivation is to employ his know-how and experience to provide help to those that need it most. "It's not the sheer figures, it's not the number of mines that get cleared by our machines. It's the opportunity to provide a certain degree of normality to people's lives." He recites one of his memories from his long career: "A few years ago we cleared a mango field in Senegal which was heavily contaminated. We found 20 landmines – a great success! Still, the most rewarding result was to see the children playing in this field when we came back a year later."

 Philipp von Michaelis (l.) welcomes Ashley Williams (r.) to the GCS team

Philipp von Michaelis (l.) welcomes Ashley Williams (r.) to the GCS team


Participation in the NATO EOD Demonstrations and Trials 2018 a full success

GCS, a leading provider of safe, cost-effective and reliable solutions for explosive ordnance disposal, took part in the NATO EOD Demonstrations and Trials, which was held in Bratislava within 19–20 September 2018.

Over 360 participants representing 22 different countries viewed presentations by 37 exhibitors from 17 nations about their bomb disposal services and products. Watching exciting live demonstrations and comparing common experiences with current needs and technological developments were the event’s main focus points, following this year’s overarching theme “Multidisciplinary Approach to EOD”.

High-ranking visitors from all over the world took a great interest in GCS’s modular products and customised services.

 Peter Gajdos, Minister of Defence of the Slovak Republic, talking with GCS’s Valer Repko

Peter Gajdos, Minister of Defence of the Slovak Republic, talking with GCS’s Valer Repko


Breakfast presentation with members of the German parliament

Wednesday, April 18, 2018. – Philipp von Michaelis, CEO of GCS, held a breakfast presentation on the current mine contamination in Iraq and Libya to members of the German parliament in Berlin.

GCS demonstrated its capabilities and references and presented a general requirement for implementing concrete measures for the sustainable achievement of goal in humanitarian mine action, as well as the tendering process and the awarding of public contracts. The need for an efficient alignment between clearance/disposal of explosive remnants of war (ERW), including landmines, improvised explosive devices (IEDs) and cluster munitions with the reconstruction of former conflict zones and capacity building was also presented and discussed during the event.

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GCS-100 platform has received conformity certificate by Cromac ctdt for operation in humanitarian demining activities

Freienbach September 26, 2017

Global Clearance Solutions (GCS), the leading manufacturer of the remote-controlled mechanical demining machines, has received a conformity certificate by HCR-CTRO for its GCS-100 platform on September 04, 2017 in Zagreb.

Our smallest platform, the GCS-100 has been tested, evaluated and approved to be used for mechanical demining in accordance with the CWA15044:2009 and IMAS 09.50 for safe, efficient and effective mechanical demining.

  • in all types of soil up to the depth of 16 cm

  • for clearance of all types of vegetation (low, medium and high)

  • for mechanical demining of all types of antipersonnel (AP) mines to the depth of 15 cm.

The GCS-100 machine is the most versatile, compact and light mechanical demining platform on the market. GCS-100 outperforms any similar machine and is the only available machine under 3 tonnes that has been certified for mechanical demining.

See test certificate here