Agribusiness & Food

Agriculture allies share their success

AGI and Allied Grain Systems discuss how a partnership between the two businesses has led to benefits for Australian agriculture.

Ag Growth International (AGI) is a massive company, with thousands of staff and dozens of respected brands. It understands the importance of trusted partnerships, including local dealers and agents that help to communicate its mission and solve customers’ problems around the world.

While AGI has operations on six continents, in big and geographically diverse countries like Australia, it relies heavily on local partnerships to provide specialised support.

Peter Forster, AGI’s Australia and New Zealand business manager, said these relationships help meet the immediate needs of Australian bulk handlers and processors.

“We develop these partnerships all around the world,” he told ABHR. “We want to help feed the world and having local support that can deliver a facility that doesn’t stop is vital for that goal.”

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Allied Grain Systems is one of these key partners in Australia. The companies began working closely following AGI’s acquisition of Global Industries, which owned the MFS, Yorke, and Hutchinson brands. 

Forster said Allied Grain Systems brings real value to the industry.

“They’ve got the building crews and the experience to know exactly how to design and deliver an efficient facility,” he said.

“Their team handles the crane lifts, schedules the electrical infrastructure, builds the silos and ensures they meet Australian standards for silo sealing and safety.”

John White, Allied Grain System managing director, said one of the major benefits of partnering with a multinational company like AGI is the efficiency of scale.

“AGI are good manufacturers with good engineers. A lot of the equipment we buy off them is pretty much the best you can buy, which is good for Australian consumers,” he said.

“Big companies sell a lot of equipment, so they invest a lot of time, energy and resources into their production. They have the scale to mass produce high-quality components, which we greatly benefit from.

“All of their tooling and workshops are state of the art – and highly automated. We would never have enough work to justify spending that much on our own manufacturing processes, but we still benefit from their mass production.”

Allied ensures AGI’s products are ready to use in the Australian market, using local gearboxes and electrical components. Its team knows what works well in the local region, which means it will pick the right equipment for the job from AGI’s global catalogue.

The Hi Roller enclosed belt conveyor is one such example. 

AGI Hi Roller conveyors are totally enclosed, self-cleaning and self-reloading. All of the bearings are isolated and there are no ledges for build-up to gather. Instead, any spilled product or dust falls onto the return belt and is brought back to the tail section, where it is then diverted to the outer edges of the pulleys, which have flippers to pass it back onto the belt.

Allied is including Hi Roller conveyors as part of a major project to deliver transhipment infrastructure for T-Ports at Wallaroo on South Australia’s Yorke Peninsula.

The project will see two new silos built, providing 20,500 tonnes of storage at the port 

itself. Each will be fully sealed to allow for fumigation and will be connected to two hoppers each with an intake of 500 tonnes per hour. 

Hi Roller conveyors, with dust filters equipped at each transfer point to minimise dust emissions, will travel across the top of the silos.

Forster said the client wanted a design life that could last for 20 to 30 years and needed equipment that had been tried and tested.

“Wallaroo is near the sea, so you’re dealing with a high-wind, high-corrosion environment,” he said.

“AGI has installed more than 10,000 Hi Roller conveyors around the world. We know it can handle these conditions and can help with the design and scoping process to ensure the final version will meet the client’s needs.”

“Allied have a lot of experience and pride in what they do. They’ll only recommend the equipment that is best for the job and have developed their own batch conveyor for the project.”

AGI also invests heavily into research for new and existing products. Feedback from around the world helps guide the development of equipment as it encounters a vast range of conditions.

White said the continual improvements in AGI’s technology was a big advantage for Australian businesses.

“AGI puts a lot of effort into the design and development of new technologies, which we can make available to the general public,” he said.

“Because they sell to a lot of big commercial projects, we can supply the local market with leading technology and equipment that wouldn’t otherwise be available here.”

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