Equipment & Technology

New deal stacks up for Astec Australia and OPS

Astec Australia has signed an exclusive deal with its Australian dealer for Astec Telestack products. 

Astec Australia has signed an exclusive deal with its Australian dealer for Astec Telestack products. 

Mobile conveying equipment can offer significant operating cost savings for certain applications compared to traditional methods of material handling.

They can also reduce planning requirements thanks to their increased flexibility, and the ability to move from site to site.

The Astec range of equipment has made its mark around the world, operating successfully in some of the most challenging environments. Telestack, located in Omagh, Northern Ireland, was acquired by Astec Industries and specialises in the complete in-house design, manufacture, installation and commissioning of mobile conveying equipment. A complete line of material handling systems is used extensively in the port, aggregate and mining industries.

Astec Telestack continues to invest heavily in it’s facilities, as part of a long-term strategy to future proof its capacity to support the development of an extensive range of world-class, innovative and quality products.

Astec anticipates synergies between Telestack and its aggregate product lines to be beneficial while incorporating OPS as Astec Australia’s newly appointed Dealer, which the company believes to be an important collaboration in very active and demanding markets.

Shane Czerkasow, Managing Director of the OPS Group, the Australian dealer of Astec Telestack’s products, says the market is embracing solutions which can reduce reliance on manual labour, fuel usage, manpower and ultimately improve efficiencies.

“We at OPS are delighted to formally announce the extension to our long-standing partnership with Astec Telestack through Astec Australia, which is already in effect with OPS & MPS stocking and servicing Astec Telestack Australia wide.”

The OPS Group has been the exclusive dealer for Astec Telestack Bulk Materials Handling Equipment in Western Australia, South Australia and the Northern Territory, but with the signing of the new agreement with Astec Australia, the company’s subsidiary Mineral Processing Solutions (MPS) will distribute in Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria & Tasmania.

In addition, MPS will distribute Astec Breaker Technology International (BTI) equipment. BTI manufactures a wide range of mining, quarry, construction and demolition equipment designed to improve productivity and profitability.

Czerkasow says the timing is perfect for OPS to expand its Astec Telestack offering across Australia.

“The OPS business has grown on the core values of delivering world class products with industry leading service and support, all of which provides our customers reliability, productivity and efficiency. Astec Australia is an obvious fit and perfect partnership for our business, as these are commonly shared values,” he says.

“Great equipment requires great back up and support and we believe this is a well-matched partnership that will deliver quality outcomes for customers of these industries.

David Smale, Astec Australia’s Regional Managing Director, says MPS’s local market knowledge and mineral processing experience, backed by Astec Telestack’s innovation prowess and manufacturing capabilities, will allow the two companies to develop into a dominant player in these markets.

“MPS’s demonstrated ability to offer innovative, quality products and services makes them the perfect partner to support customers with applications, support and service,” Smale says.

MPS will deliver the expanded Astec Telestack product offering through new and existing Australian support infrastructure. The company already has facilities in Perth, Darwin, Adelaide and Central Coast NSW which each hold new and used equipment stocks, hire fleets, spare part warehouses and local service and support teams.

To strengthen its presence on the east coast, the company has invested in local teams in Brisbane and Melbourne, along with additional inventory of equipment and parts. Additional work is underway on new facilities in these cities, expected to be completed in quarter one of 2021.

Trevor Raman, OPS Group Operations & Engineering Manager, says the company’s investment in its facilities is aimed at improving its service and support capabilities for its current and future customers.

“With the expansion and continued diversification of our range of equipment offering, it is critical that we constantly develop and improve our overall customer support,” he says.

“Our first-class facilities will enable our businesses to stock unprecedented levels of capital equipment, readily available for sales, hire and demonstration, as well as ensure we stock industry leading levels of spare parts.

“OPS have always strived to deliver class leading service and support. These new facilities will allow us to take this to a whole new level. We now have tremendous capabilities in large scale plant refurbishment, fixed plant services, fabrication and component manufacturing and refurbishment, including screen media and conveyor products.”

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