Thursday 18th Aug, 2022

TS Global mergers grow product development

Australian conveyor accessory manufacturer TS Global has undergone significant expansions over the past 12 to 18 months. The company’s General Manager, Graham Holford, details how it has grown and plans for the future.

Australian conveyor accessory manufacturer TS Global has undergone significant expansions over the past 12 to 18 months. The company’s General Manager, Graham Holford, details how it has grown and plans for the future.

In 2018, conveyor accessory manufacturer TS Global acquired APM Engineering.

APM Engineering is a manufacturer of custom polyurethane products that focuses on supplying its clients with customised solutions, which aligns well TS Global’s business model. In addition, APM’s manufacturing facility at Tomago delivers increased capacity to undertake the manufacture of TS Global components, making this a perfect fit for TS Global.

Graham Holford, General Manager at TS Global, says the companies have now been fully integrated into single trading entity increasing manufacturing volume and product range.

“This increase will provide our clients with an improved purchasing experience and more responsive service,” he says.

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As APM was the distributor of RKM rollers in NSW, this acquisition also allowed TS Global to take on a larger responsibility with the RKM product and is now the original equipment manufacturer’s representative on the East Coast of Australia. 

RKM has a reputation as a quality designer and manufacturer of conveyor idlers and mine infrastructure. This partnership also gives TS Global access to RKM’s advanced testing laboratory, in-house custom design calculation programs and third-party independent testing for ongoing research and development. The addition of RKM into the TS Global business allows them to provide the market with a more comprehensive product range.

In other developments, in September 2019, TS Global was appointed as the exclusive stockist and distributor for Tru Trac Belt Trackers.

“The partnership is based on a shared desire to add value to our client’s sites and offer expertise to ensure products are installed correctly and operate to maximum efficiency,” Holford says.

In addition to the RKM and Tru Trac products, TS Global have been heavily involved in the development of new conveyor accessories to assist maintenance providers. 

“After our bid for a Federal Government innovation grant was accepted, we partnered with the University of Newcastle to develop a new range of belt clamps and belt lifting devices,” he says.

The developments include new technology which will provide real time data to service personnel and greatly reduce risk associated with clamping or raising a belt for repairs. The technology has now been registered globally and is patent pending.

TS Global is also taking this opportunity to expand and invest into conveyor pulley manufacture and pulley lifting equipment. TS Global has been manufacturing and maintaining pulleys for the last five years, however, the output during this time was specialised. It focused on providing quick turnarounds in breakdowns and shutdowns, where the pulleys needed to be manufactured or repaired in under two weeks.

“We’re spreading out wider to provide full design, manufacture and service capabilities at scale,” Holford says.

Looking ahead, TS Global is investing in equipment to scale up its manufacturing process, including a new facility in Tomago, NSW. The facility is the company’s new central headquarters for the business, located next to the existing TS Global workshop and warehouse. The new building is close to major transport corridors and will provide around 50 per cent more floorspace.

Holford says the expansion aims to improve efficiencies, cutting down travel times between TS Global’s sites and creates a business hub. “We were very grateful to have found such a convenient and suitable site to allow us to come together as a business,” he says. “Our new headquarters will help us continue to grow and develop in order to service our clients in the best possible way.”

The company plans to launch some of their new products at the opening ceremony of its new facility later
this year.

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