Sand Processing

Drill and blast partnership to offer more to quarries

Sequel Drill and Blast recently acquired Impact Drill and Blast in a move that Sequel general manager Peter Roberts described as a “perfect fit”.

Roberts said that the addition of Impact’s resources supported Sequel’s growth, allowing it to meet the high demand for drill and blast services in Queensland and northern New South Wales – Sequel’s main areas of operation.

“We identified Impact as having surplus equipment in these areas while also having a strong workload in Victoria and South Australia,” he explained.

Impact general manager Rodney Krins said that both businesses had been providing similar services for 15 years, and that the combination of their positive attributes would be beneficial to the quarry and construction industries.

“I believe it will provide both the larger and smaller quarrying companies with the opportunity to have a supplier that can meet any demand, whether it be for drilling or full rock on ground services,” Krins said. “With each state still having individual requirements for specific job roles (such as shot firers), we will be able to offer companies flexibility across each border, along with the best quality, safety, and environmental documentation and systems.”

Business as usual

The Impact brand, which was previously owned by Jeminex, will be retained in Victoria and SA, while its Queensland and NSW operations will now trade as Sequel. Roberts emphasised that for existing Impact customers, it would essentially be “business as usual”, with the addition of back-up flexibility and service offered through the acquisition.

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“We recognise that Rodney and his team are doing a great job with regards to maintaining strong relationships with Impact’s clients in Victoria and SA, so we don’t want to introduce a new company name which may take time for the market to adapt to,” Roberts said.

The new partnership now offers a fleet of 40 drill rigs and personnel with combined years of blasting expertise to SA and the east coast of Australia, with the flexibility to work in multiple states to suit market conditions and requirements.

Roberts stated that the main focus of Sequel and Impact in the near future would be on strengthening their relationships with clients within the quarrying and civil construction markets.

Krins added, “Over the years, both Sequel and Impact have had a diverse range of clients in both the quarry and construction sectors. We will continue to provide the same service to our existing customers and look forward to new and exciting projects wherever the opportunities arise.”

Sources: Impact Drill and Blast, Sequel Drill and Blast

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