International recycling solutions provider enters Aussie market

Northern Ireland-based BlueMac Manufacturing, a joint venture between Blue Group and DMAC Engineering, has appointed Skala Australasia as its exclusive distributor across Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific Islands.

Commenting on the deal, Skala director Simon Toal said, “After the initial discussions and a period of approximately six months getting to understand each other’s business and the many opportunities, we are delighted to have entered into this exclusive agreement to represent and deliver BlueMac’s portfolio to the Australasian region.”

The foundations for the alliance were established late last year, when Skala began working with BlueMac in an informal capacity. The New South Wales company had been seeking a specialist manufacturing partner that could deliver large recycling solutions after finding that its customers’ inquiries were increasing in size and complexity.

According to Toal, BlueMac had been “ideal” because it was a “young, proactive and growing” business that was able to design, engineer and supply complete recycling systems to the specifications required by Skala’s customers.

“Skala is a young and progressive company which primarily offers customised bespoke fixed plant and equipment,” Toal said. “Culturally we are aligned [with BlueMac], with common goals and the drive for success.”

Complementary equipment offerings

{{image2-a:r-w:250}}Toal noted that BlueMac already had many systems that integrated well with Skala’s existing brands. “[This] enables us to really expand on the existing systems we have in Australia,” he said.

Skala’s portfolio includes General Kinematics vibratory bulk handling equipment, MATEC dewatering and filter press systems, Masaba conveying solutions, and BRT Hartner recycling systems.

“[A] real bonus for us is [BlueMac’s] innovative research and development program and the broad range of BlueMac equipment built in-house,” Toal added.

Some of the BlueMac equipment that will now be available to the Australian market includes its all metal separator and density separators – which are used for cleaning up aggregates – trommel screens, hopper feeders, and conveyors.

“For the quarry industry, we offer a new player that [provides] a balance between proprietary, proven equipment solutions and customisation for individual applications or customer requirements,” Toal stated.

BlueMac is already in the process of building two plants for a Skala customer, which, according to the company, will be two of the largest construction and demolition processing facilities in Australia.

Although Toal would not disclose a name, he indicated that the client was a major NSW waste company. He added that the plants would be “highly automated” and incorporate equipment from other Skala brands, such as General Kinematics’ feeders and destoners.

The plants are expected to be commissioned later this year.

“The appointment of Skala is a major step in BlueMac entering the world stage,” Blue Group chairman Pat McGeary said. “[Skala] is a highly respected and successful company in Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific Islands and this partnership between BlueMac and Skala will bring additional knowledge and experience to the recycling industry.”

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