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New deal stacks up for Astec, OPS Group


Astec Australia has signed a new, exclusive deal with its Australian dealer OPS for Astec Telestack products in Australia. 

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

The plant can also reduce planning requirements thanks to 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 in recent years and specialises in the complete in-house design, manufacture, installation and commissioning of mobile conveying equipmenta complete line of material handling systems used extensively in the port, aggregate and mining industries.  

Telestack continues to invest heavily in its facility, as part of a longterm strategy to futureproof 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 dealerThis is an important evolution collaborating in very active and demanding markets and expanding Astec’s footprint. 

Shane Czerkasow, the managing director of the OPS Group, the Australian dealer of Astec Telestack’s products, said 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 Telestack through Astec Australia, which is already in effect with OPS and MPS stocking and servicing Astec Telestack Australia wide.” 

The OPS Group has been the exclusive dealer for Telestack Bulk Materials Handling Equipment in Western Australia, South Australia and the Northern Territory. However, 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 and Tasmania. 

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

Czerkasow described the timing as perfect for OPS to expand its Astec Telestack offering across Australia.  

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

“Great equipment requires great backup 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 directorsaid 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 said. 

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 the New South Wales Central Coast  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 the quarter of 2021. 

Trevor Raman, OPS Group’s operations and engineering managersaid the company’s investment in its facilities is aimed at improving the 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,” Raman said. 

“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 industryleading levels of spare parts.  

OPS have always strived to deliver classleading 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.” 

A Telestack TC424X mobile stockpile conveyor in action.

The Astec Telestack range covers all facets of moving material from one point to another and is capable of up to 3000 tonnes per hour capacities. This range includes: 

  • Trackmounted stackers.
  • Wheeled stackers and link conveyors.
  • Radial telescopic stackers.
  • Ship loadersandunloaders. 
  • Trackedandwheeled hopper feeders. 
  • Reclaim hoppers.
  • Trackedandwheeled truck unloaders. 
  • Bulk reception feeders.
  • Static and project conveyors.
  • Tracked blending plants (pugmill).
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