David Smale is the General Manager of Astec Australia. He explains the thinking behind Astec’s new business model and what it means for the quarrying industry.
In September 2021, Astec announced a major restructuring of its business model – called OneASTEC.
In the previous model, 16 companies operated on a range of different systems. Under OneASTEC we are already seeing huge benefits from working together under common operating systems across the entire business.
Simplifying our internal structure makes for greatly enhanced information transfer between different parts of the business, no matter where we are in the world. And that gives us the ability to meet and respond to our customers’ needs.
This unification will make it easier for dealers and customers to work with the company. As one organisation, we can offer greater customer service and drive innovation. The rebrand enables us to build our strength under a common name and purpose. We can leverage growth as one Astec team rather than individual brands.
The OneASTEC business model is underpinned by the same strong values that have always guided the company. Devotion to the customer, safety, integrity, respect and innovation are still the values we live and work by and they’re as important today as they were in 1972 when Don Brock founded the company.
What does the new business model mean for Astec Australia’s operations?
Wherever you are, when you operate remotely, logistics is always a critical issue and it’s no different for us in Australia. What will reduce the impact of that is the decision by the company to locate our factories regionally, closer to our markets and the customers we serve.
As part of the restructure, Astec Australia has taken over its dealer networks operating in the country. This will open up new market segments for Astec and it will expand our product offering, particularly in terms of innovative modular equipment.
It’s about giving customers more options to add portable equipment to their existing facility when peak production periods demand it. Ultimately, our goal is to design and build state-of-the-art equipment which makes it possible for our customers to supply their customers with industry-leading results, profitably.
The OneASTEC announcement also tied in with the launch of the GT205S-3D mobile screening plant.
The GT205S-3D can be deployed in multiple applications and has an output of 600 tph. It features a 6m x 1.5m (20’ x 5’) triple-deck inclined screen. The side-tensioned top and middle decks, with end-tensioned bottom deck, gives producers options at 950 rpm with adjustable amplitude and aggregate spreader. The unit includes a hydraulic angle adjust, simple-to-use plant controls and wireless track remote capability.
Whether you operate in a mine or a quarry, Astec offers the most comprehensive and accomplished range of mobile material handling solutions in the marketplace.
How can OneASTEC assist quarries with solving challenges over the next three years?
Our company is “Built to Connect” – that’s our purpose. We’re committed to connecting people, processes and products, and advancing innovative solutions from rock to road. OneASTEC helps us achieve that purpose.
For more information about Astec Australia’s construction materials solutions, visit astecaustralia.com.au/materials-solutions
This article appears in January’s ‘Industry Leaders’ issue of Quarry Magazine.