MATERIALS handling company Industrial Conveying Australia (ICA) is expanding into the beverage industry.
Key sectors targeted include the dairy industry, soft drinks manufacture and handling, confectionery, wine and beer, spirits, and others that require design and implementation to suit specific needs.
ICA managing director Don Erskine says the move by ICA into the beverage industry is a natural progression.
"For some time now, we’ve been able to grow not just because of our high-technologies but also because of a strong domestic presence and ability to deal directly with clients, thus eliminating the need for third-party input.
"The beverage industry is a high output one and often deals with perishables, so required solutions can be urgent plus they need to be of extreme engineering accuracy to achieve the most productive output,” he said.
"ICA is structured to give the beverage industry turnkey solutions for just about all it materials handling needs.
"Not only is interest strong in Australia, the export market has seen what we can do and we are gaining momentum through enquiries from around the world."
Strategic acquisition and amalgamation has made a key contribution. For instance, ICA recently expanded its capabilities and increased its sales coverage by employing the majority of longstanding key personnel from W&D Engineering, a company that recently ceased operations.
The move gave ICA an instant increase in capability and depth right across the food and beverage industry as well as the agricultural and general bulk handling sectors.
The company's project turnkey capability has continued to develop with the establishment of an engineering design and development office in Melbourne, from where some of Australia's best CAD and CAE engineers engage their expertise.
The combination of this facility with the Bendigo design and project Engineering Group has placed ICA in a position where almost any product can be engineered as purpose specific and integrated into an overall materials handling system with any of the company's standard food and beverage handling products.
Standard technologies typically include knife edge conveyors, 90°/180° modular belting type conveyors, plastic modular belt type conveyors, and slat band conveyors.
ICA also designs, programs, installs and commissions the control systems and automation for these material handling projects.