Telestack expansion sees £5 million investment in new Omagh factory

Local manufacturer, Telestack, have further committed to their future in Omagh by announcing an additional investment of £5 million in a new factory in the Doogary Industrial Estate.

Leading the international mobile material handling market, the company supply some of the largest blue-chip companies in the world. Designed, manufactured and exported from their current 105,000 square ft manufacturing facility in Omagh, Telestack plan to extend their manufacturing capacity by initially building a phase one 45,000 sq ft factory on a green field site next to the current Fane Valley factory, which will incorporate state-of-the-art manufacturing premises, a dedicated research and innovative development centre and modern office suite - all of which is central to their continued growth strategy.

The engineering acumen within Tyrone is renowned globally and the expertise within Telestack has grown and developed significantly over its 34 year tenure. In addition to their Aggregate and Mining Group, Telestack has matured within another material handling niche in the ports and inlands terminals sector, designing and manufacturing equipment to load and unload dry bulk onto vessels up to Panamax (up to 80,000 tonne).

Their equipment is involved in some of the most ground-breaking, exciting and forward thinking projects across the globe with the company gaining serious traction in other industries such as the rail, power, cement and steel plants.

Employing almost 160 local people, Telestack has demonstrated enviable year on year sales growth with sales more than doubling in the last three years. Part of the one billion dollar American giant Astec (www.astecindustries.com), Telestack in the last two years alone have invested almost £4 million in their current Bankmore site within Doogary Industrial Estate, with a state-of-the-art shot-blast, two paint booths and additional manufacturing facilities which have all contributed to their impressive sales and operational performance.

Managing director, Martin Dummigan, explains what the local investment means for Telestack and the people that they employ.

Grown rapidly

“Telestack has grown rapidly over the last number of years and we have firm plans to double our revenue again in the next three to five years. We have outgrown our current facility and we need to extend our manufacturing footprint to meet the international demand for our products. We have made a conscious decision, even in the face of Brexit uncertainty, to invest locally. We have a unique skill base in Omagh and we need to protect Telestack’s engineering acumen. The marketplace has become somewhat flooded with companies who try to copy our designs, but you simply can’t buy experience.

"For want of a better cliché you have to earn your stripes. We have the experience, the commitment and the enthusiasm to continue forging ahead and continue leading the market, hence the purpose-built Research and Innovative Development centre. We have an aggressive strategy to continue growing our sales and we are committed to Omagh, to the people that we employ and to the local suppliers and businesses that will continue to benefit from the Telestack success story. As we move through 2019, Telestack will be recruiting for a variety of disciplines including manufacturing, design, sales and aftermarket support.”

Telestack’s international portfolio is vast and varied, and with over three decades of experience, they certainly do not shy from the complicated or intricate. The company recently designed and manufactured the largest international mobile bulk reception feeder in the world and the unit is currently loading aggregates onto barges for a large American multi-national corporation at loading rates in excess of 14,000 tonnes per day.

Telestack has also recently installed a unit as part of the multi-billion pound Thames Tideways Tunnel in London. Tideway are building a major new sewer under the River Thames (named the 'super-sewer') which is urgently needed to stop millions of tonnes of sewage overflowing into the River Thames. At 15 miles long, seven metres wide and up to 65 metres deep, the Thames Tideway Tunnel is the biggest infrastructure project ever undertaken by the UK water industry. The Telestack unit will be at the end of the tunneling process to load the tunnel clay onto barges fed from a fixed conveyor.

’Global first’

Telestack is currently completing the installation of a £5 million pound system in Oman for the Port of Salalah. The equipment will be another 'global first' in terms of innovation, providing a unique shiploading system to handle the additional capacity needed by the port.

The four unit installation comprises of two shiploading systems, each suite comprises of a TB60 All Wheel Travel Shiploader fed by a Titan dual-feed All Wheel Travel 800-6 Bulk Reception Feeder and represents the new generation of mobile shiploading, offering all of the performance of traditional systems but with the added benefits of mobility, flexibility and ultimately a lower cost per tonne achieved by increased production rates, reduced cycle times and reduced labour costs. The equipment is designed to load limestone, gypsum and cement clinker at average rates up to 1,200tph to Handymax, Panamax/Post Panamax vessels.

Telestack began discussions in 2013 with the Port of Salalah technical and operational teams to design a customised shiploading system as part of an ongoing $15 billion infrastructure investment to cater for the export requirements of its local mining, quarrying and cement industries.

The company opens 2019 with its largest order book ever as they build on the successes of 2018. This includes projects for Africa, USA, South America, Europe, Russia and Asia to allow 2019 to continue the global penetration of prior years.

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