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Bonfiglioli and Rocktec      

A Robust Partnership Leads the Way in the Quarry Sector

Rocktec Technology (Rocktec) is a leading OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer) located in Matamata, New Zealand. Focused on the quarrying sector, Rocktec delivers a wide range of solutions targeted predominantly at quarry and bulk materials handling projects. 

In a bid to widen its scope of service and footprint, Rocktec was acquired by Skookum Technology in 2021.Skookum was founded over 25 years ago and is one of Australasia’s leading suppliers of forestry and bulk handling equipment.

Speaking to the rich history of Rocktec, Jason Tapper, Materials Handling Specialist for Rocktec says the company recently celebrated 30 years in business and is growing from strength to strength. “Our roots remain firmly planted in the quarrying sector and while we service customers globally, our primary focus remains the Australasian market.”

One of Rocktec’s key differentiators is its ability to problem solve. Says Jason: “We pride ourselves in tackling complex issues through customised solutions, rather than selling ‘off the shelf’ products. Majority of our customers can attest to our tailored solutions for the quarrying sector.”

Over the years the company has evolved to service the bulk materials handling sector. It’s range of products include apron feeders, crushers, feeders, screens and more. 

Communication is Key

Naturally, these demanding sectors require robust, quality solutions matched by superior service and communication. Explains Jason: “Communication is a big factor for us. Suppliers should communicate when things are good and when things are bad. Having open lines of communication is critical to the success of each project and we rely on our suppliers to deliver.”

Meeting these requirements are gearmotor manufacturers, Bonfiglioli. “They’re easy to work with, supply us with the information required and are backed by sound technical engineering. Of course, we need a robust quality solution so we aren’t looking for the cheapest solution, but rather a quality solution that can stand up to the environment and last in the long-run.” 

Paul Savage, Sales Manager for Bonfiglioli New Zealand adds that the relationship first began around 13 years ago and that some projects require as many as 20 to 30 gearboxes. “We work closely with Rocktec on each and every project to clearly understand the scope, deliverables and deadlines. We understand that their solutions are generally tailored and that there is no room for error.”

Jason seconds this saying: “In larger projects, we work with Bonfiglioli to reduce the number of variable components and to provide standardised product across the plant.”

Our team align closely to Rocktec on every project. “We don’t supply from a catalogue – each solution is fit for purpose” explains Paul.

Projects to Note

Paul outlines several key projects that the brands collaborated on as follows:

  • Iron ore apron feeders 

“Six mobile hoppers were designed, built and sent from New Zealand to Western Australia,” explains Paul. “Rocktec chartered a ship to transport six hoppers – weighing in at 64 tonnes each.”

  • Fertiliser project

To increase stockpile capacity, Jason explains that Rocktec undertook in a conveyor project on a plant that could only manufacture in dry weather “The solution was used to maximise the stockpile volume that could be kept in sheds. We developed a large conveyor over two land levels. In addition, we designed a lightweight auger system to distribute product across the shed.” 

Our gearboxes are used and can withstand the high dust environments and harsh weather conditions. He adds: “We generally make use of Bonfiglioli’s A series, HD series (if over 75kW) or Planetary Gears (for apron feeders).”

NZ Quarry Show to Highlight Prominent Partnership

Both Bonfiglioli and Rocktec will exhibit at this year’s NZ Quarry Show – hosted from 13 to 15 July in New Plymouth. “This is another opportunity for our brands to showcase their relevant technologies and the ‘power of 2’. Our partnership with Rocktec is something that we are very proud of” concludes Paul. 

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