Where We Started
The Kockums Company originated in Sweden and participated in the development of dense phase pneumatic conveying. Through the initiatives of Mr Ivan Price in the 1960s and 70s, this Swedish technology was being used to develop road and rail tankers in Australasia. These tankers were designed to transport nickel concentrate from mines in Central Australia through to Western Australia. Several impressive feats of engineering were to follow this rail tanker, earning Kockums more and more success. In the mid 1980s, the Kockums Australian division was sold to John Shearer, and later that same decade, a management buyout by Ivan Price saw the company split into two: Kockums Industries Pty Ltd for road tankers, and Kockums Bulk Systems Pty Ltd for in-plant equipment.
Two major systems were designed by Kockums Bulk Systems in the 90s. We developed the cement handling system used on the Chek Lap Kok airport in Hong Kong, and we have upgraded the Bayswater Power Station in the Hunter Valley – the largest baseload coal-fired power station in Australia.
This significant growth and product development turned KBS into Australia’s premier company in bulk powder handling systems.
In recent years, Kockums Bulk Systems have acquired Control Automation Pty Ltd and Delis Power Systems Pty Ltd to broaden our field of operation into food and pharmaceutical areas. We have the largest in-house pneumatic conveying test rig in Australia with the capability to simulate virtually all conditions that clients may stipulate.
In 2018, KBS was acquired by the Industrial Equipment Group of Premier Tech, Premier Tech Chronos. By joining their forces, both entities will, together, provide front to back services for a wider range of activities. With significant growth and product development, both Kockums Bulk Systems and Premier Tech Chronos are now recognized as leaders in bulk powder handling systems and are proud to provide optimal solutions for most prestigious and iconic companies.