Synergy began as a one person,
green-fields venture, driven by one man’s vision to satisfying
the need of the large scale Materials Handling industry for technologically
advanced Engineered Drives & Drive Systems.
Richard Neuman started the company in 1987 for the purpose of engineering,
designing, and manufacturing large electrical drive systems and
associated controls for the materials handling industry.
Initial projects included the supply of conveyor drives and electrical
systems to the Highland Valley Copper Mine in British Columbia.
Synergy entered the industry by successfully completing a number
of small and medium sized conveyor drives and mill drives projects.
The company soon ventured into the Alberta oil sands, competing
against established multinational suppliers. Synergy delivered
a series of drive solutions for major energy producer, Syncrude
Success on these projects helped establish Synergy Engineering
as a credible and capable supplier for conveyor drive solutions,
and the company also earned preferred supplier status with several
domestic firms who themselves had an international footprint.
Increasingly large scale projects facilitated Synergy's development
of the base technology used to start the growth in technical excellence
required to compete for business at the highest levels, anywhere
in the world.
Neuman applied modern engineering thinking to an old traditional
electro-mechanical device, revitalizing its usage in the material
"We began by providing customers with motors and drives and we
did the occasional e-house, but that’s just the tip pf the
iceberg compared to the complete solutions we offer today," says
Neuman. "We've added electrification at the front end.
We've added instrumentation and control at the back end,
usually wrapped around a drive and a motor solution for a much
larger scope application."
As the young company demonstrated its competence to the mining
industry, it was soon in demand in some of the world's most
highly productive mining regions, including the Atacama Desert
of Chile. Here, Synergy has generated repeat business in many phases
of the Minera Escondida mine, the most productive open pit copper
mine in the world. Success on initial projects in Chile laid the
base for further expansion into other international markets.
The size and technical difficulty of these international projects
was a positive force in further driving Synergy to deepen the number
and calibre of engineering skills as a way to reduce risk and maintain
the technical reputation Synergy had already developed. As an expected
consequence of the business development strategy, Synergy expanded
its engineering skills to include automation, drive systems and
power distribution for large materials handling projects.
Synergy's success in Chile brought requests from our customers
that we establish a significant presence in Chile. In 2003, this
resulted in the formation a wholly owned Chilean subsidiary, Synergy
Ingeneria Ltda. The office in Santiago has positioned us positively
to source locally manufactured products and components for South
American projects and to operate as a forward support base for
technical support and project supervision teams operating in Chile.
This has led to additional export business in Peru. In 2006, in
response to the increased activity in the Canadian oil sands, Synergy
opened a branch office in Edmonton, Alberta.
Over the years Synergy has grown by adding highly qualified personnel
and by investing in digital technologies that enable cost-effective,
Today, Synergy is renowned as an effective systems integrator that
succeeds through creative leveraging of our expert capabilities
in power distribution, drives, instrumentation and control. "We're
not a time and materials company any more," notes David Atkinson.
"We take on a larger scope and take the risk away from the