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October 2008

Open-pit Mine Production Efficiency to Improve as Larger TowHaul Lowboys Become Available in the 800- to 1500-ton Range

Synergy Engineering Ltd. and TowHaul Corporation (dba Smith Equipment, USA) today announced their agreement to cooperate in the delivery of electrically driven lowboys and tow vehicles with significantly larger haulage capacity than any previously available.

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Open-pit mine owners around the world expect immediate benefit from the use of these larger haulers, improving the availability and utilization of their mine heavy equipment, permitting increased flexibility in mine planning, resulting in significant increases in production and mineral recovery. Additional financial benefits are expected from reduced overall maintenance costs, along with positive impacts to safety and the environment.

TowHaul and Synergy have collaborated for more than 15 years in the development of large (800- to 1500-ton) lowboys, with Synergy focusing on the drive requirements utilizing existing and new electric propulsion systems familiar to the mining industry today. Synergy and TowHaul have now formalized their relationship whereby Synergy has the exclusive marketing rights for large electrically driven lowboys in Chile and Canada.

Synergy's expertise in large engineered electrical drive systems and TowHaul’s expertise in the mechanical design and supply of large lowboys and tow vehicles (using their patented gooseneck design) bring together the best technology available for the supply of large lowboys and tow vehicles.

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For further information, contact:

R.W. Neuman, President, Synergy Engineering Ltd.
604.464.3663

Kim Wild, President & G.M., TowHaul Corporation
406.388.3424

www.towhaul.com


 

top 25

June 2008

Synergy Engineering Ltd. a Finalist in "Top 25" BC Export Companies in 2008 BC Export Awards

For the second time in the past five years, Synergy Engineering Ltd. has been named a finalist in the BC Export Awards for its innovative approaches and unique contributions as a BC exporter.

This year, Synergy Engineering has been named to BC’s Top 25 Export companies by the Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters, and is further nominated as one of the top 3 exporters in British Columbia in the "Professional and Services” sector. The winner will be selected on November 21, 2008.

The BC Export Awards annually seeks out BC's Top 25 Exporters and honours them for their excellence and achievement in nine categories, including seven directed at firms and two at individuals. The Awards is co-hosted by the Government of British Columbia and the BC Division of Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters and is the oldest awards ceremony of its kind in Canada.

The Top 25, selected from a total of 450 nominations, demonstrate an unwavering commitment to the growth of the province's economy and have further strengthened our position in the global export market.

Synergy has been nominated for BC Export Awards on three earlier occasions, and was honoured as a finalist in the Manufacturing sector in 2004.

To see the notification from the BC Export Awards committee, including names of the other Top 25 finalists, click here.


 

Report Magazine

May 2008

Synergy Rates Feature Article in Alberta's Report Magazine

From a green-fields venture to a drive-control systems world leader.

As a natural consequence of becoming a well know and respected engineered drive solution supplier to companies in Alberta's Oil Sands, Synergy Engineering Ltd recently attracted the attention of Alberta's Report Magazine.

Their initial interest lead to the publication of a feature article in early 2008 which included recognition of Synergy as a world leader in the design and manufacture of safe, reliable, custom-built large drive-control systems for mining and other sectors challenged by special large material handling applications.


 



May 2008

Synergy Engineering Ltd. Nominated for 2008 BC Export Award

For the fourth time in its history, Synergy Engineering Ltd. has been nominated for recognition for its innovative approaches and unique contributions in export markets.

08 BC Export Awards

The 2008 BC Export Awards recognize the innovative approaches and unique contributions of British Columbia export companies across all sectors and in all regions of the province, as well as the individuals who contribute to their success.

For the year 2008, Synergy has been nominated for award in the Professional & Services sector, which includes companies and organizations that provide expert advice, technical support or educational programs to international customers.

The BC Export Awards annually seeks out BC's Top 25 Exporters and honours them for their excellence and achievement in nine categories, including seven directed at firms and two at individuals. The Awards is co-hosted by the Government of British Columbia and the BC Division of Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters and is the oldest awards ceremony of its kind in Canada.

The Top 25, selected from a total of 450 nominations, demonstrate an unwavering commitment to the growth of the province's economy and have further strengthened our position in the global export market.

To be eligible the company must have:
  • Produced goods or services that have significant Canadian content.
  • Earned foreign exchange.
  • Been operating for a minimum of two years and have entered a new market within the last three years.
Successful nominees have the following attributes:
  • Has a sound capital base with sufficient working capital to support their export activity.
  • Demonstrated significant year-to-year percentage growth in value of export sales or increased sales volume over the past year.
  • Demonstrated ability to overcome obstacles or other unique challenges in entering new international market.
  • Demonstrated quality of their export plan through use of innovation and strategies to promote brand awareness in their new market(s).
  • Shown notable growth in their overall business as a direct result of entering that new international marketplace.
Synergy has been nominated for BC Export Awards on three earlier occasions, and was honoured as a finalist in the Manufacturing sector in 2004.


 

Nicole Hampton

February 2008

Synergy at 2008 SME Annual Meeting & Exhibit, Salt Lake City, USA

Synergy's Nicole Hampton, Manager – Drive Solutions, invited to be expert panel member for the SME's technical session on Design of Overland Conveyors. Nicole is recognized worldwide as a subject-matter expert for application-engineered Drive Systems.

At the February 2008 Annual Meeting of the Society for Mining, Metallurgy & Exploration in Salt Lake City, Utah, Synergy's Nicole Hampton was invited to be a member of a panel of recognized industry experts for the well-attended technical short-course session "Optimum Selection of Belt Conveyor Drives."

As part of her contribution to that session, Nicole authored and presented a paper entitled "Design Fundamentals for Drive Systems on Conveyors."


 

Po Wong

January 2008

Po Wong Appointed Controller of Synergy Engineering Ltd.

Synergy Engineering Ltd. is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr. Po Wong as Controller.

Po has a CGA designation backed by a Bachelor's Degree of Business Administration from the Chinese University of Hong Kong. His solid experience in both manufacturing and service accounting in major international companies is coupled with hands-on experience of setting up and running multi-location operations in Canada.

Po has been in Controllership roles for a number of different operating businesses within ABB Canada and ABB China and most recently with the Utility Boiler business of Alstom Power.


 

Nicole Hampton

December 2007

Synergy at 2007 "Conveyors in Mining" Conference — Perth, Australia

Synergy's Nicole Hampton, Manager – Drive Solutions, Chairs Australian Conference on Conveyor Drives

At the request of Institute for International Research in Australia, Synergy's Nicole Hampton chaired the program on Conveyor Drive Design Considerations, held in Perth in December, 2007.

Following the conference, Nicole made a related presentation on Conveyor Drive design considerations specifically for the Hatch Engineering organization, web-cast to their offices throughout Australia.

Ms. Hampton is recognized worldwide as a subject-matter expert for application-engineered Drive Systems.


 


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October 2007

Synergy Engineering Ltd. Nominated for the 2008 Tri-Cities Chamber of Commerce Business Excellence Award

The Tri-Cities Chamber of Commerce has announced the slate of Nominees for their 2008 Business Excellence Awards. The nominees were recognized at a sold-out luncheon at the Westwood Plateau Golf and Country Club on October 24th. There are six award categories this year, with Synergy being nominated in the "Outstanding Business of the Year" category.

To be eligible, a company must be a Tri-Cities business employing 35 or greater which has made an outstanding contribution in economic development, innovation and community service; displayed a positive social conscience, and key figure have been role models and demonstrated a leadership role within the business community.

The Chamber will celebrate the achievements of the finalists and will announce the winners of the awards at the 2008 Business Excellence Awards on Saturday, January 26, 2008 at the Red Robinson Theatre, Coquitlam, BC.


 
 
August 2007

Synergy Chile Celebrates Continued Growth

Much to the delight of companies in the heavy industrial sector in northern Chile, this year Synergy Chile has been able to recruit and deploy additional staff with domain expertise in the customer-critical areas of Instrumentation, Control, Communications and Human Machine Interface (HMI).

Synergy Chile is pleased to announce its continued growth, now with additional expert technical resources deployed in the Antofagasta area.

Synergy's customers in northern Chile include some of the world's largest operations involved in the many material handling aspects of mining, smelting, and leaching operations, as well as port facility customers with their own unique material handling challenges.

According to Allan Baus, Synergy Chile's General Manager, "The ongoing success of our customers continues to drive their increases in demand for Synergy's systems integration support and optimization service in the areas of Automation and Process Control. Synergy Chile has responded by augmenting its local support and response capabilities with additional manpower. Our new staff members bring to our customers added domain expertise in the customer-critical areas of Instrumentation, Control, Communications and Human Machine Interface (HMI)."

The latest additions to the core team of application specialists in engineered drive systems further enhance Synergy Chile's capabilities in responding to customer requests for further optimization of their automated material handling equipment and processes.

For further information, contact:

Allan Baus Piva
SYNERGY INGENIERIA LTDA.
Tel: 56.2.246 39 01
Fax: 56.2.95203 53
Cell: 56.9.837 54 03
E-mail: abp@synergy-eng.com


 


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July 2007

Synergy's David Atkinson Appointed to Formative Board of Canada Chile Business Association

The year 2007 marks the 10th anniversary of the Canada-Chile Free Trade Agreement (CCFTA). The subsequent decade has seen a dramatic growth in the trade and investment ties between Canada and Chile.
 
In early 2007, The Canada–Chile Business Association was formed, as a cooperative initiative of the Chilean Ambassador to Canada (Hon. Eugenio Ortega), the Chile-Canada Chamber of Commerce (James Callahan, President) and Canadian business leaders with an interest in Chile (and in enhancing Chilean-Canadian relationships).
 
The vision of the CCBA includes the intention to foster and sustain strong trade and investment ties between Canada and Chile; to raise awareness of Chile and investment and trade opportunities between Chile and Canada in the Canadian business community; to promote new relations between both countries in different areas and sectors, to partner or associate with the Chilean-Canadian Chamber of Commerce and other similar organizations in Chile and Canada on matters of mutual interest; to promote dialogue between business, scientific, educational and other associations of different sectors in both countries, and to be a medium through which members may undertake collective consultation and co-operation with governments and other associations.
 
Synergy is pleased to announce that its Executive Vice President, David Atkinson, has been appointed to the formative Board of Directors of the organization.


 


BC Export Awards logo

June 2007

Synergy Engineering Ltd. Nominated for a 2007 BC Export Award

For the third time in its history, Synergy Engineering Ltd. has been nominated for recognition for its innovative approaches and unique contributions.

The 2007 BC Export Awards recognize the innovative approaches and unique contributions of British Columbia export companies across all sectors and in all regions of the province, as well as the individuals who contribute to their success.

For the year 2007, Synergy has been nominated for award in the Manufactured Products sector, which includes companies that are engaged in secondary manufacturing or the production of value added components, machinery and/or equipment for industrial uses.

The BC Export Awards annually seeks out BC's Top 25 Exporters and honours them for their excellence and achievement in nine categories, including seven directed at firms and two at individuals. The Awards is co-hosted by the Government of British Columbia and the BC Division of Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters and is the oldest awards ceremony of its kind in Canada.

To be eligible the company must have:

  • Produced goods or services that have significant Canadian content.
  • Earned foreign exchange.
  • Been operating for a minimum of two years and have entered a new market within the last three years.

Successful nominees have the following attributes:

  • Has a sound capital base with sufficient working capital to support their export activity.
  • Demonstrated significant year-to-year percentage growth in value of export sales or increased sales volume over the past year.
  • Demonstrated ability to overcome obstacles or other unique challenges in entering new international market.
  • Demonstrated quality of their export plan through use of innovation and strategies to promote brand awareness in their new market(s).Shown notable growth in their overall business as a direct result of entering that new international marketplace.

Synergy is delighted to have been nominated for a BC Export Award now on three occasions, and to have been selected as a finalist in 2004.


 

Shu Li
Shu Li,
Manager, Logistics
& Procurement,
Synergy Engineering Ltd.

May 2007

Shu Li Appointed Manager, Logistics and Procurement of Synergy Engineering Ltd.

Synergy Engineering Ltd. is pleased to announce the appointment of Ms Shu Li as C Manager, Logistics and Procurement.
 
Ms Li brings to Synergy over 10 years of experience in international shipping, trade, customs clearance, tracking & trans-shipment logistics and project logistics management experience, as well as recent familiarity with large scale material logistics handling. Her early business years were spent in China, with her most recent years here in Canada in positions of increasing responsibility with companies that design, engineer and manufacture large scale industrial systems for a global customer base.
 
Shu is a graduate of BCIT's CITT Transportation and Logistics Management Program, holds degrees in Computer Science from the Science & Technology University Of China and in International Trade from Ji Lin University. Shu's multi-lingual capabilities include English, Mandarin and Cantonese.


 

New  Address

April 2007

Please Change the Contact Information in Your Files NOW!!


As a result of substantial growth in global demand for Synergy's capabilities in the development and delivery of application-specific Engineered Drive solutions, Synergy Engineering Ltd. is moving to a larger facility during the weekend of April 14th, 2007.

Our new address will be:

Synergy Engineering Ltd.
135 Glacier Street
Coquitlam, BC V3K 5Z1
Canada

Telephone: 604.464.3663
Fax: 604.464.9399




 

Rob Gilmaine
Rob Gilmaine,
Project Manager, Synergy Engineering Ltd.

January 2007

Rob Gilmaine Appointed as Project Manager


Synergy Engineering Ltd. is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr. Rob Gilmaine as Project Manager.

Mr. Gilmaine brings to Synergy a depth of experience in engineering design, project-management, maintenance management, and best-in-class service fulfillment platforms, backed by exceptional strength in electrical & instrumentation technologies and Quality practices.

Rob's plus-20-year successful track record in capital project management and maintenance supervision has included such industrial and engineering icons as Domtar, Stothert Engineering, MacMillan Bloedel and H.A. Simon – Tecsult Engineering.

Bilingual in English and French, Rob is an Electrical Engineering Technician educated in Montreal at the École Métropole Technique and the École Polytechnique, and in Vancouver at BCIT.

Rob joined the Synergy team on January 2nd, 2007 and is based out of the Port Moody office.


 

Hans Lauhoff
 

May 2006

Speed Control on Belt Conveyors—Does it Really Save Energy?


Controlling belt speed does not significantly reduce energy costs, as presented in a recent technical paper by Hans Lauhoff: "The energy consumption of long, horizontal belt conveyor systems in stationary operating conditions is determined by the motion resistance."

(Click here to see the Hans Lauhoff PDF.)


 
 
May 2006

Synergy Contributes to Engineering Education in Chile

A cooperation agreement was recently entered into between the University of Antofagasta and BHP Chile Inc. (through its ODS* Project Management), Man Takraf Chile and Synergy Engineering, to provide scholarships to two outstanding students from the Engineering Faculty of the University.

This agreement is a result of the interest expressed by these companies to collaborate with the Antofagasta community by creating a joint fund which will be used to finance the scholarships. Minera Escondida coordinated the donation to the University and also participated in establishing the terms and conditions of the agreement.

The students selected to receive the scholarship are Romina Veas-Veas and Francisco Zepeda-Carvajal, both from the Faculty of Industrial Civil Engineering, majoring in Mechanics. The students will share scholarship funds totalling twenty thousand U.S. dollars to cover their registration and monthly fees. Mr. Pedro Córdova, rector of the University of Antofagasta, highlighted the importance of this scholarship as a prime example of the results that can be achieved through effective opportunities offered by the business world for the training of professionals.

The agreement was signed by Andrew Batteson for the ODS Project; Vera Lauer for Synergy Engineering; Cristián Cavagnaro for Man Takraf Chile; Pedro Córdova, Rector of the University of Antofagasta, and Gonzalo Cid, Head of External Affairs of Minera Escondida. "I have only words of gratitude for BHP Chile, because this will fulfil my dream of finishing my career, which was beginning to look very difficult," stated Romina Veas, who is from the town of Combarbalá. She began studying at the University of Antofagasta in 2004.

Francisco Zepeda is a native Antofagastan who completed his secondary studies at the Liceo Experimental Artístico and enjoys playing the flute. He entered the University of Antofagasta in 2004, and also expressed his gratitude: "This is an invaluable support to me; now I can hope to finish my career, acquire some practice and—why not—form my own company some day," he said.
It should be mentioned that this scholarship initiative is the result of the commitment of the ODS Project (BHP Chile) toward sustainable development as set forth in the HSEC** Policy.

*Ore Delivery System
**Health, Safety, Environment and Community Relations


 

Allan Baus
Allan Baus,
General Manager, Synergy Ingeniería Ltda.

April 2006

Allan Baus Appointed GM of Synergy in Chile


Synergy Engineering Ltd. is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr. Allan Baus as General Manager of Synergy Ingeniería Ltda., our wholly owned subsidiary in Chile.

Mr. Baus has 15+ years of progressing responsibility in the Chilean industrial sector with such recognized companies as Bechtel, Sigdo Koppers, Phelps Dodge, Minera El Abra and Complejo Portuario Mejillones.

An industrial civil engineer with a Mechanical Degree from the Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile, Allan joins Synergy Engineering with a successful track record in engineering management, field service fulfillment and technical project execution.

Bilingual in Spanish and English, Mr. Baus possesses a well developed cultural sensitivity acquired through his working relationships with the numerous international equipment manufacturers and global engineering firms active in the Chilean market. In addition, Allan brings to Synergy his hands-on experience in communicating and leading functions and staff who are culturally diverse and geographically remote.

Allan joined the Synergy team on April 1st, 2006 and is based out of the Santiago office.


 

Design It!
 

September 2005

Synergy Completes New Stage in Software Development

Synergy Engineering has completed its third and strongest year of in-house user development on its engineering software package "Design It."

Synergy has moved into the implementation stage for the recently-developed features and functionality for the large engineering project environment, requiring thousands of engineering-deliverable documents and thousands of kilometres of cable.

Working in close cooperation with Blue Heron Software to add features and functionality to the base software, Synergy Engineering now has the flexibility to customize engineering deliverables for the diverse requirements of larger engineering projects for Synergy's materials handling system application customers.

This flexibility has already delivered dividends, increasing the capacity of Synergy Engineering to easily manage multiple large materials handling implementations.

Successful developments of 2005 include:
  • Document control and project management
  • Bulk material ordering and usage
  • Electrical and Instrumentation design documentation
  • Enhanced documentation for construction and maintenance

Synergy is committed to the continued development of its software tools to enhance our ability to provide our customers with cost effective, safe and effective materials handling solutions. Our near-term software development targets include developing an interface between the data within the Design It database and our computer-aided drafting (CAD) software.


 
 
August 2005

Synergy Nominated for Canada Export Award

Synergy Engineering has been nominated for a Canada Export Award (CEA). Each year, the Minister of International Trade presents the Canada Export Awards to a select number of firms to recognize their outstanding achievements as exporters. The recipients are chosen by a committee of business leaders and government representatives from across Canada.


 

Dermot Strong
Dermot Strong,
President & COO,
The BC Bearing Group

July 2005

Dermot Strong Appointed to Board of Directors

Synergy Engineering Ltd. is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr. Dermot Strong to its Board of Directors. Mr. Strong brings to Synergy 25+ years experience in finance and general management spanning both real estate and operating businesses within several internationally active privately owned companies.

Dermot was born and raised in India, and received his Commerce Degree from University College, Dublin, Ireland in 1976. He emigrated to Canada in 1980 and worked as an audit senior with Peat Marwick Mitchell & Co. in Vancouver, BC (now KPMG), qualifying as a Canadian Chartered Accountant in 1982.

Dermot's achievements have included the raising of funding for acquisition of domestic and of offshore companies; setting up of offshore companies; real estate acquisition in Canada and United States; raising construction and long term real estate project financing; and the sale or liquidation of operating companies.

Mr. Strong is currently President, COO and a director of The BC Bearing Group, an internationally-respected distributor of industrial products with operations in Canada, United States, Mexico and Chile.


 
June 2005

Synergy Nominated Once Again for BC Export Award

Synergy Engineering Ltd. has for the second year running been nominated by the Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters as a candidate for a BC Export Award.


 

David Atkinson
David Atkinson, Executive Vice President,
Synergy Engineering Ltd.

April 2005

David Atkinson Appointed as Synergy's Executive Vice President

Synergy Engineering Ltd. is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr. David C. Atkinson as Executive Vice President. Mr. Atkinson brings to Synergy 30+ years of international CEO/COO management experience and P&L responsibility with such international companies as Noranda, ABB, Quebecor, and De La Rue.

David has been an executive advisor to Synergy since the early 1990s, as well as a non-executive Board Member since May, 2000. He joins Synergy Engineering with a record of above-sector financial performance in achieving shareholders' start-up, growth and exit objectives, and for unprecedented improvement of operational execution in global multi-site product and service businesses. Mr. Atkinson has successfully launched new business and joint-venture operations in Canada, England, France, South Africa and the USA, amongst others.

Bilingual in English and French, having lived and worked in Europe, Canada and the USA, Mr. Atkinson has acquired broad international business experience and well developed cultural sensitivity, along with hands-on experience in communicating and leading functions and staff who are culturally diverse and geographically remote.

Mr. Atkinson is also President & Executive Director of the International Association of Currency Affairs, a not-for-profit, member-based association in the currency industry. He serves on the boards of a number of other privately-held companies and is a member of the DaVinci Institute, a non-profit futurist think tank in Colorado.


 
 
November 2004

Synergy Nominated as One of Top 3 Exporters in BC

Synergy Engineering Ltd. has been nominated by the Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters as one of the top 3 exporters in British Columbia in the category of "Manufactured Products." The winner will be selected on November 19, 2004. See the top 21 list of finalists here.

To see the notification from the BC Export Awards committee, click here.