"Why hasn't belt conveying evolved?"

This was the question we asked ourselves and which resulted in the development of the AirLift Pipe Conveyor and the incorporation of Research Flow.

February 2016 marked the decision to pursue the APC on a full-time basis.  The change from part-time midnight light burning occurred with the realisation of the size of the global conveying market.  With an estimated 10,000km of conveyors in the minerals industry and with each conveyor having 3 idlers and 6 bearings every metre, there are an estimated 30 million bearings sapping power while they convey the world’s resources.

While the concept of a low cost, frictionless, idler free conveyor had always been our goal, it has become clear that the APC has appeared when the mining industry desperately needs disruptive innovation, and where capital conservation and productivity improvement have become paramount.

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Rod Lamb
Founder and CEO

Current CEO Entecho – VTOL Personal Aerial Vehicle and UAV start-up, Director Immersive Technologies – WIFI VR start-up.
Former Director of Engineering for Sedgman Limited (25 years) where he was instrumental in the growth to $600m revenue company.
Rod has over 30 years’ experience in management and innovative engineering design and project delivery.
Richard Marshall

Founder and CEO of Endellion, providing search and collision services using language based data mining. Richard is a hands on technology focussed manager with 20 years’ experience in research and engineering from a grounding in Minerals Processing. Fomer Sedgman, WorleyParsons, Ausenco, ThyssenKrupp and Taggart.



Andrew Buckley
Strategy, Growth & Operations

Executive Chairman of CMI Limited. Former Managing Director, Cardno Ltd. Under Andrew’s leadership the Cardno Group has grown from an annual turnover of approximately A$14 million in FY1997 to A$966 million in FY2012 and from less than 200 staff to nearly 8000.
Andrew has over thirty years’ experience in executive management, project management, design and implementation of engineering, environment and development assistance projects.