At the heart of Kayasand plants is a specialist crusher and air screen technology developed by KEMCO in Japan. The technology was originally developed in Japan due to a ban on dredging that severely disrupted concrete sand supply.
Since launching the technology in early 2000s, there are now over 50 sand plants in Japan and over 30 in China.
New Zealand has a history of developing world leading technologies for fine aggregate production. In the 1970s the Barmac crusher was invented by New Zealanders Jim MacDonald and Brian Bartley. Barmacs are now commonplace in quarries around the world.
Kayasand’s founder, Andi Lusty, was Managing Director of the company and supplied Barmac crushers globally for 30 years. In the early 2000s he encountered the revolutionary new Kemco V7 crushing technology developed by their chief engineer, Dr Kaya.
Seeing the growing need for an alternative to natural sand and inspired by Kemco’s technology, he retired from the Barmac company. He founded a new company to sell the Kemco technology and named it Kayasand, after the technology’s inventor.
Kayasand’s hi-tech, unmanned plants are designed to be reliable and cheap to run. Precision real-time control and advanced remote monitoring capabilities mean the plant operates for long hours, maximising capital utilisation.
In 2007 Andi raised angel investment from IceAngels investors and was joined on the board by experienced investors Andrew Turnbull and Chris Sattler. Together, they set out to grow the Waikato based company into a global aggregate crushing equipment supplier.
In 2016 Kayasand installed and commissioned the first V7-60 plant outside of Asia in Holcim’s Albion Park Quarry. Holcim sell premium manufactured sand from the Kayasand plant to concrete manufacturers in and around the Sydney area.
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